Over the last seven days, I have posted five lengthy fiction pieces, in the form of short stories. Almost 10,000 words in total, and not an image or photo to break them up. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read them, and those who commented, or offered criticism. I do not consider myself to be a writer of fiction. My blog is mostly in the form of a diary, with occasional recollections, and reviews of music and films. Similarly, I do not consider myself to be a photographer, but I have recently enjoyed posting some photographs; of this area, my travels to Kent, and of course Ollie, our dog.
Writing those short stories was harder work than I had imagined. Even though I have posted some previously, I had forgotten about the research, corrections, proof-reads, and adjustments necessary to make something relatively short at least appear to make some sense. They came from ideas or memories of events, and were approached without the care that I know some others take. I was striving for some immediacy, getting down what I was remembering, or imagining, when it still seemed fresh in my mind.
For those of you who are not that interested in fiction, or do not have the time to wade through 1900 words, I have some good news. I am having a break from fiction for a while, at least until new ideas make themselves known to me. The blog will be resuming ‘normal service,’ starting now. Thanks once again to those who emailed me, or sent words of encouragement through comments.
You genuinely made me feel that it had all been worthwhile.