You know I love writing? Of course you do! I've banged on about it enough after all. I have been an enthusiatic writer for over 4 decades. I have churned out hundreds of thousands of words. I have a rejection slip folder. I have self-published ('Nearly King Jimbo' still available on-line in various places if you're interested!) because there came a point where I couldn't handle the rejection anymore, mostly because I am a rejection wimp and sometimes the rejection of my writing feels akin to witnessing the drowning of a kitten.
I have completed NaNoWriMo - twice. I have several incomplete novels cluttering up my drawers (hush at the back there!) and I have made it to the final ten in a short story competition. When I was 16 I had a letter published in the Daily Mail! I have done proper University accredited Creative Writing courses. But there, dear Malarkey chums, stopped the train of my creative aspirations, at the little backwater station of 'Not-Quite-The-Ticket-On-The-Marsh.'
But wait! What is that, puffing towards me on the horizon? Why, 'tis the little locomotive 'First Paid Commission!' Here it comes now, along the 'Happy Coincidence' line. (Do you like the extended metaphor that's developing here? No, me neither but I'm trying to avoid anything cake related, which is my usual metaphor-of-choice, because I am attempting to ease off the cake. Crazy, I know, but there you go. Needs must for Mrs Chubby Thighs!)
Yes! Finally, here it is! The Golden Opportunity to be a Paid Writer!! I have been commissioned!!! (Too many exclamation marks? Peut-être...)
Remember that I mentioned I did a spot of proof-reading/ editing last month for a national trade magazine? Well! I was duly invited to a business lunch (goat's cheese and caramelised onion panini and a cuppa - hark at me!!) and asked if I would be interested in writing a regular column for them - a sort of amateur's view of the world of logistics.
I offered to write an 800 word article as a sample, which I thusly completed and sent for perusal, and today I got the reply that it was a good and fun read and how did I feel about building it into a series of four associated theme articles?
Big cheesy grin, that's how I felt!
And of course, this small but thrilling recognition of my work as a writer has created the happy side-effect of making me want to get properly writing again. Aside from blogging, I haven't done any serious amount of writing for several months now, partly, I have to say, because I have been doing a serious amount of sewing instead. (Today, I also booked up to do a course in stumpwork later in the year.)
But now I feel inspired! I'm going to crack on with one of those drawer novels. I'm at least going to finish one of them. And I am also in mind to re-write a novel I did complete about ten years ago called 'Duck When The Boom Swings' because I found the hard copy in a folder last weekend and it made me laugh enough to want to get to know the characters therein all over again. The actual writing is a bit, well, 'iffy' in places, but I've several years of mistakes and experience under my belt now so it could be a go-er.
Anyway, now I've had a toot of my tiny trumpet (and I hope you'll forgive me the indulgence) I am off for a creative evening.
May the rest of your week be a good one! 😃