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12 May 2017 @ 10:27 pm
Charlotte Frankel Rides Again  
My publisher (^___^) JayHenge Publishing has just announced that their latest anthology of short stories is now available. It's called 'Unearthly Sleuths' and I have a story in there, 'Noir Comedy', under the name Charlotte Frankel. You can see the UK paperback here and the UK Kindle edition here, and the US paperback version here and the US Kindle edition here.

As with the previous anthology I was involved in, I'm so pleased by how well-designed the collection is. I'm rather tickled by the fact that any 'a's in the authors' names are replaced by a little magnifying glass, and each story gets its own image as well. Mine is of a woman in a mask - as my story is a crossover between Commedia dell'arte and Detective Noir. (Someone else's prompt from Flash Fiction Month on DA, but I like to think I did it justice...) And it's a great cover as well. Haven't actually read the collection yet - but there are several authors in there I know and admire. I'm very happy to have been involved, and in fact I'm already planning on submitting stuff for another anthology.

Talking of little magnifying glasses... I'm in my *cough*late-40s*cough* but my near sight is still in pretty good shape for most situations. However, I am noticing the onward march of time - I have to hold my wristwatch a little further away, I can't comfortably thread a needle any more, I need plenty of light to read the small print on the back of a packet. And most pertinently, at work customers sometimes thrust items at me, point to tiny, tiny print on the label and ask, "What does that say?" And I either can't read it at all, or can't read it with confidence.

And so, in the spirit of keeping the ageing process as fun as possible, I have bought... my very own golden pince-nez! It's so cute. The frame is metal and a pale golden colour, with a little loop if I wish to attach a chain, and the lenses are oval. The whole thing is surprisingly small - about the width of a credit card. And I hadn't realised that pince-nez are worn so far down the nose - at the soft bit, rather than on the bridge. This makes it very easy to look over the pince-nez as well as through it, switching from near to far sight. Mine does pince the nez slightly more than I was hoping, but I can't expect a perfect fit from something off the shelf - and I don't need to wear them a lot.

I will go and have a proper eye test eventually though. It has only been 30 years or so... ^^"

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okapi1895okapi1895 on May 13th, 2017 12:30 am (UTC)
CONGRATS! Wow! Such great news. We will say we knew you when you were just a pink and purple icon.

Edited to add I'm glad you're able to see better, too.

Edited at 2017-05-13 12:32 am (UTC)
Franklesscfrankles on May 14th, 2017 12:34 am (UTC)
I know you might not be interested and I know you don't generally write original fiction but... JayHenge is going to be doing an anthology of erotic speculative fiction. The details are here. You'd have some months to consider it I think. It's only a small amount of money as payment at the moment, but you'd be able to do what you liked with your story - put it online if you wanted. Might be fun..? But I understand if it's something that doesn't appeal to you.

And to be honest, I haven't really needed to use the pince-nez yet but it's so reassuring to know that I've got it ^__^
lindahoylandlindahoyland on May 13th, 2017 12:43 am (UTC)
Franklesscfrankles on May 14th, 2017 12:16 am (UTC)
Thank you ^__^
the small hobbit: Mouseletthesmallhobbit on May 13th, 2017 08:10 am (UTC)
Just watch out for any dodgy Russians when wearing your pince-nez. Oh, and any handsome detectives ;)

Congratulations on being published again. I shall be sure to get a copy - maybe add it to my birthday list - it's ideal for my mother when she asks what I want. Strangely I looked for it on one of the booksellers I use and found several books on sloths!
Franklesscfrankles on May 14th, 2017 12:43 am (UTC)
Believe me, I would consider dodgy Russians turning up at my place of work as a delightful distraction ^__^ And handsome detectives are always welcome everywhere ^^

I'm really touched that you're going to get a copy. And touched that you didn't decide to go with one of the sloth books instead :P
debriswoman: cat and mousedebriswoman on May 13th, 2017 03:56 pm (UTC)
That is excellent news; many congratulations and I shall seek the volume out:-)

And yes, age with style...are we to expect an ear trumpet and a Victorian Bath chair in several decades' time?

Edited at 2017-05-13 03:57 pm (UTC)
Franklesscfrankles on May 14th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
Thank you ^__^ And I'm very touched that you are going to seek the book out ^_^

And yes, age with style...are we to expect an ear trumpet and a Victorian Bath chair in several decades' time? Thank you, madam. Very witty :P Oh, crikey - the ear trumpet might actually be a good idea though ^^" Whenever I'm watching or listening to something with my sister, I always have to ask her to turn it up 'just a little bit more'.
debriswoman: cat and mousedebriswoman on July 18th, 2017 07:44 pm (UTC)
Have hunted book down now...none available when I first clicked the link...well done, your authorship:-p And yes, nice mask illustration:-)

Kat Lee: kittykatleept on May 14th, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! It may only be an entry in an anthology to some folks, but to me and many other writers, it's still something HUGE!!!

Maybe I should look into how to submit one of these days...

The design sounds very cute, too! :)
Franklesscfrankles on May 14th, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC)
Well, JayHenge only does anthologies in speculative fiction but if you're interested, Jessica (the lady who runs it) is always looking for new writers and she's very nice and very professional.

I should probably expand my horizons a bit and try submitting to other places now too - you've got to be bold ^^ And thank you ^_^