#IWSG – Reworking an Old Story

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For my latest monthly post for Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day I must apologise as I am running a few days behind in my head – totally befuddled I am. Mainly because I’m beginning an online Revision Workshop today tutored by the amazing Janice Hardy, and I only decided what to revise yesterday. But I digress.

At least, I had given some thought to this post last week.

March 1 Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Although I have a few very early scribblings around, mainly from my teenage years, none of those has been recycled – yet. However, I wrote a poem some years ago:


Dewy Cobweb ~ by Norman Hyett


by Roland Rafael 

Her nut-brown hair hid them,

but something stir

red a childhood memory.

A hinted shape betrayed by the fall of hair

carried echoes of dreams put aside.

Age had seemed to take them away

but now he knew they were just buried

 like a treasure unrecognised.

Moon-spun gems reflected

the small curve of her lobe.

Free from under those locks,

that hid their secret from first glance.

Staring deeply he followed the line

to an imperceptible point

like an arrowhead.

He caught her almond eyes –

pools of almost drowning depth,

but sparkling with mischief and wisdom

so ancient and natural.

He felt those sleeping memories

were perhaps not mere fancy.

Eyebrows curving upwards,

slim face so finely sculpted,

those tapered ears.

Of fairy folk,

if this was fantasy,

but in reality

just one of nature’s bursts of poetry.

[January 1998]


This has now evolved into a short story, Flight of the Sister Skein, and that expanded to other stories and then Gossamer Flames, my post-apocalyptic sage. However, that project is in turmoil as there are so many plotlines and I need to re-structure the spiralling outline/story/saga.

Whether I resurrect anything else remains to be seen.

Have you resurrected any writing?


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The awesome co-hosts for this March 1 posting of the IWSG are Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!