Flash Fiction · Friday Fictioneers

Almost out of time … – #FridayFictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

She was on the bench, red coat bright against grey clouds. I was so close. The traffic stood still, making my lateness even worse.

Would she wait? Ten minutes? Twenty?

She stood and my heart dropped. Too late.

‘No,’ I said. ‘Never too late.’

I was out of the car, running past the traffic, to my future. My legs pumped, my heart thumped. Nearly there, nearly …

The bench was empty. I wanted to collapse, to be swallowed by the ground.

‘You never were one for punctuality.’

I turned. I was enveloped in red, arms around me. I was home.

Word count: 100


The idea for Friday Fictioneers is simple: see the picture, use it as inspiration for a 100-word piece of flash fiction, post it on your blog, share the link over at Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ website, check out and comment on everyone else’s stories. Easy peasy!

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Finding that writing spark again- an IWSG post #IWSG

The IWSG is a wonderful group of people who help each other through their writerly lives, sharing the ups and downs, and are generally an amazing bunch who are always on hand with an encouraging word or two (or three, or four, or five …) Anyway, please do go and check them out and see who else has posted on their sign-up list.

This month the co-hosts are Jacqui Murray, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Pat Garcia and Gwen Gardner. Thank you lovelies for hosting! Make sure you head over and say hello to them as well as checking out some of the other contributors in the IWSG.

Each month there is an optional question to ponder and discuss and the topic for February is:

If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?

So, I am yet to earn the title of Indie author but one day I know I’ll get there, and when I do I’ll need the wisdom and advice on covers and plenty more from the IWSG crew. I will definitely be taking some notes on this month’s topic for future reference.

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In other news, I’ve been trying to find ways of getting myself back into good writing habits. I used to be so good at it and I’ve told myself enough is enough; I need to get back to it!

Something I like to do is free write for ten or fifteen minutes, usually in response to a sentence prompt or a picture. It gets the gears whirring and warmed up ready for something meatier and longer term. I was chatting to one of the teachers at my daughter’s school about it (who is also a writer when he gets the time) and asked if his Year 4, 5 and 6 children (8 to 11-year-olds) would be interested in a lunchtime writing club. He jumped at the chance, so this week I did my first session with them. I put some prompts in a tin and pulled one out at random for inspiration. We all sat for ten minutes and just wrote freely about whatever came into our mind.

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It was wonderful to be able to sit with a group and just write, even if it was only for a short time. They enjoyed the freedom of being more creative with their writing without worrying about it being marked for spelling, punctuation and everything else they have to keep an eye on. We were writing for writing’s sake.

And it did me the world of good too. I’ve been thinking about various stories ever since and my drive to tell them is starting to peek out from beneath whatever rock it’s been hiding under for so long.

Happy days!

Flash Fiction · Friday Fictioneers

Not quite an impossible search – #FridayFictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

‘Hello? Are you open?’

‘Yes! One moment!’ Rustling amongst the clutter indicated a presence.

‘I just wondered …’

‘Hang on, I’m getting there.’ Grunting and huffing accompanied the rustling.

‘I’m looking for …’

‘Yes, I’ve got it, just need to …’ A thud. Then silence.

‘H-hello?’

‘Here you go.’ The voice was directly in my ear. I jumped, my heart suddenly hammering.

‘Where did you …?’

‘Is this what you need?’ The small creature held a teapot, the exact one I needed for my collection.

‘But how did you …?’

It tapped their head in answer. ‘Ten pounds please.’

Word count: 99


The idea for Friday Fictioneers is simple: see the picture, use it as inspiration for a 100-word piece of flash fiction, post it on your blog, share the link over at Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ website, check out and comment on everyone else’s stories. Easy peasy!