It’s been a real rollercoaster over the past weeks. For those of us luck enough to still be employed there’s been a definite learning curve about how to work from home. There’s also been a juggling act on how to combine working from home with all the other jobs and activities we have, and making sure they aren’t ignored, or all blend into each other in a pandemic version of stay at home mayhem.
In amongst it all, whilst trying to stay positive in a sea of terrifying reports, there was a shiny, lovely piece of news. My short story, Seaweed, published by Breach in Breach #11 has been shortlisted for an Aurealis award in the YA category. I’m completely blown away at being in such esteemed company! It’s a long held dream, and I’m so excited to see my story go such a long way.
It’s one of a few gentle prods I’ve received over the past weeks to find a way to block out everything else for a small time each day and just write. The end weeks of March 2020 contained a zero word count for me, and a decent amount of bleakly staring at a blank screen wondering if I was ever going to have an idea I was excited to write again.
Thanks to my friend and long time critiquer, Tim, I’m finally back on track. Writing a small amount of anything each day seemed to be going nowhere at a hundred words per day for a week, until it suddenly just happened. 100 became 200, then 500, and then all of a sudden, one story was done and another started. And this time, the idea is chasing me. Time to get back to work.