Friday, 13 February 2015

Story at Lackington's

Raindrops in a puddle

I have a new short story at Lackington's, as part of their beldam issue. It's based around English river hag folklore, with a side helping of cosmic knowledge and imaginary time.

Story Link: After the Rain

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Solstice Octopus!

I got an Amazon giftcard for the solstice and I used it to get this octopus. It's very soft! And made by Wild Republic.

Cuddly octopus

Cuddly octopus from the top

Cuddly octopus is watching you

Monday, 1 December 2014

Story/Art at Unlikely Story

Cartoon Honeybee

In my (probably) last story of the year, "On Shine Wings" is up at Unlikely Story. It's part of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology and it's all about bees! In space!

Story Link: On Shine Wings

You'll also note the artist for the story has a stunning resemblance to me, making this my first art sale. The art piece is titled "Spacebees", because my ability to title doesn't when it comes to pictures. It's acrylic paint, tea and ink on watercolour paper.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Photo Contest (Bees)

Earlier in the year, I stumbled across one of National Geographic's photo contests. It had a small entry fee, which I couldn't pay. So though it looked fun, I didn't enter.

Roll on some months and I've sold stories and earnt money. With a little time to go on the current contest (as it ends on October 31st), I entered a photo. I think this is my best photo of the year so far. The bumblebee was caught on the flower after getting soaked by the rain, so there's a little story behind it too. I doubt a bee picture has much chance in the nature category, but I figured it'd be fun to enter, and you never know unless you try.

The official entry page is here, where people can like it on Facebook or post it to Twitter. That doesn't have any impact on the contest itself, but it's there if you want it.

Monday, 29 September 2014

New Fighter Fish - Shimmer

The tank I mentioned in my last writing diary now has a resident. Shimmer is a female fighter fish, and is probably between six months and one year old. She's white, with iridescent blue highlights on the fins and tail. As it's her first day, I didn't hassle too much with photographs. The best I got was this one:

White female fighter fish by an anubias plant

I also took a few videos, which I'll likely put together later in a setting-up-a-tank video series. But here are a few still shots from them. The last shows how blue her tail can look as she moves:

White female fighter fish with light shining through her

Back view of white female fighter fish, with her tail shining bright blue

She's generally settling in well. She's clamping her fins a bit (not so much in the shots, but other times), which is usual after a scary day moving to a new tank. She's really enjoying picking off little critters from the driftwood and plants, so I can recommend spending a little extra time on setting up a proper soil-based planted tank. It's not that my previous fighter tanks were bad, but this one is much more awesome for the fish.

In about a month, I'll introduce amano shrimp. The place I get my fish keeps the fighters in with other fish, so I've had a chance to see how she deals with tankmates. She had some very tiny fish in with her and was ignoring them, which is a good sign for being a tankmate-friendly fighter.