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May.21.2009
Sadly, my wonderful publishers, Salt, run by the astonishing and energetic Jen and Chris Hamilton-Emery, are struggling to keep afloat in these difficult times. Chris sent a message out on Facebook yesterday and so I am passing it on, trying to do my part: As many of you will know, Jen and I...
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May.20.2009
Well, several bits of good news to report! First, Riffing on Strings, the excellent anthology of creative writing inspired by String Theory, which contains short stories, plays, poetry and essays (among them my flash story, Secrets), has been awarded a Silver Medal in the Independent Publisher...
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May.18.2009
It's very hot here today, a sharav or hamsin, a hot desert wind, so I am staying in. I shall retreat to my cool cellar/workroom shortly, even though it means navigating the heat of the garden. Wish me luck. In the meantime, fellow Salt author and blogger Elizabeth Baines has an excellent article...
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May.15.2009
This morning's response to my "surprise and delight me" request was the new issue of online literary magazine Elimae. Yes, I knew it was coming, but I had forgotten it was today - so it is possible to be surprised and delighted by something that you knew about, if your memory is a little...
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May.13.2009
(cross-posted with The Short Review blog) Hot on the heels of last week's Edge Hill Short Story Prize shortlist comes the list of short story collections longlisted for the 2009 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award - now renamed the The Cork City – Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. With...
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May.13.2009
Over at the How Publishing Really Works blog today is the second post in the set of three about my collection and how it came to happen. The first post last week was Yours Truly telling the story of The White Road and Other Stories, from book deal to book promotion. Now my wonderful publisher, Jen...
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May.11.2009
Laura Van Den Berg, writer and assistant editor of the online journal Memorious, has writen an excellent essay about publishing in literary magazines, The Effort Pays Off, in The Review Review, an online review of literary journals (which is new to me but seems a wonderful resource that I must read...
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May.11.2009
May has been declared Short Story Month over at the fabulous Emerging Writers Network blog always a lively place for a literary discussion and ideas for something great to read. Recent posts include Helen W. Mallon's review of Louise Erdrich's collection, The Red Convertible. Says Mallon: I used...
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May.07.2009
I woke up this morning, back in Israel, with a heavy cold, and, inspired by a friend, said to the Universe: "Surprise and delight me!". And, what do you know? It did. I was utterly bowled over to discover that my flash story, Come Back Tomorrow, originally published in Dogzplot, has been...
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May.06.2009
I am to be found this week discussion how my book came to be published and what happened next over at Jane Smith's excellent How Publishing Really Works blog. I have tried to give as honest an account as I could of the process to date. This is the second, I believe, in Jane's Trios series, where an...
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May.05.2009
Coming to the end of my very short trip to the UK, here is a quick round up and what I hope is interesting information from my experience of meeting two literary agents. First, two of my flash stories were shortlisted for the FISH One Page short story competition, but alas once more it was not to...
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Apr.29.2009
(cross-posted with TaniaWrites) Well, he sort of does short stories. His new book, Nocturnes, is a collection of five such "things". Ishiguru doesn't seem wholeheartedly comfortable with the idea that he has actually written a short story collection! He said to the Guardian's Decca...
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Apr.25.2009
OK, this hasn't got much to do with the writing life - but I just watched Say Anything, that superb John Cusack film from 1989, and well the years have not diminished its greatness. What I noticed this time around was that while in some ways it's the traditional guy-meets-girl-loses-girl-gets-girl...
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Apr.21.2009
A short interlude from the existential identity discussions - and back to short stories! I have just posted/published/made my eyes screwy to upload April 2009 Issue of The Short Review. Here is a little about what we have this month: In Memoriam: The Short Review is deeply saddened by the death...
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Apr.19.2009
(Cross-posted with TaniaWrites) I went to see the film Defiance last night, which is excellent, I found it very moving. I find most Holocaust-themed works moving, very personal. It's most definitely worth seeing. But before that I sat in the cinema's cafe, having something to eat, and was struck...
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