The Day it Happened – Written for Esther Chilton’s competition

Esther Chilton has issued an invitation for people to submit a short story beginning with the line “I didn’t know what had happened. Not at first. And then I knew.” 

Click on the link below if you want to take part.

https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/29/i-want-your-stories/comment-page-1/#comment-23407

 

The Day it Happened

 

I didn’t know what had happened. Not at first. And then I knew.

It had started so innocently, the sun shone through the chink in the bedroom curtains almost like a nagging partner informing me that I should have been out of bed hours ago.

I untangled myself from the duvet that as usual, I’d wrapped myself up in for comfort.

Time to start another day. Another day like all the others, and yet how wrong I was.

This was not like any other. This was unique.

I went downstairs and turned on the kettle to make my morning beverage, slave to my caffeine fix, to give me some motivation that I could not conjure up without.

With a touch of shame, I drew back the curtains in the front room almost expecting a neighbourhood committee standing there tutting at the late hour, but there was no one.

Not a soul.

Not one of the many dog walkers who usually used the road as a cut-through on the way to the park. Not one of the usual joggers, skaters, cyclists or other keep-fit fanatics taking their daily exercise, making me feel like I should be joining them. No one enjoying this sunny day. 

A wave of intuition came over me. I felt the compulsion to switch on the television and in doing so I joined the rest of the world who were already glued to the screen watching the events unfold.

I had been oblivious, wrapped up in my own self, a symptom of my mental state but the world had been busy while I wasn’t looking.

There was an expression on the news announcers face that told far more than her words could. The talks had broken down. Those peace summits that people cling to like the man hanging off a cliff reaching out for a blade of grass. He knows the grass will not save him, yet he reaches out for it anyway, desperate. No one had expected them to work and yet now those expectations had been fulfilled, it was like a hammer blow.

It was the smell of the burnt toast that broke me from my entranced staring at the screen.

I was on the way to the kitchen when it had happened. The blinding flash and the force of air that knocked me flat on my back.

As I came to, I didn’t know what had happened. Not at first. And then I knew.

As my consciousness began to fade, I knew.

This was the day it happened. The button had been pressed.

 

By Kristian Fogarty

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/sunny/

 

Terribly Bad Poetry – Shakespeare’s Legacy

Chelsea Owens has launched her Terrible Poetry Competition, see the link to her post below:

The Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest

This weeks theme is to write a limerick about a poet who takes himself too seriously…

So here goes…

 

Shakespeare was incredibly clever

But he wrote terribly dull poems, however,

And when his day was done,

His poems still live on

Because they’ve been taught in our schools forever.

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50 Word Thursday #5 – The Results!

In collaboration with Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, I am continuing the 50 word Thursday Challenge that was hosted by Deb Whittam of the blog Twenty Four. Deb has decided to call it a day with the challenge and move on to other things.

Teresa and I both thought it such a shame and have agreed to try keeping it going, taking it in turns to play host.

Here is my post from last Thursday:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/50-word-thursday-5/

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Quite a number of people took part and submitted their stories, click on the links below and have a read!

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/a-childs-imagination/

50 Word Thursday — Spring Break

https://www.michele-jones.com/50-word-thursday-5/

50 Word Thursday —Blasphemous

Something Dreadful Must Have Happened.

https://wideeyedwanderingspoonie.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/fifty-word-thursday-5-gone-to-ground/

50 words Thursdays #5

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/50-word-thursday-an-innocent-street/

Thank you to everyone that took part. I even remembered to have a go myself this time.

If you are reading this and want to take part, watch out for the post from The Haunted Wordsmith tomorrow.

Teresa, it’s over to you. 🙂

50 Word Thursday #3 – The Results

In collaboration with Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, I am continuing the 50 word Thursday Challenge that was hosted by Deb Whittam of the blog Twenty Four. Deb has decided to call it a day with the challenge and move on to other things.

Teresa and I both thought it such a shame and have agreed to try keeping it going, taking it in turns to play host.

Here is my post from last Thursday:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/50-word-thursdays-3/

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And here is the phrase to include: ‘Although it was a simple thing to be doing, something strange was happening.’

– Paulo Coelho – The Valkyries.

 

I have to say, there has been a really good turnout this week with some excellent entries.

Fandango was quick of the mark with this entry:

50 Word Thursday — Hauling Boxes

From Michele Jones:

https://www.michele-jones.com/50-word-thursdays-3/

From Walk a Myelin my Shoes:

50 word Thursday: Relapse

From Sadje of Keep it Alive:

50 words Thursdays # 3

Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/keep-moving/

From Tao Talk:

50 word Thursday #3 Plea for Help

From JP The Wide-eyed Wanderer:

https://wideeyedwanderingspoonie.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/the-trap/

From The Story Files:

https://thestoryfiles.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/light-signal-50words/

From John Freda of the Magic Shop:

https://johnfreda.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/quiet-outside50wordthursday-horror-themagicshop/

From NeelWrites:

https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/neelwrites-shortstory-flash-18-01-2019/

 

Thank you all for entering and I hope you enjoyed taking part. Please take a few moments to click on some of the other entries and have a read, spread a few likes around.

I also realised, while collating these responses, that I forgot to write an entry myself! Oh well.

Keep a look out for the next 50 Word Thursday, hosted this week by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith.

Over to you, Teresa. All the best. 🙂

UPDATED – Successors to the DAILY POST – A Wealth of Inspiration.

Since the demise of the daily post there has been an explosion of creativity.

Lots of people are doing their own daily word prompts to help inspire us all.

I wanted to highlight a few of them that are out there.

I don’t see competition, I just see more creative inspiration.

What each of us lack is the scope and outreach of the original daily post, but if we collaborate and link to each other, we spread the word and increase the number of people out there who can there view each others work.

  1. Of course I will have to start with the Collaborative word prompt that I am doing with my fellows, Dee Kelly at Thriving not Surviving, Calmkate at Aroused and Cyranny’s Cove. Collaboratively we cover a wider audience than each of us would alone.  See the link below for more information and inspiration.

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/word-prompt-take-part/

2) My pal Debbie Whittam, does these wonderful 50- word thursday prompts where she gives you a Picture and a phrase and you have to incorporate it into a short story, poem or anecdote. See link for more info:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/50-word-thursday-4-her-little-secret/

3) Another pal, The Haunted Wordsmith hosts a Three Things Challenge on a Daily basis, where she gives you three things to incorporate into a poem or story. They are great fun.

Here is a link to show you all about them:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/three-things-challenge-10th-june-2018/

4) At the same time as Dee and I began our Collaboration another blogger who I follow, Novus Lectio,

https://novuslectio.wordpress.com/

began their own new blog ‘Swimmers’ which also does daily prompts and hopes to also do some of the Community pool stuff as well.

See here for link:

https://swimmersweek.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/author/

5) A fellow blogger, Sheryl is going to start her own Daily Post site from today.

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/hello-fellow-bloggers-who-miss-the-daily-prompt/

6) I discovered another blogger who is hosting a Daily Post, yesterday, called Ragtag.

here is a link to that site too.

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/limerence/

7. Also my pal Laura, hosts a meet and greet post regularly for people to highlight their blogs. She has lots of followers, so it is quite useful. Here is a link. She deletes them after 24 hours though.

Meet & Greet

8. I nearly forgot to mention that over at the Go Dog Go Cafe, they do wonderful promote yourself mondays and pay it forward thursdays. See link:

Promote Yourself Monday- June 11, 2018

9. And my pals at the Floating Thoughts also do great collaborative poems on a regular basis that are really great fun. Please check out this link:

INVITATION #3: Write with Roy & Dee Kay !!!

OK so that is all the Word Prompt’s and Daily post successors that I am currently aware of. If you want to make people aware of them please share this post.

Also if you are hosting something yourself or know of a similar post, please let me know in the comments.

Now for the important bit:

WHAT WE SET OUT TO ACHIEVE INDIVIDUALLY AND ON OUR OWN WILL NEVER HAVE THE SCOPE THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER. 

 

SO SHARE EACH OTHERS ENDEAVOURS AND SPREAD THE WORD.

 

SHARE THE LOVE

Thank you.

UPDATES:

😢 You left out my “FOWC with Fandango’s One-Word Challenge.” But that’s okay, I understand that lots of writing prompts have sprung up to fill the void left when WordPress deep-sixed its own “official” daily one-word prompt.
Anyway, for you and your readers, you can “FOWC with Fandango any time you want.
Hi Kristian
I do Manic Mondays 3 Way prompt.
Each monday, I offer a word, photo and a song. Choose 1, all or any combination. Entries can come in any creative form. The only limit is your imagination. This weeks:
Also Cee Neuner has a comprehensive list of challenges on her blog. See Below.

The Song Thrush and the Sky Lark

The Song Thrush and the Sky Lark

both sing their enticing songs

they neither sing together

nor compete, but both sing strong.

 

Hark to their lifting music

and embrace this to your heart,

Though you may sing your strongest

It’s sweet sounds that stand apart.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 24/April/2018