In 2016 I launched a book of 30 short stories based around a challenge I undertook to write 30 stories in November 2015. I called it Life, In A Grain Of Sand after one of the stories but also reflecting the fact the stories each came from a simple prompt and covered the whole range of genres, cases, tenses, POVs. Life, a grain at a tine; life in all its glorious muddle, really.
I have now decided to launch my second collection, this time utilising many of the Flash Fiction pieces I have written over the last 3 years, but with a few longer stories too. Since these are predominantly flash fiction or similar and wanting to have some consistency with my previous collection, this will be called Life In A Flash. The ‘flash’ might be the speed of creating, how quick they are to read, or the inspiration behind each one. You decide. This will be available next month.
So the reason for the post? The cover. Or rather, the covers.
As avid readers of this blog (really? Haven’t you something better to do?!) will know, I have recently been changing the covers of my books to ensure a consistency between them. This is the opportunity to do the same with my short stories. In addition to referencing my other works, however, I want there to be a link between each collection, specific to the collections. Soooo… my designer and I muttered and mumbled and thought, that, given there is no one story or indeed theme to the collections, we should look at the titles and use these as our inspiration.
For Life In A Flash we liked this
And for Life, In A Grain Of Sand, this
Or maybe this.
What do you, oh kind readers, think?