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My yardstick.

I recently had cause to think on where it all began.

While I have been writing poems and stories for as long as I can remember, I started to get serious about my writing in 2012, when ‘The Man with the Purple Halo’ placed third in that year’s Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award.

That was enough to make me think that others might like my stories too.

I sent ‘The Man with the Purple Halo’ to the editors of Southword Literary Journal, who published it, and my little story was later reprinted in Quail Bell Magazine.

My toughest reader turned out to be my husband.

When he first read ‘The Man with the Purple Halo’, he said it was good. To me, “good” means “pleasant; nice; nothing exciting” — but, as it transpired, he thought this story was pretty great. For months afterwards, he used it as the measure for each new story: ‘It’s good, but it’s no Purple Halo.’

So there you go. High praise, in retrospect. And a valuable lesson in how my husband and I use language differently.

Here it is, again, in case you missed it the first and second times around: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/Issues/26/vandidden_hannah.html

I hope that you enjoy the read.

[Feature image (c) India van Didden, 2017]

4 thoughts on “My yardstick.

  1. Hi Hannah,

    I’m responding to your post by email because I’ve forgotten my password to log into your blog.

    This story blew my mind. I held my breath, and prickled all over. It’s evocative and touching. As you can imagine I loved it. I’m not surprised that it has been printed twice. The wonder is that it hasn’t been published wider!!!

    I read quite a few of your earlier posts too, probably because I was so intrigued by this one, and feel I am in the company of greatness… truly. I fully expect to brag to one and all in the near future that this eminent PUBLISHED writer is my friend.

    You’re a star, an inspiring star.

    Wx

    >

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  2. That’s a beautiful story Hannah – not just well-written but also so wonderfully imaginative and surprising. You have a really striking voice and style. I bet an anthology of your work would be snapped up by publishers and readers alike.

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