When I’m asked what I do for a living, I’m tempted to cop out and refer to my previous career or give my professional title, which I still consider valid. Then, the inquisitive enquirer will want to know where I work, how I spend my day and, in a moment of awkwardness, I would have […]

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers – hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. I usually write something original, but today I’m hijacking a few sentences from my current manuscript because they fit the picture. This story is about a curse. ‘Does it matter,’ he sighed, ‘because the reality is, I’ve not left this estate in over one hundred and […]

This will be my third year of doing the A-Z blogging challenge. One letter of the alphabet per day, excluding three Sundays, and each letter will be about…… Abbeys and Cathedrals of the UK Since I managed with castles last year, I thought I would take my other great architectural love and expand on it. […]

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers and this week’s 100 word challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. *** “There’s nothing like that there, darling. You shouldn’t lie.” “I was close to it. I’m telling you it was huge. This big.” He jumped on the spot, reaching high with his fingertips. “Sweetie—” “No, I was right next to it. […]

Hello, it’s Friday Fictioneer’s 100 word story time. Many thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting.   When Daniel brought home the wreck, his wife stormed indoors. It was the fourth one he’d dumped on the driveway that year. The first became the kids’ climbing frame. He’d sold the next to another car enthusiast and he’d […]

I recently read Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life and thoroughly enjoyed it. The life of Ursula is repeated throughout the novel and each time it replays, her various choices and outcomes lead her down different paths.  It’s like a butterfly effect, the recuperations of one seemingly inconsequential life rippling into countless others. Ursula has the […]

This week’s flash fiction isn’t fiction. Just a 100 words to describe a memory. Picture prompt hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields The blue flashing lights bounced off the canvas, waking me up. “Mum, what’s happening?” I shouted in the darkness. “Nothing, go to sleep.” The morning brought a stillness, empty pitches, abandoned vacations. By lunchtime, there […]

This week’s Friday Fictioneers one hundred word challenge. Hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The landlord stipulated three colours: white, black or ecru. Eva wanted to paint the front door lilac. She asked permission, politely and he declined, rudely. “Why one of those colours?” One of which wasn’t much different from the other. He replied, because I […]

Part of the joy of playing an instrument is the relationship you have with it. Learning one is a gateway to others. This week’s flash fiction prompt hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. “Pluck don’t strum. Glide with the bow, don’t scrape.” My cello lessons maintain the same awkward rhythm; the teacher’s bellicose voice is unchanged. While […]

This week’s Friday Fictioneer’s prompt – hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.   My gran was a hoarder. A gifted one. She believed everything had a purpose. To her family, what she stored in those shoeboxes and bags was somewhat abstract and generally the flotsam of life. However, Granny believed she kept objects of value. Ma fretted […]

Friday fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.     “There, see it?” Sam pointed into the murky pond water. It was rusty, bobbing on surface and strangled by plastic bags. “What is it?” With two front teeth gone, Sam whistled his question. “A shopping trolley.” Jan remembered pushing one like it with Sam in the kiddie […]

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