I mentioned last blog that I’ve been writing a couple of short stories. Well, this seems to have escalated and I find myself writing several short stories, mostly for charitable causes that I believe in.
I’m not a big fan of big charities as much of the money donated tends to go for admin and keeping the charity itself going, but there are a few exceptions.
If you’ve been following me you’ll know I contributed to both the 2013 and 2014 volumes of Of Words and Water, which contributes all proceeds to WaterAid and is actually available free on Smashwords. It encourages donations directly to the charity.
Since then I’ve contributed to the Dreamtime Dragons Fantasy Anthology which donates all profits to the Abington Ferret Refuge and have had stories accepted for Dreamtime Damsels and Fatal Femmes, a Fantasy anthology of stories about strong female protagonists, due out in October 2019 with all proceeds to go to Big Cat Sanctuary in the USA.
I’ve also had one accepted for The Witch Lit Anthology with all proceeds donated to the literacy charity Books for Africa. This one is to be released 21 June, 2019.
Apart from that, I’ve submitted to a Steampunk anthology that is not for a charity and plan to submit to two other commercial ventures, the first with a March deadline and the other due in October. I have my eye on another Fantasy anthology that supports a cancer charity that I would very much like to support.
Meanwhile, I’ve been setting deadlines for a few books. The immediate ones are for Echoes of Ganesha, which I would like to have at least the first draft finished by the end of March. I plan to release in July, so thought getting that far much earlier would be in order. This one is non-fiction, about the popularity of and Western Magical approaches to working with Ganesha.
In fiction, I’ve set an August release date for The Chase for Choronzon. One of the commercial short stories I’m working on now has a tie-in to this one.
Do I feel pressure? Well, yes, but I work best under pressure. It’s about time I got some projects out among my writing backlog instead of channeling all my energies into film. I’ll try to keep this blog up to date with the new releases and the short stories as more are added.