Tagged: Creative Writing

Blunderball Paperback Now Available

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. Continue reading

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Flash Fiction Day 2019

Stories written for Flash Fiction Day 2018: I’ll be updating this post throughout the day if you want to keep up. If you’d like to get involved with this event yourself, you can sign up here! As long as it’s still June 15th in your time zone, it’s not too late!


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“Stop evildoer!” cried Sharkman, as his amazing shark tail propelled him swiftly after the ne’er-do-well’s jet-ski.

“No thanks,” said the evildoer, doing an epic jump over a really big wave before skidding to a halt on the beach. “You can’t follow me on land.”

“Mhhhhhh hmmmmmph faaaaaah!” cried a voice(?) from nearby.

The villain turned. There stood a figure with the head of a shark and the body of a man. He struck a heroic pose, his face set in an expression of…well, it was a shark face so it wasn’t particularly expressive.

“What?”

“Mhhhhh hmmmmmmph faaaaah!” the figure repeated.

“He says ‘Not so fast!’” explained yet another newcomer. “For while Sharkman fights crime at sea, Manshark fights it on the land!”

“And who are you?” the criminal demanded.

“I’m Mansharkman. My superpower is the ability to interpret Manshark.”

“And here’s his sharky sidekick!” cried Sharkman, holding aloft a flapping sharky form. “Mansharkmanshark!”

“Okay, yeah, no.” The criminal threw up his hands. “This is clearly one of those stories that just degenerates into recursive nonsense, and I’d rather give myself up than have to sit through it.”

“Awww,” harrumphed Mansharkmansharksharkmanmanmansharkmansharksharkmanman. “You’re no fun!”

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The Official Flash Fiction Day 2019 Blog Post

It’s that time of year again! Somewhere in the world it is June 15th, and so (for the people living there) Flash Fiction Day has begun. If it’s June 15th where you are, you may start writing too.

If you haven’t signed up already, it’s not too late! Simply leave a comment on this post and I’ll add your name to the list.

Here’s the plan for the day:

  1. The event begins at the very start of June 15th, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
  2. Write your first piece of flash fiction. Maximum 1,000 words, minimum 1 word. (I have read every conceivable 0 word story and am now bored of the genre.)
  3. Publish a blog post (or equivalent) titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
  4. Post a link to your post in the comments below. I’ll approve it and add the link next to your name as quickly as possible.
  5. Write more stories! Edit those new stories into to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You should end up with something that looks a little like this. All your stories must be available through the one link you give me – I will not be sitting around all day adding second/third/fourth/fifteenth links for every single participant.
  6. That’s it! All your stories for the day are available in one place where readers can easily find them.
  7. When June 15th ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.

And here are the people who’ll be doing it!

Damon L. Wakes (Flash Fiction Day 2019)

doodlerTM

GDeyke (Flash Fiction Day (2019))

OneWithTheStars (Kaleidascope 2019)

WindySilver (Flash Fiction Day 2019, June 15th: My entries)

Draw Nine

Draw Nine is now available on itch.io! This is the same game I submitted for IntroComp last year, but with a complete story and a brand new look. The cards you see here were produced by Joe Wright, who I highly recommend following – he writes excellent fiction as well as producing excellent art.

If you haven’t tried out the early version already (which included the complete story, but none of the visual flair), the game sees you take on the role of a magician who uses enchanted cards to cast spells. However, you’re given just nine cards at the beginning of the game and these must see you through to the end. The selection is random, so it’s up to you to choose the path through the world that makes the best use of what you’ve drawn. There may be a significant element of trial-and-error involved, but not to worry: there are many paths to try and several different endings to find. Continue reading

June 15th: Flash Fiction Day 2019

June 15th is Flash Fiction Day and, as always, I’m running my unofficial flash fiction marathon. This Saturday, write as many very short stories as you can and win the satisfaction of having written as many very short stories as you could.

(One story is fine. In fact, it’s one more than most people manage.)

Here’s how the whole event will play out:

Before June 15th:

  1. Comment on this post letting me know you want to take part.
  2. I put together an “official” Flash Fiction Day post listing all the participants.

On June 15th:

  1. The event begins at the very start of June 15th, your local time. You can start writing any time after that.
  2. Write your first piece of flash fiction. Maximum 1,000 words, minimum 1 word. (I have read every conceivable 0 word story and am now bored of the genre.)
  3. Publish a blog post (or equivalent) titled “Flash Fiction Day Submissions” (or something more imaginative) containing that story.
  4. Post a link to your post on my official FFD post (not this sign-up one). I’ll approve it and add the link next to your name as quickly as possible.
  5. Write more stories! Edit those new stories into to your FFD post (possibly with a note to say what time you started/finished them). You should end up with something that looks a little like this. All your stories must be available through the one link you give me – I will not be sitting around all day adding second/third/fourth/fifteenth links for every single participant.
  6. That’s it! All your stories for the day are available in one place where readers can easily find them.
  7. When June 15th ends, so does the event. Of course, you’re free to stop writing earlier if you like.

Apologies for the extra bold text this time around – it’s just there to add clarity. Every year I have to re-explain the process to at least one person who’s got things mixed up, and it eats up time that’s already stretched between running the event and writing my own stories for it. Please feel free to ask questions if you’ve got them, but ideally get them out of the way before the 15th (and ideally check the example linked above before asking)!

Have fun, and remember to get some tactical sleepytime even if you’re planning to write a whole lot of stories!

Ultraviolent Unicorn Deathmatch of Destiny – Physical Edition

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if fifty copies of a book about unicorns with chainsaws for horns had just been dumped on a doorstep somewhere in Hampshire.

~Obi-Wan Kenobi (who is fictional, and therefore can’t sue me for making up quotes)

Yep, that’s right. This is a thing that exists now. It has been made and cannot be unmade. Continue reading

Three Bits of Ten Little Astronauts News

If you live in Winchester, you might have noticed something on the High Street recently…

That’s right! Ten Little Astronauts is front and centre in Waterstones’ shop window, advertising An Evening With Damon Wakes on June 10th. This is quite a milestone for me, but it’s not the only news! Continue reading

An Evening With Damon Wakes – June 10th

I’ll be at Waterstones in Winchester (the High Street one) 6pm on June 10th to talk about Ten Little Astronauts.

If you missed the launch last month, this is the perfect opportunity to stop by and celebrate the publication of the book! Tickets are just £2.00 and refreshments will be served.

Do feel free to come along even if you did make it to the launch too! This event is organised as a sort of interview, so it’s likely to be a little different to the last one.

Ten Little Astronauts BookBub Promotion

If you get your books from Apple, now’s your chance to grab Ten Little Astronauts for just 99p!

This is down to a BookBub deal that, surprisingly, has also seen the novella reach its highest ever sales ranking on Amazon, despite it not actually being on offer over there as far as I can tell. It’s also seen a sudden influx of ratings on Goodreads, so if you’ve read it but not left a review (on Amazon, Goodreads, anywhere else) then this would be a great time to do that.

Ten Little Astronauts is getting a lot of attention at the moment – a few words from you would do wonders to help people decide whether it’s something they want to read!

Ten Little Astronauts Launch Party Video

here’s the video from the Ten Little Astronauts launch party, very kindly recorded by Alex Carter (Lexica Films). It all went smoothly in the end, and it was great to see so many people who supported the book while it was crowdfunding, as well as so many who’d only discovered it since!

I had quite a lot of help getting this together, primarily from Crispin and the staff at P & G Wells, but also from Lynda Robertson and (again) Alex Carter who were kind enough to lend a hand on the evening. A huge thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, even if it was just by being there!