Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not.

Not #FridayFictioneers – alternative haiku

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weekend holiday
forces FF desertion
back next week refreshed

 

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.

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October 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

OLWG #19 & #20 – American Sentences – #amwriting

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I have been meaning to participate in the OLWG (The New, Unofficial, On-line Writer’s Guild) writing challenges ever since they started. Three prompts are provided weekly to write to, you pick one, two or three, and post your response (full details here.) I made sure I stuck to Guideline 7 and had fun.

When TN Kerr posted about American sentences, with a great explanation and terrific examples, I saw a way in. This week I’m catching up on OLWG prompts #19 and #20. I’ve taken each one and used it as a title to set the context of my American sentences – 17-syllables left to right. I might have taken the prompts too literally, as I scribbled these in a quiet moment at work when I should have been paying more attention to what was going on around me.

 

My names not Bud

Clean and dry. Light and fizzy. Suited to a good meal as well as fries.

 

Southern Comfort and Smoke

After the lynching came the fires. She loved ol’ school hospitality.

 

Pull on Your Coat

Sky turns black. Wind whipping trees and tugging loose flesh. Deluge imminent.

 

Dirty Little Secrets

Going through paperwork when Mum died, I found out who my father was.

 

The Cure is Worse

Car runs red light. Numerous ops later he pleads for amputation.

 

Nothing they tell you is real

News report: battles lost; water shortages. “Life goes on as normal.”

 

 

Written by Sarah Ann

October 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

That sinking feeling #amwriting

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I started to draft this post last night. Having taken August off to decorate, and finding that putting everything back together took much longer than expected, I had planed to report I was back to writing. Yippee. I now need to get back into the practise of goal setting and reporting of achievements/ not to keep me on my toes.

This week I managed to tick other things off my to-do list that have been hanging around forever. I finally bought my brother’s birthday present, four months late, and responded to some emails sent by friends in June.

On the writing front, yesterday I re-jigged my covering letter and synopsis and submitted the first three chapters of my manuscript to two more agents. I was on a roll and felt I was back on track, predicting that something would come along to upset my progress. And hey presto, the three hours I had home alone today disappeared as hubby came home after being out only half an hour. Today’s place of work had a burst water main and everyone was sent home. So, instead of typing in the hand-written edits to chapters 7 and 8 of my NaNoWriMo2014 novel, and instead of reading blog posts I need to catch up on, I had a nice lunch and chat with my other half – pleasant but not terribly productive. I had hoped to clear the decks of writing tasks today, as I’m working tomorrow and then away for a few days. I feel now my list of writing jobs will bleed into tomorrow. At least this update is written and posted.

 

Ongoing goals met since my last progress post in June (ouch): I have finished reading through my novel and made all (?) typo corrections; its cover letter and synopsis have adapted; novel submitted to 8 agents – 1 rejection, no other responses as yet; 8-short story competitions entered – no placings; editing of NaNoWriMo2014 novel has commenced; my friend loved her crocheted scarf (birthday present July); tap dancing has recommenced and I need to get back to practising between classes if I’m to keep up.

Priorities for the next fortnight: write and submit stories to three short story competitions; submit finished novel to two/ three agents; edit more of NaNoWriMo2014 novel.

Fails throughout the summer: I’ve spoken no Italian and played no piano, although it now has a new, more accessible, home so there’s hope I’ll put fingerprints in amongst its gathering dust.

Written by Sarah Ann

October 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 13/10/17 – Angry Bird

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Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.

The character below jumped out of Doug’s photo and my story wrote itself this week, so strong is the voice that wanted to be heard. In fact, it’s so strong I’ve been unable to edit it, so let me know how the below can be improved .

Thank you Rochelle for hosting and to Doug for the photo.

Angry Bird

(Genre: humour; 100-words)

‘Hey you! What ya doing? He’s made the effort to catch me and hold me up to the camera, the least you could do is get me in focus. You blind or summat? What’s so interesting over there anyway? You a spy? See something you need to take a closer peek at? DO IT LATER. I am the star of this picture, and I’m getting squeezed here in this keen little fist. Concentrate on me. You’re not getting my best side. Hey, I’m talking to you. You deaf as well as blind? Or just ignorant? Where you going now? Hey!’

 

 

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October 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

#FridayFictioneers – 6/10/17 – Lost in Translation

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Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.


 

Trying to erect a polycarbonate wall in the dark has put me back this week, so I’ve not done the editing I would have liked on the below. Ted’s picture immediately reminded me of a story I wrote an age ago for Andy’s Two for Tuesday, but Friday Fictioneers is all about the new and responding to a prompt, not recycling. So the old story is here for anyone who wants to see where Death Takes a Holiday.

Thanks, as always to Rochelle and Ted.

 

 

Lost in Translation

(Genre: general fiction/ humour; 100-words)

 

‘Athens. Shanghai. Luxor. Paris. Barcelona. Berlin. Our very own world tour.’

‘Constantinople.’

‘Istanbul.’

‘Whatever.’

‘Venice. The Bridge of Sighs. Gondolas.’

‘Do you think they’ll be pirates?’

‘In Venice?’

‘Anywhere.’

‘Around some African coasts maybe, but security is high everywhere these days. We’re going to have a safe and happy six months away.’

‘Six weeks, you mean.’

‘We can’t see anything in six weeks. Let alone feel, taste, touch.’

‘I’m not into tasting too much foreign stuff. They have bad drains you know.’

‘We discussed this. Six months travelling before we’re too old and decrepit.’

‘I know I said –’

‘Bye Bill.’

 

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October 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Project 10K – October Goals – #amwriting

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It’s always seems that when the decks clear and I make a writing commitment, something comes along to disrupt my plans. So it was just after I posted that I planned to edit ten thousand words of my Nanowrimo-2014 novel during September. Instead of writing, I spent time with a family member in hospital, spent two days in a car going nowhere, and then developed ‘room resentment syndrome’ after spending four long days painting with no breaks. Prior to that, I had managed to read through, and make changes to, a whopping 1900-words.

Last month I also entered three short story competitions, which involved one story being recycled from 2500-words to 1800, and writing a new 1800-words for the two other entries. However, while the month wasn’t a complete washout writing-wise, as I submitted two stories on deadline day and one the day before, I don’t expect they’ll go far.

For October, I am again committing to (1) editing 10K words of my Nanowrimo story. I have made a start already with 2500-words today. However, I start back to work soon and will have to squeeze in writing between appointments. By the end of this month, I also hope to (2) write two new stories for short story competitions and (3) participate in three of the four Friday Fictioneer prompts. I’m away one weekend so know I won’t be around for one.

I am hoping that sharing my writing goals with the world will motivate me to achieve them. How about you? Are you prepared to share, and be found wanting in a few week’s time?

Next month I might even answer Gabriele’s leading questions:

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
2. Did you have fun writing?
3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
4. Anything else you want to tell us?

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October 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 29/9/17 – Deprivation

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Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.

I am fed up with decorating. It takes forever and stops me writing. I failed to participate last week and have scribbled something from nowhere this.

Thank you to Rochelle for hosting and J Hardy Carroll for this week’s prompt.

 

Deprivation

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words)

There is a chink of light high up on the right. It brightens then darkens as the day passes. On days when rain thrums, there is no light.

Water drips, continually.

Things scurry. I try not to think about rats and dream of them chewing through my bonds.

My eyes sting, my parched mouth roots for the breast, my wrists burn. Muscles and joints have passed through pain to numbness.

Water drips, out of reach.

I don’t know how long I have been here.

I’ve forgotten if this is real or an exercise.

Anyone can ask anything. I will tell.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

September 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm

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