Sarah Ann Hall

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

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OLWG#68 – Late Night Phone Call

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My creative brain is taking a holiday as practical matters take over my waking hours. I have struggled with all writing challenges this week. Thank you to Thom at the New Unofficial On-line Writer’s Guild for another great set of prompts, and apologies for such a contrived drabble in response.

 

Late Night Phone Call

‘Hello?’

‘Hello Mr. Charles?’

‘Who’s that?’

‘Billy Summers.’

‘Who?’

‘We think you know someone who can help us?’

‘What?’

‘Mom told us to call you.’

‘Who?’

‘Mary Summers.’

‘Oh. Why?’

‘Claire left.’

‘Right. I understand. So what do you need?’

‘Mom needs more sugar.’

‘Sugar? Sorry kid, you’ve lost me again.’

‘Mom said to call you. She needs more icing sugar.’

‘Icing sugar?’

‘The stuff you can’t get in the shops. The stuff that gives her energy; helps her sleep. The stuff she wipes around her gums. She ain’t moving, Mr. Charles.’

‘You sit tight kid. I’ll make the call.’

 


This week’s prompts are:

  1. Mom needs more sugar
  2. we think you know someone
  3. Claire left

 

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

 

 

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Written by Sarah Ann

September 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 21/9/18 – Ever So Helpful

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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 looked at the prompt, showed it to hubby, and while I love the photo, nothing came to either of our minds. So I’ve taken my cue from those lovely brollies and twisted from real life this week for the below vignette. Having just finished painting a gunwale yesterday morning, an un-forecast shower chucked itself at my boat and I almost resorted to chocolate. Friday Fictioneers saved my tears, and my waistline.

Thank you to Rochelle for hosting and Dale for a great photo.

© Dale Rogerson

Ever So Helpful

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words)

‘You’re going to need a big brolly.’

I smile and attend to the leaf I’m painting. A stage set does not need so much detail, but the veining keeps me calm when passersby offer such useful comments.

The end of October might not be the best time for outdoor theatre, but that doesn’t mean we give in. It means we must be prepared for all eventualities. My set will be ready, the quick drying paint doing its job despite the wind and showers that attempt to thwart me. The audience will provide their own umbrellas. The show will go on.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

September 22, 2018 at 9:17 am

#FridayFictioneers – 14/9/18 – Tick Tock

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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.

 

Thanks to Rochelle and for J Hardy Carroll for this week’s prompt.

© J Hardy Carroll

 

Tick Tock

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words.)

1/11/15

‘Dave, we’re not getting any younger. Can you please stop working so hard?’

‘After Easter. Start of the new financial year, I’ll reduce my hours.’

12/3/16

‘I’m sorry, Jan. I know I said I’d cut back, but Val’s announced she’s leaving. I’ll need to cover until a replacement’s found. Christmas, I promise.’

16/1/17

‘Yes, I know I said Christmas, but we’ve booked that holiday now and I want you to have plenty of spending money.’

27/7/17

‘Another month. I’ll go 4-days after my 60thbirthday. Promise.’

8/10/17

Jan, great news, I’m being made redundant. Jan, love, are you home?

 

 

#FridayFictioneers – 7/9/18 – The Sun’ll Come Out

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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 feel my stories of late have been a little miserable in outlook, so I tried for something more joyful. I’m not sure I fully succeeded.

Thank you to Rochelle and Gah this week.

© Gah Learner

 

The Sun’ll Come Out

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words)

Tomorrow is going to be a good day. I can feel it in my water. That’s something Granny says to cover the fact she doesn’t really know stuff but is hoping hard. I’ve seen loads more of Granny since Tyler’s been in hospital. Granny looks after me while Mum and Dad and the doctors look after him.

Life’s been so weird since the accident: Granny moving in, me staying up late on school nights, no limits on screen-time or chocolate. Weird and fun.

They remove the sedation tomorrow.

Tyler’s going to be okay.

I can feel it in my water.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

September 7, 2018 at 9:17 am

OLWG#66 – Let’s Party

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Sometimes I look at the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts and think they belong together. They could almost tell a story all by themselves. Hence my short and sweet offering of 100-words this week. Thank you Thom.

 

Let’s Party

‘I’m having a party and I’m inviting all my favourite people: You, of course, and Melissa and Josh and Pippa and Freddie and Lena and Charles and George and Dominque and Isabelle and Pete and –

‘When’s this party?’

‘Next Saturday. I’ve hired the bowling alley.’

‘You want us all to shoot pins all day?’

‘Well, that was the idea. Me and my bestest friends.’

‘You booked the venue already?’

‘Yep.’

‘You gonna phone or email everyone to invite them in time?’

‘Hell no, I’m posting to Facebook. Telling the whole world.’

‘Well, you won’t be able to tell anyone else.’

 


 

This week’s prompts are:

  1. you won’t be able to tell anyone else
  2. well, that was the idea
  3. all my favourite people

 

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

September 6, 2018 at 7:47 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 31/8/18 – Apple Pie

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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.

When I saw this week’s prompt my immediate thought was seeing things from a different angle. I feel the below is far too ‘tell’ rather than ‘show’ so would welcome advice on improvement.

I actually wrote this Thursday but have been unable to post thanks to connection problems. Apologies for reading and commenting late in advance.

Thank you Rochelle and Nathan for this week’s great photo.

 

© Nathan Sowers

 

Apple Pie

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words)

Seen from the outside they were the perfect family – mum, dad, 2.4 children, as the eldest, Owen, carried more round his middle than he should.

Keith and Sally taught in the same school; held barbeques on summer weekends for the neighbours; volunteered at all the school fetes. The kids were well behaved, did well in their own schools, were polite to everyone, and didn’t hang around on street corners with their peers.

Candy was a clumsy tomboy who often sported bruises. Owen had an underactive thyroid. Sally was shy.

Seen from the inside, living with Keith’s unbridled temper was hell.

 

 

#FridayFictioneers – 24/8/18 – Codicil

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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 have been working through the Open University’s free Write What You Know course this week and been encouraged to keep a notebook. As I looked at this week’s prompt I saw each of the lanterns as a beginning, the germ of an idea.

Obviously the below story is not autobiography, and I have an idea of the character writing, but who do you imagine behind this voice?

Thank you to Rochelle for hosting and Carla for this weeks photo.

 

© Carla Bicomong

 

Codicil

(Genre: literary fiction; 100-words)

My doctors say I have weeks, so I’ve burnt my notebooks – to protect characters I created, to preserve stories I might have told. Some will say it’s selfish, but are the everyday observations of an author that important? Just because I once jotted of toast-rack clouds stacked in a marmalade sky doesn’t mean it has to be read. For then it is defined forever. It cannot be unseen or something another observes and records for the first time.

Not that I need explain, I’ve destroyed my rambling perceptions of the world so others might experience things anew, and for themselves.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

August 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

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