Sorry things have been a bit quiet here. The last fortnight has been dominated by a combination of a looming ECA assessment for my OU Creative Writing Diploma and getting the spare room ready for the imminent arrival of our new little girl.

In amongst all this the following has happened or is about to happen:

I’ve made it through to the third round of judging for the Brit Writers’ Awards, so fingers crossed my work makes it through to the final stage.

I received rapid and very pleasing acceptances from Eclectic Flash and The View From Here. What Precise Moment will appear in the September issue of Eclectic Flash. Breaking Distance will feature on The View From Here website in June and be published in the July print edition.

I didn’t make it onto the Bristol Short Story Prize longlist (congratulations to those that did) but have submitted some new stuff to the Winchester Writers’ Conference 2010 competitions, while my Frome Festival and Yeovil comp entries are nearly ready to go. And I am halfway through something nifty for my Bridport Prize entry and another nifty little thing for the recently announced Guardian Weekend 2010 short story competition. Here’s hoping the judging panels find them nifty.

I’ve also got six pieces of flash in various states of draft – three of which form a loose trilogy based around the same subject matter and theme.

Oh and there’s the continued redrafting of my Chinese Whisperings story and a special story I am saving for subbing to journals rather than competition.

Last but not least, next week’s writing activities kicks off on Monday with my being interviewed by the super cool Greg McQueen for the 100 Stories for Haiti podcast. Check out Greg’s Audioboo’s for all the latest podcast info. Next week’s actual writing will be all about finishing the first draft of my Bridport entry and working my flash fiction notes into workable first drafts, which gives me this weekend to build a cot and wash lots of pink baby clothes in a vain attempt to be fully prepared for our new arrival.

Better be off and get the cot down from the loft.