Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Two anthologies

Last week we had a few Internet problems, meaning I couldn't tell you the previous week's writing news.


Since September, apart from a couple of shortlistings, I had only rejections. And sometimes you know, you do reach a point when you wonder if you will ever be published again. But then a fortnight ago the unthinkable happened and I heard good news about two short stories in one day. The first of these is due to be published on March the 8th, in 100 Stories for Queensland. This is a charity anthology to raise money for people affected by the massive floods which hit the state in January.


Later in 2011 I will also have a story in a Leaf Books anthology. I entered Leaf's micro-fiction competition last year, for stories under 300 words. While I didn't win, I am very happy to be one of the commended entrants whose stories will be included in the book.


Both these things have put a smile on my face, as have my new bedroom curtains! It's not just the lovely primrose yellow colour, making me think of spring and sunshine. The instructions for hanging the curtains mention the need to "train your pleats". The idea of training my pleats amuses me every time I think of it. I wish I could train my pleats to type up my longhand scrawl, do the less interesting bits of research, and keep me stocked up with stamps.

12 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

Congratulations on your good news! I know that 'I'll never be published again' feeling only too well. It's always worth it when another acceptance comes along though.

Old Kitty said...

YAY!!!! for your fabulous stories in anthologies that are on my list to buy!!! Yes they are!!!:-)

Enjoy training your pleats!! LOL! Take care
x

Ellie said...

Now that's the sort of news you should receive every day - congratulations!

Morton S Gray said...

Well done Joanne. Keep training your pleats. You never know they may be lucky ones! Jx

Christine said...

Congratulations, Joanne.
I used to make my own curtains and used pairs of tights tied loosely to train my pleats on first hanging. Looked hilarious and I had to make sure that they were removed before visitors called, if in a downstairs room. Made a nice job of my pleats tho'. Happy training!

joanne fox said...

Oh thank you all - and Christine I am intrigued by exactly how you would train pleats with tights!

bazza said...

Congratulations Joanne. Perseverance has paid off!
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Rosemary Gemmell said...

Well done on your two stories, Joanne. Love the image of 'training the pleats'!

Dream it, then do it said...

Congratulations, Joanne.
I wondered why you hadn't blogged for a while.

Joanna said...

Congratulations, Joanne, that's fabulous news!

I would love my curtains to have anything resembling pleats, but they all simply ooze from the track. They have never stood to attention despite a lot of tugging.

Laraine Eddington said...

What wonderful news. I hope the pleat training is going well. I'm sure that requires some sort of certification.

Regina said...

Congratulations! *throws confetti* This is great news. Very exciting too.