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

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

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 #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#26 – Micropoetry – #amwriting

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This week’s New Unofficial On’Line Writer’s Guild prompts leant themselves to being an American sentence all by themselves. Very lazily and only slightly adapted, here are 17-sylables:

‘You can learn a lot from books,’ the gypsy woman said. ‘Mine’s out March 1st.’

I need to spend longer than 25-minutes coming up with a response to these, and to stop using the prompts as titles. However, taking each prompt in turn I’ve stuck with poetry this week: a haiku, a cinquain (although having read the original post on these, I’m not sure the stresses are right at all), and a shadorma. Having broken away from the grip of NaNoWriMo, I decided to have a bit of fun.


You can learn a lot from books


more read about than achieved

he practised daily


The gypsy woman said


I see you are.

May it last forever.

On the other hand it may not.



It won’t be available until April 1st

*Her new book:

glossy front cover,


badly writ.

April fools’ day a good day

to launch such drivel.


* ‘The’ did not fit here, feel free to replace ‘her’ with ‘his’.

Written by Sarah Ann

November 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

OLWG #23 – #micropoetry, #amwriting

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To keep me on my toes and make sure I participate, I’ve gone for a haiku, an American Sentence and an American Cinquain again to address this week’s Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts. Hopefully I’ll mix it up a bit next week but NaNoWriMo is currently taking up a bit of time.


Diamonds on my windshield
autumnal showers
parked cars await drenched walkers
glistening treasures


Try this
Bill skates, flips, slides, loops the loop, shimmies. Dan, watching, feels inadequate.


I think I have one right here
Jumps and dances
Grins, plays tricks, undermines
Attempting to make others laugh


Why not play along. Pick a prompt and spend 25-minutes writing something.

Written by Sarah Ann

November 7, 2017 at 11:03 pm

OLWG #22 – a haiku, an American sentence and an American Cinquain

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There are some things that, once started, are hard to stop. So it is that I’ve pitched up again with a response to this week’s OLWG prompts. Sticking to micro-poetry means I can actually respond to the prompt. I am not a poet, but I am having fun playing with these tight structures. Once again I’ve taken the prompts as my titles.


What happened here?
door hanging open
possessions strewn everywhere
neater than before


I have seen the devil
Social services: baby snatchers disguised as ordinary Joes.


She won’t be having any more
She hurts
Stomach bloated
Fizzy pop rebelling
Food dissolving, churning, turning


With thanks to the New, Unofficial, On-Line Writer’s Guild and TN Kerr.

Written by Sarah Ann

November 2, 2017 at 3:10 pm

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