Sarah Ann Hall

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

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#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.

 

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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

Project 10K (P10K) – September

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September is going to be another month of modest writing goals. With the air temperature becoming cooler, and hopefully more consistent, the boat maintenance that didn’t take place during the summer (or at any time during the previous two years because we were too busy lazy) has come to the fore. I will be washing, sanding, scraping and treating rust, and painting in any spare moments.

Setting out at the beginning of the month that writing has to take a back seat will ensure I don’t get upset about not getting much done. My brain is in the right place – I can’t do everything; sometimes the outside world has to take priority over my internal one.

I achieved most of my modest goals in August and the first three weeks went well, the last too a little awry. August was a long month and I got to see friends I haven’t in a long time as well as doing lots of walking and eating too much, so all was good 🙂

 

© Flights of Fancy

 

I realised last month that I need to focus more with my writing. I have a number of ongoing projects and need to concentrate on one at a time, rather than doing a bit here and there, to make progress. One of my September goals is to draw up the writing ‘to do’ list that I didn’t write in August.

I will stick with the August goals of participating in Friday Fictioneers and OLWG, and I want to commit to keeping up with Scribophile on a more regular basis. I also need to finish the Iowa University Moving the Margins MOOC. I have watched the talks, read the readings and contributed to the discussions, but I got a bit blocked on the last three writing projects. Ideas are bouncing around in my head. Hopefully during the next couple of weeks I will be able to get the ideas posted and receive some insightful comments from my fellow students who are also still finishing off the course.

 

Goals for September

  1. Contribute to Friday Fictioneers prompts.
  2. Post responses to OLWG Sunday prompts by Thursday.
  3. Login and look at Scribophile 1-hour/ week.
  4. Finish Iowa HWWF MOOC – submit last three assignments and read others’.
  5. Look for an editor for my WIP.
  6. Create writing ‘to do’ list and put on the sidebar/ a new page, to keep me on my toes.
  7. Have fun and not worry too much about low new word creation. J

 

Goals for August

  1. Contribute to Friday Fictioneers prompts – so I get one win. WIN
  2. Post responses to OLWG Sunday prompts by Thursday. Almost a WIN
  3. Keep up with Iowa HWWF MOOC. FAIL
  4. Have fun and gather thoughts for an autumnal push. WIN & FAIL. I had fun. The autumnal push has been postponed for a month.
  5. Put up goal measures/ to do list on the sidebar, to remind myself what’s to come, as I tend to mislay hardcopy versions. FAIL

 

Thank you to Gabrielle for hosting this challenge each month and keeping me planning.

Written by Sarah Ann

September 4, 2018 at 7:28 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.

 

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August 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

#FridayFictioneers – 17/8/18 – Spot It, Gotcha

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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 had me thinking of before and after photos, once grand houses falling into disrepair, and then I returned to observing differences.

Thank you to Rochelle and Yvette for this week’s photo.

 

© Yvette Prior

 

Spot It, Gotcha

(Genre: crime fiction; 100-words)

As a child I played spot the difference and achieved perfect scores in seconds. I moved from pictures to words, found fault in text and layout, and lost the joy of reading. With film I was a continuity assistant’s nightmare, and frequently frustrated.

I watch moving pictures all day now, observe crimes play out and track perpetrators in masks and hoods. Their eyes betray them, their shape and slant. Sometimes an earlobe, the position of a mole. I follow until the boasting phone call; the satellites triangulate; provide a home address. Police arrest, take photos. I play spot the similarity.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

August 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

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