My parents wanted me to be able to hold a conversation with anyone about anything, so they taught me to be interested in a variety of things. While I am grateful to have the working knowledge on a wide range of topics, I sometimes wonder if that philosophy stopped me from becoming a world-famous this or that… Anyway…
That same philosophy of being curious about different things also translates into my writing. “Find a niche,” they told me when I started blogging. “Famous writers stick to a single genre for a reason,” they say. For the time being, I am perfectly content writing whatever I feel like writing at any given moment.
The first story of mine that was published was a dark, twisted tale. (If you haven’t had the chance to read ‘Reverberation,’ you can still buy the anthology ‘Static Dreams vol. 2 and check it out.’)
The second story was published just recently, and it’s a children’s tale!
Let’s start from the beginning. How did this happen?
It all started with a good blogging friend of mine – Andrea – who found that doodling helps her relax, and so she’s been regularly drawing for her blog for quite some time now. Her efforts didn’t go unnoticed, and multiple people have asked her to illustrate their books. CongratZ, Andrea! She did not stop there.
A few months ago, she decided to take matters into her own hands and asked for authors from all over the world, of all shapes and sizes, to write a story inspired by one of her drawings.
When I first saw the call for writers, I knew that I wanted to take on the challenge, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to meet the deadline. In the end, I pushed it to the limit by submitting the story the day before it was due. Andrea was great to work with and happily accepted my submission, which was longer than any other story in the book. (I felt like I needed to take up more than one page to fully tell the story.)
About two months later, I received a copy of ‘Creative Gems’ on my doorstep. To be able to hold a hardcover book with my story in it felt incredible. Paperback is great, but the hardcover is that much more real! Don’t you think? Creative Gems is a compilation of poems and short stories from people all over the world, united by Andrea’s drawings.
If you want to check out the image that inspired my story, head on over to Andrea’s blog.
“Smaller and Bigger Fears” is a story about fear (if you didn’t gather that from the title) and how it can look to different people (well, fish, but you get the metaphor). It’s funny, educational, and heart-warming if I can say so myself.
The below image she drew was, in turn, inspired by the story I wrote.
When I got the book, I sat down and read it cover to cover in one sitting. While it is short enough for you to do that, I recommend you read one poem/ story at a time to make it last because it’s over before you know it, and you are left wanting more. I’m sure reading these tales to your little ones will be a lot of fun and spark some interesting discussions.
At the end of the book, there are author bios, which allow you to get to know the writers better. Most of them have a social media account you can use to interact with. I really like how Andrea gave us all ‘avatars’ based on the stories we wrote.
Additionally, there are coloring pages! So, once you are done reading the book, you can hand it over to your child for them to color and create their own fantastic tales.
P.S. ‘Creative Gems vol. 2’ is in the works. If you want to write a story based on a drawing (there’s a lot to choose from!), and get it published, check out Andrea’s call for submissions.
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