I am still spending nearly all my time looking after my son, while he becomes comfortable with a new daycare provider we had to find for him.
And still working to earn my part of the daily bread in the evenings and on weekends (courtesy of my local web consultancy firm).
So my original ambition of finally doing a blog with super-duper-in-depth articles about life, the universe and everything is still shelved. Perhaps forever. And after, like, 20 attempts since 2004 … d’uh.
But you know what?
I don’t give a fuck.
I’d like to just post a few updates now and then about how life goes, and about how my short story writing goes. So that is what this blog IS going to be about from now on. Sorry for the false start last autumn. I seem to have a knack for that …
Speaking of stories …
In December I finished two novellas for the first time in a long time. Here they are, if you are interested:
Carrie is close to going crazy for not being able to get something going with regard to her broken dreams about becoming an artist. But having been out of the practice for almost 20 years, having fried her brain more than once with coke in her younger days and now being caught up in family and dead end job … that gives her a constant feeling of not having time, space or energy to move on this path. Maybe she just has to let go and accept it is over. But then what?
Finished 16 December 2018, and taking place that day as well.
About a lonely cop – Jon – trying to figure out if he has the courage to start a relationship with a lonely waitress – Carrie. Or if he even should, since he (rightly) suspects she, like himself, is ‘damaged goods’. Jon due to his alcoholic father and Carrie due to her former drug-use. In actuality they both need each other, but as often is the case – it is very, very hard to see that when you feel like the world’s greatest mess yourself …
This story I finished in December 2018, but it takes place in 2005. Soundtrack: “She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze and Wendy Fraser (ah, nostalgia!).
I’d love to hear what you think of my short stories in general, so feel free to check them out. It’s contemporary fiction and it’s about the life of the same protagonist from her teens and until early 40’s:
Carrie Sawyer – recovering artist, restless traveler, mum-in-training.
Each story is intended to be self-contained – so you can start anywhere.
Until there is something new to tell – stay lit.