So that’s what my name looks like in print?

That’s Ariadne right there!

I previously mentioned that a small story (tiny in fact – it’s a piece of flash) was picked up by an anthology.

I travelled down to the Diamond Light Source Synchrotron to pick it up. It was a long way to go but worth it. The facility is literally amazing. It looks remarkably like a V mothership crashed in the Oxfordshire countryside.

This is not a movie poster of the Synchrotron!

Unfortunately I neglected to take any pictures while I was there but I am hoping that I can get some copies from the site office. There will be another update once I have them.

You can find Ariadne on page 16 of the Light Reading Anthology. But don’t stop there take the time to read some of the other submissions. I discovered that the illustration  was used on the cover. Gosh. Colour me flattered.

Go ahead and read – those digital versions are all free.

ps. I am not sure if there’s going to be a print version. There was some talk of a PoD edition but I don’t have any information on that just now.

So I didn’t win.

As anyone who has checked in here recently knows I entered the Light Reading competition over at the Diamond Light Source.

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me – because of you I made the shortlist. Many Thanks.

Unfortunately I didn’t win. That honour goes to Tanian Hershman – congratulations to her!

Time to enter more competitions I think!

Flash Fiction – what’s that all about?

What IS Flash Fiction?

When I started writing I was only dimly aware that Flash Fiction even existed.  Over time I’ve read it a few times and I’ve always believed that it was any work that was less than 1000 words.  It turns out that it’s anything under that limit, under 1500 words, under 75 or anything else in between – there’s no cast iron definition. In fact it’s whatever a writer says it is though the common consensus is that at 1500 words you should stop being coy, grow up and call it a short story.

I wasn’t even aware that some people could win a competition or earn a bit of extra cash with it, yet here I am on the long list for a small competition which means £50 and inclusion in an anthology.  Voting closes on the 20th of January.

My story is Ariadne  (by Gavin McMenemy) and you can read it (with voting instructions) here:  Light Reading.

While you’re there you might want to check out the Diamond Light Source site.  They do cool things with fricking lasers Synchrotron radiation* (which I won’t go into detail here).