Sunday, November 1, 2020
A Bedtime Story (short story) by Leanne Dyck
Reading books can make memories that will last a lifetime.
In my footie pajamas, I crawl onto my dad's lap and snuggle up close to his flannel shirt. Soap and water can't hide his farmer's cologne--a blend of sheep, hay, and soil.
He always begins my stories in the same way, "In the land of here and now and right away, lived a little girl named Gwen, or was it Amy?
"Her hair was golden blonde or black. Does it matter?
"She was your age. Or was she older? Or a little younger? Oh, you know, it doesn't really matter.
"She lived a humdrum life, in a ho-hum way, but one day, one day..."
He recounts one of my daily adventures and makes it magical. I'm rocked to sleep by his words. My dad is a magnificent storyteller.
Wednesday, November 4
This short story was inspired by my years working as an Early Childhood Educator caring for children in daycare centres.
(Thank you for your input on this--I truly appreciate it.)
Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife
Short story collection
Short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Sharing my author's journey...
word count: 6,917 words
goal: 40,000+ words
How often do you send manuscripts to publishers?
Some said, "Once a month. Then wait three months and send them something else."
That answer didn't satisfy me. It seemed like I'd be spending way too much time waiting. So I kept asking.
Other experienced authors said, "Find your own rhythm."
So I did. Mine happened to be a Niel Peart drum solo.
I overwhelmed small publishers, but I was sure larger publishing houses would be prepared and maybe even appreciative of my speed.
Turns out I was wrong. I overwhelmed the big guys too.
My advice to you--what I wish I'd done--be far less interested in speed and far more interested in quality. Don't get me wrong. I loved everything I sent, but, looking back, I think I may have been too close to my work. This is when a second pair of eyes would have been very helpful. Hopefully the second pair of eyes that helps you will belong to a more experienced author or editor.
Also, don't get fixated on one publisher. The more publishers you send your work to the more likely you are to be published.
I hope you find this advice helpful. Happy writing.