Drabbles….

that is  a 100 word piece of fiction. I really enjoy the challenge of writing these snapshot dense intense slices of story. It is a challenge and a pleasure. I have a new one out today on the Horror Tree blog at https://horrortree.com/trembling-fear-09102017/https://horrortree.com/trembling-fear-09102017/ called ‘Rose Red’– no happy ending in sight though.

I have written another drabble from the notes I made during my Saltaire writing class- ‘Kitty Cat’. Ideas can come from many sources and once the first draft is down, then you’ve got something to chew away at. This drabble came from an exercise in picking opening/ending sentences from a bag and writing what came to mind- so a pretty random but fun way of getting going.

Teaser: a bloke runs over his neighbour’s cat and gets more feline attention than he bargained for.

I have also been able to add 3 titles to my titles on www.amazon.co.uk as several publications including my fiction have become available for sale. Just pop Alyson Faye into the search bar and up they pop!

 

 

 

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Taught 1st Saltaire creative writing class today-

There were 6 of us for the class, with our pads and pens and my home made whiteboard (!) holed up in the basement of The Craft House; a lovely venue in Saltaire. We attempted some writing exercises, (“If you were a season which season would you choose to be?”), did a focus on a poem, played the -dip your hand in the bag and pull out the writing prompt game- and generally chatted about writing/reading related matters. It is a really nice group and despite it being the first session I was delighted with how willing people were to share their first drafts and notes with the rest of us. It isn’t easy reading your efforts out loud!

I really enjoyed the morning and am looking forward to sharing more of my writing experiences and exercises in the next three weeks.

I have heard today that the Creative Writing course I am teaching from September 21st at Sunny Bank Mills Gallery in Farsley near Leeds will definitely run. There are 6 booked on already, with 8 being the maximum we can take on the class.

Here’s the link:-

http://sunnybankmills.co.uk/events/creative-writing-4-week-course

An anthology is up for sale on amazon- which I have a short piece in-  ‘Treasure Hunt.‘ The book is edited by Gill James.

The Best of CaféLit 6 by [Multiple]Each story in this little volume is the right length and quality for enjoying as you sip the assigned drink in your favourite Creative Café. You need never feel alone again in a café. So what’s the mood today? Espresso? Earl Grey tea? Hot chocolate with marshmallows? You’ll find most drinks in our drinks index.

 

 

 

Roll on Autumn- it’s going to be rockin’….

September is here and the summer holidays are officially behind us. I have had a great summer with family, friends and my son. Our last trip was to a gorgeous old rectory outside Bridlington next to the centuries old church. My sort of terrain.

I am delighted to confirm that my series of Creative Writing classes will begin on Wednesday 6 September at The Craft House in Saltaire. I am all prepped and ready to rock and roll. There will be 6/7 of us so there is 1 space left around the table- if you are available on Wednesdays between 10-12noon and would like to tap into your inner writing muse then please do book on and join us.

Here’s the link:-

http://www.saltairecrafthouse.com/announcements/creative-writing-course

Writers on the Wharf met up for the first time since the hols, in Menston at the weekend. A lovely supportive group.

I have submitted (by invitation from editor Joanna Sterling) a Flash Fiction piece to her Casket of Fictional Delights and am editing 2 more- ‘Angel’s Wing’ and ‘Gone Fishing’ for Gill James’ site Cafe Lit. I have a short piece in ‘The Best of Cafe Lit 6’ which is due out imminently.

http://cafelitcreativecafe.blogspot.co.uk/

I am enveloping myself in Victorian gothic at the moment to inspire my ghost stories . We watched ‘The Limehouse Golem’ starring Bill Nighy the other day, based on the book ‘Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem’ by Peter Ackroyd. It was a luscious looking film with evocative music hall segments but the dialogue was rather pedestrian. I’m rereading Carol Goodman’s book ‘The Ghost Orchid’ set in both Victorian/modern times with a mirroring storyline. I am loving it. She is a great writer.

This autumn I have so many writing linked events coming up- I am so excited.  There is Morley Indie Fair on 7 October where I will have a stall- https://www.facebook.com/Morleyartsfestival/  and Otley writers group are having a book launch on Friday 13 October of their latest book – ‘The Darkening Season’; on Saturday 14th October I will be part of Writers on the Wharf event at Ilkley Literature Festival fringe.

On Friday 22 September best selling author Wendy Holden will be at Central Library & Archives, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG from 2.30-4.30pm. Tickets are free from Event Brite- I have read most of her novels and loved them.

 

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

mermaid-1503407521832

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/

 

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.

 

Upcoming anthologies and my Creative Writing classes:-

Three Drops from a Cauldron press- find them at:- https://threedropspoetry.co.uk/ is including one of my pieces in their upcoming ghosts anthology entitled ‘White Noise & Ouija Boards’ due out in the Autumn;

and Gill James of Chapel Town Books is publishing her anthology of drabbles off her Cafelit website :- The Best of CaféLit 6  and I have a piece included.

Come September I hope to run and teach my own- drumroll- Creative Writing classes- one in Saltaire at The Craft House; here’s the link:-

http://www.saltairecrafthouse.com/announcements/creative-writing-course

The initial idea is to run 4 interlocked workshops – for beginners onwards who would like to have fun, get their ideas out there and maybe even submit their work if they would like to. I will share my own writing experiences, the highs and the lows of rejection, the pain and perseverance of rewriting and how to enjoy word making.

The Craft House, run by April, has a lovely basement room, light and airy, in which to get inspired.

I am also talking to Sunny Bank Mills Gallery in Farsley near Pudsey, which is an amazing space – with a view to running workshops there in the autumn.

So if you know anyone who might be interested in the Saltaire course please pass on the info. Thank you.

A writing friend of mine from Otley WEA class, Ruth Middleton, has an interview in the Mirror today online; here’s the link-http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tennis-fan-develops-face-blindness-1087247

Ruth is in a wheelchair after a life changing road accident in 2000, and a leg amputation last year; she talks about dealing with ‘face blindness’ and other problems.

She is an amazing, warm, witty, fascinating woman with buckets of determination who I love dearly and have been honoured to know over the last few years. Please read her story. It is inspiring.

 

Horror/ghost stories/films all written by women:-

I  plan to publish a collection of my own horror/ghost stories in November this year using Amazon KDP; some will be new and a couple will have been either/or pre published or prize winning or short listed. As research I’ve been reading ‘The Virago Book of Ghost Stories’ (20th century volume 11) in a battered paperback copy – and there inside its pages I’ve found two- who are new -to -me authors who are brilliant at creating creeping unease and horror.

D.K.Broster (short for Dorothy Kathleen)  was much read pre 1950 but forgotten since; I’ve bought her supernatural collection, ‘Couching at the Door’ (pub 1942) off amazon.co.uk. ‘The Pestering’ is a slow burning build up  in domestic invasion and creepiness.

Celia Fremlin whose first novel won her an Edgar Award (US); has been rediscovered and republished by Faber Finds and her short story collections are available for less than a £1 on amazon kindle. She is adept at the ordinary family/person where the situation goes swiftly and terribly wrong. Just my sort of fiction.

My latest copy of the mag ‘Black Static’ has dropped through my letter box and this issue most of the stories are (coincidentally)  by women authors -perhaps it is the season for women horror writers!

I am starting to collate my own collection which will mean me writing more new material. I have started rewriting an old idea, provisionally titled, ‘Crow People’. It is set in Filey but not a Filey most tourists see!

Poet and writing tutor James Nash kindly wrote a critique of my upcoming flash collection ‘Badlands’ for the back of the opus- his words as always are brilliant and a huge thank you to him.

I also went to see female director Sofia Coppola’s new film, ‘The Beguiled’ starring Nicole Kidman this week. It is set in the South during the US Civil War and is a full on southern gothic drama, brewing sexual tensions and power plays upon the arrival of the wounded soldier. I loved the visuals and the landscapes depicted. The final scene (horrific too) was framed like a photograph. Exquisite.

I’ve heard from Third Word Press that my piece ‘Mermaid’ has been accepted for inclusion in their upcoming anthology ‘A House of Music ‘ which is being sold and promoted to raise funds for homeless charities. Here’s a peek at the cover pic;-

Here’s the link if you’d like to order a copy:-

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

Horror Tree have accepted 2 more of my 100 worders aka drabbles (I’ve found out that a 50 word piece is a ‘dribble’ -true- though odd!)