Category Archives: Short Story

Tis The Season to Pause Editing

An update: AT LAST

Crystal Green is moving forwards now rather well, despite the fact that IT’S CHRISTMAS!

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The Last Day: Maggie

I always intended to revisit Maggie. Back when I wrote Episode One and John was having that conversation with his wife, I knew that Maggie’s day was a traumatic one (unfortunately for her, it gets worse).

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The Last Day: Avoidance

Almost immediately after publishing Episode One, I set out to write Episode Two. The first four parts came quite easily. But then I paused. My pause seemed to extend passed the normal length of time acceptable to still be considered a pause; I had stopped. It wasn’t writers block. It was avoidance. Episode Two was designed as a new writing challenge. And I had perhaps challenged myself a little too well only two episodes in.

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The Last Day: John

John is an ordinary man. I’m not talking morality tale here, I’m talking about a man who gets up every day and goes to work to provide for his family. I’m talking about a man who met the love of his life, married her and started a family with her. I’m talking about a man who, at his core, is content with his career, has built himself a home and a life, and is happy.

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The Last Day: Form

When you write a novel, above everything else it takes a lot of time. Or at least it does the way I write. Unfortunately, and I mean that here from a literary point of view, I have a full time job, hobbies and a life outside my iPad (laptop has seen better days so most of my written work now happens on the pad). It just means that that feeling of euphoria when you have finished something, when the task as epic as writing a novel is finally complete, well, that payoff is a long time coming. Of course when it arrives it’s massive. Properly joyous. But it’s the journey; and it’s a journey.

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