That's emulsion paint on my hands, not some godawful skin disease. It's gone now, because I remembered that paint-hands are just so 2008. Anyway. We also collected Jawbreakers, modelled here by the blushing cover designer:
Ace, right? Obviously I want everyone to buy both these books, so I'll talk them up to high heavens, but really, they look and feel great and I'm just delighted with them. Then, yesterday, I ran my NFFD flash-fiction workshop at Manchester City Library, which was an absolute pleasure: the participants were brilliant, the library staff were amazing, we had the best space in which to write - and even the passing parade for Manchester City's Premier League win didn't quite manage to drown us out and, really, it was very cool of Mancini to rustle up such an enthusiastic crowd of flash-fiction cheerleaders for us.
What's also very cool is that Danny at Manchester Library is going to compile a special e-book of the flash fictions that we produced on the workshop, which will then be available to download for library members. Just got to edit my, uh, output, and send it over to him...
So the next thing coming up - tomorrow, in fact, is the one, the only, National Flash Fiction Day! Which has been looming for months, of course, but has yet managed to sneak up on me. The official blog has lots of details of what's on around the country, so you better look up your own region, but here in Manchester we've got the peripatetic stylings of the Flashtag crew and then the latest instalment of Bad Language - this time in the Three Minute Theatre in Affleck's Palace in the Northern Quarter, kicking off at 19:30. I'll be there, browbeating you all into buying Enough and Jawbreakers. Speaking of Jawbreakers, the Kindle version has just been released and tomorrow, for one day only, you'll be able to download it (and a bunch of other excellent e-books) for free! (Though I recommend the paperback - did I mention it's general ace-ness?) Tomorrow, also, I'll have a teeny twitter-length story appearing on the Thresholds site alongside lots of other celebratory flash-fictions, and, AND, if you're still reading, I'm going to do a special launch-day giveaway because, woo-hoo, despite having sold several copies of Enough last night at my workshop (thank you!), it's actually officially released tomorrow, and in honour of that, I'll give away a copy to one lucky (?) blog reader! Leave a comment, starting NOW, and tomorrow night when I get back from Bad Language, I'll pick a name at random. Go!