There’s less than a month to go until Flash Fiction Month 2019, but I’m happy to announce that Blunderball – my anthology of flash fiction from Flash Fiction Month 2018 – is now available in classic dead tree format!
The paperback is available on Amazon UK, as well as basically any other Amazon store you’d care to look for it. You’ll find it in a bunch of other shops too, and usually somebody in Australia starts offering these things on eBay sooner or later, so basically just get one where such things are got.
This year’s anthology was delayed partly because it was vaguely bond-themed and I wanted to get a quote from (somebody named) Daniel Craig, and partly because it’s the first one I’ve put together using only open source software. As well as being a worthy goal in general, this should speed things up considerably in future since producing the paperback for We All Saw it Coming meant booting up a copy of Microsoft Word 2007 on a laptop that was not substantially newer.
The new software should also make it easier to handle odd formatting in future, which will probably be useful given that 2018’s anthology includes my first ever flash fiction screenplay – Satan and His Robot Buddy Paul – which has hailed as “by a wide margin the most unhinged thing I’ve ever seen you write.” I’ve now got custom styles set up for script names/action/dialogue, which I also made use of for Ultraviolent Unicorn Deathmatch of Destiny 2: Aquatic Boogaloo.
You might notice some small differences in formatting if you hold Blunderball and one of the earlier paperbacks side-by-side, but honestly they’re pretty trivial and generally a step up rather than a step down. This book will form the template for at least the next five, and though it’s taken a fair bit longer than usual I feel as though that’s been time well spent. With any luck, 2019’s anthology should be available by the end of August.