Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

Ligo Haibun – Fantasy or Inspiration – Avoidance

with 14 comments

This week’s Ligo Haibun Challenge had two prompts. I chose the first.

‘1. Fantasy

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.”  Said Maya Angelou


2. Inspiration

It is always the simple that produces the marvellous – Amelia Barr

Hope is a waking dream – Aristotle.’


The rules:

  • the haiku/collection of haiku related to the text to close. The haiku should be as      authentic as possible, with therefore no syllable count, no capitals or full stop, all ideally making 220 word max.
  • Wear the Ligo badge to the right with pride on your blog! And pin the Circle of Appreciation to your blog if you haibun is selected as a honourable mention!
  • Prizes are given on special occasions.


Avoidance (152 words)

Her manuscript was months in the making. Each word she pulled from her soul and agonised over. Her thesaurus was exhausted from all the to-ing and fro-ing, the riffling of its pages. Its edges had turned from ivory white to potato skin with the grease and sweat from her fingertips. She consulted it again when writing the letter to her prospective agent.

For weeks she struggled over how to make that approach, the tenor to take, the overtures to compose. She reworked and perfected until the letter was just so, then tried it on her friends.

The knowledge of nurse, teacher and probation officer was limited, but each was encouraging. They couldn’t fault her form of address or use of ‘yours sincerely.’

Unable to find any more tactics to delay, she fed all to the post box, and waited.

plucking up courage

her words let loose in the world

advance cheque arrives

Read the other entries here.


Written by Sarah Ann

May 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

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14 Responses

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  1. A wonderful tale of courage and the rewards it may bring.

    Peripatetic Eric

    May 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    • Thanks for your comment. I didn’t feel she was courageous – she’d just run out of excuses not to do something – so your view is really helpful and encouraging.

      Sarah Ann

      May 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  2. A writer’s anxiety and sincere approach to work so well-captured. very well written


    May 2, 2013 at 12:40 am

  3. Oh I love this… the hard struggle…
    Its edges had turned from ivory white to potato skin .. is such a good description.

  4. Yeah, I know that feeling of delay and finally sending off a piece for submission. 🙂 You portrayed it perfectly.

    David Stewart

    May 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    • Thanks for your comment. It’s so much safer to delay, that way the rejections never appear.

      Sarah Ann

      May 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

  5. the grueling process, the hard work and finally triumph. you’ve captured it so well. 🙂


    May 4, 2013 at 1:14 am

    • If only we could guarantee the triumph when we started the process!

      Sarah Ann

      May 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  6. […] Sarah Ann Hall: A writer’s struggle and anticipation brought out so well in a few words. All of us can empathize with this haibun. […]

  7. Sorry to have missed this, it is superb.


    May 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

  8. me too, i thought i read all the entries…i love the part where she fed it all to the post box! ☺


    May 25, 2013 at 5:59 am

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