Rivers and floods: it’s all happening this Saturday

Rivers and floods: it’s all happening this Saturday

This is only a brief post, and that is perhaps apt. For today one of the things I want to tell you about is the imminent National Flash Fiction Day.

NFFD 2017 is happening this Saturday, the 24th, celebrating the small and succinct writing art form that is flash fiction. With a whole programme of events, an anthology to buy, and heaps of flash fiction to read, there is something for everyone to get involved with.

And, with my occasional writer’s hat on (it’s the slightly dusty one I keep in the cupboard), I am pleased to announce that I have a flash fiction included in this year’s Flash Flood, the 24-hour flash fiction extravaganza that will be found here. My tiny tale is slightly silly (read: very silly) and is called It’s My Story And I’ll Tell It How I Want To. It will be published on the Flash Flood site sometime between 12:00 and 13:00 BST.

I, however, will not be able to read it with my Saturday lunch, for I will be busy elsewhere. Where? you may ask…

swimmer colourful illustration, gliding, full body picture, outline

My wife and I will be getting wet on Saturday. As I have mentioned before, we are taking part in the Bantham Swoosh, a 6 km swim along the River Avon to the sea. It is undeniably accurate to say that, at this point, less than 48 hours away from stepping into the water, we are both very nervous.

But we have done the training, and in the training we must trust. That, and porridge.

We will be on the beach at 4:30 and setting off on our swim at 7, so please think of us as you sup your juice, munch your toast, and otherwise luxuriate in the warmth of your cosy bed.

Come lunchtime, when my flash fiction drops, we will be out of the water and helping to get everything ready to welcome the second wave of swimmers, departing at dusk. It will be a full-on day, but an exciting and rewarding one as well.

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We’re not just in it for the challenge – although that would be quite enough, I’m sure – we are also raising money in support of the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer. If you could find your way to dropping some money in the sponsorship bucket (the virtual one), I know it will help us swim just a little stronger. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far – your support is really appreciated.

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