Thursday, 30 July 2009

My Blog Wins Award!

A big thanks to Lost Wanderer for this award. ('Er...I'd also like to thanks me mum...'). LW not only blogs articulately about her own writing, but also encourages fellow aspiring writers with a 'short story challenge,' whereby they report back each month on their output.

Lost Wanderer's link:

For the rules of this award click the title above.

So now I must award this to five deserving 'bloggy' friends, whose blogs I admire.

1) Matt Hilton -
2) Lee Hughes -
3) Paul D. Brazill -
4) Michael Solender -
5) Tracy Ann Baines -

Congrats to all the above!

Sunday, 19 July 2009

SIX SENTENCES debut from yours truly!

After my previous effort was rejected, I have now finally been successful at cracking the resolve of Robert McEvily, the Editor of top American ezine, Six Sentences - also known as 6S.

Robert says, "Excellent work, Col - thanks so much!" in response to my re-write of FLY BOY - previously showcased over at Thrillers, Killers N Chillers.

Well chuffed!

To have a gander, click the title link above.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Thrillers, Killers N Chillers honoured by English teachers down under (steady)!

Most of you will know by now that I'm the co-editor of Thrillers, Killers N Chillers, along with its founder, Matt Hilton. Well word has certainly travelled regarding our ezine started to help new writers because here's an email I received from new writer, Domenic Trimboli, from Oz, after I'd informed him his story had been accepted.

Thanks Col!

Its funny... for English, at school, we're doing crime fiction. And my teacher strongly suggested your website as a point of call, to help familiarize ourselves with the world of crime, to see the different styles, views, perspectives of crime. And now, I have a short story up there!

Thanks again. Loving the site.


It goes without saying that both Matt and I are honoured. So thanks to Dom for letting us know and to the nameless English teacher for his/her flattering recommendation.


Further from Dom...


You'll be happy to know that it wasn't just my teacher who recommended the site... I actually attended this HSC workshop (HSC being the Australian equivalent of the A-Levels in the UK... I think) and they listed TKnC as a top source of flash-fiction. So be proud. Your site is being viewed by students all over the state.

Now I'm blushing!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Fellow blogger, Tracy Ann Baines, interviews Redhammer Agent, Peter Cox.

I've just watched a fascinating and extremely insightful interview by Tracy Ann Baines - a writer friend of mine over at Writers News Talkback - with Redhammer Agency's main man, agent, Peter Cox.

It's rare you hear such candid thoughts from a top agent as usually us writers receive the old single colour, standard rejection slip. So if you want to hear this frank interview just click the title above for the link, but remember, it's in four parts. You'll easily find the rest on Tracy's blog.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

New flash fiction - FLY BOY - by Col Bury.

Short piece of alternative crime fiction over on Thrillers, Killers N Chillers. Click title of this post for link and enjoy. All feedback welcome here or there.
Cheers, Col

Friday, 10 July 2009

Now back from Lindos, Rhodes and my best man speech!

Just to let you know that I've returned from the best holiday of my life in Lindos, Rhodes, where twenty-two of us partied away in sweltering heat at my brother's and new sister's stunning Greek wedding.

The best man speech I wrote on the morning of the perfect day went down a treat and raised a good few laughs, then I exhaled and joined in the fun with my fantastic family and friends.

So it's been a quick baton change with Thrillers, Killers N Chillers editor, Matt Hilton, who's gone to the States for Thrillerfest. Please direct your submissions to me at least until Tuesday 14th July when he returns.

I'm playing catch up now and already there's three more fresh stories to post this weekend so laters.