“Campaigner Challenges 2011” collected by Rachael Harrie and katharina Gerlach, Published by Independent Bookworm, USA.
176 flash stories for a noble cause it states on the front. On the back it reads What is an imago? Can you imagine a “synbatec”? Do you know how many different ideas are sparked by a cliché phrase? Up to 400 participants took up the challenges Rachael Harrie thought up for her “Platform Building Campaign”. 176 of these flash stories are collected in this anthology in memoriam of Harry Moseley. Despite his brain tumour, Harry raised 85000GBP for Cancer Research before he died aged eleven. This Book supports his charity.
When I shyly opened the parcel at work and discovered and read not one, but three pieces of flash fiction I had agreed could be used, one of my work colleagues grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me saying “you are a writer, congratulations”. When I later mentioned the book to an online friend I was told, “Shout it from the roof tops“, and another said “you are a published writer”. In all cases I was touched by their warm enthusiasm and their obvious joy for me. It certainly was a surprise for me to see my name in print. For many reasons the book and what it represents has come to mean a great deal. Firstly it was the first time I had participated in a huge Challenge with writers from around the world, thanks to Rachael, her ideas, expertise, her time and commitment in putting it together. It consisted of three Challenges. One was a post of no more than 200 words starting with the sentence ..The door swung open ..and finish with …the door swung shut. Second Challenge was a 200 word post consisting of 5 words I had never heard of, infact had to google to find their meanings and the last Challenge a 300 word post consisting of specifics such as a beach scene, mood of character, a certain smell, including 5 imaginary words among other specifics proving one of the toughest for me. Secondly, the amount of wonderful friends/writers I have come to know, and who continue to inspire me. The chance it gave for me to stretch, to step outside my comfort zone, to try something new and different. To experience feedback, and to learn. To view the writing world from different areas, different view points, illustrators, etc. It was also fun… oh yes, so much fun. More importantly and quite unexpectedly to help in supporting a charity that affects many people all over the world. I look down on this book in my hand, and feel quite proud.
Rachael will hold another Campaigners Challenge in the New Year, keep an eye out for it on her blog Rach Writes, and I hope I meet you there.