‘Sorting Things Out’ is a short story set in a small country town in New South Wales. It contains two kinds of truth. Firstly, I did sort mail at a country post office. I also used to do a mail run. I’ve never heard of Snake Road though, and all the characters are fictitious.
The second truth concerns the alienation that hits someone when they return to a place after a long spell away, and how relationships change and families grow apart. It takes a lot of effort to let go of closely held prejudices, open the heart, and step into the new.
I’m honoured that Fictive Dream found merit in my story. Doubly honoured that they’ve published it as part of their first anniversary celebrations. You can read the full story here – https://fictivedream.com/2017/05/28/sorting-things-out/