Well, I never thought we'd end up with this!
Back in April 2016, I wrote an article for Chris Fielden's website - a site chock-a-block with writing advice, competition listings, and services.
My article was imaginatively titled "How to Research, Write, and Publish a Short Story".
About half way down, I put in something a bit daft. "You could even," I wrote, "write a story in which the majority of words are an adverb. Go on, I dare you."
(In mitigation, all I was trying to do was make a meandering point about the "consensus" of good-practice writing guidelines... but in hindsight, I do admit now it came out a bit weird.)
Anyway, such wanton-rule-breakage certainly caught writers' imaginations far and wide, because here is the result: "Adverbially Challenged Volume 1". 91 writers; 100 flash fictions; many, many adverbs.
All proceeds go to the charity First Story. Please do click through to the page on Chris Fielden's site and buy a paperback and/or eBook copy via any of the links available - or go direct to Amazon here - it's all in a great cause.
(PS: my own story, "Giving it the Adverbals", is my first - and in all likelihood, last - attempt at a pun-packed prose-poem.)
(PPS: Volume 2 is already well underway! All writers are welcome to unleash their excess adverbs and submit here.)
This month, I've been online, via a variety of media...
Firstly, here's the resulting video of Chris Fielden's "To Hull and Back" competition, which I won last year. Can a literary award get any cooler than this?
Then came a Tweet-length story I sent to Shirley Golden (@shirl1001), which I was pleased to see she marked as one of her favourites. The remit was to place Thor, the Norse god of thunder, in an unusual setting. (This was part of the intriguing "Nine Realms", a Viking-themed collaborative project combining art, poetry, and stories, which is well worth a look.)
My tweet is below, but you can read all the very entertaining efforts at the Artipeeps website.