A blog post all about my book.
In third grade, I wrote a one-page story about bears. My teacher handed it back to me with a great, big red “A” at the top and said to me, in that encouraging way every third-grade teacher has, “You should be a writer!”
I took her words to heart and started working on my craft immediately.
This Journey We Call Life contains ten short stories I’ve written over the years since then. The oldest story in the book is “Prom Night Prep” – a story never published before its inclusion in this collection. I dug it out (and several others from that long-ago time period), cleaned it up some and decided it was time for it to see the light of day. After all, Prom night is Prom night, no matter which era we live in.
The newest story, “Twue Wuv” was written after the Fall in Love with New England Conference in 2016. We’d watched the movie Princess Bride (a movie I can pretty much recite) and it inspired me to write a modern-day parallel to that marvelous story of Princess Buttercup and Wesley. Hey! Inspiration can strike anywhere!
The stories written in between these two reflect various moments in life.
“I Stay a Little Longer” was written after my father-in-law’s passing. I watched his wife linger at the grave, not wanting to say that final goodbye – and cried at the thought that I might someday be in her spot. Maisie was invented to help me understand and deal with that grief.
“Never” and “Mouse” were deviations from my norm – I’d entered the Short Story Challenge sponsored by NYC Midnight and was assigned the genre, main character and action. Two years in a row I was assigned action-adventure genres – quite a stretch for me! The main character of “Never” is a drug dealer on the run; for “Mouse” the assignment was an occupational therapist in the wilderness. “Never” actually pushed me into the second round of that year’s contest; “Mouse” I wrote just for fun and is dedicated to a particular physical therapist who helped me get my shoulder back into shape after surgery. “Blinding Love” was also written for that competition; for that I was assigned a romance with a blind man as the protagonist. All three have been fun to challenge myself with – and yes, I’ll be doing the contest again this coming January.
“Bar Fight” is probably a story start. My computer is filled with those. This one, however, stands on its own as a slice-of-life of the protagonist. Someday I’ll write more of his story. I have written more of “Healing” – a LOT more. That’s a snippet from a section of the epic fantasy I’ve been working on for quite some time. If you’re a follower of my blog, you’ll know just how long a time…Sigh. This is the novel of my heart – and is my current focus.
And two stories, “The Princess and the P” and “The Fairies of Lough Gur” are light-hearted, just-for-fun stories, written with laughter in my heart. Alliteration is the name of the game in “Princess and the P” – and no, I didn’t forget the last part of the last word in the title. Nearly every word in this pulchritudinous pundit’s pen produced plenty of paltry puns for this story!
Of course, we can’t forget Willowmoon Asterblossom, a young fairy madly in love with Tom Whistlechirp. The only problem is, her best friend, Spiderweb Thistledown, is also in love with the handsome fairy! “The Fairies of Lough Gur” was inspired by a trip my husband and made to Lough Gur in County Limerick, Ireland. The hillside is dotted with fairy doors and that got me thinking, “Who lives there?” I asked, and Willowmoon, Tom and Spiderweb answered.
I’m not sure if my third-grade teacher had any idea of the impact her words would have on me but I took them to heart and thought, in all honesty, that she’d just given me my life’s work. I have no idea where she is now, but I hope all third-grade teachers give such hope to all their students.
I’m certainly having fun fulfilling my destiny!
A collection of short stories
A wonderful collection of ten short fiction stories from Diana Hunter – including one never-before-published short story – proving that Diana writes well in many genres, not just the erotic romance she’s known for.
Content: Non-erotic, general audiences
More about the stories within:
The collection begins with “Mouse” – take one field mouse, a harried occupational therapist and add an hysterical client into the mix for a fun action/adventure like no other – and continues with “Never”, another action/adventure with a much more serious tilt. “I Stay A Little Longer” continues the serious vein with a story of what happens after the funeral of one’s long-time partner. Don’t worry, “The Fairies of Lough Gur” lightens the fare with two love-sick fairies both pining over the same man. Erm, fairy.
“Blinding Love” continues the romantic theme, showing that a disability is no hamper to enduring love and “Bar Fight” takes a right turn – or is that right uppercut? – into a story that definitely needs to be longer. “Healing” is in the fantasy genre and poses some modern-day questions about our responsibilities to the Earth. Then along comes “Twue Wuv” and its homage to that wonderful movie, The Princess Bride. The collection ends with a new story, “Prom Night Prep”, where every woman will recognize the agonies of looking perfect.
The characters in these stories are sometimes in love, sometimes just having a bit of fun, and sometimes terrified but, in every case, they’re taking very definite steps along this journey we call life.
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