Sarah Ann Hall

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

A little bit about me

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Aged 29, I gave up a proper job as a psychology researcher to write. During the following six months, I wrote the story I had to. In the years since, I’ve worked as an antiques dealer, become a designer-maker who recycled damaged antiques into jewellery, had a stint at painting and decorating, and now work with children-in-care on a zero-hours contract. I have continued writing, had some short stories published, taken up flash fiction, and attempted a haiku or two.

There are a few stories of book length shoved in a bottom drawer. In the future I hope to revive some of them, but some are too awful to ever see the light of day. I have finished one book to my satisfaction and sent it to agents and received positive feedback with one requesting to see the whole thing. I now need to polish yet again, and find an editor to help me show more and tell less.

I live and write on a barge, moving around the inland waterways of the UK. The story of its build will also be a book one day.


Written by Sarah Ann

April 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

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  1. I couldn’t find a way to leave a comment on your two stories today so I am going to try this. The second story is cute, dialogue moves it along at a fast clip. But the first one is my favorite…love the imagery you created about the summer life be describing the winter life!


    December 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  2. Another boater? We used to have a narrowboat on the Grand Union, just weekenders and short breaks though. Where are you based?


    February 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    • Oops, bit late responding here, Sandra – apologies. We’re now mainly on the Thames and Lee.

      Sarah Ann

      February 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

  3. That sounds idyllic. I often mused about the idea of living on a boat. My friend had one; the only problem was waking up feeling sea-sick in the morning. 😛


    February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    • Hmm. Can’t say I’ve ever felt sea-sick on the inland waterways. Going down the tidal Thames on a very windy and choppy day, I almost got there. It is mostly idyllic. You’re definitely closer to nature and the weather, which can of course have its downsides.

      Sarah Ann

      February 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm

  4. You live on a boat?! Fascinating. My hubby would so do that.

    Beth Carter

    March 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

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  6. I’ve seen some shows where folks have made houseboats out of decommissioned – well other foating objects. One was a plane, another a cargo ship (on the small side I think) – I have too much stuff to live on a boat. But I think I’d like to do it for a week or a month. I like water, though my hubby isn’t fond of it.

    Keep writing. Agents? No help with that – Though I also have tons of stuff waiting to be developed, mostly poetry. Writing for flash fiction wasn’t a hard transition (I still write poetry too).

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    May 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    • Hi Jules
      Sorry I seem to have missed your comment. Many thanks for it, and the link! 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      July 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  7. That is it – barge for me, definitely.


    May 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    • Good luck with it. After 15 years on a narrowboat it is nice to have space.

      Sarah Ann

      May 28, 2013 at 9:58 pm

  8. My goodness – that’s an interesting path you’ve trod. I can’t wait to find out more about your current book (and someday the book about waterway living). So nice to meet you, Sarah Ann!

    • Thank you Jo-Anne. I’m really enjoying following your blog and reading your flash fiction.

      Sarah Ann

      July 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  9. As a child, after reading a novel by Enid Blyton where a family live on a barge, I wanted to live on a boat. No I wonder whether I’d still like The idea. Are you constantly moving around?


    July 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    • Hi Gabriella,
      Yes, we’re on the move most of the time. There are 2000 miles of navigable inland waterways if you’re on a narrowboat. We’re much more restricted on a barge, but we have the Thames, and the river Lee and connected wide waterways, and we can always cross the channel to France – something my other half really wants to do and scares me rigid.

      Sarah Ann

      July 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

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  11. Thanks for the visit, Sarah Ann. I read a couple of your stories and really enjoy your writing. I am just starting this writing thing at my old age and liking it. I will follow your journey, it sounds interesting.


    April 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    • Thank you for the comment and reads. I’m happy to hear you like my writing and look forward to reading more of yours too, as well as seeing your wonderful photos.

      Sarah Ann

      April 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

  12. Glad to read you followed your convictions! My husband and I are doing up an Albin Vega. It’s on legs in a boatyard but I’ve taken my ‘puter there to write a couple of times, too. I’ve just painted some of the interior.


    August 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    • Just looked up an Albin Vega – they are beautiful. Good luck with it. I’m not sure I’m one for sailing with booms, tacking, and pitching from side to side. Our barge is slow and steady in the water. Although she’s about to come out so we can scrub and re-black the bottom. We were looking at the build photos recently and reminded ourselves how much hull we have to repaint – we can’t ignore a v-bottom like we could the flat one of our narrowboat.

      Sarah Ann

      August 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      • Ours looks like a large white (ish) egg at present as we’ve just finished stripping the hull – very hard work and it’s taken two summers. I’m not so keen on booms, tacking and pitching either – it’s for my husband really … what one does for one’s man … Still, I keep thinking of the Caribbean …


        August 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

      • I think dreams of the Caribbean might keep me going too. Boats and painting too often go together. Unfortunately the good effects don’t seem to last long.

        Sarah Ann

        August 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

  13. Re the barge – if you are ever on the water between Marple and Macclesfield, give me a shout.


    May 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    • Thanks for commenting here – you’ve made me realise it needs updating!
      I won’t be heading near you via boat any time soon as mine’s too wide, but I passed over Marple aqueduct and climbed the flight of locks many moons ago. It’s a beautiful place to be.

      Sarah Ann

      May 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm

  14. Nice to read some of your work at FF-
    And how cool to live on a barge – and the stories connected with it shall
    Likely make an interesting read someday
    Best wishes with all of your projects.


    August 4, 2018 at 5:24 am

    • Thank you. You’ve just reminded me of the projects I have on the very back burner, and I’m left thinking there are just enough hours in my life 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      August 7, 2018 at 10:03 am

      • Oh Sarah Ann – that is so nice to read and let’s ” get to getting ” on that project. Niecy Nash would always say that in her old tv shot – and I like it –
        so get to getting


        August 7, 2018 at 8:56 pm

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