So to the questions that are the central part of this tour
1/What am I working on
A series of short stories inspired by a recent holiday in Switzerland and a rewrite of a series of anthropomorphic cat letters called Caterwauling Clawsie pertaining to come from a Russian Exile cat writing to her cousin in Russia. In such letters she relates the antics of her children, and passes comment of all of human life and values around her.
2/How does my work differ from others of it’s genre
I love to leave and unanswered though in the readers mind that they can take away with them, but I find that so many modern short stories are cryptic to the point of incomprehensible. To me short story writing is all about telling a story as well as showing what is going through the speaker’s mind. I love to take a simple if not mundane everyday occurrence, or what you might think of as a microcosmic world, and lead the reader into that period through the eyes and mind of the characters involved. A good example of this would be a story I wrote called Hopscotch on the Prom. There are only three main characters, and one actual event, that of a game of hopscotch on the prom, but through such vehicles the problems of Alzheimer’s is studied though the eyes and minds of a sufferer, her husband / caregiver/carer, and a six-year-old boy
Q3/Why do I write what I do
I know that writing can be performed as a technical exercise, or as a pure and simple commercial project; but when you write from within your own mind then, if you are lucky, a more vibrant and personal style of prose or poetry seems to emerge. Also wring from within clarifies the mind and allows the writer to express his or her inner feelings through words.
Q4/How does my writing process work
Ideas come from life around me, and living on a small but characterfull island with equally variable residents meand=s that fresh ideas are always coming my way. Turning my ideas into short stories is the hard bit, as working full-time in the retail sector means that finding time for writing is a bit of a strain
In general though I record ideas vocally on my phone so that I can refer back to them while I ma at home. I laso llook behind the obvious occurences in life so as to see what is going on in the shadows, or just outside the main throng. A good example of this is a short story called Paddling in the Sea. The story came into being when I saw a woman standing on the shore line, her feet bathed by the incoming sea. She was just standing there, like old grey heron, but from that brief moment in time a powerful short story about denial of death and greiving came into my mind
As regards my physical process, well I write what I can and if I can, but all to often life and fatigue impede such a flow
So where is the baton heading of to next, well, I am inviting two people to pick up the baton. One writer is Persia Karema, an actress, model, and powerful domestic abuse blogger, blogging at You Don’t Have To Suffer in Silence and a second writer, a poet, playwright and essayist called Rachael Stanford, who blogs at Street of Dreams. They have very different writing styles but are well worth following, so all I can say is, enjoy
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