‘Going Forward’, the story whose thirty-five chapters I’ve been posting for weeks now has reached its end. I’m thinking of publishing it as an eBook under the title ‘Nothing Ventured’.
So, what comes next? Well, I’ve written the first couple of chapters of my next story, provisionally entitled ‘The Phoenix Time’. As usual, I don’t know yet how long the story will be or how it will end. No doubt the story will tell me these things as it progresses. I’d guess, from what I’ve written so far that it will be more than 10,000 words – longer than a short story but shorter than even a novella. I envisage three possible endings – it all depends.
I’ll say no more for the moment but I’ll leave you with an excerpt of Chapter Three.
Excerpt from ‘The Phoenix Time’
“Really? Where do you think you’ll find anywhere, where you’ll get waited on like you do here?”
“I’ll ask David first, but otherwise I’ll look for a bed and breakfast place until I get sorted with somewhere more permanent. I’ll come back for whatever I don’t take with me.”
“If you go tomorrow, your things will be in bin bags on the drive when you return.”
“I’ll hire a van if you can’t wait to get rid of me so much. There are secure storage places these days Charlotte, so don’t think that you can threaten me that way. I’ll probably see you before I leave tomorrow about a legal final separation document. I won’t wish you a goodnight’s sleep. That would be hypocritical.”
He walked out past his wife who was still stood near the door, just inside the room.
I chose this photograph because it shows different paths for people to choose between. The image is of a signpost near Castell Dinas Bran above the town of Llangollen, North Wales.
Exif Data. I used my Pentax K3ii 24 MP cropped sensor camera with a 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for an exposure bracketed shot. The normal exposure was 1/1000 secs at f/8, focal length 31 mm and ISO 200. The shot was handheld and post processing was in Lightroom Classic.