I was delighted that my March story ‘Gold, and Blue…’ came first in the voting!
The April theme for the Telegraph Creative Writing Group competition being ‘Health’, my story of the month ‘Smoking is bad for you’ is a 500-word short fiction about a survivor of children’s home abuse. Inspired by the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to prosecute Greville Janner due to his dementia. All characters are fictional.
March’s theme for the Telegraph Creative Writing Group short story competition is ‘Money’, set by Pavlovaqueen, who once took me to see some of the finest treasures of the Dutch Golden Age at the Mauritshuis in the Hague. So, I’ve set ‘Gold, and blue…’ my short story about a legacy, amongst scenes of unashamed plagiarism of Dutch 17th century art. I really enjoyed writing it!
Love is in the air, says British Corporate Thriller writer A A Abbott. But in a dark way. We were both reading at ‘Hearts of Darkness’, a live fiction evening last night at Brewsmiths in the Jewellery Quarter. The theme of the evening was the darker side of love, with the result that the love stories were twisted around themes such as murder, jealousy, ghosts, sex toys, genetic cloning, and ecclesiastical senior management (as applied to the saints).
This is me actually doing some work. A Hard Day’s Write, at the Library of Birmingham, involved two laptops, and two relays of authors, with an hour each to work on the two stories. Our words were projected as we wrote them. My slot was around midday, so I had the task of developing the characters and situation left by three previous writers, with another three writers to follow me, and no idea how the story would finish. All good fun!
I think they all lived happily ever after…
The Ten to One novel, ‘Circ‘, was launched last night at the wonderful Library of Birmingham and I was proud to be on the stage with my fellow authors, even though I only wrote a teeny bit of the story, having been the first author of the ten to be voted out. Someone had to be!
As an ’emerging’ writer, I’ve learned a lot during the time that I’ve been involved in ‘Circ’. Although I stopped writing chapters, I watched the book evolve, and occasionally made helpful (or unhelpful) suggestions. Of course, I’ve been doing other things as well, writing my monthly short story for the Telegraph Creative Writers’ Group, finishing my OU A363 module, and working on a Victorian Gothic story in various guises, including radio drama and my Nanowrimo novel. But after all of this, I’ve felt this week that I’m now a part-time writer, rather than someone who writes as a hobby.
Not just a book launch then, but a launch of my writing self.