Sunday, September 18, 2016

Feeling Groovy (short story) 3 of 3 by Leanne Dyck

Summarizing parts 1 and 2:  A bunny leads over-stressed Mara into an exotic world -- a bear plays a guitar, a cow plays a cow bell and birds sing 'feeling groovy' while flower children dance. And even though Mara is really shy, she dances too.

Photo by Leanne Dyck

The next day I pushed back the covers before my alarm clock rang. 

"Feeling Groovy," I sang as I followed a rich aroma to my first mug of coffee. One tasted so good it lead to another. Gazing out the kitchen window, I mulled over my adventure. Did that really happen or... The clock on the microwave screamed at me. I need to move or I'll be late. I flew through the house throwing on clothing, brushing my hair and teeth. The bus raced me to the stop, but I won and climbed on.

"Good morning," the driver said.

"Good? It's magical," I told him.

Halfway through the morning a customer called to thank me for being so patient with her.

"Feeling," I sang in the stall of the woman's washroom.

"Groovy," someone sang n reply.

Whoever it was, I knew they were laughing at me. I fought my desire to hide in the stall for the rest of my shift and forced the door open. My...boss...stood at the sink. "So, you're a Simon and Garfunkel fan, too, eh?" She dried her hands. "I heard that a customer called to thank you. Keep up the good work." She

Life was finally pretty sweet on my side of the wall.

'I've seen [magical realism] confused with light fantasy and paranormal and even urban fantasy.'

What you don't know about my story Feeling Groovy...
Feeling Groovy is the abbreviated version of a novelette. I've recently combined this novelette with three other stories and am currently looking for a publisher for this collection. 

Photo by Leanne Dyck

Next post:  Published on Sunday, September 25th (around 5 p.m. PST) 

Word Vancouver 'is Western Canada's largest celebration of literacy and reading' This festival starts on Wednesday, September 21 and runs for five days--until Sunday, September 25. It offers workshops, panel discussions, blue pencil sessions and a publishers (books and magazines) exhibition -- plus. This year I'm excited to attend Jami Macarty's Get It Out:  A writer's guide to submissions of literary work. I look forward to sharing with you what I've learned. 

Photo by Leanne Dyck

Picture Books in Canada

Popular Canadian picture book author Kyo Maclear
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Saanich Centennial Branch
3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)

Photo by Leanne Dyck

Sharing my author journey...

Be careful, don't sped. When you drive and when you are preparing a submission package. I wish I had...

I'm in the middle of rushing a short story collection out the door when I get a brainstorm about the first sentence. Wow, it's good. Hurry -- hurry -- the post office is closing. I have to get it out today. My husband is on lunch break. I have to go now. 

I make it and feel so proud. 

But this bubble bursts the minute, with a clear mind, I re-read the sentence. It does read better but along with this genius I've also added huge mistakes. Ugg!

I know what's going to happen. The editor will read it and she'll pitch it out the window.  She has no choice. But I did.

S...low d...ow...n.

Oh, yeah, and maybe. Stand back I just had another brilliant idea. I'll resubmit. As all the errors on one page, it should be rather easy. Of course, I'm not sure if the publisher will accept the re-submission. Please send your positive energy my way. Thank you.