Selling a story and other news:-

Just had an email off US Mag publisher Silver Pen saying they love my YA story and will publish it in August Youth Imagination Magazine. This is a paying market, which took some researching on my part to find so I am doubly pleased. It’s great affirmation for your writing.

I also had a piece about why I blog on fellow Chapel Town author Allison Symes’ useful and informative writing blog I never thought I’d stick with this blogging habit but I have and I enjoy keeping my online diary.

In other writing news- I’ve written another horror blog article called ‘My Journey into Darkness’ for Horror Addicts site and entered a 300 word flash fiction piece for the Hexham Book Festival comp with the theme ‘Women on the Wall: Then and Now’-

“This competition celebrates the earliest example of a woman’s handwriting in Britain, found at Vindolanda Roman Fort, in the form of a birthday invitation to Sulpicia Lepidina, wife of the fort commander in AD100, from her sister Claudia Severa.”

Having studied Ancient History and Latin for my A levels (I know, I ask myself often why did I do that?- it made me virtually unemployable) I’ve always enjoyed Roman ruins and mooching around them. Here’s a pic of the aforementioned birthday invite :-

Interestingly the Vindolanda tablets are made from birch, alder and oak that grew locally; Tablet 291, written around AD 100 by Claudia Severa, the wife of the commander of a nearby fort, to Sulpicia Lepidina. The tablet has two handwriting styles, with the majority of the text written in a professional hand (thought to be the household scribe) and with closing greetings personally added by Claudia Severa herself (on the lower right hand side of the tablet).

I also squeaked in a horror story, to the fab and famous horror mag Cemetery Dance when it had a rare subs window.




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