It was a joy to participate in Singularity 50. The format required giving and receiving notes which raised the bar on all the stories. Why is this not used more often?
I had a 1 in 3 hit rate on my submissions, with Eve and Adam getting through to the book. This story allowed me to indulge my interest in science, religion and to paraphrase dear Noel Coward, the strange potency of popular music. A mixed bag I know, but Christina Palmer Romero, as perceptive editor, gave it some order.
My other stories did not make it because they did not hit the brief. One was an on the nose send up of Donald Trump and the other in the voice of Alan Bennett, complete with Yorkshire idiom. In that one, my unlikely hero, was a middle-aged gardener with a passion for begonias, which is not everyone’s cup of Yorkshire Tea.
A condensed version has however made it into this year’s Worcester Lit Fest Flash Fiction, which shows the value of recycling – and sticking to the brief.
So now, thanks to Chris Jones’ prompting, I have an Amazon Author Page, if you please. Me, who’s no better than he ought to be. Whatever next!
Tom J Hingley.