So very pleased to be a contributor to the December 2013 issue of Anansesem: The Caribbean Children’s Literature Magazine. A great Christmas gift, especially since it reinforces (I think) the fact that yes, Gale is indeed a writer of some worth.
Soon I will be an author too but I want to share my mind set where these ‘titles’ are concerned. I have been penning short stories, poetry and essays since I was 9 years old. My work has won several local awards. I have created short screenplays and motivational videos. I have written company manuals, training guidelines and analysis reports. Yet, in spite of all this, I never ever thought of myself as a ‘writer’ per se until the story (the 3000 word version) published in this magazine won a Barbados NIFCA Silver award in 2011 and I was asked to perform it live on stage at our Literary Arts Gala night. That night a light bulb went off somewhere in the recesses of my brain as I acknowledged the amazing crowd response and finally accepted: “Yes, I am a writer and a performer – and my work is damn good.”
In 2014 I will become a published author. I am excited yet anxious as I ask myself:
- will my readers like what I’ve written?
- will my voice stand out?
- will my words make a difference in someone’s life?
- will I have any readers in the first place?
Yet I cannot stop writing! The words inside my head fight to get out, and I have no choice but to release them into being because … I am a Barbadian writer and I’d better not forget it!
To access the magazine’s content click on the link below and happy reading of my story entitled: “What a Lime of a Night!”.
Oh … and yeah me – I rock 🙂