Strumpshaw Tree Fair 2017

Staff spinning as standard.
My Own Self (at Strumpshaw 2017)

So, despite threats from the weather and a bee sting that had me limping all weekend, this year’s Strumpshaw Tree Fair was a wonderful event – and surprisingly dry.

As well as a the incredible stalls, the amazing Foolhardy Circus and some brilliant music, I also got to draw and loose longbow for the first time in quite a while and was able to buy these INCREDIBLE shoes.

Magic sandals

Oh, and do some storytelling. Four sets over two days to some brilliant kids who wanted me to ramp up the fear factor every time. I also had the immense privilege to be performing alongside the legend who is John Row – something that ramped up my stage fright no end.

However, it all came off in the end. I did a lot of old favourites that the crew from The Workshop/The Black Horse days might remember, although I reluctantly left The Furburger off the set list due to the tender age of my audience. But here are some pics that were taken during “My Own Self” and “Long Bony Fingers”.

Channelling the monster vibe

Hopefully I’ll be invited back again next year, and will see you all there!

The lack of updates here is something I’m hoping to rectify soon – crowdfunding has robbed me of a lot of my blogging time. However, there is generally some action over on my writer’s shed on the Unbound website, including a FREE SHORT STORY Some Chequered Affection – a pre-ghost story intended for adult readers.

News, vanishings and suchlike

So, I’m getting some glorious spam on this site. Hopefully filtering it all away from your delicate eyes, oh best beloved readers. This week has been ludicrously busy on a number of fronts (had a boiler fitted on Tuesday, so we have hot water now! Yay!) and there is some stuff pootling away in the background – steel yourselves for announcements – so I’ve fallen a bit behind on this side of things.

Aforementioned busy-ness has also been a total joy when it comes to nailing the coffin shut on the complete first draft of the current WIP (affectionately called ‘the behemoth in three volumes’) which I really wanted to get done before turning my serious attention to Scars on Sound in June. So nearly there now with WIP, though. A good, whisky fuelled all nighter will probably finish it off. On a similar front Feedback from my first readers on volume 1 of said behemoth came in last night and – aside from a few continuity glitches and the odd dud scene – it looks like I’m in a really good place for revisions and editing when all this marketing stuff eases off a bit.

As to Scars on Sound, I’ve been putting together a flyer for distribution at Leominster festival – at which I performed last year in my storytelling hat. Always fun to do before you have a concrete release date, but we’ll cope somehow. *laughs nervously*

Anyway, there should be review up on Friday, and until then, enjoy the sunshiiine.

New starts, tough decisions

Right. Finally got a few bits sorted out on various blogs, and sorting out my links. I’ve also taken the somewhat drastic step of hauling down everything that was filed under ‘writing’ on my previous blogs. This is for a couple of reasons.

What was up there was such an utterly mixed bag that I don’t feel it really represented me or my current writing at all; I used it as a way of prompting me to write flash fiction, or to air old performance work, so while some of it I’m very proud of, other bits were, frankly, toss.

This, I could probably live with were I updating it regularly but, what with launching Scars on Sound later this year, I’m not going to have the time to purpose-write for it, and the last thing I need is another dead blog nagging at me.

However, before you all tear your hair out in despair (what? Am I not allowed hubris?) alysearl.blogspot is NOT vanished forever. I still hold the blog and there may be something coming along sometime post-Novemeber, or even before if I get my act together. Said project will be rather lighter than Scars on Sound and may be familiar to some of you if I invoke the words ‘Necromantic Comedy’.

As to the poems and flash fiction, I may post bits and pieces, or recordings of readings up on this page, as well as news and announcements of other posts. By not committing to a weekly update, I may even manage it occasionally.

Well, a person can dream.

Now, I must dash and try and find a way to stop that header picture turning up sideways on the mobile site.

Help, anyone?

Back online!

Okay, so after Gods alone know how many problems with my old domain provider, this page is finally back online. This is intended to serve as a homepage for all my collected blogs/projects/etc, to act as an announcement for any upcoming gigs, etc, and as the base for all the scary-scary news going re: Scars on Sound.

I have never used wordpress before. Expect teething problems.