The first one is called 'The Songbird' and is about a woman who loves music, but believes herself to be tone deaf. But through the arrival of a new neighbour, who loves to sing, our heroine discovers more about herself, her abilities and her chance to love again.
I came up with the concept whilst out walking a client's dog. It was about throwing it down with rain and I was feeling miserable, wet and cold. So to try and make myself feel better, I decided to try and come up with some story ideas. The sentence, 'The walls were thin' was what came to me first and I knew this was my first line. But where to go with that?
Whose walls were thin?
What was being heard through those walls?
How did that person feel about hearing all that damned noise?
What were they going to do about it?
By asking myself these questions, I came up with the character, Lara and went from there. By the time I got my dog back home and my hair towel dried, I was at my computer writing down the bare bones of the story, which I eventually submitted.
The second short story that got accepted by the same magazine, was called 'Fruits of Her Labour' about a young woman taking on an old abandoned allotment plot.
Why had she taken it on?
Why did she need to do it?
What was spurring her on?
I realised she was speaking to me as if in diary form, so I started to scribble down my ideas and soon I knew her entire back story, her sad history and why this allotment meant so much to her and how it was keeping her alive.
Hopefully, you'll get to see both of these short stories published soon. I don't have a date for them, or an issue number, but maybe I'll get that soon and I'll let you know.
A writer's mind is forever ticking over!