I love being published in Popshot because, alongside seeing something of mine in print, I also get to see an illustrator's interpretation of my story. Invitations appears across three pages in the Nostalgia issue of Popshot. It's accompanied by a great image from Andy Carter:
To give you an idea of the timeline of this story, I wrote the first draft when visiting Manchester in March last year. Then in August I knew it fitted in well with the Nostalgia theme of the forthcoming issue of Popshot so I tidied it up and submitted it. The issue came out late last year and today (due to some issues with the post) I finally got my hands on a physical copy I could photograph and post about here. That may seem like a long process but it's a lot faster than most of my writing makes its way into the world! Popshot feels like a big deal because it's a lovely, high quality publication and, also, they sometimes stock a few copies in the convenience store across the road from my house - when I see it in there, I feel like I've made it.
Here are some random notes in my notebook that later became this story. If you read closely and compare it to the published version (which I'm not expecting you to do, so no pressure) you'll see it changed quite a lot from my initial scribbles. I'm posting it here to remind myself that my rough notes and half-finished drafts can and do transform into published pieces given enough time and effort.
And here's the cover you're looking for if you're in the market to purchase this issue of Popshot (which of course you should be):