A short story writer's attempts to build a profile on the literary scene and get published.
The best place to start this blog lark is with a quick explanation of its title - why 'Scallops'? It came to me in a dream: short stories are like scallops! Similes and metaphors don't usually come to me in my sleep, I wish they did, but on this occasion I had watched rather too much of Hell's Kitchen before bedtime. At some point, the wannabe chefs had competed to free perfect scallops from the gelatinous mass inside the shells. Craggy-faced Gordon was not pleased if any scallops had been spoiled in the process which, of course, most were.
A short story should also be small and perfectly formed: it is the result of the skillful cutting down of a large, slippery concept in to a small, firm morsel of art. As a writer still learning her craft, I know how easy it is to mutilate a good short story. But I am hoping I'll get better with practice and - fingers crossed - that'll happen before my face turns too craggy...
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Short & Sweet
"Congratulations! You've won first prize in the Twisted Tails Short Story Competition (Spring) . One hundred euros will be sent shortly to your PayPal account..."
Lorna is a Brit who has recently made San Francisco her home. She has been a keen creative writer since the age of 11 when she, somewhat precociously, started a novel. At 21 she began another novel but then discovered the joys of the short story form, committed whole-heartedly to it and hasn't looked back.