Whitby and Mermaids……

I’ve just had a mini break in Whitby, staying in a cottage near what the Sunday Times once called the ‘prettiest village in Yorkshire’- that’s Lealholm for those of us who didn’t know. The moors were ablaze with glorious purple heather, a veritable sea of it.

Despite the title to this blog entry we sadly didn’t see any mermaids but my micro story titled, ‘Mermaid’- has been illustrated by artist Kristina Bartova for Third Word Press’ latest publication ‘A House of Music and Other Stories’. (see pic below)

It is very striking and I am delighted they chose to illustrate my story.

https://third-word.com/buy.html#!/products/a-house-of-music-other-stories.html

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Other news- in Round 1 of BeaconLit’s 500 word flash story comp- Judge Morgen Bailey chose my story ‘Knickerbocker Holiday’ as 1 of the top 3 stories to go through to the final judging round.  🙂

https://beaconlitblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/500-word-comp-round-1-july-2017-winners-announced/

I have followed Morgen’s blog for over 2 years and enter her free 100 word comps- earning her amazingly good editorial advice as a prize-

https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/

 

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Holidays and Horror:-

Last week I did the Filey/Brid/Scarborough triangle – crazy golf/arcades and literary lunch at Woodend hosted by Valley Press founder Jamie McGarry -starring James Nash- poet- talking about his career. See the photo below, I was sitting in the front row just out of shot.

http://emmavalleypress.blogspot.co.uk/

I  have a drabble up on http://horrortree.com/category/trembling-with-fear/ listed under 13/8/17-‘Nest of Bones’– beware the birds!

I can find the seeds of a horror story pretty much anywhere- my upcoming one ‘Crow People’ is set in Filey and driving back from Halifax the other day after watching ‘Annabelle- Creation- I spotted a for sale board up outside the closed St Paul’s Church at Denholme Gate

It is just a shell now, gutted inside. But there’s a small graveyard surrounding it. Which got me thinking- what if the ghosts don’t want to move? What if they resist? So my next ghost story is set around this church – both of these tales will be in my upcoming Ghost/Horror collection due out in November (fingers crossed) via KDP on amazon.

Thank you to those of you who have downloaded my stories from www.alfiedog.com in support of their charity. Much appreciated.

I am delighted to  have been asked to judge the Saltaire Writers Group upcoming autumn/winter poetry/Flash Fiction competition- I will be the Flash judge. There will be prizes!

Details are or will be posted at www.saltairewritersgroup.wordpress.com

 

Interview with me on jaffa blog today-

There is a really lovely author interview out today online with moi- hosted by Jo and her ginger cat Jaffa (we have our own ginger cat- Tango- spot the naming pattern!) Here’s the link :-

http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/close-to-home-alyson-rhodes.html

In this interview I talk about how living in Yorkshire has influenced my writing and which Northern writers have influenced me. There are some photos too.

Also the Creative Writing classes I am proposing to run in Farsley in the gallery at Sunny Bank Mill are up on line at:- http://sunnybankmills.co.uk/events/creative-writing-4-week-course/

If you live Leeds way and would like to try your hand at writing fiction, poetry or memoirs- or even little limericks 🙂  then please come along.

 

Please support alfie dog story site – a request and raise funds for charity:-

I was delighted to have 3 of my short stories accepted and published by editor Rosemary Kind on her downloadable short story site www.alfiedog.com and here’s the link to take you direct to my page: http://alfiedog.com/fiction/?s=alyson+faye

It was a big step on the road to publication and acknowledgement for me as a writer. The site itself and some authors on it are under supported currently. Each of my stories is 39p to download (you’ll have to register) but the royalties will go back into running the site and I will be donating my share to the site’s charity- Medical Detection Dogs- so in theory the more stories you download the more I can donate. Win win. 🙂

I hope you will take a look at the site and download a story- and if you do please get in touch via the contact page so I can reply.

Thank you.