I am pleased to present the audio version of my story, The Lighthouse.
I was really captivated by the idea of woman dealing with the death of her husband, who was once a lighthouse keeper.
There were a couple of lines that just hit me out of the blue and made me sit up and take notice of the voice in my head telling me to write.
The one about the smell of the mouthwash, and how, when we are grieving we assign value to meaningless objects that are associated to the person who is gone. I love the idea of how a piece of us somehow lives on in the bills that we continue to receive.
I guess I was channelling my inner Amy Hempel for this one. Short, grief packed and full of sly metaphors and symbolism. If you haven’t read her work, I would absolutely recommend it.
So, here we are. TL;DR has been finalised and is looking absolutely gorgeous thanks to the work of Cameron @c_scottfrank, and is now ready to be released in the world.
I can now confirm that the official release date for the collection is going to be, 30 March 2018.
It will be available on Amazon www.amazon.com for the low low price of £1.99 ($2.77). CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/ will allow you to order a hard copy printed version of TL;DR which you can hold in your hands, and smell, and all the other stuff you might like to do with a book. Beware it will be more expensive though. More info on that to come.
All of the money from the sales of TL;DR will go directly to Doctors Without Borders. @mrdanalvarez did a lot of the leg work making that a reality, including getting in contact with them and setting up the ground rules, (Big thanks to Dan).
Finally, and I know I have said it before in various ways, but I am so proud of what we have done as a community. The whole process has been really positive. Even the people who didn’t make it in to the anthology deserve thanks for being so gracious. This really wouldn’t have been possible without all of the #Redditwriters group coming together and making it happen.
As always, special thanks to the editors David Clark, Camden M Collins, Ellie Raine, and Alexander Hamilton.
Fingers crossed that this one is a success, and here’s to more anthologies in the future.
We, the editors, are knee deep in second scoring at the moment. We have our long list, and are working hard to get that shortlist finalised, but we are on the downward slope, speeding towards the finish line. Woo!
It’s been hard work, but an amazing experience so far. The Redditwriters community is absolutely amazing and incredibly talented. The quality of the submissions I have read have absolutely blown me away, and I am really excited to get this project out! Thank you for engaging with the project with such enthusiasm!
As soon as second scoring is done, I will contact the authors individually and announce the shortlist on the blog.
Now that we are on the homestretch, I would like to announce a call for cover art.
Let’s do this as a competition! Anyone interested in submitting up to two pieces of art, (Front cover only), please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 December 2017. Don’t make me ruin the project with crayons.
We, the editors will vote on the shortlist and then put those pieces out for final vote from you guys.