I am the editor/publisher of a small press print magazine for women writers called The Yellow Room (www.theyellowroom-magazine.co.uk). I publish short stories, articles and letters. I'm a writer, and have had several short stories and articles published. I have a house full of novels, most of which I haven't yet got round to reading. . .and I can't help buying more! I've almost finished writing a crime novel, but the fear of failing to get it published is sometimes overwhelming. From 1994-2006 I was the editor/publisher of Quality Women's Fiction Magazine, under my former name of Jo Good. I have a husband, teenage son (both talented musicians) and a daughter of 10, who is obsessed with animals.
It's been a while since I last blogged. It sometimes feels as if I have nothing interesting to say.
I've been incredibly busy the past few weeks. I've been writing new short stories and submitting to competitions. I also realized that with so much work out there that I'd have to be more organized, so I've been busy creating databases. I can now see at a glance which stories are where. When they come back, or succeed, I can enter the outcome on the database, too. I've also created a database for all the competitions I want to enter, giving details of the website, word count required, closing date etc. Unfortunately, I can't seem to share the database with others, as I use IWorks Numbers, which isn't compatible with other systems.
Another little flurry of success has come in this month. A story of mine was longlisted in The Fish Short Story Prize, which I was thrilled about, as it's such a prestigious competition and attracted 1,900 entries from all over the world. Then I found out this morning that one of my micro-fiction pieces was longlisted in The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes 2011 - another prestigious comp. I'm thrilled that my writing buddy, Sharon Birch, won a prize in the non-fiction section of that particular competition and was runner-up in Multi-Story.
We won't mention the crime novel ;-)
The Yellow Room Issue 7 is due to arrive back from the printers today, so fingers crossed that there isn't some sort of delay or that they don't try to deliver when I'm walking up to collect my daughter from school.