It was to be called Writing the Rollercoaster and was the brainchild of Lynda Simmons and Sylvia McNicoll. I mentioned it to my daughter Kate who is a wonderful writer and author herself, thinking I too would submit a story. I knew exactly what/who I would write about . At this point it had only been a few weeks since we lost Archer and emotions were raw.
The submission deadline date drew closer, my daughter asked if I had sent mine in yet as she had already sent in her 2 submissions, a story and a haiku.
I had tried, unsuccessfully, to get any thought down on paper without breaking into tears and putting the pen down thinking I would try again later. This was very unusual for me. I love to write and my only issue with writing in the past was keeping the word count down as I tend to get too wordy :-)
My family asked more than a few times "Have you sent in your submission yet Mum?" They understood of course that I was having a hard time with this one. Remembering those last few months/weeks/days with Archer, his love of life and taking in every last drop of it, well ... it is very hard to write when your eyes are clouded with tears that are dropping on the paper like rain cloud puddles.
In the end, I gave up trying to write anything down on paper and went to the computer, into my email, pressed "compose" and just began clicking the keyboard and before I knew it "Silver Linings" was ready to submit.
This project came at a wonderful time for me as writing Silver Linings was so cathartic. Being able to put down thoughts was a much needed release.
A few weeks later I received an email saying my story was one of 50 chosen and would be included in the Writing the Rollercoaster anthology.
Each author received 2 copies of the book in an adorable book bag.
The event was catered with a wonderful Food truck and Ice cream truck, Coffee and Tea bar.