Here is the anthology of 19 top writers from around north-east Scotland. Among them fantasy author Haseley Hinton, writer of the Seacrow series.
This is a collection of short stories and poems, by some brilliant writers, whom I've had the pleasure to get to know over the past year.
Visit the Huntly Writers webste to find out more,
You can directly purchase from the same website, or by visiting many local bookshops, including, Orb's Bookshop Huntly, Better Read Books Ellon and The Spindrift Studio Banff.
Or order direct from the Lumphanan Press website,
I attended the writer's group meeting at Huntly this evening and had a great time, listening to other writers' works and learning of a few of the upcoming events.
It is a meet I sopped attending last year but one I am keen to get back in the swing of.
Of course I was asked if I had anything to read and I was happy to say 'yes'. I had in mind to read from 'Buried'. When asked if it was a short story I said, 'well, not so much, it's a longish short story.' Whereby I agreed, as I had all ready thought of, to read say six or so pages. This was fine, then by the time the curator got round to asking everyone if they had anything to read for the group, there was so many of us wanting to read prose, it was decided we should have ten minutes each. Which was fair of course and there were no complaints.
I read and I read, at first rather gingerly for the nerves, as always, were getting the better of me, but this soon waned and I found my voice and the narrative became more fluent. Mouth drying I read for what I thought was ten minutes, then at a pause in the story I asked, 'Is that my ten minutes?' She gestured for me to continue, saying, 'We can't leave it there, carry on.' Or words to the same degree.
So I carried on reading and when no one halted me I read the whole story. Once finished I was heartily surprised to find everyone talking about my characters and congratulating me on a job well done.
A pat on the back for me.
This was not all. One of the attendees owns the local Bookshop and had brought with her a book I ordered some weeks ago. It is The Sword of Shannara by popular, and my favourite author, Terry Brooks.
The moment I got this home I opened the package and then fanned the pages before my eyes, breathing in, through my nose, the exotic and somewhat enticing, new page scent. (I think they should make this a car freshener scent, wouldn't that be something.)
This evening I attended the local writer's group, held at the Spindrift Studio in Banff, and is something I've wanted to attend for months, but never got round to it till now. The moment I walked in the door I was immediately taken back, back to when I was at school, for I met there an old friend from those days. He had escaped the clutches of these two small townships in search of the big city and only just returned last year. We were able to catch up over a coffee and cake, oh and read a little writing too.
We talked in general about our writing and I heard some short stories with the theme of writing from the eye of innate objects. My friend chose to be a bed, and though there was no spice, it was an interesting listen. And thankfully not too much of well, you know, that sort of thing. Another was a mirror, and another a TV set. Which got me thinking of 1984 by George Orwell, for this is the book I am reading. If you have read it you'll know what I mean with regarding the telescreens, if not I suggest you get yourself a copy, it's a great book.
Of course, I had a chance to read also, and read a short story of mine about a dragon being awakoken from a long incarceration in stone. This was kind of sticking with the, 'write about an innate object' theme, if you consider rock as the innate object. Anyway they liked what I wrote and gave encouraging feedback.
It was mentioned that some writers get together in couples and go somewhere, say an office, on their own, with no interruptions and do nothing but write, so starting tomorrow, the small group will be getting together for just this occasion. If the weather is bad, ie, raining and I cannot possibly work outside on the developing plot, I'll be in attendance, for I will have access to free coffee as many as one writer may consume. Looking forward to it.
Charles F Bond is writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction. He wishes you much merriment in the pursuit of good reading.
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