At the launch of the flash fiction anthology called “Story Cities: A City Guide For The Imagination” published by Arachne Press and available at this web shop, I was invited to close the show of live readings. It was subsequently called a ‘glorious finale’ on Twitter, which is nice. You can suffer it too by using this YouTube link
I have to say I wrote it as a rather dark piece, and was therefore slightly surprised by the amount, and timing, of the laughter. Perhaps they saw (heard) something that I didn’t, perhaps it was hollow. Whatever. We used to say in business that ‘the customer is never entirely wrong’, and the same goes for the listener/reader. I enjoyed the applause.
In Jun 2019 my first fiction appears; a flash fiction in the anthology called “Story Cities: A City Guide For The Imagination” published by Arachne Press and available at this web shop – follow the #StoryCities story on Twitter.
To be fair, my non-fiction book “How Can We Make This Happen” does have the innovation of fiction flashes at the beginning of each chapter, to illustrate the chapter contents in real-life scenarios. Story Cities however is the first standalone fiction to be selected by a publisher.
I have been a member of the National Osteoporosis Society in the UK for many years. I serve on their Members & Volunteers Committee, where we advise the Charity’s Trustee Board on the patient/public view of new strategies, services and documents. I also deploy my skills and experience in reviewing and writing documents concerned with the Care and Support of people who have osteoporosis (which includes myself … as I carefully type this with a broken shoulder blade and 4 fractured ribs).
Being a Portfolio person is tougher than being in a regular job, in terms of juggling commitments and managing priorities. I knew that when I started, right? As a professional manager with huge experience, I’m not going to be caught out, am I? Hmm – learning is a lifelong experience my friends, and I’m always quick to put my hand up when I think/know I could do better.
So finally I have swum upriver through the demands of University employment, pro bono health sector work, book promotion, film extra work, family support, and even holidays … to move/update my old website content onto this new site.
The trigger for increasing the priority on this background task so that it gets some attention is that I am closing my Limited Company after 23 years (needed for full-time contract work as an interim manager) because outside the University it is now better for me to be self-employed. The old website is paid for through the company, naturally. The fact and hassle of changing over the payment details is just enough to push/embarrass me into getting on with the transition. Hoorah.
This is my third site within my 123-reg Business Hosting package using WordPress, in as many weeks. You would think I have the hang of it by now … yet there is so much to learn. It will be a bumpy ride for a few days.