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Recently I’ve been trying my hand at short stories.  I’m in that space between my latest book being in production and wondering what to do next. So I’ve been writing shorts and putting them in for competitions.

It’s been harder than I thought. A novel allows the characters to breathe, whereas short stories seem to be all about distilling the essence of the tale; forensically cutting out the extraneous. I’m even beginning to see the virtue of flash fiction, which requires the story to be cut to the bone.

The upside of all this activity, is that I’ve been studying the work of the various winners of last year’s competitions, so I am beginning to get an idea of what’s expected.

Writing’s like that. You start out writing freely, until you submit your work and the people in the know tell you where you’ve failed to follow the formula: like making clear what the protagonist wants in the first thirty pages of the book; introducing main players in the first third; when to bring in more conflict, etc.

My latest story is about a woman who’s arranged a meeting with a man she knew years before. She’s early, so she spends half an hour in the British Museum, one of their regular haunts when they were together. She goes to the Egyptian sculpture gallery to see her favourite statue of Sekhmet, the warrior goddess, depicted with the body of a woman and the head of a lioness –  the lioness was the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. 

The woman in the story reads the description of Sekhmet and begins to think about the past. When she returns home, after an unsatisfactory reunion lunch, she seems to have absorbed some of Sekhmet’s power, as she resolves to ‘keep hunting’.

This summer, I’m going to keep hunting for a short story prize to help me decide whether my next book’s going to be a stand-alone novel or a series of stories linked to a central theme. Only time will tell (sounds like a good title for a short).

‘Pandora’s Gift’, the third and final book in the Pandora series, will be out later this year.



512px-Kwan_yin_(green_gulch)[1]The eastern goddess of compassion, Quan Yin, has a walk-on part in all three novels in the Pandora series. I’ve been looking through some old papers and I found this healing prayer addressed to Quan Yin.  If you want to send healing, loving thoughts to someone, here it is:

I love the love of God in my soul and I love the love of God in the soul of (name of person). 

This is to be said three times morning and evening and benefits the recipient greatly.

If you feel like flexing your compassion muscle further, try meditating with the Buddhist goddess Tara.

Start by picturing her sitting on a lotus in the middle of a calm nectar sea.  Breathe deeply in and out of your nostrils, breathing in pure light and breathing out all negativity.  Intone Tara’s mantra: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha, the meaning of which is very far-ranging but379px-Green_tara_1947_wk[1] includes the exhortation for the goddess to swiftly liberate us from suffering and fear. Visualise white nectar flowing from Tara’s heart down through your crown into your body and mind and contemplate Tara’s wisdom entering into you so that you receive all the wisdom that Tara possesses. 

Secondly, while still reciting the mantra, imagine nectar entering your heart while you receive all the power to guide others that Tara possesses. 

Thirdly, visualize the nectar entering your body and mind and with it the great compassion that Tara possesses.  Continue to recite the mantra and imagine the nectar in every atom of your body. In this blissful state, wish all beings well and resolve to benefit all with whom you come into contact. 

Finally, imagine becoming one with goddess Tara so that you are an identical being of wisdom, power and compassion, spreading your goodness to all you meet and liberating them from suffering and fear.

Quan Yin’s prayer and Tara’s meditation are perfect examples of using ‘the goddess within’.