Update: this story is no longer available online. If you’re interested, please email me and I’ll send it to you.
I just had a new short story published on Solqu Shorts. It’s called Nights on Fair Isle, and tells the story of a young woman who’s just moved to London but still longs for home. She listens to the shipping forecast on the radio each night and thinks of her family, her past, and the stories her mother used to tell her of the sea.
It’s the first time I’ve had a story available free on the internet – all the others in the past have been in books and magazines. I’m dubious about the value of reading stories online – even more so having just read The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, in which he lays out just how different our reading habits are on the internet, and just how difficult it is to focus in the same way we do when reading a book. Personally I can never concentrate on a piece of fiction online, even a relatively short one. But for those of you who are up to the task, feel free to check it out, and I’d love to hear what you think – there’s a comment form at the bottom, and a voting bar at the side.
Thanks to Sian Kellaway for the great cover art.