Last week I posted about having submitted the draft of a follow-up to Duck for a Day.
Just after that, I experienced another of those curious alignments of which I am so fond.
It was about two years ago that I finished the revisions on the first Duck and the day after sending those off, I woke up to find a duck on my doorstep. At the time I wondered:
Is it a sign?
And if so, what does it mean?
But now I don’t need to wonder. Because the day after I finished the draft of my follow-up, I woke to this lovely crew crossing the cul-de-sac at the foot of our yard.
Not just a duck, but a duck with ducklings — not unlike a book which spawns a sequel (or three?).
So it seems that these visits must be a sign, one that’s giving a clear and very duckish nod of approval to my work.
Either that or I’ve inadvertently timed my duck-related writing cycle with hatching season. I suppose that might also be possible, although as a theory it seems decidedly less charming.
The other reason it’s duck season is that Victorian theatre company Tony Bones Entertainment is currently touring a musical theatre adaptation of Duck for a Day in venues across the east coast. As I live in WA, I’m unable to attend a performance myself, but I’m thrilled at the thought of my characters and story coming to life for kids in this way. Max as a marionette! Just thinking about it makes me smile.
I would LOVE to see the stage version of Duck for a Day – and in particular, the character of Mrs Melvino!!!
Yes, I think you should take all of the above as sure fire signs that Duck 2 must be written!!!
Hi there Emma. Thanks for your comment and the lovely review of Duck on your new website. The first draft of Duck #2 is written and submitted at this point but there is of course a long way between that and possible publication. Fingers crossed, though! If there are any developments, I will definitely update here.