Friday, June 10, 2011

Quick, I have WiFi!

I've been working very very hard and enjoying myself immensely here at Internet-free Hawthornden Castle:

I won't jinx anything by talking about it too much yet, since I have another 10 days to go. I have escaped for the day into the Big City for a little Internet surfing (and, yes, an afternoon film, very decadent). Just wanted to plug a few lovely things I have been involved in over the last few weeks:

The wonderful Jen Campbell interviewed me about... short stories (there's a surprise) over at her blog. She asked some tough questions. A little snippet:
I get a kick from a great short story that is unlike any other reading experience, and I read everything, novels, poetry, non-fiction. But the short story discombobulates me, shakes me, moves me, in only a few pages or less, and it is these short stories I find I carry around with me, like whispering voices, for months, even years. I don't forget a short story I have loved. 
And a few weeks ago I was interviewed over at the excellent Shortfire press about, umm, yes, short stories:
I prefer a 'messy' story that may not be perfect but takes risks to a carefully written and 'safe' story that never strays into dangerous territory – and 'danger' can mean something incredibly small, but something risky nonetheless. I'd rather be slightly confused for lack of information than given far too much information and know exactly what's going on, what's happened and what's going to happen.
I was so honoured to be included in this amazing project, Photo Stories "an experiment in writing, photography, and design" - all the writers involved picked a photo, wrote a 500-word story inspired by that photo, and then a designer combined the photo and the story into a third, brand-new entity, a "typographic print" - and all the typographic prints are being exhibited at the Saatchi gallery in London RIGHT NOW (and no, I haven't seen it, sadly I missed the launch). If you are in London, head down there. But even if you can't, the typographs are for sale, check out the website. You can see the typograph of my story here.

Another few bits of story news - I have several flash stories in a new ebook anthology coming very soon, Peculiar Love Stories, being published by Rosa Mira Books in New Zealand. I have to say, I realised I tend to write a lot of very peculiar love stories! Check out the publisher's blog here.

And the antipodean theme continues - a brand new and very very odd flash story, Disease relics, has just been published in volume 1 of Australian online mag Inky Squib, (scroll to page 4).

OK, time to head back to the castle. I will write more about the experience when I get home at the end of the month. I will leave you with this thought: porridge and creativity, is there a link?


Anonymous said...

The photo stories project is stunning. Looking forward to hearing more about your stay at Hawthornden. Best wishes.

Sarah Hilary said...

Lovely to see a blog post from you and to hear you sounding so well. Congrats on the interviews and photo story success. (And thank you for the postcard!) You're sorely missed here in Bristol, but it's wonderful that you're having such fun. x

Lauri said...

I love the typographs- what a fabulous way to promote stories. I would love to own one but I bet they're wildly expensive. As for porridge and creativity- I've found numerous ways to be creative with porridge. There is primarily two ways if you re still considering it as food- the making and the adding to. Of course porridge can also be used to create, as my stove often illustrates. :) Enjoy your castle Short Story Queen!

Dora Dee said...

My how I love castles! I love them so much that one of my short stories takes place in a castle. I'm sure every writer has a castle story lurking somewhere. How I would love to live in one! Anyway can't wait to hear more...

Tania I love the Roy Keyes' short story collection! I got it a couple of days ago and it's wonderful. I'm enjoying it immensely. Thanks again.


Love that Saatchi exhib thingie. Congrats!

Camille said...

hi Tania—I found your blog by way of a Google search for Hawthornden. It looks and sounds like a marvelous place to work, I'm just hoping I haven't missed the application deadline. Thanks for posting photos and all best wishes!