An extract from the 1926 thread of this as yet unfinished novel(la) – first draft almost done.
Set in the 1920’s in a fish restaurant and the beach of a small coastal town, it was inspired by this picture
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Dale Dining Out. Guy Pene du Bois. 1924. Thanks to @78Derngate for tweeting it. I’d never have found it otherwise.
Mr and Mrs Chester Dale are not who they seem, and waiter, Joel, is on to them.
Now, anyone who had anything to do with Solstice Shorts last year will know how much I like a good time theme. So I was delighted to find SolarWyrm‘s Latchkey Tales and their current project, Clockwise, a series of journals focussed around different times of day: this time Midnight Blues. So I sent them a story, and they have published it.
The Midwinter Wife takes place over the longest night of the year, in town of ancient origins south of London, and is a sort of Rip Van Winkle in reverse, with midnight playing a key role, obviously.
I noticed that Cathy Bryant (one of Arachne Press’ Poets) is also in Midnight Blues, pleasing to be in good company!
Anyway, you can buy a physical copy (kindle version to follow) or you can subscribe to the entire series, (electronic version or physical ) which is much cheaper per copy, or (and?) you can buy the omnibus later in the year…
In other news: I am currently typesetting my monster-book – The Dowry Blade, ready for publication in February 2016. Until I finish typesetting, I don’t know how many pages, (around 576) until I know how many pages I can’t get a quote from the printer, or finalise the spine width for the cover designer, so I am concentrating very hard. Surprised at how much I am enjoying the process!
Here’s the cover, (by Lucy Reynolds) uncomplicated by spine calculations..
More stories up on Cut a Long Story…
Starkridge: Don’t Mess with Mountains…
Prairie Rain: a flash fiction set on a porch near the town of Normal, Illinois
Déjà Vû: A radical retelling – Sleeping Beauty and Snow White seen through the prism of The Stepford Wives
Eye of the Beholder: Bill keeps seeing the same woman – at least, he thinks it’s the same woman… a ghost story set in Brockley.
Judges: What really happened to Jael and Sisera – not quite how it’s told in The Song of Deborah.
February is a busy month for me, readings, publications, A’s birthday…
my story Neutral Ground is just published in 52 :Loves – a story for every week of the year, all about Love, but not necessarily how you’d think. Kindle only at the moment but you never know.
On Thursday 5th at 7:45 in my capacity as publisher, I’m ‘compering’ a reading of Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith at Lewisham Library 199 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG more details over on the Arachne Press Website.
On February 23rd, my story The Wetland Way will be read at Liars’ League Hong Kong (without me, it’s too far to go!)
LGBT History Month
Thursday 12th I’m at North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ
with VA Fearon where we will each be reading from our books, and interviewing each other about coming out as writers…
Shouting about Lesbian Literature – coming out as a lesbian writer.
Cherry Potts first collection of lesbian short stories, Mosaic of Air was published over 20 years ago, and she now owns her own independent publishing house, Arachne Press.
V. A. Fearon’s first self-published crime thriller, The Girl with the Treasure Chest came out last year.
What has changed for the Lesbian author in the interim? What has the recent surge of self and indie publishing done for lesbian literature (and what is it anyway)?
Two personal approaches, with readings.
Thursday 26th I’m at Richmond Lending Library, Little Green, Richmond, TW9 1QL at 7pm doing readings and talking about writing and publishing.
Join writer and publisher Cherry Potts for an evening of readings and informal discussion of Lesbian & Gay writing with a whirl through anything from myth, to science fiction. Cherry will read from her own work and others published by her award-winning publishing house, Arachne Press.
So, as some of you know I’ve had several stories read at Liars’ League, and this happened again recently, for their Slings & Arrows event. Hurrah for Liars’ League!
A version of The King’s Champion, minus the subplot and now entitled Kassell for the place the story is set, (Kassel, Germany – birthplace of the Brothers’ Grimm), read by the wonderful Greg Page. You can watch the video here
And here’s the actual snowy landscape that inspired it – not quite as dramatic as I tell it!
LoSoCo is what I’ve always known as Lewisham College.
I did a reading there on Thursday for LGBT History Month. Here are a couple of snippets. (Apologies for the background noise – it’s the air-conditioning.)
Holiday Romance, in which Melanie goes on holiday with her mother and allows her imagination to run riot.
Baby Pink/ Electric Blue, in which Marlene can’t cope with a wedding.
both from Mosaic of Air.
Thanks to Mary Fudge for organising, and to the students and staff for coming along and asking interesting questions.
Here we go: A Woman of Mystery…don’t know when her birthday was, don’t know who she is, beyond she wrote a book Either is Love which explores the life of a woman who first has a lesbian relationship and then a heterosexual one. Published in 1937. I have a vague recollection of having read this book, but remember next to nothing about it – but I recorded a quote!
A so-called Lesbian alliance can be of the most rarefied purity, and those who do not believe it are merely judging in ignorance of the facts.
…oh, sorry, who am I on about?
Some speculation as to possible pseudonym, but for whom??
So feel free to do some research, or make something up! A Scottish surname, so perhaps a whisky or three would get her to enlighten us as to who she really is – she’s not on any UK census…
We had a great night at Lewisham Library on Thursday. A substantial crowd, a relaxed atmosphere and some great writers. The first of many events for LGBT History Month, it was a diverse and entertaining evening.
V.A Fearon read from her novel The Girl With the Treasure Chest, about gang negotiator Dani, and her first meeting with lover Marie;
Kate Foley read us some varied poems from several collections covering everything from bedroom tax to first smoochy dance at the Gateways*
Cherry Potts stuck up for Helen of Troy in her story Behind the Mask, from Mosaic of Air
and V.G. Lee‘s heroine struggled to be a proper card-carrying lesbian in the teeth of straight friend Deirdre’s best attempts to scupper her.