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15 October 2016 @ 04:08 pm
So, some mildly exciting news ^^

I mentioned a while ago that I'd sold some pieces of microfiction to a tiny publisher. The company is called JayHenge Publishing and it's run by Jessica Augustsson.

JayHenge has now published Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors, an anthology of short stories in the steampunk genre, and two of my pieces have been included: Plattery Will Get You Nowhere and The Hearing Aid. I've chosen to have them published under the name Charlotte Frankel--which isn't my real name but obviously I don't want to be swamped by fans while I'm busy selling cut-price baked beans.

You can find the book here on Amazon UK and here on the US site. (There are also Kindle versions under the same title but they haven't been linked to the paperback versions yet.) I've been given a PDF of the book for free and I have to say it looks gorgeous. I suppose I was expecting something rather plain and straightforward (to be fair, looking at the Kindle sample, that version does appear to be plainer) but a great deal of effort has gone into the layout. There's a little illustration after each story--mine have got a teapot and a chap with a moustache! *restrained middle-aged flailing* And there's a wonderful front cover illustration too. I haven't read all of the stories yet but there are at least three authors whose work I can vouch for. (You may remember me mentioning Damon L. Wakes...)

I must point out I have no financial interest in the book--I've already had my fee for the stories. But I suppose I do have an emotional interest in it. I'm vaguely hoping that someone who has never come across my writing before will leave a review and say how nice my stories are... *gazes into the distance and sighs* (They're quite small, my dreams ^__^)

Anyway, one toe dipped into the professional world ^_^
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Frankles
21 August 2016 @ 07:05 pm
So, just a round-up of writing--and reading--things ^^


I had a birthday this month, and I received two lovely fics:

Firstly, Happy Birthday by thesmallhobbit, in which Mouselet and the rest of the gang manage to batter my bouquet and eat part of my cake. (You know, I spent part of my birthday looking up articles about Victorian taxidermy… *gives gang a significant look*)

And secondly, the brilliant and witty The Greek Decanter by okapi1895, in which Sherlock (possibly born a coffeepot, formerly a teapot and now a vase) and John (definitely a teapot) go to visit Mycroft (definitely a coffeepot).

Okapi’s fic is set in my Tea Set AU series. Writing John and Sherlock as teapots was my first major go at a story in the Sherlock fandom--the fics were inspired by this photograph on Tumblr by hisietari. (Essentially I look at people and think: ‘I don’t know what the heck’s going on there.’ Then I look at objects and think: ‘Well, obviously I know what it’s like to be a teapot.’)

I’m just so touched that Okapi chose to write something so personal for me, and so impressed with what she did with the idea--the whole fic is packed with marvellous details.


In July I took part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA. I managed to complete all 31 stories as usual and with regard to the prizes, I was the runner-up for Week 4--which is not to be sniffed at I suppose. I felt this year was a weaker crop of stories overall, though there were many stories I was very happy with. And I’ve discovered I can still write while half-asleep ^^ I’ve also definitely sold one of the stories and I’m probably going to sell another, once I’ve finished a bit of rewriting. (It’s the same tiny publisher I’ve mentioned before.)


I’ve signed up again for heroinebigbang’s Round 4 Redux. If you remember, Round 4 sort of fizzled out and then sprang back into life but I decided to post my fic on my own because I wanted it out of the way. But I want to try and do an official fic for the challenge too. This one will just be a tiny bang--under 5,000 words.


And smallfandombang’s Round 6 is on the way--it’s starting 1st September! For this round, I’m going to try and produce a 50,000 word work. I’ve got 5 months until the rough drafts are due--I think I can do it. I’m thinking of doing a Dear Ladies/Pirates of Penzance crossover. I have no idea about the details, or any kind of plot, yet though.


Finally, I’d like to do a bit of advertising on behalf of a DA friend.

Damon L. Wakes has had a novella accepted by the crowdfunding publisher Unbound. Writers pitch their ideas (in Damon’s case the novella was already written), and then to quote Unbound: If it’s got the makings of a great book, we’ll launch it on our site. If readers like the idea they can pledge and support it for exclusive rewards.

The book is called Ten Little Astronauts and in the author’s own words, it’s ‘an Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery novella set on board an interstellar spacecraft’.

If you follow the link, you can see Damon’s pitch video--filmed inside an actual submarine--the synopsis for the book, an excerpt, a little about the author, and the list of pledge amounts and what you will receive in exchange.

To quote the author again:

If you’ve ever organised a project through, supported a project on, or simply heard of Kickstarter, you’ll have some idea how the process works. The main difference with Unbound is that they’ll only take on projects they have some faith in: they already put forward the money to get me on board that submarine with a professional videographer!

If funded, Ten Little Astronauts will have professional editing, proofreading and cover design, with a trade paperback distributed by Penguin Random House no less.



Do please go and have a look. If the idea for the book grabs you and you can spare the cash (heaven knows I agonised over that aspect), consider making a pledge--the lowest amount is £10. You’ll be helping a book to come into being and helping an exceptionally talented young writer along on the next step of his career. I so admire Damon. He’s ambitious in the most positive sense of the word--working so hard to get his stuff out there, while always taking the time to be interested in other people’s writing too.
 
 
Frankles
31 July 2016 @ 09:42 pm
I've just finished taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA - writing a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July. Here's links to the final batch of stories, if anyone wants to take a look:



A Wordy Romance

Feeling Positive About Being Neutral

Squashed

Pareidolia

Midlives Crisis

Depth

A Light in the Darkness


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.


Author's Choice: Depth! A wishing well gets philosophical.

And that's the lot ^^ I've now got an awful lot of reading to catch up with on both sites...
 
 
Frankles
24 July 2016 @ 04:56 pm
At the moment I'm taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA - writing a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July. Here's links to the next batch of stories, if anyone wants to take a look:



Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

The Big Break-Up

Let Sleeping Bags Lie

Shop

Setting The Stage

Dress-Down Wednesday

The Things That Come Out of Your Mouth


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.


Author's Choice: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes! A tale of firefighter homunculi, hopeless love, humors and humour.
 
 
Frankles
17 July 2016 @ 04:49 pm
At the moment I'm taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA - writing a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July. Here's links to my next batch of stories, if anyone wants to take a look:


Planning is Key

Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors

Find The Missing Word

Um and Er

Away With The Fairies

It's Tea Time

The Power of Laughter

Lock Up Your Daughters

Kissers and Cakeholes


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.


Author's Choice: Find The Missing Word! A wordplay mystery in the form of a 369'er - that is, three separate but interrelated stories of exactly 69 words each.
 
 
 
Frankles
09 July 2016 @ 01:49 pm
At the moment I'm taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA - writing a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July.

Here's links to the first batch, if anyone wants to have a look:

Noir Comedy

Dream Job

Blue Fairy

Undercover

Red Herring

The Hearing Aid

Underneath the Stars

Laura's Debut


Author's Pick: Noir Comedy! A humorous crossover between Commedia dell'arte and Detective Noir. (Oh, there was some Googling that day...)
 
 
Frankles
28 June 2016 @ 02:37 pm
Well, as my country continues to go through Interesting Times (is it possible to claim political asylum and take out citizenship of the internet?), writing about my hobby does seem a bit trivial at the moment ^^” But still, here’s a round-up of what I’ve been up.

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Frankles
19 June 2016 @ 09:26 pm
Acquired from thesmallhobbit ^^ Nothing could ever match up to hers, but here's my go anyway.

The meme:
1. Go to this website: www.random.org/lists/
2. Pick 15 characters from any fandom or whatever you’re into, type them in, then get your randomized list and match to the entries below.
3. Tag five or more people - or, you know, have a go if you fancy it.
4. Have fun!


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Frankles
24 May 2016 @ 01:50 pm
Well, as my sister likes to put it, I have just handed in my homework to the holmestice mods. I’m pretty happy with my fic and I’m looking forward to seeing what my recipient thinks of it. I’m also pretty excited about finding out what my gift fic is going to be like. Posting will begin on 1st June and runs to the 14th.

I’ve also finally completed my heroinebigbang fic. It’s about 26,500 words long. My sister is currently reading it, just for (alleged) pleasure at the moment, though she is doing a bit of informal beta-ing as she goes. So far I have called the vicar’s wife Clarissa instead of Cressida, demonstrated a tendency to drop the pronoun “you” from questions, and teamed a shawl with a chiffon scarf—which is apparently “too much”. (The scarf is being replaced by a hat.) I am determined to get the wretched thing posted sometime in the first half of June, and then I can start thinking about writing something 50,000 words long. (^^”)

And in other writing news… I think I might be in the process of selling my first story. It’s for an anthology being produced by a (self-proclaimed) tiny publisher. It wouldn’t be much money but I’m very pleased—it’s a start. I’ll bang on about it in more detail if/when it actually happens.

To finish, a personal update: my sister is nobly fixing the results of years of water damage at the back of the kitchen sink, so we’re having to do the washing up in the bath. Not actually in the bath—in a plastic washing up bowl. But still—in the bath.
 
 
Frankles
06 May 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday, dear okapi1895!
Happy birthday to yoooou!

Hope you're having a lovely day, and here is a silly story for you:

Title: Giraffe-Sherlock and Okapi-John
Fandom: Sherlock (AU)
Rating: G
Length: 976
Pairing: eventual Giraffe-Sherlock/Okapi-John
Content notes: I hate to break it to you but - crack.
Author notes: For a talented writer and good friend.
Summary: Giraffe-Sherlock decides to become a consulting giraffe. His first client is Ferret-Lestrade.


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