I’ve got some good news for you if you’re the sort of person who likes to go into actual physical shops and buy books. Oh yes. *drumroll*
Last night, I read my story A Beltane Prayer at the University of Edinburgh, as part of the latest fab event since the Umbrellas of Edinburgh anthology launched last autumn. What with having never read this story aloud before and not having done a public reading since October, I was more than a bit nervous.
Well, that was 2016. Not the best year all round for current affairs and celeb deaths, eh? On balance, though, it’s been a good year for my writing, so here’s my annual State of the Laura for your delectation. Stick on the live top 250 Eurovision tracks, grab some bubbly, and read on…
Er, yes. This should’ve gone out yesterday, as eagle-eyed readers may spot, but I was at an abandoned biscuit factory, eating street food and drinking punch while a DJ played some banging 80s tunes, then I played mini-golf and darts for the first time on the factory’s top floor, came back to drunk-tweet, and fell asleep watching Armenia’s Eurovision qualifiers, waking up in the middle of a Tchaikovsky concert.
As you do.
Now that I’m feeling more human, though, I’ve got edits to get on with, and some Christmassy fiction which I put to a Twitter poll. Half of you wanted rogue fairies, and half wanted festive kelpies. Any more suggestions before I fire up Scrivener and ruin literature some more? Stay tuned for some fictional goodness here later today… ❤
Before today’s Blogmas post, some important book news for you. I’m pleased to announce that Hooves Above The Waves will be released on Smashwords this Friday! Rejoice, non-Kindle users, for you can now have murderous kelpies in EPUB form!
And now that you’ve all pre-ordered it to go with your paperback editions, on with the show…
It’s November, the nights are fair drawing in, so it’s time for NaNoWriMo. 30 days, 50,000 words. At least, that was the plan a few weeks back.
It turns out I forgot autumn doesn’t just bring a flurry of story submissions and queries; it also brings plague and pestilence. If I’ve been quieter online or not out at events, it’s because I’m currently in bed looking like a pale consumptive Victorian. So, to make up for my radio silence, another plug for the Umbrellas of Edinburgh anthology! You have not one, not two, but three chances to come snag a copy and hear readings. The Scottish Poetry Library will host us on the 3rd of November with wine and nibbles, and there’s a FB event page here. Then Blackwell’s will host us on the 15th from 6:30, and again as part of ‘Edinburgh: A City of Readers’. No excuses, then. You can find out more about the anthology on its dedicated website. Spiffy!
Come along, bag a copy, and as an added bonus, I’ll be carrying some newly delivered paperbacks of Hooves Above The Waves, so you can find £4 in the change from buying Umbrellas to grab yourself some short stories too. Hurray! And if you want to see my shiny proof copy, come along to the City of Literature Salon from 6pm tonight at Wash Bar, and offer me a medicinal beer. I have free postcards and everything. Oh yes.