Sunday, 5 October 2008

Two minute silence

The new issue of Smokelong Quarterly is now published, and carries my story and interview plus the lovely illustration by Venetia Sarll. I'd be glad of all readers - thank you!


K.C. Ball said...

I LOVED this story, Sarah; it has so many layers it is just one big scrumptious cake

Also, I was taken by the name -- Molly Coddle -- and I particularly liked the ending; when I was young, my folks, particularly my mother, used to let me know she was upset by saying she and I were about to have Words. I could hear the capital W in her voice. Some days, all the letters were capitalized.

And then, we've talked before about the different ways words are used in the States and in Britain, and there were a number of such words in Two Minute Silence.

But I was captivated even more, in the story, by the differences and similarities in the way people of both nations do things. For example, here in the States, we called that day in November Veterans' Day, but we pass out poppies, too.

You have every reason to be chuffed about this one, Kiddo. Top drawer and cool beans!

Sarah Hilary said...

Thank you, KC, what lovely feedback. I'm so glad the story translated so well for you. Thanks for taking the time to let me know what you liked about it. I really appreciate that.

Shameless said...


That was fantastic. Like eating raw chocolate in the raiforest canopy, holding yourself aloft with a rainy vine while watching wild boar snarl around below you.

Or something like that. It was lots of stories, and brilliant bits. I love "are, eye, pea" and how we learn so much about the grandmother by this: "She always repeated things but she hardly ever answered questions. ‘Curiosity killed the cat,’ she said."

Awesome, excellent writing.

Happy to be a fan.

Sarah Hilary said...

Thanks, Kev, you give the best feedback. I'm very happy to have you as my fanboy!

Nik's Blog said...

Really cool story, Sarah.


Sarah Hilary said...

Thanks for reading, Nik!