This time of year, nothing grows. Nothing decays. It’s that cold.
I’ll never forget my first encounter with a woodpecker in a snow filled pine forest in Poland. Since then they became one of my favourite birds. Delighted for this story to be included in The Wild Word’s ‘Wintering’ issue. Thanks to Kusi the editor and Cory the fiction editor for giving this piece a fitting home.
I’m totally stoked to announce my very short story The Woodpecker has been longlisted in National Flash Fiction Day’s Micro Madness competition. Considering they received a record number of entries this year, this is certainly something to celebrate.
From June 1, they will release a shortlisted story every day building up to the winning story to be published on June 22 (Aotearoa’s shortest day of the year!).
I found this scrappy piece of paper in the hedge outside Chanel College (local Catholic High School) in Masterton and I thought it was a great, although vague, answer to the question posed. A shame about the use of Comic Sans.