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#MyWritingProcess Blog Tour

So, @FreyaWriter asked me to share some thoughts for the #MyWritingProcess Blog Tour. Since I’m a little caught up over at Tiny Owl Workshop at the moment finding time to write is a challenge. But, I thought I’d give it a go and answer the four questions.

What are you working on right now?

I’m reading through a tonne of short stories submitted for the Unfettered project and trying to pull together the website for a project called The Lane of Unusual Traders. Storywise, I’m working on a short story called The Child in the Garden. It’s a ‘Woman in Black’ style story about a young WW2 soldier dealing with post traumatic stress disorder. I’m also editing a manuscript called The Krampus Road (a story of a girl caught on an eerie road) and pulling together research notes for a story called Shade and Grim (a story about a cursed police officer).

How does your work differ from that of other writers in your genre?

I guess every writer has a unique voice, experiences and interests, so that’s what sets us apart from each other. We all pull stories together in unique ways. I was born in England and moved to Australia when I was eight. Australia is full of immigrants like me, but I do tend to draw on that experience of being pulled from one place (and friends, family and the familiar) and pushed into another. Kids don’t really have any control over decisions like ‘shall we move to another country’ so I think those kind of experiences come through in my writing – I write about people on the outer, or caught between worlds.

Why do you write what you do?

Hmm, I might have answered this a little in the last question, but, to be honest, I don’t know. I just write the stories that start to form in my head, or that appear on the page. I don’t really have a particular audience in mind, so I’m writing for myself in the first instance, and I do write to amuse myself quite a bit.

I also think that people are hardwired for stories. Our brains seem utterly oriented to trying to make patterns out of all the info we take in, so it would be a bit strange if we didn’t write or tell stories I suppose – it’s how we make meaning.

How does your writing process work?

I’m a pantser. I write the story as a go along and jot down plot notes for other chapters as I go. When I’ve completed the first draft I just start the process of rewriting. It’s quite a laborious way of writing really, and I wish I was much more of a plotter: but I’m not. I love being surprised along the way, and I have gotten better at getting out of my own way and letting the story flow (I think).

Because I work fulltime I write in the morning before work. It can get a little frustrating constantly pulling myself out of stories to go and earn $$$, but there are harder things in life.

 I haven’t asked anyone to take up the #MyWritingProcess challenge yet, but I will. It’s been great to read about other writers and their process.

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The Day the Giants Woke

The Day the Giants Woke

A small story for Terry Whidborne’s Sunday Sketch #4

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The day the giants woke was a Wednesday. The world was changing. Seas expanding, ice caps shrinking – drip drip drip, crack crack crack – until the bears of the north thought of little else but hunger and death beyond.

The giants pushed their way up from the heart of the Earth in the realm below. Bit by bit until their crowns poked through the sodden crust.

They blinked in the bright light, and the Great Queen Above blinked back.

The Earth quaked as the giants wriggled and shimmied, shaking coal and grit and bone from their mountainous limbs as they eased themselves free from the realm below.

The oldest giant looked about as he checked his crown for broken redwoods and tumbled mountains. The Mother of All Things had made the crowns herself and the giants wore them now with the deepest of pride.

‘Tis proper time then,’ he said as a house floated by.

‘Time for the gathering and reaping, Old Ark?’ said the smallest giant, brushing saltbush from her splendid moustache (just curled using the finest of lava that very morning).

‘Aye, young Arkling,’ replied the oldest giant. ‘Gather what birds, beasties and innocents ye may. It would break the Mother’s heart full through to see them drownded.’

Bowing to the Great Queen Above, so as not to appear impolite, the giants strode off about the Earth and began gathering and reaping. The creatures they gathered they placed safely upon the crowns they wore. Some crowns were wrought from mountains of ice which creaked and sang with each step, others were fashioned from forests of trees long displaced by smouldering cities.

And all the while the waters rose as the giants gathered and reaped. They toiled while the Great Queen Above shone and while the Pale King watched on as she slept. They wandered far and wide, filling their crowns as the waters lapped at their knees, then hips, then chests.

When all was done, Old Ark called the others to him, for he himself had stayed to gather the old ones who lived at the heart of the realm above. The Mother of All Things loved the old ones most of all, and they, in return, tended the realm above with the gentlest of touches.

The others answered Old Ark’s call, carrying all they could carry on their crowns.
‘Where is the youngest Arkling?’ asked Old Ark, searching for her face as the others placed themselves around the great red rock, the heart, now submerged in the rising waters.

‘I am here,’ said the smallest giant, tears falling from her diamond bright eyes, as she took her place in the circle.

‘Your crown is not but half filled, Arkling,’ said Old Ark.

The Arkling bowed her head and hid her hands under the waves. ‘They chopped at my arms and scoured my back with fire and metal and called me devil.’

Old Ark nodded, while the harvest was joyful reaping took its toll.

‘Come, young Arkling, you have done all you could,’ he said, reaching out to take her hand as the waters stilled. ‘Tis time to sleep ’til the waters fall.’

‘Will they remember us?’ said the smallest giant, her eyes growing heavy, her tears drying.

Old Ark smiled and closed his eyes. ‘Mayhap. Every now and then and again, in stories.’

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