Sarah Ann Hall

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

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OLWG#46 – At the Theatre – #micropoetry

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It is occasionally worrying what a couple of days away from something can do to one’s perspective on one’s writing. The prompts for the #46 On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts had me excitedly starting a story about society rushing about, the loss of conversation, and advent of driverless cars. However, when I went to finish it, I realised what a load of drivel it was. So I looked at the prompts again and went to the theatre instead, producing a haiku, shadorma and American cinquain.



rehearsals again

don’t be late, don’t slam that door

orders from all sides



What a rush!

Touching up faces

Scene changes

Costume swaps

Hitting the spot every time.

The show must go on.




With bated breathe

Standing on the corner

For the smiling stars to appear

Stage door


This week’s prompts are:

  1. what a rush
  2. on the corner
  3. don’t slam that door


Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun


Written by Sarah Ann

April 23, 2018 at 11:15 am

OLWG#45 – #micropoetry – cinquain, tanka, limerick,

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When I saw the #45 New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts, the Geronimo Green prompt immediately made me think of a limerick, so I did some googling and came up with this informative link. I’m not sure my limerick works – the last line feels as if it needs an extra syllable.

Thank you to Thom for hosting these each week and stretching my writing muscles.




Alone. Solo.

Never my intention.

To be a regretful woman.



At least fifty pounds

He spread his arms wide and winked

Perfect scales, bright eyes

A competition winner

If it hadn’t swum away


There once was a girl from Mill Hill

Who liked nothing more than a thrill

Geronimo Green

Created a scene

When he kissed her she screamed most shrill


This week’s prompts are:

  1. at least fifty pounds
  2. never my intention
  3. Geronimo Greene

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

Written by Sarah Ann

April 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

OLWG#43 – Geriatric Parents

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This has a been a very disorganised week full of cancellations and reinstated meetings so I wasn’t sure I’d manage with this week’s OLWG prompts, but here I am. I’ve cheated and used a tanka, an American cinquain and an American sentence to make a story out of the three prompts, or that was my intention. With thanks as ever to Thom Kerr for making me work my imaginative, or is that imaginary, brain cells.


Here I sit, hiding,

Drinking alone and pregnant.

At least the wife is.

We’ve waited so long. I’m scared.

Hard to embrace our future.


That’s rich

Just great, she says.

Are you going to cope?

When the baby comes, will you help?



Helpless. That’s how I feel. This just isn’t doing it for me. Sorry.



This week’s prompts are:

  1. Drinking alone, and pregnant
  2. This just isn’t doing it for me
  3. that’s rich



Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun


Written by Sarah Ann

March 30, 2018 at 10:23 am

How long is a #shortstory #haiku #justforfun

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Last night at my writing group we discussed short stories – how short or long, maximum number of characters, point of view and so on. We had all prepared a 100-word story about a shirt and it was interesting to see the assumptions we each made about character and meaning based on our own perceptions/ experience/ prejudice when so much has to be inferred. At least I find it interesting when readers don’t feel or see things the same way as the writer.

Haiku were brought up, and the 6- or 10-word story. I have haven’t yet written a 6-word story, I’ve tried a couple of 10-word ones and never been satisfied. However, I do play with haiku and, unable to sleep last night, I composed a 17-word haiku, and then a haiku story. Or did I?


bird’s feet curl round wires

chest preened he sings for a mate

squall puts pay to love


yesterday morning

was the last time I saw her

seat reclined, feet up


With thanks to TNKerr of the OLWG for ‘the last time’ as a prompt.



Written by Sarah Ann

March 21, 2018 at 2:36 pm

OLWG#41 – #micropoetry – shadorma

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I decided to try some shadorma in an attempt to address the OLWG #41 prompts in good time. Two came quickly and relatively easy to mind, but one was reluctant to play ball. I’m not sure the last of these says anything at all, but the first one is a bit of fun.

Thanks to TNKerr for posting and hosting every week.



She likes jokes,

playing tricks, teasing.

‘Pull my thumb,’

she hisses.

Her prosthetic arm flies off.

She crumples, giggling


Movie trip:

Classic film weekend.



‘Have we seen this already?’

‘Many times, grandma.’


Good morning.

Howdy. How are you?


G’day mate.

It’s just a figure of speech.

Nowt to fret over.


Written by Sarah Ann

March 19, 2018 at 1:05 pm

OLWG #37, 38 & 39 – micropoetry

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I seem to be stuck in a blackhole where time keeps racing away from me, which is a fancy way of saying I’m as disorganised and behind as ever. In this post I’ve address three week’s of On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts. In order to make sure I take part before Easter, I’ve opted for haiku, tanka and American cinquain, admittedly focussing on syllable counts and none of the stresses.

Thank you to TN Kerr for hosting and making me word hard.




not today, thank you 

come back after the weekend

might have more time then


need more life lessons

don’t know enough about it 

forever learning


bedtime, go to sleep

hush baby, lay your head down

will you just shut up






mechanic struggles

to remove dent in car door

frustrated, chucks wrench.

‘I have extra suction cups’ 

offers helpful colleague, late.


a long black car streaks,

travels at speed along lanes

through the inky night.

excited driver hurries;

opportunities await.


ugh, did you see that?

granny pokes mother pokes child,

enjoy dinner out

people watching, commenting

casting views liberally





American Cinquain



It’s mostly true.

Only made up some bits

To add some interest and vim.





Married for years.

Happy and contented.

‘We don’t make much sense together.’






elicits derision.

Time to consider position.

New job.



Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

Written by Sarah Ann

March 1, 2018 at 12:46 pm

OLWG #27 and #28

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Here are my responses to two sets of OLWG prompts because I’m very behind at the moment, but I do enjoy the challenge of coming up with something for these. This week I’ve been superbly lazy and incorporated the prompts in my short pieces, as that gave me even fewer words to come up with. Sticking to the tried and tested I’ve gone for a haiku, American sentence and cinquain for each set of prompts. Thanks as ever to TNKerr and the OLWG for these.



full moon plundering

people asleep in their beds

get away with it


Auntie loved cats. Here near constant refrain, ‘Here kitty, kitty, kitty.’



How do you plead?

They shouldn’t ask me that.

Don’t know. Can’t remember. Don’t care.

Death row.




putting on a show to woo

those we love or need


Grandfather loved gratuitous sex and violence. Grandma left him.


Hoped for,

and there it was:

All she could ever need.

Her prayers answered by living souls.



Written by Sarah Ann

December 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

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