I’m in the final stages of prepping the 2021 Mermaids of St Senara patreon launch of loveliness and it’s getting really exciting! Allllll the mermaids! All of them! And quite a few stone witches, shapeshifters and portal hopping rogues as well.
It’s going to be quite a mix of time periods too – the Call of the Running Tide novella is very firmly modern day urban fantasy; the short fiction, however, spans Iron Age to modern, with the odd side trip offworld. You can expect a varied selection of portal fantasy, sword & sorcery, historic fantasy, urban fantasy and horror, with both standalone stories and a glorious collection of cross-over fic with characters getting all up in each others business!
More details on all of that coming soon…
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2018 was a year of stuff getting done! Here’s what and where…
My short story ‘Down Along the Backroads’ appeared in the fabulous Alchemy Press Book of Horrors – you can get your copy of Horrors in ebook and paperback formats from a variety of retailers including Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Book Depository and Indiebooks
Across the interwebs, I had a review of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant published as Day 17 of the Countdown to Christmas feature on the Fox Spirit Books blog and a Five Fave Anthologies appreciation piece as Day 11; Fox Spirit also took part in the annual Women in Horror Month and my piece on five favourite short horror stories was also published by them – Women in Horror: Short Fiction Queens; elsewhere I wrote an appreciation of Stephen King’s ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption’ as part of the Stephen King Mixtape on Mark West’s blog.
I edited the rather gorgeous Fox Spirit Books short fiction sampler – Fearless Genre Warriors – an epic anthology that pulls 26 pieces of short fiction, 3 poems and 2 pieces of non-fiction from Fox Spirit’s range of anthologies and collections, with bonus internal art from Kieran Walsh and cover art from Vincent Holland-Keen. Available in epub or mobi format as a FREE download from Fox Spirit Books.
Ann J. Clark
And with my myth and magic non-fiction hat on, I launched my Ann J. Clark website and published 4 divination taster guides!
Let’s Try Dowsing – co-written with Patricia Barber – a beginner’s guide to dowsing. Available as kindle edition from Amazon.
Let’s Try Tarot – co-written with Patricia Barber – a beginner’s guide to tarot reading. Available as kindle and paperback editions from Amazon.
Let’s Try Cartomancy – a beginner’s guide to playing card divination. Available as kindle and paperback editions from Amazon.
Let’s Try Runes – a beginner’s guide to runes and rune divination. Available as kindle and paperback editions from Amazon.
And that was my 2018! Stay tuned for an even more packed 2019!
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Launched today, the simply delicious Let’s Try Runes: A Taster Guide for Beginners!
Whether you are simply curious about the art of rune divination or are looking to make runes a part of your deeper spiritual journey, this book will give you the basic foundation skills to get started.
You will find tips on how to make and cast runes, how to make and use casting boards to give greater context to your enquiries, and when you’re ready to try things out, there’s a selection of rune castings you can experiment with to hone your skills.
You’ll also find information on the fascinating history of runes and how they are used in modern times along with some resources to take your studies further.
It’s available right now from Amazon in paperback and ebook formats and will also be available live from the Mystic Maidens stall at various events next year. (And stay tuned for news of other ebook formats!)
Amazon ebook – https://amzn.to/2SeLAMo
Amazon paperback – https://amzn.to/2GvxdC3
With my Ann J. Clark hat on, I’m pleased to announce that the revised and updated edition of Let’s Try Dowsing is now live on that there Amazon!
Le blurb: Whether you are simply curious about the art of dowsing or are looking to make dowsing a part of your deeper spiritual journey, this book will give you the basic foundation skills to get started.
You will find tips on how to centre yourself and ask the best questions, how to make and dowse with pendulums, rods and forked twigs, how to make and use dowsing answer boards to give greater context to your enquiries, and when you’re ready to try things out, there’s a selection of dowsing exercises you can use to hone your skills.
You’ll also find information on the fascinating history of dowsing and how it is used in modern times along with some resources to take your studies further.
Let’s Try Dowsing is available in kindle format for £1.99 from Amazon or in paperback format from Tarot4You at various events in Berkshire, Hampshire and surrounding areas!
I am thrilled to announce that both Let’s Try Tarot and Let’s Try Cartomancy are live!
Let’s Try Tarot is a short taster guide for those who are curious about the nuts and bolts of tarot reading but don’t want to delve deep into the spiritual aspects. The taster guide will give you basic history, interpretation keywords, card combinations and themes, some simple layouts and tips for how to read.
Let’s try Tarot is available in ebook and paperback formats from Amazon, and in paperback format live on the Tarot4You stall at various events around Berkshire.
Amazon UK Ebook * Amazon UK Paperback (live Friday 13th July)
Let’s Try Cartomancy is a taster guide for the art of divination with playing cards. Whether you want a fun fortune-telling method to amaze your friends or family, or want to learn cartomancy for more serious purposes, the taster guide will give you the foundation skills to get started. You’ll find basic history, interpretation keywords, card combinations and themes, some simple layouts and tips for how to read with the standard 52 card deck; and if you like a challenge there’s also information and layouts for using a 32 card deck.
Let’s try Cartomancy is available in ebook format from Amazon, with paperback formats out 27th July from Amazon and live on the Tarot4You stall at various events around Berkshire.
Amazon UK Ebook
Like most of the country, I am currently in shock at the existence of weather. (Snoooooooooow!) But never mind that, update time!
In February I managed guest posts in two (2! Count ’em!) places:
As part of the Fox Spirit Books celebration of Women in Horror Month I did a post about short horror fiction and the women who write it. Go check out my post Short Fiction Queens or visit the round up post to see the full range of fab Foxy women in horror posts.
Not only! But also! The splendiferous Mark West has compiled another Mixtape blog, this time on short Stephen King fiction. I did a short thing on ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption’ and you can read it, and the rest of the picks, over on the Mixtape here!
And I am thrilled to announce I’ll be having a story published in the upcoming Alchemy Press Book of Horrors. My story ‘Down Along the Backroads’ is a bit of a weird post-apoc multi-world thing where new visitors to town stir up things best left unstirred. There’s a lovely bunch of horror folks joining me in the table of contents (see the full list here!) so look out for that around September time.
I may have written a couple of non-fiction books. I blame the mother ship entirely.
Thus – coming later in the year will be a couple of short taster guides for card divination! Let’s Try Tarot, co-written with Patricia Barber, will give the quick and easy way to try out tarot reading. Its companion volume, Let’s Try Cartomancy, covers quick and easy playing card divination. More news on those to follow!
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Up today on the very lovely Mark West’s site, is the American Horror Mixtape – in which a selection of fine and funky folks pontificate on their favourite horror shorts from US-ian and Canadian authors. My pick is a classic Stephen King thing – ‘Mrs Todd’s Shortcut’ from Skeleton Crew. Not that it was easy to pick just the one King short, mind, but ‘Mrs Todd’s Shortcut’ is a particular favourite.
Not only, but also! A couple of months back our man West hosted The Brit Horror Mixtape – in which a bunch of us babbled about our favourite horror shorts from Brit authors. Another tough pick, that, but Sarah Pinborough’s ‘Do You See?’ won out as my contribution.
Pop over to see who picked what else, and stand by for future mixtapes!
As you can see from the lovely picture, I’ve got my contributor copies of the latest Fox Spirit goodness! (Fab foxy mug not included!)
So, published in December 2015 in the very cool Fox Pockets Vol. 6: Things in the Dark, was my flash fic ‘In Darkness Dreaming’ – with a trainee mermaid-pirate, monsters of the deep and underwater ruins. Three of my favourite things!
Then in February 2016, in the very fabulous Fox Pockets Vol. 7: In An Unknown Country, ‘The Strongest Conjuration’ was published. This one’s a tale of a haunted city, portal hopping refugees, with the odd mermaid-pirate for good measure. Because, of course there is. 😉
And coming up next Tuesday will be Fox Pockets Vol.8: Piercing the Vale, with my story ‘Dead Women’s Tales’ – this one continues with the refugees in the haunted city and gives voice to the restless dead. (The mermaid-pirates are having the night off!)
In other news! This week I was the guest blogger on Sarah Ash’s Nobody Knew She Was There blog series – check out Get Shorty for babbling about short fiction and lisssssssts, precious! So many lists! And don’t forget to peruse the rest of the blogs in the series as there’s been some awesome genre gals talking all manner of intriguing things.
And did I mention the degree is finally done? (hurrah! Results in mid July! Hoping to pull off a 2:1 overall) And with that clear from my brain, and the drain that is holiday cover for the family business also done with, I’m finally getting my head around everything that’s been put on hold.
Most notably, the writing of fiction stuff. It feels like a small age since I last wrote anything fictional (a quick check suggests the last was just before the last degree module started up, which makes sense) and the little writing cells, they be so rusty. So I went digging through my old writing to get back in the groove and discovered things I’d completely forgotten I’d written. Most of which are unpublishable, but teenage/early twenties me did have some surprisingly interesting ideas! (Also some truly terrible and slightly problematic ones, but, we evolve…) And there’s a ton of unfinished shorts from the last couple of years that need sorting out.
And there’s new fiction things I’ve been noodling over the last few months – after sitting down and plotting out things, have discovered that novel-wise I’ve got 3 secondary world/portal fantasies, 2 urban fantasies, a paranormal romance, a horror, 2 historic fantasies, 2 SF and a supernatural crime thing all begging attention. And that’s before we get to the short fiction. Do not even get me started on the short fiction. It’s a looooooong list.
And then there’s non fiction – there’s a ton of blog posts I need to write so there may be the vague chance of weekly blog posts at some point (don’t faint!), plus I want to get back to the short fiction reviewing again.
Am also plotting future anthologies, o’course, because I do love doing the anthologies and hope at some point to eventually edit one that pays pro rates to our lovely authors. Though where and with who is going to take a bit of creativity. Possibly a kickstarter may happen next year. Watch this space…. 🙂
Climbing slowly out of the mire… mostly due to this current and last OU module being the most challenging I’ve done yet so occupying alllll of my brain since October. Fortunately I’ve only got two more assignments left then the course is done, the degree is done, et voila a happy dancing Jen.
Meanwhile, fings wot have happened so far this year –
I had a review of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower up on the fabulous King for a Year project site thing. As King is one of my go to genre comfort reads, I was dead chuffed to be involved. They’re doing King books all through the year so go check them out here!
In January I was also a Friday Fiver over at Pornokitsch talking about my five favourite wicked women in comics. Theme not uncoincidentally tieing in with our fabulous Wicked Women anthology. 😉 (Wicked Women and Urban Mythic #2 and the stories within are eligible for alll the awards… hint hint nudge nudge… Or just buy yourself a copy or two! Each book comes with awesome stories and bonus epic love from the editors… Who can resist a deal like that?)
And on the Fox Spirit front, at some point this year I’ve shorts coming out in Fox Pockets Volumes 6, 7 & 8….’In Darkness Dreaming’ in Fox Pockets Vol. 6: Things in the Dark, ‘The Strongest Conjuration’ in Fox Pockets Vol. 7: In an Unknown Country and ‘ Dead Women’s Tales’ in Fox Pockets Vol. 8: Piercing the Vale. (Give or take publication schedules…) All three stories are set in the same world and roughly connected both to each other, and to my stories in the earlier Piracy and Shapeshifters Fox Pockets – with the mermaid pirates from Piracy dropping by in two and the fox shifter from Shapeshifters turning up also in two. With bonus ghost towns, underwater ruins, sea monsters and genderfluid parenting…
Oh! And! Eastercon! I’ll be mooching around there this year. I’ll also be around the fabulous Nine Worlds Geekfest and Fantasycon (the original UK one, not that rampant pretender that’s emerged in the States ;-)….) So say hello if you see me! x
Oh! And! Also! If you tumblr, I’m on tumblr here if you’re so inclined. It’s where I indulge my fannish tendencies so that’s what you’ll be getting there… 😛
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