Breaking News At Hugh’s Views And News

Or is it simply an update?

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Looking back at my blogging trail, I seem to no longer be somebody who writes about their everyday life and the ups and downs it brings. Sure, I have dipped into writing and publishing posts about certain things that have happened in my life, but my blog seems to have evolved into something different over the last few years.

Of course, that means I don’t update my readers as often as I should with what’s going on. It wasn’t until I got a few recent enquiries about my next short story collection, and when it’s going to be published, that I thought I’d better update you all on a couple of things that will be happening here on the blog over the next few months.

Coming Soon – More Glimpses

Let’s start with the follow up to my book Glimpses. I’m currently in the final stages of the second edit and agreeing on the final cover for the book. Within the next few weeks, the book should be ready for formatting. Once the formatting is completed, a publication date will be set. At this stage, the publication date should be sometime towards the end of February 2019.

I can reveal that the title of the new book is ‘More Glimpses.’ I’ll reveal the cover as soon as it is ready but, in the meantime, I’m very excited about this new collection of short stories and flash fiction, most of which have never been published on my blog before. Many of the stories have more of a ‘Twilight Zone’ flavour to them with endings I hope many readers will not see coming.

The Bloggers Bash

For those of you new to my blog, I’m a member of the committee of The Bloggers Bash. In fact, I’m proud to say I’ve been a member of the committee since founder Sacha Black created the Bloggers Bash in 2015.

What is the Bloggers Bash?

It’s an annual event that has taken place for the last four years, in London, where Bloggers come together for a day of meeting some of the people behind the blogs they follow. Not only that, but the day also includes talks from guest speakers, the chance to ask questions to a panel of experts on subjects such as blogging, writing, and social media, and lots of time to socialise and get to know other bloggers. It’s a great way to network with people who have the same blogging and writing interests as you.

The Bloggers Bash now has its own blog. Click here to go to it, and early bird tickets for the 5th Annual Bloggers Bash are now on sale. Click here to buy a ticket. You will find lots of information about the event on the blog, so please do you pay the site a visit.

Of course, I’d be delighted to see you all at this year’s Bloggers Bash but, in the meantime, if you have any questions about the event, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section on this post. I promise to respond to all of them.

Sunday Stills is coming to Hugh’s Views and News

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Image Credit: Terri Webster Schrandt

I’m delighted to announce that Hugh’s Views and News will be hosting the hugely successful Sunday Stills blogging challenge on Sunday the 20th, and Sunday 27th of January, 2019.

Sunday Stills is a photography challenge with a weekly theme. Click here for more details. Revived by blogger Terri Webster Schrandt, a post is published every Sunday with the theme and images of Terri’s interpretation. All bloggers are welcome who would like to participate and interpret the challenge with their photos, poems, stories, music, etc.! Click here for the Sunday Stills challenge for January 13th, 2019.

I can’t empathise enough on how blogging challenges, like Sunday Stills, help bloggers connect with each other. When I first started to participate in blogging challenges, I not only saw a lot more traffic coming to my blog but also the number of followers, my blog got, going into orbit. It’s an excellent way to showcase and promote your blog, improve your blogging skills, build a blogging community, and get to know other bloggers who have the same interests as you.

The themes for the next two Sundays have already been announced. On the 20th January, the theme is ‘Window.’ On the 27th January, the theme is ‘Night’.

I’ll be publishing my interpretation on my blog over the next two Sundays, and I hope you’ll join me and share your posts via a pingback or by leaving a link to your entry on my posts. I’m looking forward to welcoming you and reading all your entries.

Finally

I have lots of new ideas coming to the blog throughout 2019, some of which will give readers the chance to promote themselves, their blogs and their books. Look out for them and come join me here on Hugh’s Views And News.

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91 comments

  1. Hi Hugh, I thought I would pop in and see how you are doing. I haven’t been around that much lately, so it is great to catch up on what’s going on with you and your book. I am looking forward to ‘More Glimpses’, your short stories never fail to deliver on surprise endings! 🙂

    1. Hi Judy, it’s great to see you. I hope all is well with you?

      ‘More Glimpses’ will be out in March. I don’t have an exact publication date yet, but I’ll be more announcements soon. I’m very excited about the new collection. It’s taken over two years to get it together.

    1. Thank you, Colleen. I’ll be putting out my message ‘Hugh needs you’ to all of you in readiness for the launch of More Glimpses. One of the stories in the book is from an idea I got from you, so thank you for the inspiration (I’ve given you an acknowledgement in the book). It also happens to be one of my favouite stories in the lineup.

    1. I still love watching the show to this day, Linda. I never tire of it. Rod Serling has always been a significant influence on my writing of flash fiction and short stories. From the reviews Glimpses got, I think it shines through.

      1. Those were the days of “must see TV” Hugh and back then we didn’t have VCRs or DVDs so we parked ourselves in front of the TV to not miss it. I have not had cable TV since 2010 – but I have gone back and watched some of the episodes on YouTube. One of my favorites has always been the arachnophobia episode (as I am similarly scared of spiders) … in looking for this episode not long ago I found it and totally forgot Rod Serling also narrated “Night Gallery” … this was the episode about this spider. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5cd4he

        1. I’ve watched many of the episodes of The Twilight Zone on YouTube, Linda. It’s a great source of entertainment. I’d forgotten all about ‘Nigh Gallery’ until I heard a few weeks back that somebody, somewhere, was looking at making some remakes of the episodes. I hope it does happen and that we get to see some brand new episodes as well. I’ve enjoyed the more recent ‘Black Mirror’, but The Twilight Zone remains my firm favourite. It was great to see Rod in that clip you included, so thank you for including it. Here’s my favourite episode from the more modern version of the show – Sunrise.

        2. Yes, Rod Serling had that voice and way of conjuring up a mystery and I liked that one with the spider – even down to the rather-corny tweeting noise that the spider was making. 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation Hugh and I’m going to watch it now.

  2. Hi Hugh. Just doing a quick pass by some blogs. Glad I stopped by to get your breaking news. Looking forward. And congrats on the upcoming book! Hugs! ❤ xx

  3. Hi Hugh, nice update! Love Glimpses, can’t wait for the follow-up, your horror stories are great! I’ll check the Sunday challenge, I’m not posting much photography these days, so it will be great to warm up!

      1. I’m Ok, lots of up and downs, the winter isn’t easy, we aren’t having much snow this year, what is good, but I miss all the whiteness of the winter. Grey days aren’t very pleasant!

  4. Wow, Hugh! You are definitely not bored! Already a sequel? I am impressed. You are a bunch of energy and awesome to see how inspired you are and how enthusiastic you follow your ideas! Looking forward to being in your energy field in June!

    1. I’m pleased to say that I’ve never been bored, Erika. I can always find something to do. I’ve always been a positive person. I think it goes a long way in making life happy and fun. As a young child, I always remember telling myself to enjoy every precious second of life.
      Looking forward to seeing you again at the Bloggers Bash. It’ll be here before we know it.

      1. Aha, that makes a difference. Although I have a photography module when I did my Art and Design, I was helped out a lot. Not so good at pointing and pressing, but a short story. I’ll give it a go.

  5. Good luck with the book, Hugh. I enjoyed the first one and look forward to the next. I have my first draft done, and I am in the middle of the first round of edits. My goal is to have it published before summer.

        1. I’ve been down the publishing path once before with my first book. It was a huge learning curve, so this time it doesn’t seem as bad. I made a lot of mistakes the first time around, so I’ve certainly learned a lot from that experience.

    1. Another ‘Twilight Zone’ fan. Rod Serling is one of my writing heroes, Dan. He left our world way before his time. I’m glad we still have his shows to watch. If it were not for what he did with his writing, I don’t think I’d ever have published a book.

      1. I checked one of his books out of our Junior High School library so many times, I think I was the only name on the card. My wife bought that book off eBay for me a couple years ago.

  6. Happy Monday, Hugh! I read lots of excitement in this post! Congrats on getting closer to your book launch of More Glimpses! Thank you again for hosting Sunday Stills for the next 2 weeks. I’m excited to see where it goes in your hands! There is always that chance I could make it to the Blogger Bash…is there a date set? 2019 seems to be a renaissance for many bloggers, and I’m happy to hint that I have some new ideas planned too!

    1. Hi Terri. Thank you. I’m still planning on sending you an advanced copy of More Glimpses in return for an honest review before it goes on sale. I’ll be touch about it just as soon as the formatting starts.

      I’m looking forward to hosting Sunday Stills. Carol has done a great job over the last two weeks, so I’ve got a tough act to follow.

      The Bloggers Bash takes place on Saturday 15th June. It would be wonderful if you could make it over. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. There are lots more details over on the blog, so check it all out when you have a chance. Don’t hesitate to come back to me with any further questions, though. I’m always happy to help.

      Looking forward to hearing all about your new ideas for the blog.

  7. Thanks for the news flash, Hugh. It sounds like you have new and exciting things coming up for 2019. I love photo challenges and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with, and I’ve definitely noticed how challenges bring new visitors to a blog. Good luck on getting your book ready too. 😀

    1. The new challenge over on your blog seems to be doing very well, Diana. Congratulations on its success. I have something in mind for it and will get it written and published before it’s too late.
      I’m glad the finishing line is in view for publication of the new book. I’ve been working on it for nearly a year now, so it’s about time it had its time out there.

      1. It’s been very busy over here, Hugh. I had no idea what to expect, and I’m delighted that so many bloggers have joined in. I would love to share a story from you if you have the time! That would be awesome. 😀

    1. Thank you, Donna. Sunday Stills isn’t only a photography challenge. I remember the first time I submitted a piece of flash fiction for it. The only image on the post was that of a bar of chocolate. Terri loved the piece of flash fiction (in fact, I remember her words well “I almost fell off my chair when I read this”, and it seemed I bucked the trend and started thinking outside of the box for other blogging challenges too. It’s been great fun, and I’m looking forward to hosting Sunday Still for the next two Sundays.

  8. Hi Hugh, hope Toby and Austen are doing fine – wishful thinking on my part but maybe an updated doggy bloggy post might be due sometime soon? Sending big hugs 🙂

    1. Thank you for asking about them, Ruth. They are both doing great. I think their lack of appearance on my blog is all to do with the changes and the path my blog is now on. My writing has not only evolved but has also changed a lot in the kind of stuff I now write about. I have so many new ideas for blog posts, something I’m very thankful for.
      I hope we see you at this year’s Bloggers Bash. We missed not seeing you last year.
      Hugs to you, too.

  9. Fantastic post for the new year, Hugh! Practical goals and plans, some reflection and lots of excitement. Your release of More Glimpses is right around the corner. Well done! And the Bloggers Bash will be upon us soon as well, since we all know how time flies. The promise of sun and summer is not a bad one. Keep us up to date! 🙂

    1. Time sure does fly, even more so when having fun, Liesbet. It’s not only hard to believe that the Bloggers Bash is almost upon us again, but also that it’s in its fifth year.
      Thanks so much for your support and for always reading my posts and leaving great comments.

    1. Aww, thanks, Annette. It was about time I updated you all. I’ve moved away from giving bad news on my blog because I don’t think it’s something people want to hear (unless they are close friends or family). As I mentioned to Molly, I think the blogging world is slowly moving away from personal everyday life and more towards giving people information or entertainment.
      Thank you so much for also sharing this post via ‘Press This’ and, of course (as you always do), via Twitter.
      xx

  10. Exciting stuff, Hugh. It is interesting how blogs evolve over time, isn’t it? I’ve enjoyed participating in flash fiction challenges and have participated in a couple of Sunday Stills. It is fun to branch out and try new things and as you say, it introduces you to new and interesting people. You are racing along with the release of book two! Congratulations! And it would be such fun to go to the Blogger’s Bash. I look forward to following your creative endeavors in 2019!

    1. Yes, I agree, Molly. When I think back to what I was first writing about when I started to blog, it’s evolved into something very different. Although I ‘m not a huge fan of ‘change’, I like this one very much. Maybe because it’s been a slow change? I also think there are now better places to update people on what is happening in our everyday lives, especially if we are writing about it everyday. For me, blogging seems to be moving very much towards giving people useful information, challenge and, of course, selling stuff such as books, etc.

      1. Yes, the blogs that are basically an online diary are probably most interesting to closest friends and family (and even then questionable). My goal is to help people lighten up and laugh and also to make them think on occasion. I’m not sure I do much informing. But I like to read blogs that provide useful information.

        1. Entertaining readers is a must when blogging, Molly. And you do that very well with your great sense of humour. And I’m delighted to see you participate in some of the blogging challenges, too.

        2. Thank you, Hugh. I’m trying to find a balance now that I’m retired. At first when I stopped working I transferred work stress onto my writing and blogging, and I’ve had to back off on my time at the writing desk while I sort things out. The break has been good for me and now I need to set some goals – my ‘north star’ as Charli Mills calls it.

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