10. 7 October 2013
You know, Halloween’s not even here yet and already they’re selling Christmas sweets and decorations! It’s mad. I can practically hear you saying that “Christmas doesn’t seem to be about family anymore; it’s about who can buy the most expensive toys. In my day we didn’t all these new-fangled gadgets”. Dad said something similar the other day. It seems like I’m reminded every day like you Dad is. I suppose I never really noticed it before.
Mum and I were shopping in Morrisons, and one of the store employees, a young man in his late teens or early twenties, caught me singing along to Bryan Ferry’s Love Is The Drug, which had been playing on the speakers. He wanted to know who the artist was, but apparently no-one he spoke to before knew who it was so I told him. I was surprised that he was interested in music like that; but then I did get one of my classmates hooked on them when I brought in a cassette Walkman and a tape of one of their albums during our last day of term in Year 10. I suppose I’m not as old-fashioned as I thought I was.
By the way, I finally finished the story for the Halloween competition, so I can now tell you a bit about it. I modelled after a scene from Tom’s Midnight Garden, where the titular character Tom argues with Hatty about which of them is the ghost. In the book, they resolve the argument, but both of them still privately think the other is the ghost. My story is a lot like that, only it ends with each of them realising that they are both ghosts, but from different times. I thought that would make it more interesting.
I hope that my readers will enjoy the story, considering the effort I put into it. I actually had Professor Petersen have a read of it before I submitted it. She said that it was very well written, the characters were complex enough to give a central conflict and the plot was well thought out and she very much enjoyed the twist I threw in at the end. Overall it was refreshing, despite that it was well-used plot for a ghost story.
I’m just glad I finished it in time; I’ll be publishing it online later tonight. I’m looking forward to what my readers will say about it.