Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

Sarah Ann’s Shorts Falls Short – WIP Update

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I think it’s safe to say that the optimism and energy of last August dissipated toward the end of the year. My plans to self-publish my short stories faltered when I read advice that said it was dangerous – a badly written, badly edited self-published book can end a career as well as launch one. I worried, I wobbled, and decided against. But since then I’ve re-read some of my stories, had a rethink, and decided to try again. It’s too easy to be a writer who writes but isn’t read.

Russell over at What’s So Funny had the same idea as me for a cover design. It must have me been discussing it with hubby that created enough morphic resonance for the thought to carry across the ocean. Or maybe, great minds just think alike. I have recovered from Russell getting there first and Plan B is to create an illustrated book with friend and creative colleague Janice Hume. (And I’m not copying kz either.)  Jan has read the first crop of stories I plucked from my hard drive and not gone off the idea of entangling herself with me. So I must continue editing and collating, and wait until she has a gap in her schedule of photography shoots and design assignments, before we put our heads together. Of course, Sarah Ann’s Shorts has had to go as a title and a concept. It’s Hall and Hume now, and we need a new title.



For more info on books to which I refer above, click the links:

Russell Gayer’s The Perils of Heavy Thinking

KZ Morano’s 100 Nightmares



Written by Sarah Ann

April 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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  1. keep going 🙂 illustrated books are always a good idea. when adam released tiny tales of terror i was like ‘oh god no…..we have the same concept.’ lol
    but in the end, even if it’s in the same genre, we both have different writing styles. good luck with your book, wish you all the best 🙂


    April 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    • I’m going to keep going and will get there in the end. I am just very slow out of the blocks. I’m looking forward to working creatively with someone else – hopefully we’ll be bouncing ideas around and feeding off each other’s enthusiam. I’m looking forward too to reading 100 Nightmares soon. But in another way, I’m not, as I suspect it’s going to be far too scary for me 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      April 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  2. So, you were going with an underwear shot as well? And all this time I thought I was being original. I’m sure you’ll look much prettier on a book cover than I do 🙂 Before I came up with a design, I studied the covers of two of my favorite humor authors, Patrick McManus and Dave Barry. Both have a habit of using goofy looking photos of themeselves along with a hare-brain title. Best wishes for your cover design and the book. I’ll be looking forward to them–and thanks for the ping-back!


    April 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    • I was thinking of a washing-line, with a blue sky above and grass below, with differently lengthed shorts rather than an underwear shot! And I’m not brave enough to put a mugshot on the cover, or anywhere else. Thankfully cover design will now be a shared decision – or one I delegate. Looking forward to reading your shorts, as well as looking at them, soon. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      April 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

  3. Good luck with your book! You are very talented so I’m sure some publisher will note the merits of your writing – which are many. Excellent talent! Nan 🙂

    Nan Falkner

    April 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

    • Thank you Nan for those supportive comments. It’s gratifying to hear you say such positive things about my work. Of course, I couldn’t possibly comment 😉

      Sarah Ann

      April 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

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