Sunday, 31 March 2013
Feeling A Bit Hysterical
It's been a strange couple of weeks since I last posted. I have started a new part-time paid job. I'm not very good at it yet, and I don't know if I ever will be. I don't like doing things I'm not good at, and looking stupid and incompetent. I've been doing quite a lot of that lately. It's not a nice feeling, but hopefully things will get better. It's not easy learning a completely new set of skills when you're over 40!
The postman cheered me up, a few days ago, when he brought my proof copy of the Hysteria 1 Short Story and Poetry Anthology, published by the Hysterectomy Association, which includes my story 'While I Was Ironing'. What's even more exciting is that you can buy this excellent publication on Amazon. I was childishly excited (again) to see my name listed in the product description.
It seems like a long time since I submitted my story to the Hysteria 2012 competition. Reading it for the first time in ages, I have to admit that I'm quite proud of it. It began life as a simple idea about a woman doing something routine and everyday whilst, unbeknownst her, her life was being changed irrevocably. I had an image in my head, from who knows where, of someone searching for a missing button. From that, a whole story evolved. It doesn't sound very interesting, when I try to describe it. But I still like it!
The end of March is a deadline for lots of short story competitions. I've entered as many as I could afford to. Now the waiting for results begins. When my poor, rejected babies begin to straggle home, I will be sending them out elsewhere. I am determined that they will all find homes, eventually.....