Sarah Ann Hall

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

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OLWG#71 – haiku and shadorma – #micropoetry

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Time has condensed, disappeared, filled up with lots of other stuff that has to come first, which is why I’m answering the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts for last week before the previous one’s, and I’m not going to look at this week’s in case they take me on another journey.

To make sure I get something posted, I’ve reverted to micropoetry and I’m hoping time and life return to normal soon.

Thank you Thom for another set of stimulating prompts. I am working on the monsters’ one – I have a setting and characters, but the plot’s a little thin right now.



snakes are everywhere

come rain or shine she carries

a knife in her boot



Trend expert

in must have items.

Art deco


wants fine and unique objects;

searches world markets.



start with baby steps

hop skip jump fall recover

stride with confidence


This week’s prompts are:

  1. a knife in her boot
  2. art deco
  3. start with baby steps


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

October 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 11/5/18 – What do you wish for?

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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.

This week’s prompt was not an easy one for me. I focussed on the lights and thought of going sci-fi. This is the umpteenth attempt at a story as many others were jettisoned as dire.

Thank you to Rochelle for hosting and Jill Wisoff for this week’s photo.


©Jill Wisoff


What do you wish for?

(Genre: sci-fi; 100-words)

Nothing is the same since they arrived.

We all saw the lights and remembered Day of the TriffidsStill we looked up night after night.

Were any of us ready for alien annexation? Could we ever be, despite our governments’ incessant searching for extraterrestrial life? I imagine they were looking to exploit, as do all empire builders, rather than for us to be exploited. But that can be the consequence of exploring – you provide routes for others to follow. And now, like the sitting ducks we were, we are overrun, enslaved by unyielding masters, and pray for a second invasion.



OLWG#48 – Taking Stock – #amwriting

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Thank you to TN Kerr and The New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild for another set of inspiring prompts this week. I’m not sure my story below works, but I had fun running with the second prompt and then incorporating the others.


Taking Stock

Dad was a great guy. Or so I was led to believe. I never met him, but I knew a lot about him. Or was told a lot. Mum said he was a champion at tiddlywinks, loved baseball, hated politics, ate all meals with a spoon, could tell a whisky’s country of origin by smell alone, and that he looked a million dollars. Her eyes would twinkle as she remembered what a dreamboat her travelling salesman had been. I wondered how he made his way if he could only eat with a spoon; maybe he never wined and dined clients? He died in a plane crash just weeks before I was born. He was a soldier coming home from the front line, a hero. On other days he’d been a cowboy and there was a family ranch somewhere waiting for me to claim.

I was almost a teenager before I realised my mother was a born liar, and when I did I moved to live with my grandmother, for my sanity and her peace of mind. She described my ever-present-absent father as a ladies’ man from Texas. That made sense: my mother was easily charmed and incapable of taking responsibility for many of her actions. Her relationship with reality was as tenuous and fragile as were her relationships with people. I sound hard and heartless when I’m just old and tired. It won’t be long now before I meet them again, and maybe my pa for the first time. I wonder if our extended family we’ll hang out as a new constellation. Or are extinguished souls randomly allocated to positions in the sky?


This week’s prompts are:

  1. Hanging stars
  2. a ladies’ man from Texas
  3. tiddlywinks


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

May 3, 2018 at 7:15 pm

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Project 10K – May #amwriting #amediting

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April has been good to me and I have achieved a lot of what I set out to do. This has been helped by me starting to map my weeks – breaking the week down into working days and the days into hourly slots that I fill with tasks. (For a technical explanation, the reasons why it works, and some examples click the links.)

To answer Gabrielle’s, of Flights of Fancy,  questions:

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals? YES and NO.
2. Did you have fun writing? YES, and headaches trying to work out what’s going on in my NaNoWriMo novel.
3. Did the P10K help with motivation? YES. People are checking up on me so I have to perform.



I set myself four goals for April and achieved two of them fully. Submitting short stories to four competitions has resulted in me being placed in the Top 3 of the Blank Page Short Story Challenge, so I am pleased I got my entry in at the last minute and I am now willing people to vote for my story to win. 🙂 I have also submitted to all of April’s Friday Fictioneer prompts, with a variety of story types, and received some very encouraging comments.



One of my fails this month was to edit my 2017 NaNoWriMo novel. I lost the first two weeks of April to the Easter holidays and having some time off with hubby, so it is hardly a surprise I am behind with this task. I have also learnt that writing in a stream of consciousness way is a complete pain in the behind when it comes to editing and making sense for a reading audience. I am chopping and changing and about 20% through. However, having started, this is an ongoing goal and I plan to get the first edit completed by the end of this (next?) month.

My other fail was to respond to the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts by the Thursday after they are posted on Sunday. I think I managed this on one out of four occasions and, although I’m thinking about last Sunday’s prompt, I have only five lines of scribble to work with so that might well be a fail of 4/5.


Goals for May (in no particular order)

  1. Edit the remaining 39500 words of my NaNoWriMo 2017 novel.
  2. Post responses to the On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts by the Thursday after a Sunday post. (I live in hope.)
  3. Write new short stories/ adapt old ones for short story competitions – enter three.
  4. Contribute to Friday Fictioneer prompts.
  5. Submit my finished WIP to agents – at least five.


To sum up my goals for April, were:

  1. Participate in Camp Nano – edit the 50000 words I wrote last November. I really don’t expect to get this done but I do need to look at this writing again to see if it has legs. FAIL
  2. Write new short stories/ adapt old ones for short story competitions. I have a list of 7 possible deadlines to meet, so let’s aim to enter 4. WIN
  3. Contribute to Friday Fictioneer prompts. WIN
  4. Post responses to the On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts by the Thursday after a Sunday post. FAIL


Written by Sarah Ann

May 1, 2018 at 4:03 pm

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