This is isn’t really a blog as such, more of an introduction to a link. A few months ago I noticed The Carrot, New Writing Cumbria’s online magazine featuring writing, film and music had invited submissions for Issue 2 on the theme of Killing. Now as a crime writer based in Cumbria I couldn’t resist submitting a short story.
But which one? Did I ask my publisher for permission to submit one from Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything or did I write a fresh story? When I delved into the actual process, and realised that the actual selection and editing was all done by young people, I knew I already had the perfect story.
Skuttlebutt features the required ‘killing’, features young people, is a stark reminder about how dangerous the Internet can be (i.e. you have no idea who you are really talking to) and is also, I think, a bloody good story. So, I asked Caffeine Nights for permission to submit what is the central story (it’s certainly the longest) from Assume Nothing and they kindly agreed. A few weeks later and I was sent an email, SkuttleButt had won a place in Issue 2. And I’m absolutely delighted. Seriously pleased.
Before you go to the story via the link below, a quick word on the title, SkuttleButt and what it means. I had always wanted to write a story about online trolling and what might result from this. But first I needed a social media site but I didn’t want to use an established one. I researched alternative names for gossip, and the little known word, SkuttleButt leapt out and hit me over the head with a bit of wet fish! I now use SkuttleButt in all my writing when I need a social media site.
Anyway, enough waffle, the link to the story, SkuttleButt is here.
Enjoy, and remember the rest of the short stories in the collection can be found in the link below.