This story was one of those delicious pieces that write themselves in a couple of hours. I think this happens when the unconscious mind has been busy collating and creating narratives from multiple experiences, so that a shadow of the piece is already written before you lift a pen.

Games O’Clock was the first story I wrote that was longer than flash. I was prompted to write about a character’s day from waking to bedtime. Having spent several years working as a child clinical psychologist with children on the edge of or in foster care, this offered an opportunity to see through the eyes of a child who is left home alone. Children are incredibly resilient and find ways to manage their emotions and make sense of their world through play. This mirrors I think the way we as adults use stories to process events or tell ourselves soothing lies. I do rather love this character and she has grown into the main character of my novel-in-progress.