Getting back up again

October 4, 2018

Falling off a mountain and getting back up again. 

It’s been that kind of a year.


A rocket propelled start on the writing front with purpose, product and the heady altitude of confidence. It felt exhilarating and tangible and very good indeed – he said with a tinge of understatement. That was the Spring.


I spent April on the summit and then I fell off.


Life intervened, for a variety of reasons and all at once. The cad!


I plummeted, I broke and it has taken a while to piece the bits of me together. My belief most of all. I remembered I was scared of heights and forgot a number of things – including how to put one word in front of another. I missed the writing so much it hurt.


So back to basics. Jewel like, hen’s teeth, beautiful basics.


Making a pitch – to perform at a Lit Fest. Within an hour reading about it online and without thought.


Writing a new story - like chiselling granite at first but slowly increasing momentum. Submitted and rejected, but tucked safely in my bottom drawer and very grateful for that.


Listening to stories – learning from others (as ever) and just revelling in their prose. Smiling, clapping and saying well done.


Writing another new story – making myself smile. Thinking of a prop.


Chatting with some writers – who share the same pages of an Anthology. I must have been able to do it once…maybe I haven’t forgotten after all.


Second new story getting selected. Looking forward to the rhythm and frustration of rehearsal.


Writing a third new story – making myself cry. Smashed through the word count for submission but not sorry. May need a fourth.


Drawing on the wisdom of friends – who must have lived a thousand years to be so smart, but none of them are admitting to that.


Looking ahead – to more stories, submissions and performances.


My message isn’t triumphalist or inspirational. Life stuff happens and it can be hard.


But I’m getting back up again – you have helped.


Thank you

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