Children of the Ash. The End.

I just completed my children’s novel – Children of the Ash.
Well, when I say completed, I mean, er, finished. No, er.
Here starts the fun stuff. It’s 30k And as is usual with me, I havn’t even spell checked it yet.
I have a small clutch of Post Its that I wrote ‘ideas’ on and I know there are a couple that should make it into the story.
So, this is where that revist, redraft, rework comes into play.
(Graham Joyce drew us a wonderful triangle at a lecture which I vaguely remember 😉 )
In my head, there was something of a different ending, a bit further on down the timeline, but everything just flowed to a natural conclusion and, for now, I’m happy that I didn’t have to decide! Joseph and Kae (the protagonists) did all the hard work.

The world grew and moved. The characters moved and grew and changed.
Ah, fond memories.

So, while that stews for a while, settles and calms, I think I’ll start something new.
The Pattern of Birds is my hot favourite and GemmaFree is just crying out for a world to live in.
Having said that, Roger Eagle is still sending me pages made up of cut out letters from glossy magazines. But then, that’s a whole ‘nother story.

A (nother) year spent writing.

So, 1st year of MA done. Dusted. Jeez, that went fast.
Out of the five or so pieces I wrote specifically for Fiction workshops, Merry Go Round came 2nd in Writers’ Forum Magazine (May 2011) and Why My Wife’s Dad Doesn’t Like Me was commended on Cazart.co.uk.
So, a productive year all in all 🙂
More than just ‘learning the craft’ it’s inspired me, and makes me want to keep pushing myself. With that in mind I’m ‘revisiting’ the synopsis for my novel The Lost Dark and trawling through possible agents for that.
And I’m concentrating on completing my children’s novel, Children of the Ash.
Whilst all that’s going on, I’m keeping an eye out for more competition entries for short stories (inc. Flash and nano).
I have this crazy idea that I can get all my Fiction workgroup pieces published. Well, I do like a challenge.
Oh, and I am now a qualified First Aider!