I was trolling through the stories I have had published in various anthologies and magazines over the years and they are starting to amount to an untidy pile. More importantly, what do I make of them? After publication, and after an initial reading, they lie forgotten in boxes and bookshelves in readers’ houses, perhaps never to be retrieved – one-trick ponies. Can these stories have a second life? Be re-distributed to new sets of eyes? That’s when I started thinking of Wattpad.
My stories fall into three recurring themes: losing home, wandering abroad, and finding home, always beginning from scratch. This is consistent with my life which has followed a similar path. Overall there is a silver lining to these stories that can sometimes be a bit sad, a bit funny or a bit mystifying. Therefore, I have decided to go through my pile of published stories, pick my favourites and re-publish them for the world, free of charge. Why not? Give them the second life they probably deserve, unless my readers tell me otherwise. And I will be very open to feedback – good, bad or indifferent.
Starting in November, I will be adding one story a week from these once-told tales to my profile on Wattpad (www.wattpad.com) and I will be inviting my readers to take a read and let me know what they think. The title of this collection enjoying a second life will be Lest They Be Forgotten – twice-told tales.
I hope you will join me in the journey.