I enjoy writing stories. Regular readers will already know this: those who are not will no doubt think, “oh Christ, this is another one of those ‘struggling writer’ posts. ABANDON BLOG.”
Fear not. I’m not about to go all NaNoWriMo1 on here.
I don’t tend to make New Year resolutions, but I made myself a promise, about the time I started at university, that from some arbitrary point I would write on a regular schedule. One short story a week.
Now is as good a time as any, so I’m very pleased to announce the release of The Ladies Who Fell to Earth, the story of a young boy, his senile Nan and two very strange lodgers in the run-up to the 1999 solar eclipse.
From this point on, I am going to try to write at least one short story every week, and post it at w.rothwell.im every Friday or Saturday. I don’t expect all of them will be good (indeed, some of them will probably be terrible!) but I hope that I’ll at least have fun writing them, and that you’ll have fun reading them.
I did actually make a third(?) attempt at NaNoWriMo last year (2012.) It failed magnificently at something like thirty thousand words, mostly because all of the characters were the most hateful people you could possibly conceive—I had more empathy for the row of function keys on my computer than for them.↩