This month marks the completion of a full year of posting for alisonearlsALOUD and from the perspective of alisonearlsHERSELF, it has been more rewarding than I had anticipated. Not only did I find myself exploring aspects of online publishing that I hadn’t even considered but, as a result of the site, I have had work published in an online zine originating in the U.S., been able to participate in and publicise a great anthology put together to raise money for Queensland flood victims and been asked to speak at a high school about writing /reading. From a creative perspective, I’ve been able to utilise the audio aspect of the site to put together stories with embedded music (Clenville Rubasco … Enhancing Any Moment) and I’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to write stories of lengths that would never reach an audience through the conventional world of publishing (The Juniper Days).
Before we embark on a new year of fresh fiction, this month I’ve added excerpts from two of my novel-length manuscripts. “The Piranha Dances” and “For Laika” are still not at a polished final draft stage but they’re pieces I’ve spent a lot of time on and would like to give readers a taste of some of the elements that could be contained in the full finished versions. So “The Three” and “First Meeting” are now on the ‘longer stories‘ page for you to listen to (or read, by clicking on the ‘book’ icon to the left of each excerpt). As “The Three” is the opening text of “The Piranha Dances”, it has been made Podcast #1 for that title whereas “First Meeting” occurs later in the story than the previously posted “Old Places, New Places” so it is labelled #2 in excerpts from “For Laika”.
Reflecting on the year of posting to the site, I’m personally most proud of “The Juniper Days” and the additional audio elements of “Clenville Rubasco …” from “My Ancient Zephyr”. So if you haven’t had the time during the year to read or listen to those ‘longer stories’, they might be yet another option for your time during the Christmas/New Year break.
Thanks to everyone who has subscribed or visited throughout the year. I’m looking forward to 2012 and the new ideas and creativity it may bring to us all!