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Monday, 4 April 2016

A golden target

Last week I sold my first story of 2016. Cause for celebration - ALWAYS - but also a milestone as this marked my 50th story scheduled for publication. Even more reason to celebrate was that this piece was a departure for me from literary fiction to write a commercial ghost story - a gamble that came off since I sold it to Take-a-Break Fiction Feast (a monthly fiction magazine that pays a good rate). The story was originally penned for my writing workshop group. Over the Christmas holidays we set ourselves a challenge to write a ghost story, something I rarely attempt. I had a lot of fun reading a variety of ghostly short stories to get myself into a spooky mood. The end result is I will be providing a very generous supply of buns for my workshop buddies next time we meet at my house. Once again, this demonstrates the merits of writing workshops - story sales and buns ...

Another piece of good news was making the long list for the prestigious Thresholds International Feature competition (read more here). This was the third time I'd entered and the first time for making the long list of 15. My feature The Golden Contract (recommending The Great Automatic Grammatizer, a short story by Roald Dahl) sadly didn't make the final short list of 6, but I'm hoping it will still be published on the Thresholds site later this year, which happens to be Roald Dahl's centenary anniversary (born 1916). Don't worry, I will be shouting about this if it happens ...

And since good news comes along in threes ... (rejections come all the time, they're not polite enough to form orderly groups) ... a short story of mine squeezed onto the Fish International Short Story long list (read more here). Okay, so it had plenty of company (480 stories long listed in total out of 1400), but who's counting. I got my name on the Fish Publishing website and I'll celebrate that!

More buns please ...



15 comments:

  1. Ooh - lots and lot to celebrate next week :-)

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  2. Er this week I hope ... Do I dare go wild and order jam with my teacake ... no that's just a bit too far :)

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  3. A sweet success, especially since you ventured into new territory. I think you definitely deserve jam.

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    1. Thanks, Julia. Now wondering if I can stretch to cream as well :)

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  4. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous news, Tracy - hugest congratulations times three! So very pleased for you - what an amazing milestone to reach. Those teacakes are richly deserved. xxx

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  5. Congratulations, Tracy - what a fabulous achievement - 50 stories!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah :)Guess I now need to aim for a century!

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  6. Well done on all your successes, but especially the ghost story. I enjoy reading them but haven't managed to write one yet.
    Those buns look good ...

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I was completely out of my writing comfort zone, but I had fun with it as never expected it to get published ... just shows ...

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  7. Well done, Tracy. You're on a roll (or a teacake?!) - keep it up girl!

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    1. Thanks, Sally. Keep the teacakes coming I say :)

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  8. Excellent news, Tracy - congratulations on all that success! Great to hear about TABFF too and it shows the value of trying something different.

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