The Highs It was so lovely to be invited to the launch of The Bath Short Story Award 2014 Anthology at the perfect venue: a bookshop, Mr B's Emporium in Bath. Writers Annemarie Neary, who wrote the short story Gon-doh-la, and Ken Elkes, writer of Greta Garbo and the Chrysanthemum Man, were both there and read excerpts from those stories. The talented Hannah Riekemann read out some of mine. It was a surreal experience to hear The Ghost Boy being read and I tried to listen as though I was not the author. And it actually wasn't too bad! The 2015 competition has been launched and having had such a positive experience with The Bath Short Story Award, almost entirely because organiser Jane, Jude and Anna have been so enthusiastic and encouraging, I urge everyone to enter! The Lows And back down to earth - bump! The same evening I returned home to an email from the wise and all-seeing Imogen Cooper, advising me to rewrite The Lemon Sliced Moon in first person. She thinks it currently reads too adult and observationally for YA... I can see where she's coming from. I prefer to read in third person so, after my first draft which was written in first person, I've focussed on third. It's a choice I feel lends itself well to my particular story, to avoid the confusion of Millie as an unreliable narrator. But it's meant I've missed some emotional connection which first person more naturally lends itself to.
Above: Organiser Jude Higgins and me at the launch at Mr B's Emporium. Below: Me! (photo courtesy of Crysse Morrison.)
Fortunately, Imogen's advice is to then change back to the close third person narrative once I've injected more drama using first person. Confusing? A little. Time-consuming? Yes! This will be a blog in itself so more on Point of View later...
Ele Nash: Prone to bursts of creativity and self-doubt. Artist of collage. Writer of short stories and Young Adult fiction. Lover of really old TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also, obsessed with cats. And haberdashery.