It was the Summer of 2011 and I was preparing for the annual Barbadian festival known as NIFCA (the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts). I was running out of time. What should I write about? No ideas for poetry or prose were forthcoming for days on end but then late one night I had a “my son Nathan” thought and the words leapt from my head into my fingertips and onto my laptop screen.
A short fun story came to life. Yes, I had to change the names to protect the potentially guilty but the response then – the story won a silver award that year and I was asked to perform it at the festival’s literary arts gala event which was sooooo awesome – and even today has been amazing. No matter how many times I read this particular work I fall in love with it all over again … but I digress.
It is another year and I am once more preparing to write for NIFCA. Again, the words are hiding from me (presumably until the eleventh hour). Where is my poetry and my prose? I keep calling but nothing answers. So what will I do until my brain is zapped by literary lightning? Share the condensed published version of my story entitled “What a Lime of a Night” for your enjoyment of course. If you have additional time take a look at some of the other stories to be found in Anansesem Caribbean Children’s Literature E-zine, a cool magazine with stories written just for kids and young adults.
Happy reading, and wish me luck with this year’s submissions because as I would say in Bajan dialect: I gine need it! 🙂
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NB: A fun submission for the WordPress Photo Challenge: muse … because I always go back to my son who continues to feed my short story writing muse 🙂