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What I’ve Done This Week #13…

I have written seven Jack & Patrick short stories since their first adventure in the summer of 2012. I have one more in progress, which has not gone very far, and this week – for no reason other than I was looking for something to do – I manufactured another few ideas for their continued friendship. These particular stories are like comfortable slippers to me, and writing them always raises a smile, so I look forward to starting those.

Not that I had any intention of doing so, but this week I also picked up an unfinished third draft of one of my personal favourite short stories, Jigsaw. It’s coming along well and should be finished by the end of play tomorrow if I get the time to do it. It really doesn’t need much work but I have been adding some stuff and tidying the language up as I go along.

Jigsaw was accepted for publication in early 2015, but the magazine folded before it ever saw the light of day, which was a real shame because it would have been a quality feather in my cap. Perhaps once this redraft is completed, I will be able to give it the home it deserves.

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The Accidental Novel…

In June 2012 I wrote a short children’s comedy called The Stork, about ten-year old best friends Jack and Patrick, as they discussed where babies came from. It was intended to be an antidote to the darkness and depression that sometimes permeates my words, but a few months later I wrote Robotosaurus Rex, which was another snapshot of these two boys’ childhoods; this time as they talked about time travel. Over the last few days I finished writing When We’re All Grown Up – the third tale in what I now am beginning to see as chapters in a larger project that I had not planned at all.

I have no immediate plans to write a fourth entry in this series, but The Jack & Patrick Chronicles (as I now see these stories) do lend themselves to other conversational adventures. Kids talk about a lot of stuff – some of it banal and meaningless, but a lot of it is interesting and worthy of some lightly humourous exploration.

Before I know it I could have something much larger on my hands.