I woke one morning, determined to write something. While still in bed, stalling to get up, contemplating how one must never open a story with the main character waking up, or with the weather, I did both.
First line: Bianca’s bed swayed in gentle rhythm with her floating condominium.
and, I let the sun stream in. Why is it we reinforce the don'ts we hear about rather than the do's?
'Write what you know' is a 'do' so I focused on that. The Formula 1 GP was an obsession of mine at the time. I knew about F1. This, coupled with a paragraph I'd picked up in a science article about an 'ancestral memory gene' excited my imagination.
This character directed the plot...to a point. She was a beautiful brunette and her husband was a handsome blond. However, she was already content in her ideal world, so really didn't need 'happiness' for a gift. How could I switch things around to give the story some oomph?
My manuscript went through three stages of assessment and I was notified each time I reached the next level. Naturally I was thrilled when ASIM accepted Bianca's Birthday Present, for their 5th issue. I expected to be directed to fix those 'broken rules', but the editor asked me to change one phrase, only.
Years later, when the magazine allowed me my rights back, I submitted the story to MuseItUp as Happiness Guaranteed. It was accepted on the proviso I should work with my editors Anne Duguid and Nancy Bell , to 'flesh it out'. This I did and had a lot of fun revising my much loved story. It has increased by 1,000 words and now has a more obviously ambiguous ending. :)
I wish my grandfathers were here to read it.
|cover designer: Tiger Matthews|
Happiness Guaranteed (5,325 words) is available from the MuseItUp Bookstore ; Amazon Kindle
My website My Imagination - Here you can read the book blurb and an excerpt.