Changes and Challenges
2023 has been both a difficult and aspiring year. Difficult in that I experienced a personal tragedy in February. I kept writing as a focus to navigate my grief.
Aspiring in that I have had 2 short stories accepted for anthologies. The first one, I Used to Be An Animal Lover, is due for release on the 1st of May. Within that collection, I have a story titled Jackson and the Jam, a rather fun Paul Jennings inspired story about a boy and his dog. Jackson was a young boy who assisted me with a breakfast club I ran at a school in 2017-2019. One day he asked if I would write a story about him and his love for his absolute favourite snack, toast and jam. I set out to write the story way back in 2019. It's been through several critiques and changes, but was finally edited in 2022 and ready to find a home. I sent it to The School Magazine, but they could not find a place for it. It was accepted by author D.A. Cairns for the collection that he has currently prepared. There are a number of interesting and quirky stories from writers around the globe, and I feel privileged to have this tale (tail?) accepted along with these other authors. Looking forward to the release.
At the same time, I am working on my next Ah-Fur, Super-Sleuth chapter book, and have started to write the 4th adventure in The Harriet Series. This one will involve shipwrecks and time-travel to historical properties. The last one was released in September 2019, so it has been a while.
I find inspiration in many places, including news items that pop up, and real-life experiences, which are often too good not to use.
It's a great brain workout writing-a workout which helps stave off inertia and keeps the mind active. I hope to do it for as long as I can, without getting AI to write for me!