In mid-January of 2019, my Braille instructor assigned some writing homework. Writing in Braille requires the use of a slate, or a hinged, metal frame that folds over a piece of paper. The slate I use has four rows of cut-out rectangles in which to form the Braille codes for letters, numbers, words, or punctuation. Once you've made your sandwich of metal frame backing, paper, and metal frame, you take your stylus (a short metal stick that makes me think of corn-on-the-cob holders) and start at the right-most corner. Yes, reading might be done from left to right, but writing is done right to left. Then, you simply poke dots into the rectangles, forming mirror-images of the code you wish to be read when finished. When done, you flip the paper over, and read left to right, like a normal English language reader.
Anyway, my assignment was to practice writing words with the letter 'Z' in them. In a fit of creativity, I started writing a story about a character named Detective Rene Zeroe. It was just for fun, so I did quite a lot of the writing. My instructor, Joy, can confirm that I did far more writing than I did of reading. It's a fun little story, packed with grisly humor and a questioning look at relationship ethics, and the role of morality in marriage. The characters are under-developed, though, and the dialogue is stilted.
I had written the story all in Braille, so when I decided to try to get it published, I had to translate it back from Braille to print. I was in a time-crunch because the decision to try for publication was made for a different class, and that class ended on June 19th. I had to finish the story, learn about editing, and investigate and learn about publishing, all in only a couple of months. Due to my inexperience, both in writing and in publishing, this first effort is having a fair amount of difficulty in finding a home from which to thrill and amuse readers. I still have a few more publishers to try, but I'm learning to come to terms with the idea that the story might need more work. I'm not including it here because, if it is going to be re-worked and published, I want to be the one to do it. Not that I don't trust you... it's the other people reading this that I'm not too sure about.