If I had a trademark as a writer, it might be my frequent use of metaphors, similes and puns. I love them. Perhaps I use them too often but there’s something in me that enjoys wordplay in all its manifestations.
Take my writing career for example. I can liken it to a train that stood on the sidings for years, waiting for the points to change so it could join the main track. It started out as an old slowcoach, a basic steam-powered model with ideas above its station, but gradually it embraced modernity, became sleek and polished and powered by electricity. And so it caught the eye of Musa Publishing (of Iron Horse Trail, Colorado!) under whose management it was rolled out to join the rest of the network. It made steady progress, undergoing even more improvements to its fixtures and fittings.
Then Musa Publishing ceased operations, a signal event that acted like a derailment, and while my train is still in good shape, it has no track to run on anymore. I have been shunted back into the sidings until I can join the rolling stock of a new network.
This setback isn’t going to send me completely off the rails, however. Being part of Musa was a valuable period of training, and now I have an excellent track record and the confidence to hitch my wagon to a star. In fact, the recent train wreck galvanised me into action because not only did I contact two publishers regarding my fantasy trilogy The Elwardain Chronicles, but I also revised two novellas I had relegated to the back burner and they have also been submitted.
While waiting to get back on track, I was reminded not to overlook my little self-published anthology An Elf’s Lament Upon Leaving & Other Tales thanks to fellow author Pamela Winn who recently bought a copy and posted a wonderful review of it on Amazon:
As far as my train is concerned, it’s not full steam ahead yet, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.