Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Apology for long absence

Completely inexcusable absence for - what - 6 months now? By way of mitigation, I should mention that I found out a few months ago that the cancer I received treatment for two years ago was trying to make a comeback. So, I'm currently in the middle of a concerted programme of chemotherapy to try to knock it on the head for good. The chemo leaves you feeling frazzled and strange in cyclical waves, and it's not that conducive to coherent writing. However, I have managed to scribble a few flashes which may or may not end up being half-decent.

I found out recently that I'd made the long list for the 2010 Sean O'Faolain Prize. Gave me a welcome boost after bombing completely in a few comps earlier in the year. The competition judge, Tania Hershman, posted a brilliant piece on her blog about the judging process from her perspective. Required reading, I'd say, for anyone thinking of entering a short story comp any time soon. You can read Tania's post here

Anyway, will try to post more frequently, and to return to my list of favourite short pieces before long.