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.....

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