Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not.

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OMG I almost won something – #amwriting

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I emailed some writer friends recently to ask:

why is it the things you spend months nurturing and send into the world with hope come back rejected, whereas the things you knock up quickly and send out just because you’ve finished make it? Serendipity? Sod’s law? They couldn’t answer.

I ask because a deadline I met in March just to prove I could has proved fruitful. A panel of judges read my story and placed me as runner-up in a short story competition, and you can read it here.



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May 31, 2017 at 11:08 am

#FridayFictioneers – 12/5/17 – A Moment in Time

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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 really struggled coming up with something that wasn’t obvious/ boring this week, which is why I’m posting so late. I’m not sure this works. I tried to go funny using characters from a previous post, but misery took over my muse.

Thanks Rochelle for hosting and the prompt this week.


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A Moment in Time

(Genre: general fiction; 100-words)

‘How is it my fault?’ I say looking at the hanging wing mirror.

‘If I hadn’t been picking you up, it wouldn’t have happened,’ Colin screams.

‘You won’t let me drive myself.’

‘I worry,’ he whines, ‘about you being out alone.’

Since turning seventy-five, Colin had become safety obsessed.

‘I’m hardly likely to be kidnapped by slavers.’

‘I want to do it,’ he says. ‘It gets me out the house.’

Colin’s becoming more reclusive, relying on my friends for company.

He won’t explain how the lamppost jumped across the pavement.

I think of his mother and fear for our future.


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May 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 31/3/17 – Patience is a Virtue

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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 was at a loss as to what to do with this week’s photo, and then I remembered something my brother told me about working the docks in Melbourne, Australia. I’m not sure this works though, so let me know.

With thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Fatima Fakier Deria for this week’s photo.


© Fatima Fakier Deria


Patience is a Virtue
(Genre: general fiction; 100-words.)

Greg grew up overlooking the harbour and only ever wanted to be a stevedore. At school he was friends with the right boys, but an eight-year doesn’t dream of closed shops.
Greg matured to down pints with dockworkers, play football for their team. His crane-driving ingenuity built the city’s skyline, and brought him to the head of the cartel’s attention. Greg was so well liked he married the guy’s daughter. Still there was no dock job. It wasn’t until Greg’s brother-in-law fractured his leg during football training that Greg got his break. He always wondered why no-one questioned that tackle.



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March 31, 2017 at 7:08 pm


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When I blogged in January, for the first time in 18-months, I didn’t have huge ambition for the coming year. I wanted to get back to writing and I needed to plan and organise. This was helped by a fellow blogger, Erin Leary, who commented on that initial post and suggested we become accountability partners. The concept was new to me, but made perfect sense for two people with a number of ongoing projects. As accountability partners we would report to each other, keep each other on task, support and maybe chivvy a little. This idea focused my energies and I listed what I wanted to achieve during the year. I then ordered projects in terms how long I estimated each would take to complete, and the ease with which it could be completed. The combination of these two factors enabled prioritisation. The last task, and the one I have still to complete, is to set deadlines by which each job should be completed. There are 8 things I hoped to achieve during the year, which I share with you below, along with my progress 6 weeks later. After all, the more people to keep me on task, the merrier.

Task & Priority   Ease of completion   Progress 6 weeks later (end of Feb)
1. Keep up with blog   Variable on time allowing/ having anything to say. Hopefully on the easy side.   Not great.I’ve not posted as often as I would have liked.
2. Read 85k word novel and decide whether to pitch or ditch.   Easy and relatively quick if I decide to ditch.

Time commitment if I’m going to pitch and it needs editing.

Time commitment if start sending to agents.

  I have allocated the week of 13-17th March to do the read through. I’m away from home and will have the head space.
3. Edit diaries of living and travelling on a narrow boat and self-publish.   Hard. A lot of editing and additional writing to be done. Self-publishing is new. Large time commitment and learning new skill.   No progress
4. NANOWRIMO story from 2014. Work up 51k words into a novel.   Medium. Big time commitment.

Hopefully enjoyable to do.

  No progress

4. Write short stories to go with friend Jan’s paintings/ prints/ illustrations.


  Relatively easy if I come up with any ideas.

Enjoyable. Able to do between other things as shorter time commitment.

  I have drafted one short story and am looking at the other pictures chosen. I need to re-visit the project with Jan to see if she wants to paint to my words.


4. Continue with novel-length abuse story started 2014.


  Medium. Need time and space to pick this up again. Has a beginning but needs a middle and an end.   No progress
7. Short stories for competitions   Quite hard. Time commitment to look for competitions and then write themed stories to deadlines.   One short story submitted. No other competitions identified to enter.
8. Friday Fictioneer stories   Easy to do if have nothing else on. Requires time and concentration. Can be addictive so need to limit or will get caught up and carried away to the detriment of other things.   No progress. I wrote a story to one prompt, which I was pleased to have achieved, but didn’t manage to post it.


Priorities for the next fortnight (as before): work on men-on-bench story; get into a routine of blog reading and writing; start short story based on picture of a hare.

Ongoing projects successfully met: I have finished a crochet project (see below); I am bouncing Italian possessive adjectives around in my head; piano scales have been practised and an old piece rehearsed.

Fails (as before): blog reading has not increased.



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February 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Priorities met, almost

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Of the three priorities I set myself in my last post, there are two successes and one fail:

I have married the first and second halves of my competition story and submitted it.

I am not sure of its worth, but I never am. I emailed it to two writer friends asking for their opinions, and I let it sit for a few days before I read it again. Unfortunately, neither of my friends was able to get back before the deadline, and I was still tweaking the fourth time I read it aloud just before hitting the send button. It’s not ready and won’t get anywhere, but it has shown me I can get things done with enough forward planning.

I have written more of my story based on a picture of men sitting on a bench.

I have changed the tense – past to present – to increase the energy in the story. I now need to add in more emotion and feeling, as well as doing some research on Ukrainian food, which features as a comfort for my protagonist. The story is currently 1000-words and might increase to 1500. At the moment it is possibly more a vignette than a story: it starts in the middle, goes back to the beginning, and the ends with the characters about to live a new life that the reader has to imagine. I’m not sure this is enough of an ending. I’ve left the story alone for a week so it’s time I looked at it again.


I haven’t blogged my progress until now. I had drafted a post to put up a week ago, but life intervened and this is my first free time in a while. I wonder if I should give myself deadlines for posting in order for me to keep them regular.


Priorities for the next fortnight: work on men-on-bench story and get it ready to show colleague on 25th Feb; get into a routine of blog reading and writing.

Ongoing projects successfully met: my crochet learning has been facilitated by some very long car drives and my understanding of patterns improved. I should be making things soon.

Fails: both piano practice and Italian study have been neglected; blog reading has not increased enough.


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February 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm

I’m useless

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Well, maybe that’s a bit strong, but I’m not finding it easy to juggle full-time work with writing.

There’s not much writing going on, but quite a bit of reading about writing on the train to work, and there’s been no blogging, as you’ll have noticed.

Instead of flogging myself and worrying about not keeping up, I’ve decided to not try for a while.

Hopefully I’ll return in 2016 refreshed and with a little more time.


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December 13, 2015 at 8:16 pm

#FridayFictioneers – 7/3/14 – He Who Remains

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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.

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


After running about like a mad thing all week, I’m flagging and the muse is wanting. There is a better ending to this story (and probably a beginning and middle too), I just can’t catch hold of it


Copyright - Danny Bowman

Copyright – Danny Bowman



He Who Remains

(Genre: Science Fiction, 100-words)

The away-party had been gone a week. It was two days since any radio contact.

The sunsets were beautiful, but outside was barren and arid, and he was glad he’d stayed behind.

Had the others found water and made camp? Had the radio batteries run out? Were they on their way back to him?

If he’d gone with them he’d know, but someone needed to stay with the shuttle, to report to HQ on the success or failure of the mission. He liked being alone, safe; with the cyanide, just in case.

What was that noise? Something at the door?


Friday Fictioneers

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March 7, 2014 at 11:29 pm

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