A wet and blustery day here in Auckland. I love the word blustery, as it reminds me of Winnie the Pooh – though I’d prefer it not to be so wet.
I had good news today – one of my entries in the South Island Writers Association competition received a ‘Commended’. Among the rejections I receive as a writer, it is lovely to have some good news, and to see my entry in the anthology. Thanks to those who ran and judged the competition for their hard work.
There was a 1,500-word short story competition, as well as a 100-word flash fiction. I received the commended for an entry in the flash fiction.
Short stories are good to work on, almost as an antidote to writing a novel, as they are discrete pieces of work that don’t take the months, or years, that a novel requires. Though I have to admit some of my short stories have been worked and reworked over a period of years.
Flash fiction takes the skill of short story writing to another level altogether, but I get huge satisfaction is creating a mood, and telling a story in a few words.
I participated in reading some of my work at our local Borders store on Friday evening, with other local writers. One of my extracts was a 48-word story I had published in a book several years ago. The evening was good fun, and a chance to meet with other writers and readers.