Sian is awesome and as part of running her lovely blog she hosts a Storytelling Sunday feature. Now I am guessing you know that already but if you don’t then you should head over there and, oh, take a coffee with you.
I decided to join in when I heard about it but then Dad became very ill and died as some of you will know. I did share that tale/blogpost last month, but it was all very raw and so I was late posting it. If you are interested then it is here.
So I have been ‘humming and hawing’, or ‘umming and awing’ over what to tell you.
I decided that I like photo-heavy or at least photo-included stories so I headed over to my gallery to see what I could see-see-see.
erm…..no that didn’t work,
I then thought I would share with you the first chapter of the book I have tried to write and ask for some constructive feedback from you guys.
So that got me to thinking about where it might be in the ether?
I wrote it when I moved home a few years ago and I loved it, I didn’t think it was brilliant, but I enjoyed writing it and reading it. I haven’t looked at it or worked at it for about 2 years so where on earth is it?
At that point I thought, how awful if Jo Rowling had just let herself lose her focus on her manuscript OR LOSE IT and Harry was never to be in my life.
Then I had a reality check and thought ‘my manuscript isn’t like that’….and here is why not;
1) I am no Jo Rowling.
2) I am not driven like Jo Rowling and do not write every minute to get it done, even in a cafe with a small child.
3) I am not driven like Jo Rowling because I do not know where my manuscript is and it is not on any computer that exists anymore.
4) I have allowed that story to sit pretty much fully formed and sprawling in it’s entirety, in my mind.
I actually have butterflies in my tummy that I have lost it all entirely, I think it was in the back of my mind that one day I would get it out, dust it down and turn it into a quality novel.
2 hours later: I have found the hard copy!
Now I have butterflies in my tummy because I now want to work on it. I think if that is the first thing I have learnt from Storytelling Sunday then it has to be good.
So I guess that this is my first entry into the Storytelling Sunday canon;
‘How I entered the Storytelling Sunday canon’.