Sarah Ann Hall

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

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#FridayFictioneers – 29/6/18 – Top of the Pops

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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.

With thanks to Rochelle for this week’s photo as well as hosting.

 

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

Top of the Pops

(General/ misery fiction: 100-words)

His room is as he left it. He’ll be back. He always comes back. Eventually.

It depends how things go, which is a useless catch-all, but that’s all he ever gives me.

So I wait. Hoping things go well. Hoping the unfinished score is one day completed. Which it will be when he gets his head together.

He stays with his girlfriend. It’s not as if he’s on the streets. But a mother worries. Always. The excuse of an artistic temperament doesn’t wash with me. I’ve always known him. He’s not bi-polar. The tests say so, but still I worry.

 

 

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June 28, 2018 at 8:05 am

#FridayFictioneers – 27/4/18 – On the Edge

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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.

After leaving me wanting last week, my muse is back in play and came up with the story/ vignette/ dialogue below quite quickly, hence my posting on Thursday.

And if I may beg your indulgence, a story I wrote for the  The Blank Page Short Story Challenge has reached the Top 3 and is now being voted on by the online public. Please click http://bit.ly/sarahhallmarch18 to read my story and vote for me. Or read all and vote for the best.

 

© Jan Wayne Fields

 

On the Edge

(Genre: adventure; 100-words)

‘There’ll be something useful down there. Some shelter; water to drink.’

‘Why?’

‘Because there’s always something over the horizon.’

‘You sure?’

‘Positive. Down in that deserted valley, there’s something for us.’

‘How do you know?’

‘I’m an optimist.’

‘So you think there’ll be something.’

‘No, I know there is because the universe provides for those who ask nicely.’

‘You’re nuts.’

‘Maybe. But I’ll be even crazier if I stay on this escarpment and the sun fries the last of my brain cells.’

‘And if we don’t find anything?’

‘We’ll die and become food for the vultures. It’s a win win.’

 

 

#VisDare 22 – Flight of Fancy – Imaginary Friends

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I wasn’t sure where to go with Angela Goff’s VisDare prompt this week.

 

 

The RULES:
150 words – or less.
Post entry to your blog and “link in” using the link tool,
or post your 150 words in the comments, on Angela’s site.
(Please – no erotica or graphic violence.)
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Imaginary Friends (150 words)

When I was young, people smiled when I mentioned my imaginary friends. My parents humoured me when one of my intimates said I shouldn’t eat crusts because they were bad for my brain. For years Mum served mashed potatoes at every meal, because a buddy said anything else might cause me to fail my spelling test. And my teachers forgave us all when I told them it was my playmates who had encouraged me to go for the high branch that resulted in my broken arm.

Throughout my life my allies have talked to me, championed my cause, comforted and supported when required. They have never threatened or frightened, only encouraged when I hesitated or faltered.

Today I eat crusts and enjoy roast potatoes, but I have a disorder. Writers have their muse; presidents their gods; shamans their spirit guides. And I have shepherding voices that others demand be medicated.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

June 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

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