Shattered Moon, Hungry Sea on Apparition Lit

Earlier this month, I entered Apparition Literary Magazine’s November Flash Fiction Challenge, for which writer’s are challenged to create flash fiction based on a certain image, and I am delighted to announce that I won!

My story “Shattered Moon, Hungry Sea” went live today. It’s a speculative fairy tale about a mother, a daughter, the moon and the sea.

I really love this story, and I hope you enjoy it!

You can read it here.

The Boat and the Boy published on 101 Words

Hello, hello. It’s been a little while and this update may well be longer than the story itself! A little while ago, I wrote a teeny, tiny story—a one-hundred-and-one word story, to be precise.

Today, that story went live on 101 Words! I’m so pleased. I adore tiny stories so having my own published is particularly lovely.

Click here to read!


In other news, Crow & Cross Keys is now live and packed with beautiful stories and poetry. I’d love it if you could check it out!

Every week, I share the words of two brilliant contributors. If you like your words a little dark and a little strange and a little lovely, you’re going to love CCK.

:)

The Great Green Forever makes HG Wells Competition Shortlist

Many months ago, I wrote a story. Then I had friends—brilliant writer-type friends—poke at it and ask me questions I never would have thought to ask myself. The story almost doubled in length and, we hope, quality and it turned out I really rather liked it.

Apparently, I’m not the only one! I am delighted to announce that “The Great Green Forever” has been shortlisted as part of the HG Wells Short Story Competition.

I’m fairly new to entering competitions (I am currently awaiting the second round results for the New York City Midnight Flash Fiction Contest—wish me luck!) and this is the first piece that has made a shortlist.

I’m so glad it’s this story.

The overall results will be released at the awards ceremony in November. I’m excited.

What a lovely Monday this is.

Pit Stop in perhappened mag

I am so happy to be writing this post. I have been holding onto this for a couple of weeks now and it’s been fizzing in my belly. If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen me getting a little bit excited about a recent acceptance.

I am so thrilled to announce that an eerie little piece of flash fiction has been published in issue 2 of perhappened mag!

It’s such a lovely magazine and I’m so pleased to have been accepted; this magazine is going to do great things and I can’t wait to pore over the rest of the issue.

So, without further rambling and before I make this update longer than the piece itself, allow me to introduce ‘Pit Stop’⁠—a strange little story about a moment on the road.

Click here to read!

perhappened mag issue 2: ROAD TRIP cover by Aleah Dye
perhappened mag issue 2: ROAD TRIP cover by Aleah Dye

r/TheKeyhole, and a quick hello

Hello.

See, look how quick that was.

This website has existed for a long time and taken many different forms. From art to blogging, back to art, back to blogging…

It has been about books and life and design and everything in between. But mostly it has been sat here. Well, it has been sat here for over a year anyway.

I recently decided that I need to take myself seriously and I need to take my writing seriously⁠—so that’s what this is. Here you will now find my work, as and when it appears, as I navigate my way through the perilous seas of publishing.

First, in journals and magazines and then⁠—we hope⁠—books.

To anyone who is still here and chooses to remain here: thank you.


I’ve recently been noodling around on reddit, particularly the r/WritingPrompts community, writing silly little stories.

I decided I ought to gather them somewhere.

And so r/TheKeyhole was born, where you can find everything that I cannot otherwise publish. I’m quite fond of it. I might post my favourite things here as well. We shall see.


I never quite know how to end these things, so I shall end it with a quote that has been keeping me sane throughout my writing⁠—and living⁠—process since around 2013:

So it is written – but so, too, it is crossed out. You can write it over again. You can make notes in the margins. You can cut out the whole page. You can, and you must, edit and rewrite and reshape and pull out the wrong parts like bones and find just the thing and you can forever, forever, write more and more and more, thicker and longer and clearer. Living is a paragraph, constantly rewritten. It is Grown-Up Magic.

Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two