Firstly, I had an email this morning from Sue Moorcroft, who judges the Writers Forum monthly short story competitions, to tell me that my story ‘Paperchase’ has come second in the magazine’s latest competition! Hurrah! I had a little dance around the kitchen. As I’ll soon be £150 richer, that should just about pay for my car’s (overdue) service. Ah, the glamour.
‘Paperchase’ is one of those stories I’ve wanted to place somewhere for ages – years, in fact. It’s not really a womag story and it’s been shortlisted before in competitions, so I knew it was almost there. And I like it! It’s about a teenager with a paper round – and it’s based on . well, me, when I was a teenager who had a paper round (only for about 3 months – then I got the measles – at Christmas – and that was the end of it!)
And then, when I turned up for my Wednesday lunchtime writing class today, one of the stars (they are all stars, of course!), John, presented me with a RED BOUNTY – a rare and scrumptious specimen (even the pictures on Google image are all of the BLUE ones – you have to look hard for a red one). He’d read about my penchant for them in an earlier post and had remembered.
Thank you, John! Much better than an apple for the teacher.