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It’s been a while since I last updated on here, so I thought I had better do so. It’s been about 18 months since I started freelance, and I have to say that I’ve done better than I initially thought I would. There is still the anxiety there, and being in between projects isn’t a good feeling, but I suppose that comes with the territory. However, I’m now on my second project from the Greek ELT publisher since meeting them in person in Athens, so that’s excellent and keeps me busy since I no longer work for the small publisher in Twickenham. I seem to find starting new projects the most difficult thing – once I’ve started, it’s no problem, but getting over that initial hurdle is tricky and I hope to get better at it. Still, there are two publications I’ve done which should be in the final stages of production and should soon be available through their website. I have also applied to for freelance write and edit for an international examinations company, so I’m hoping to hear from them soon.
I wrote a non-fiction piece on Mary Ann Brough, who became notorious in 1854 for killing six of her children, in what was known as The Esher Murders. What makes her story even more interesting is that she served Queen Victoria as a wet nurse to Bertie, the future King, for 8 months – the Queen herself recorded the terrible tragedy in her diaries. I have submitted this to Hinterland Magazine, a new non-fiction journal, which I thoroughly recommend. Hopefully, they like it and will decide to publish it.
This has led me to thinking of another non-fiction piece, based around my grandmother. In the 1920s, she worked as a maid at Sandling Place, a large house just outside Maidstone, Kent, which has now been turned into apartments. I’m currently researching information relating to the owners and stories surrounding it. There’s also a fiction piece called Edie which is based on imagining my grandmother’s experience while working, but this has been a WIP for many months now.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on some flash fiction too. I submitted a piece to Ad Hoc Fiction, and was delighted to have it selected to be in their ebook edition number 179: Basin. I can’t tell you which one it is, as a winner is decided on public votes, but I do urge you to visit the site and vote for your favourites.
Contributor to Tempest
If you’d like to read some of my fiction, you can find my first short story, The Walking Stick published in Tempest: An Anthology by Patrician Press. It is a glorious anthology, focusing on our current tempestous times, with essays, poetry and short fiction. Please do have a look at getting a copy here.
If you like what you have read, then please do consider supporting me and my foray into literature and writing by buying me a coffee here. You can also check out my professional website here. Thank you for reading.