Sarah Ann Hall

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

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OLWG#55 -#micropoetry #amwriting

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I have returned to micropoetry this week for my response to the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild because these prompts seemed to lend themselves that way, or it might be because cancelled appointments have been reinstated and I wondered if I’d have time to develop anything longer. So here are a shadorma, American Cinquain and tanka.

Thank you to TNKerr as ever for this week’s prompts.

 

Limpid pools:

Sunlight reflecting;

Inviting;

Refreshing.

Watch out for the undertow!

Danger lurks beneath.

 

Notice.

Look at these scars.

Open your eyes and ears.

Self-harm dulls the pain others cause.

Hear me.

 

when the boys arrive

the party will get started

alcohol will flow

they’ll dance and jive till cock crow

unless their brothers drive by

 


 

This week’s prompts are:

  1. limpid pools
  2. look at these scars
  3. when the boys arrive

 

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

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Written by Sarah Ann

June 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm

OLWG#52 – micropoetry

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I am behind with my responses to the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild Prompts and so have returned to micropoetry in an attempt to get on top of my disorganisation.

Thanks and congratulations to TNKerr on posting these prompts for a whole year.

 

tanka

kids line up in rows

sit at desks in the classroom

what’s one more or less

when measles contagion hits

or a gunman visits school

 

 

American sentence

Love me. For me. Forever. Everything else is complicated.

 

 

Shadorma

Birthday cake,

Sandwiches and crisps.

Finger food

Nibbled at.

We say goodbye in circles,

Hugs until next time.

 


This week’s prompts are:

  1. what’s one more or less
  2. everything else is complicated
  3. we say goodbye in circles

 

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

June 3, 2018 at 2:40 pm

OLWG#49 – blessings, deafness and memory

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Hmm, well, I’ve had a time of it coming up with anything for this week’s New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts. I had thought to combine all three into a story, but that didn’t work out. Below is a short vignette that cut itself short with only one prompt utilised. I felt two of the prompts sat well together, hence the American sentence. So that left me one more and, once I decided to stick to short and sweet, the American cinquain wrote itself.

Thank you to TN Kerr for this week’s tough assignment.

 

Blessings

‘It’s a blessing,’ my gran used to say of my wild curly black hair. But she was nearly bald by then, poor lamb.

I, of course, was a teenager with hormones and wanted ironed hair, thick and straight like a curtain. Or to have it all chopped off a la the neo-Fascists, but that was clearly unacceptable. So I put up with it, for the love and pleasure of others.

Now I know Gran was right, for I still have many admirers who follow my progress as I walk anywhere, wondering if it’s real. My hair’s shorter now, bobbed rather than halfway down my back, but no less different and show-offy. It’s a good job I was never terribly shy as people poked and prodded and asked if it was a perm. The cheek!

It is strange to think that we are defined by our hair. Redheads are short-tempered and fiery. Blond(e)s have more fun. The mousey are quiet and ordinary. And us ravenheads? We come from the devil, obviously, and are good for a laugh but not to be trusted.

I don’t have a significant other and I put that down to my hair. The men come and go, cowed by my strong nature and inability to submit to the will of another. The women are wary, as if I might trick them, about or of what I have no idea. I have friends, but they are all from way back when I was a child and didn’t know the power I could wield by the flick or twist of a lock.

It is good I like my own company for I should be lonely and sad without it. Which brings me back to wondering if Gran was right. Is it a blessing to stand out, to be stared at and thought about? It’s not a curse, unless you need to be surrounded by uncomplicated people.

You can tell I have been here many times before, round and round in circles counting my blessings. On one hand.

 

Deafness

It’s a blessing I can’t hear you. You sing like a cat swallowing glass.

 

Memory

Mother

Losing herself.

‘I forget how it goes,’

She says of the words to recall.

Failing.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

May 12, 2018 at 11:41 am

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.

 

 

Waiting

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

OLWG#45 – #micropoetry – cinquain, tanka, limerick,

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When I saw the #45 New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts, the Geronimo Green prompt immediately made me think of a limerick, so I did some googling and came up with this informative link. I’m not sure my limerick works – the last line feels as if it needs an extra syllable.

Thank you to Thom for hosting these each week and stretching my writing muscles.

 

 

Loveless.

Alone. Solo.

Never my intention.

To be a regretful woman.

Forlorn.

 

At least fifty pounds

He spread his arms wide and winked

Perfect scales, bright eyes

A competition winner

If it hadn’t swum away

 

There once was a girl from Mill Hill

Who liked nothing more than a thrill

Geronimo Green

Created a scene

When he kissed her she screamed most shrill

 


This week’s prompts are:

  1. at least fifty pounds
  2. never my intention
  3. Geronimo Greene

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 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

OLWG#43 – Geriatric Parents

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This has a been a very disorganised week full of cancellations and reinstated meetings so I wasn’t sure I’d manage with this week’s OLWG prompts, but here I am. I’ve cheated and used a tanka, an American cinquain and an American sentence to make a story out of the three prompts, or that was my intention. With thanks as ever to Thom Kerr for making me work my imaginative, or is that imaginary, brain cells.

 

Here I sit, hiding,

Drinking alone and pregnant.

At least the wife is.

We’ve waited so long. I’m scared.

Hard to embrace our future.

 

That’s rich

Just great, she says.

Are you going to cope?

When the baby comes, will you help?

Useless.

 

Helpless. That’s how I feel. This just isn’t doing it for me. Sorry.

 

*****

This week’s prompts are:

  1. Drinking alone, and pregnant
  2. This just isn’t doing it for me
  3. that’s rich

 

*****

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 30, 2018 at 10:23 am

OLWG #27 and #28

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Here are my responses to two sets of OLWG prompts because I’m very behind at the moment, but I do enjoy the challenge of coming up with something for these. This week I’ve been superbly lazy and incorporated the prompts in my short pieces, as that gave me even fewer words to come up with. Sticking to the tried and tested I’ve gone for a haiku, American sentence and cinquain for each set of prompts. Thanks as ever to TNKerr and the OLWG for these.

 

 

full moon plundering

people asleep in their beds

get away with it

 

Auntie loved cats. Here near constant refrain, ‘Here kitty, kitty, kitty.’

 

Courtroom.

How do you plead?

They shouldn’t ask me that.

Don’t know. Can’t remember. Don’t care.

Death row.

 

 

ambassadoring

putting on a show to woo

those we love or need

 

Grandfather loved gratuitous sex and violence. Grandma left him.

 

Hoped for,

and there it was:

All she could ever need.

Her prayers answered by living souls.

Christmas.

 

Written by Sarah Ann

December 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

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