Sarah Ann Hall

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

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#FridayFictioneers – 15/9/17 – Out of the Mouths of Babes

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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 I’ve written more of a vignette that a full story, but it’s the one thing that came to mind on seeing the prompt, and stayed there.

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Kelvin M. Knight for this week’s photo.



Out of the Mouths of Babes

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words)

‘Stop playing with your food. Children are starving in Africa.’


‘Because I said so.’

‘No, why are children starving when the world is full of fat people and supermarkets throw food away everyday?’

‘Because they are there and we are here.’

‘Oranges come from Spain, we eat Australian lamb, and bananas grow in South America. Food moves around all the time. Why not to the starving people?’

‘It’s to do with economics.’

‘Is that the same as being greedy and selfish?’

‘Not really, although it can seem that way.’

‘Will it always be like that?’

‘I imagine so, unfortunately.’



Written by Sarah Ann

September 15, 2017 at 8:06 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 19/5/17 – Fixtures and Fittings

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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.

As usual, it took a while for any ideas to form, and then I came up with the below. Is this a story? Perhaps more of a vingette. Does it work? Let me know.

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Roger Butolt for this week’s photo.

© Roger Butolt


Fixtures and Fittings

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words)

‘Why do we always come here?’

‘It’s where we had our first date.’

‘And our last.’

‘They know us.’

‘We love the food.’

‘They leave us alone and don’t mind us poring over paperwork.’

‘And the coffee’s good.’

‘And the coffee’s good!’

‘We should try somewhere else.’

‘It wouldn’t be as comfortable.’

‘Which is why we should make the effort.’


‘You’re too non-committal.’

‘You’re too rigid.’

‘Here we go.’

‘And that’s another thing going for his place; they don’t mind our arguments.’

‘There’s something I need to say.’

‘Me too.’

‘I don’t want us to get divorced.’

‘Me either.’


Written by Sarah Ann

May 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Ris de veau – #gargleblaster178

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‘It’s soft.’

‘It’s chewy.’

‘It’s a regional speciality.’

‘It’s delicious’.


‘It’s pancreas.’



‘Did you have to?’



‘Liz, you look fantastic. Good holiday? France proffered its usual great wine and food?’

‘We had a wonderful time. And everyone lost weight.’



Written by Sarah Ann

September 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Two for Tuesday #8 – Author Interview

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This week’s Andy Black’s Two for Tuesday Challenge was a lot of fun.

The prompts:

Standard prompt:
eat away

You have lots of creative leeway. The limit is 200 words. The words can be used:

  • simply as a point of inspiration and do not have to be used directly
  • they can be included exactly as provided
  • or each word can be used independently of each other (for example if Death Row was the prompt instead of crafting a story about an inmate on the way to the gallows, you might write something like: Despite feeling like death from an excess of cheap vodka consumed the night before, Evelyn moved on to planting her next row of spinach).


Non-Standard Prompt:
I’m a foodie. I love to cook and eat and read about food and write about food. This week for the alternative prompt, write a story that centers around food. Food should be the main character. I’m not looking for a recipe. I want to taste and smell what’s on the plate. I want to see the shimmer of sauces. I want you to make my stomach growl. As per usual with the Non-standard prompt there is no word limit but there is a minimum of 200 words.



Author Interview (364 words)

Tonight on the show we have Veronica Dexter, author of Hideous Hades. Veronica, why is it you include so much detail about food in your stories? Taking Hideous Hades as an example, your main character, Brutus, and guests eat away for almost the whole of chapter 3. The banquet takes up three-quarters of the chapter with the rest describing their slurping, chewing and digestive processes.

Well –

You describe the brick-like ochre of the fennel and chickpea dip, its consistency like the mud roads rained on after a summer of drought. Flatbreads are laid out like the tiles on a Roman villa. The empire purple of wine-roasted beets competes with the sunshine of honey-glazed turnips on one central plate. Blood oozes and flows from a haunch of venison. All this shows us Brutus’s wealth, but what do we learn about the characters?

The choices made by the guests indicate –

Acorn squashes stuffed with pork and sultanas cluster on the laden table. Caramelised onion spaghetti falls from serving dishes and loops itself around the tongues and fingers of the guests. The sweet and sour aroma of leeks roasted with apples assails Brutus’s nostrils. The tang of the cumin infused red-snapper wafts over the table, its scales sparkling in sharp contrast to the black olive pebbles sprinkled around its fins. This is all very vivid, but what does it add to the story?

I think –

By the end of the chapter, and the banquet, Brutus is sighing with pleasure at the contrast between the crunch and smoothness of a walnut crème caramel. Peaches blanched in spice wine drip their juices across his expanding stomach. Plump figs and luxurious dates are plucked from the table and fed to neighbouring guests. Pomegranate seeds and grapes are scattered across the whole board and glisten like tears. And by the end of it all the reader is raiding the fridge. What did you hope to convey with the chapter?

I must say I think you’ve missed the point. I was –

Unfortunately, the powers than be in my ear tell me we have run out of time. Thank you Veronica Dexter for being our guest on Let’s Talk About Books this evening.




With thanks to Francine Segan’s The Philosopher’s Kitchen for some of the food ideas above.

Written by Sarah Ann

May 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm

VisDare 8: Listening – A Little of What You Fancy

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I’ve been looking at Visual Dare from Anonymous Legacy for a while and not getting anywhere. The photos have resulted in ethereal ideas that didn’t gel. Until this week.



150 words – or less.
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No blog? Post your 150 words in the comments below.

(Please – no erotica or graphic violence.)

As always – thanks for participating!


A Little of What You Fancy (150 words)

What are you staring at? It’s early. I haven’t peed anywhere.

The cleaners are good, but they miss things. I’m checking for southern fried chicken or kebab lying about. It might have fallen behind the heating grill, and that won’t make for a pleasant journey later. Think of me as doing you a service, you might think better of me.

The bones in chicken can be tricky, and I’m not keen on chilli sauce or salad, but the kebab meat’s good. Human food can leave a cat with a thirst, but it beats chewing on a fat rat or crunching through yet another stringy mouse.

I had my best meal ever on a train. Some lady on her way home from the fishmonger’s had a turn. They carted her off in an ambulance, left her shopping behind. My family and I feasted that day.

Now scram. I gotta get on.

Written by Sarah Ann

February 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

#Friday Fictioneers – 8/2/13 – Test Flight – Sci Fi

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Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo to stimulate and inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

Every Friday (or before) the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word stories. Visit Rochelle’s site for the rules on how to join in and check out the other stories by clicking on the blue guy.

Are we still doing the genre thing? I decided to write outside my comfort zone this week. Thanks Rich for the photo.

copyright-Rich Voza

copyright-Rich Voza

Test Flight (100 words) (Sci-Fi)

As the scout ship landed, Devlin wondered how he’d managed to agree to bring Ky with him. The brat hadn’t stopped with his questions.

‘It’ll do him good. Give him a bit of experience,’ his mother had insisted.

If they didn’t both die on the planet’s surface, Devlin might see to Ky on the flight back.

‘Why’s there only one sun?’

‘That’s all the planet needed.’

‘What are those metal birds?’

‘Mass transit craft.’

‘Why are we stopping here?’

‘To look for survivors.’

That seemed to shut him up, for a while.

‘What happens if we find some?’

‘We can eat.’

Written by Sarah Ann

February 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

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