End of March

We’re almost a quarter of the way through 2021. It’s gone quickly and Christmas seems like yesterday almost. Hopefully with lockdown easing and a new normal on the horizon we can all get outside and start doing things that makes each day different. I’ve spent most of my time reading, writing and watching films. After the last post, I’ve written a little bit each day and am getting into my new story. It’s very rough at the moment, and not very long but it’s getting there. I don’t want to say too much.

Last year, in the summer I spent a some time walking around the neighbourhood listening to music. This lasted a few weeks until it got unbearably hot and I had to retreat back inside. It was during one of these walks, that an idea formed. It started as just a scene, a few characters on a park bench. How did they get there? I knew it was the ending of something, with the sun setting on them. But I didn’t know much more than that. Over the next few days, while washing up, in the shower, or on other walks, it started to piece together. At first I thought this would work well as a movie. It would be short and chaotic. The music I was listening to was bringing everything to life. I don’t know the first thing about making movies, and instead started to think what it would look like as a book.

It’s taken me a long time to put words down for it, but it’s finally started. I think the best ideas stay with me, rattling around in my head waiting for the right moment. I have snapshots that have been alive in my mind since I was in school, I just don’t have the rest of the story for them just yet. It just takes a little time sometimes for the pieces to fall into place. I don’t keep a notepad full of ideas, as I feel that the good ones stick around and whenever I have had a spur of the moment thing and written it down, the next time I come to it, I usually don’t like it.

I have no idea when I’m going to be finished with this one, or when I will be able to share it, but it is coming. I’ve said before that this it the most realist thing I’ve written, and that’s true. Everything in this story could happen, and probably parts of it have happened. I have been working on another couple of short stories, that should hopefully be finished soon to post on here.

I’m going to do another couple of short posts in the next few days. One about the books I’ve read this month, and one about the films I’ve watched.

Thanks for reading, and until next time,


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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