Stolen Stories 2010
What do Neil Gaiman, Ali Smith, Nick Cave, and Margaret Atwood have in common? Stolen Stories!
Stolen Stories is a 10-week evening class at Glasgow University on using mythology, fairy tales, history, and classic literature to create original fiction.
Classes begin on the 14th of January, and run 7pm-9pm on Thursdays. The cost is £75 for the 10-week course. If you have any questions, please email me.
Towards the end of December, the pages of my day-planner are whiter than the 4am snow. Every other week of the year is full of black scribbles, crossings-out, and attempts to do three different things in three different places during one Wednesday lunchtime.
But those December days! Blank and free; perfect for writing. I can finish my novel, write some new poems, start that screenplay I keep boring people with. I’ll get to it, right after I eat my turkey dinner and visit my parents and watch the latest Austen adaptation and have another nap and eat my Chocolate Orange and crunch my way through the park and read all those trashy-fun novels I received.
And then it’s January, and my belly is full of meat and sugar, and my days are full of black scrawls again.
Now it’s time for an early night, hot chocolate, and a trashy crime thriller. Damn, I’m so rock ‘n’ roll.
I’ve been very quiet lately, I know; blame NaNoWriMo. I was doing pretty well with my typing (at this speed I wouldn’t dare to call it ‘writing’), but then I got an upper respiratory tract infection and spent three days in bed. There’s still time!
I seem to have a mental block on making this weekly, so I think I should just give in and call it the fortnightly check-in.
Acceptances: 3 – and as I’m so tardy with my updates, they’ve all been published. Coffee Break at The Pygmy Giant is a quirky future-tense romance; The Last 3,600 Seconds at Circlet is apocalyptic erotica (apocarotica?); And The Devil Makes Three is a “poetic vampire story” which won an honourable mention in Oysters and Chocolate’s Vampire Lust contest.
Rejections: 9 – just the usual short fiction and personal essays. One was for a story I wrote specifically for an anthology, and now they’ve rejected it I don’t know what to do with it (romantic suburban fairytale erotica, anyone?). Also Diagram said they weren’t going to publish that particular poem but to send more, which is nice as rejections go.
Stories Submitted: 12 – a mixture of poems, erotic flash fiction, weird horror, personal essays, and some things that I don’t even know what they are.
Stories Started and Finished: Renfield at the Stereo Bar (horror flash about Renfield from Dracula working in a bar); Choosing A Toy (weird little anti-narrative about choosing sex toys); The Shaven Kiwi (an attempt at humour for Poor Mojo’s rant contest).