Saturday, 16 July 2011

The old, the new and the unknown...

I've not been writing much.

I'm revisiting a story from a long time ago. It's called Door, and centres on a character called Lars, who works the doors in Manchester. It's a story about denial or repression, how childhood relationships shape our adult ones, and is a story where the reader realises things the character hasn't realised yet. I wrote it when I was doing my MA course in 2005 and it never quite worked. There was something in there somewhere, and some moments I liked. But I never felt the character or the situation were fully formed or quite finished.

I suddenly found myself thinking about this story the other day. I realised perhaps what the story is really about, from recent experiences that have given me more insight. Some events in real life have very uncanny echoes of this story and I feel as if I actually understand now what I was trying to achieve with the story. I think I misunderstood what the story is most concerned with. Maybe I wasn't ready to tell it six years ago. I feel as if I can do a better job now. So, seeing as the rain prevents me getting down to the allotment, I might revisit the story and see what happens.

Other writing things...
Litmus is now available on most book sites, but is cheapest on the Comma Press site I think. I've been reading my copy are there are some amazing short stories, all inspired by eureka moments in science. I've loved reading the afterwords by scientists who specialize in fields of science explored in each story. It's what makes the book special, not just fiction based on scientific discovery, but scientific commentary too. All very accessible (believe me, I am the most unscientific person I know... if anyone reading this went to school with me and ended up being my lab partner in chemistry or physics, then you will know! More doodles, graffiti and gossip in my science books than lab notes). Anyway, my short story veers towards neuroscience/ psychology. It would be interesting to hear what anyone thinks of the book, if you've read it...

My latest book review is up on The Short Review. Another collection of short fiction that I very much recommend.
It's a brilliant first collection. I loved the way the stories were all based in a fictional Australian town, with interconnections betweens stories and characters. There's an interesting interview with the writer too. I love the way The Short Review interviews as many of the reviewed writers as possible. It gives insight into the writers, the background to their collections and how they write. I always like to nosy about other writers lives, experiences and approaches to writing...

Oh, and lastly, if anyone hears of any paid writing opportunities, please please let me know. I will starting my part time job in August, so will have space, time and energy to develop my writing... and am open to any opportunities that might arise. The world will soon be my lobster, as a good friend of mine says...

2 comments:

Andrew Blackman said...

I read a book recently in which a man's life starts to echo a story he wrote years ago, but in slightly different ways. It was called Next World Novella. Maybe that's what's happening to you...

As for paid writing opportunities, there are plenty out there but I don't know of any that pay very well :-( The Writer's Compass e-bulletin usually lists some interesting-sounding ones. http://www.nawe.co.uk/the-writers-compass/about-the-writers-compass.html

annie clarkson said...

Thanks Andrew, I'll have a look