This week there is a Gallery/Writing Workshop mash up!
The joint theme is emotions.
As I spent some time analysing my emotions I realised how complex they are. I am an emotional personal.
Today I could quite easily take my pick and write about sadness, disappointment, disillusionment, apprehension and fear, but you don't want to read about that, right?
After a morning playing in the garden with my boys I could certainly cover off happiness, joy, pride, amusement and love.
So I am listening to The Flaming Lips at Glastonbury (jealousy!) and writing about something wonderful that happened to me this week.
On Tuesday I attended a book launch. A piece I wrote is in the book Word Soup Year One. I am now a published writer.
Excitement built last week as the team from Lancashire Writing Hub projected extracts from all of the pieces in the anthology on to buildings in Preston and Lancaster.
My name in lights!
When I saw these photographs I literally squeaked with excitement and did a happy dance!
On Tuesday night, at the launch, I was given five copies of the book, beautifully bound, with my name on.
Here they are:
I felt pride, joy and disbelief. The book is stunning.
The pieces for the Word Soup Year One anthology were selected by the brilliant Jenn Ashworth and I am in the company of some amazing writers: Tom Fletcher, Sarah Hymas, Socrates Adams, Nicholas Royle, AJ Duggan, Mollie Baxter, Norman Hadley, Rachel McGladdery, JA Brunning and Peter Wild.
So how did this happen?
Well, it all began with this blog, my Baby, Baby Baby. In May last year I started writing, tentatively at first. As my confidence grew I tried my hand at creative writing. Earlier this year I read a piece of flash fiction that I had written at an open mic spot at the Word Soup live lit night. I was then asked to submit a piece for the anthology. I was overjoyed to have 'My Old Man', written about my father, selected. I was invited to read my 836 words at Word Soup in April. It is an emotional piece. I made people cry. Result.
You can buy the book here or win one here.