Hi there, and welcome to the second issue of The Thellian Herald! I do apologise for this arriving two days late, but September was a busy month. Did it fly by for you too? Feel free to hit reply if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions (or if you just feel like saying hi). email@example.com.
Last month, I managed to come up with a few short story ideas, which need refining, and I got plenty of editing done. My beta readers for Echoes of Chaos now have 21 of 36 chapters, so the action is really picking up.
If you’re wondering how to find beta readers for your own projects, check out this article I recently wrote:
I often see other writers ask how to find beta readers. Though I’ve only been working with beta readers for a half a year, I thought it would be worth writing a mini guide for people who want extra eyes…
A few months ago, I signed up to be matched for a new writing group, as sadly the lovely group I was already part of are USA based, which means I can’t be a part of the video calls. I somehow ended up the leader of a new three-person writing group, but it’s working out great. We’re all UK-based fantasy writers, leaning towards epic plots, and our weekly topics are teaching us loads. If you’re a writer and not part of a group, I highly recommend finding one to join. Not only do we help each other learn, but we also critique each other’s work directly, a little like beta readers.
In the last issue, I mentioned that my son was due to start preschool. He’s been going for a month now, and he’s absolutely loving it (especially the sandpit). We’re getting used to the earlier starts, but the ~2 miles of walking a day, while it isn’t far, has increased my fatigue, leading to several unexpected afternoon naps. I fully expect my tolerance will increase, but in the meantime, our new sofa makes an excellent napping space.
In case you missed it...
Below are September’s blog highlights. I didn’t make the Furious Fiction contest’s long list, but I think it’s still an enjoyable story. October’s entry is already in, so fingers crossed I’ll have different news next issue!
Maggots. Always maggots. The job would be a damn sight better if they stopped sprouting near worksites. Leo descended into the dark basement, jaw clenching a little more with each wriggler that popped underfoot. He could’ve used spotlights, but the boss said he was better working blind. A familiar stench explained why – ruptured bowels. Great.
The crisp crunches in my mouth, transporting me to a Sunday afternoon twenty years ago. At the family farm, Nana has laid out the weekly feast. Soft, buttered bread, platters of meat, sliced egg, salad, crisps, and so much more at the savoury end. And the sweet end? Chocolate buns, Victoria sponge cake, rock cakes, and, if I’m lucky, a trifle. No one frowns when I heap up my plate, nor when I go back for more. It’s always savoury then cakes, and perhaps a slice of bread after that.
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