An Aftertaste of Earth – Pauline Yates

The arrival of delegates from the Planetary Migration Program raised false hope in my district. Not only has the maximum age for entry to the off-world colony been lowered, we were given less than a week to prepare a concept to prove worth of passage. But with the demise of earth a certainty, hope is all I have left. This event is my last chance to secure a future for my family. With my eligibility…

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A question for Pauline Yates

Q: What distracts you?

A: I’d like to say I’m not easily distracted, but it’s a different matter entirely when an idea for a story pops into my head. A concept, word, title, or the temptation of ‘what if’ can distract me from my usual day-to-day life of being a wife to a patient husband and mum to three very loved children. When a story grabs me, I can write until sunrise, yet still function through the day as though I’d slept better than Sleeping Beauty. I am guilty of not being present when these moments strike. I might be baking that pie or making a bed, but in my mind, I’m firmly in my story and I stay there until the story is done. I have learnt over the years not to bore my family with the messy details of an evolving story, but they are very good critics, and no story gets sent anywhere without at least one of them reading the final copy first.


Pauline Yates’s story “An Aftertaste of Earth” was published on Friday, 25 August 2017.
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About Pauline Yates

Queensland writer Pauline Yates, is a keen horsewoman, animal welfare supporter, and lover of all things environmentally sympathetic. Her gardens are full of edible plants so the kids can graze while playing outside and she loves to cook up a feast for her family using home-grown produce, her favourite dishes being pumpkin soup and lemon meringue pie, if she can find the free-range laid eggs.


Pauline Yates’s story “An Aftertaste of Earth” was published on Friday, 25 August 2017.
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