Earlier this week issue three of Far Off Places was published with the theme being Under the Bed. Included in the issue is my short story Drawn Memories. You can buy a copy of the magazine here (remember to select option three from the list!).
Below the break are my author’s notes about my story. While there are no spoilers you may want to read the story first. If you are sitting comfortable I’ll begin.
Drawn Memories was the first story I wrote for a magazine submission. Up till then I’d be submitting to magazine’s without a theme such as Puffin Review.
In many ways this story is the daughter to my story Pens with a very similar idea. The big difference is the use of pictures and how these flow through the narrative and turn back to early points in the piece. This ranges from the introduction of the main character’s best friend Fraser to the introduction of Alice. While the main character
Talking of Alice, I kind of feel sorry for her. In my head, because where else do my characters live, she isn’t a bad person, just a bit insensitive as a teenage. I’ve already got plans for her to return in later stories where she will be nicer.
Unlike many of my stories a lot of places used are taken from my life. The bed room described is mine without the drawing on the walls because I can’t draw. The classroom is my old maths classroom without the pretty girl sitting in front of me. The only people who sat in front of me were boys or I was stuck at the front of the glass. However, there are fictions as well. There was no school uniform at Linlithgow Academy as we had a dress code when I was there.
Have a read of the magazine and let me know what you think of it below.