24 June 2016 | Uncategorised

Stringybark short stories – it’s here!


I have tangible evidence in my hands that I should keep writing. I’d like to think that I’m the sort of person who can keep persevering no matter what, but sometimes an unpublished author just needs a little encouragement. Like seeing her short story published in an anthology!

My short story, ‘Naming’, has been published in the latest Stringybark anthology called Standing by. I have read this so many times – on screen and also on three pieces of A4 paper, covered with highlighters and arrows and deleted lines and words scrawled in my tiny handwriting in the margin. It feels a little surreal to read it printed in an actual book – you know, one with a proper binding and an imprint page!

My parcel of books came yesterday, and I’m looking forward to distributing them. If you would like to read my story – and the many other fine ones included in the anthology – you can order either a print version for $14.95 or an online version for $3.99 here.

Today would have been my Grandad’s birthday – I can’t even begin to work out how old he would have turned. (And it’s also one of my gorgeous godsons’ birthdays, too!) Grandad went weekly to the library to borrow books, and if he came across a swear word, he would immediately shut the book, then return it to the library! He was a lovely faith-filled, family-orientated, football-following gentleman. He was a great one for reciting poetry, particularly Australian verse, so I think it is particularly fitting that I post about the Stringybark anthology on his birthday.

Small announcement – I have decided that as time is slipping steadily away – as it always does! – I will blog here once instead of twice a week. I’m choosing to put my writing time into writing my books at the moment. I have some fabulous interviews with writers coming up as well as some book reviews for adults and kids. Thank you for following my blog – I really appreciate your support!

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Congratulations Karen! How wonderful. That book with your short story has to go ‘straight to the pool room’ and I hope you have lots of room on your shelves for the many other published works that are sure to come!

June 24, 2016 at 7:47 am


Well done Karen – some well deserved recognition for all your wonderful work x

June 24, 2016 at 7:48 am


How exciting. I’m dying to read your story. So proud of you.

June 24, 2016 at 7:51 am


Excellent work – the kindle laggards are delighted

June 24, 2016 at 8:19 am


That is fantastic Karen, congratulations. Reducing your blogging schedule sounds like a great idea. I reduced by one post a week this year too, so I could work on other projects.

June 24, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Karen Comer

    Thanks, Nic. I have enough ideas for blog posts but not enough time, so it does make sense to reduce blogging. Good to know you came to the same decision!

    June 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm


Congratulations Karen. I have just ordered my copy and can’t wait to read your story. Keep writing.

June 24, 2016 at 11:17 am


Congratulations Karen, what an achievement! Looking forward to reading your story! Xx

June 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm



Positive proof of the power of perseverance combined with a lot of talent. I’m sure your granddad would have been very proud – as are all your relatives. It’s front page news in Havana!!

June 26, 2016 at 6:21 am


Congratulations Karen. Hard work does pay off. Keep going and I am sure there will be more success.


June 26, 2016 at 6:41 am

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