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Happy 4th July: An update on the fly

Happy Independence Day, USA!

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

This is my first one in America, so I’m looking forward to a load of kitsch Americana and fireworks. I mean, any excuse for fireworks, right?

Also, a little update on VT: I am very pleased to announce that my highly talented illustrator, Maria Astakhova has now finished all the illustrations for the book! This means that after a few final tweaks to the manuscript, I will be ready to send the whole thing off to the publisher and hopefully we’ll see the finished product soon!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a little bit of timely inspiration:

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Micro Update

Hello! Just me, here with a micro-update on on travel and, of course, Vestigial Tales.

We’re back from Toronto, where we had a wonderful time and, amongst many other exciting adventures, visited our friend’s new brewery in Guelph! It’s called Royal City Brewing Company and you can read more about it in this recent(ish) article from the Guelph Mercury.

The day we we there, they had literally just received their official brewing license from the Ontario government and were hard at work on their first brew. Unfortunately that meant there wasn’t any beer available to taste, but I have heard very good things from friends who tried test samples earlier this year and I am sure it’s only a matter of time before Royal City Brew becomes a popular tipple.

If you’re in or near Ontario, be sure to check them out.  You can follow them on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

While we were away, I was also emailed the third illustration for Vestigial Tales, and it looks great! I wish I could share them all with you now but I’m just going to have to wait until the book is published later this year.

If you haven’t already, please check out the very talented Maria Astakhova whose own blog can be found here.

Right, that’s it for now. We’re off to Chicago later this week and California after that. I will throw more web-based ramblings your way when I get the chance.

Until then keep doing whatever makes you smile, unless it’s particularly immoral, in which case you might want to practice a little restraint.

Found an illustrator

Huzzah! Following my last post in which I was desperately looking for an illustrator, I am incredibly pleased to announce that I have now found one.

*Drumroll, please*

Ladies, gentlemen, and those free from such limited binary concepts, please say a big hello to the incredibly talented Maria Astakhova.

Maria will be providing illustrations for a dozen of the 106 stories (not 120 as I previously mistakenly stated) that will appear in my flash fiction collection Vestigial Tales when it is published later this year. Kind, highly experienced and really rather good, you can see more of Maria’s work on her blog duckandwhite.

I am so excited to have Maria on board and I cannot wait to see her finished work next to the stories. Give her blog a follow and check back here for more updates soon.

 

Looking for an illustrator…

My first blog post and already I am asking you for something. Namely, I am looking for an illustrator (or illustrators) to produce a dozen or so drawings for my upcoming collection of flash fiction, Vestigial Tales.

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The collection is going to be published by Ichabod Press and will exist initially as an ebook before a print version is made available later this year or early 2015. It will contain about 120 stories each no more than 140 characters long. In order to make the book a little more visually interesting, I’d like to commission illustrations to accompany about twelve of these micro shorts, the catch is that I don’t have very much money with which to do so (quelle surprise).

Are you an illustrator? Do you know an illustrator? Do you think, given the promise of say $50/£50, you might like to try your hand at becoming an illustrator? These are the questions I put to you, and anyone else who will listen. If you think you know someone who might be interested in helping me out then please share this post with them and direct them to my Twitter @Liam_Aidan for more examples of my flash fiction shorts.

I am happy to discuss what I am looking for and share the stories in question with anyone who enquires via either the contact form below or through Twitter.

So, who wants to draw me some pictures?