Update: what did I do with my ‘extra hour’ this morning? I went to the swimming pool! The whole place had gone Halloween-crazy. It was slightly disconcerting having witch and batwoman lifeguards watching me do my lengths.
Swimming is, for me, like writing. Sometimes it’s an effort to take the plunge but once I’ve warmed up, I love it – and afterwards I feel so virtuous! (and deserving of a coffee and a Kit Kat).
The theme of the story is ‘time is precious’ and it features a couple who have a tradition of doing something special to mark that ‘extra hour’, each year – a tradition that continues even after one of them dies.
Some people are snooty about stories in women’s magazines (don’t get me started on that one..!) but as I remember Della saying during a workshop I attended at Writers’ Holiday in Caerleon last year, ‘You don’t have to be the greatest writer in the world to have a story published in a magazine. But you do have to have a damn good idea.’