Saturday, 12 September 2015

And now for something a little different

I've been kicking about the idea for a new piece for the last few weeks - inspired by a bit of a land not too far from where I live. It's a wasteground in as much that it's disused and forgotten although wasteland suggests an old building site that's been left exposed to the weather for months. This place is overgrown with bushes and trees and I think about it everytime I pass it because it feels like a leftover from when I was a kid. It's something out of the early 80s, not 2015.

I had an idea for a story that would feature this wasteland, but as soon as I began outlining, length became a problem. Too slight an idea for anything longer than a short story; too detailed for a short story. So, to be a little different to anything I've written before, I've gone for an 8,500k chapbook. The funny thing is I don't see it as a longer than usual short story (although in terms of length, that's what it is), because shorts for me are more focused on one idea with a very limited scope of characters. This piece, while obviously not as detailed as a novel, is still more involved than one of my average short stories. In any case, I've worked on it for the last couple of weeks and it's done bar last minute edits and fixes. It's called The Sisters In The Green and even if it goes nowhere, I'm happy to have written something a little different.

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