Hi all – two things to discuss today.
Firstly, I just wanted to excitedly announce that I can now officially call myself a writer. Why? I hear you ask.
The reason I’ve decided to somewhat overconfidently class myself in this way is because I’ve been asked to write a weekly column for InThe Powder Room for actual pay, rather than occasional posts for free as I was doing. This is a massive moment for me. I should say that anyone who has investigated the In The Powder Room site, will already know – because they clearly say it – that the pay is only a token amount really, I won’t be giving work up just yet, but this is totally not the point.
Someone is willing to pay for my work.
And what is more – they came to me!
How class is that?
I, for one, am really excited to be joining them as one of their regular columnists.
The other thing I wanted to say is a request.
This asks for a small favour.
A while ago I entered yet another fiction writing competition, I do this a lot. Anyway, the gist of this one was that you had to write about Oxfordshire’s Diamond Light Synchrotron. You can find out what that is on their website if you like.
There were two competitions. One required a 3000 word story and one required a sub 500 word flash fiction. Both had to be somehow related to their facility.
I entered both competitions.
The long story competition is closed judging but the flash fiction competition is where you come in.
Please, if you have an email address that you don’t mind using on this kind of thing, can you register on the site and vote for me?
Luckily, I have taken the time to read the other flash fiction stories and can reveal that mine is by far the best – ahem – so you don’t need to read the others, just mine – cough cough!
To vote you do have to register, wait for a password to be emailed and then log in and vote. This is, of course, a pain. So I understand if you don’t, as I know exactly what it is like in your shoes – you can only apportion so much time to each blog you read and this is slightly going to go over my allocation.
So if you can, please vote for me by clicking here and following the instructions.
Whether or not you vote, please at least read it and let me know what you think here, as you don’t have to register to do that.