50 Word Thursday #69

It’s time again for that brilliant creative writing challenge, the 50 Word Thursday challenge.

I am taking it in turns to host this challenge with Deb Whittam of the blog Twenty Four. Click on the link below to see her post about the results of last weeks challenge:

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/50-word-thursday-68-the-results/

So, now to this weeks challenge:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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And the Words: “OK,” I said. “Let’s go meet your chief.” It was the first time I’d spoken since ordering breakfast. – Killing Floor by Lee Child.

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

 

50 Word Thursday #55

It’s time again for that brilliant creative writing challenge, the 50 Word Thursday challenge.

I am taking it in turns to host this challenge with Deb Whittam of the blog Twenty Four. Click on the link below to see her post about the results of last weeks challenge:

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/50-word-thursday-54-the-results/

And a big thank you to Deb for keeping the Thursday challenges going over the last few weeks while I have not been organised.

So, now to this weeks challenge:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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“… after that, he had to make his way all down the parade to the West Pier” – Brighton Rock, Graham Greene.

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

50 Word Thursday Challenge #31

Good morning and welcome,  it’s time once again for the 50 word Thursday Challenge.

I know you have been looking forward to this all week. I hope you enjoy this challenge.

I am hosting the challenge again this week, Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith hosted it last week. If you’d like to read some of the excellent short stories from last week’s challenge please click on the link below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/recap-50-word-thursday-30/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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and here are the words:

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

 

A post about mental wellbeing.

I’d like to draw your attention to this post that I have written. It was posted on the Best Life Collaborative site. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Does writing in your leisure time help to improve your mental health?

Does it bring you more than just enjoyment?

 

https://accessibleaba.com/bestlifecollaborative/writing-my-way-out-how-writing-has-helped-me-deal-with-my-mental-health-issues/

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FOWC with Fandango — Post

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/your-daily-word-prompt-leisure-march-26-2019/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/enjoyment/

 

ELEVEN MONTHS

Eleven months ago to this very day I started out on a journey.

I have always enjoyed writing but had never shared my writing with anyone in particular. I wasn’t ashamed of it, I just never believed anyone would be interested.

I have never been particularly into modern technology. I don’t walk around glued to my mobile phone. It doesn’t even connect to the internet!

If someone had told me a year ago that I was going to embark on this amazing voyage of discovery and construct my own blog, I would have laughed in their face.

If someone had told me that I would manufacture a blog and then still be going after eleven months, I would have thought they were insane.

This can’t really be happening? This can’t be me?

It is a revelation.

I have created 1,240 posts (this will be 1241!)

Written 369,840 words.

Received 23,246 Likes.

and gained 711 followers.

I can’t believe it! I can’t believe that I have done this.

I wish to thank everyone who has read one of my posts and liked it for giving me the confidence and encouragement to keep me blogging.

Thank you to every one of my followers. I hope you still enjoy what I write and continue to do so.

Going forward, are there any requests for a story you would like me to write? Please leave suggestions in the comment.

Have a nice day. 🙂

 

Cheers

Cheers!

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/revelation/

FOWC with Fandango — Construct

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/rdp-thursday-manufacture/

 

 

 

 

Twittering Tales – Mountain Block – A tale in 280 characters.

Photo by Pexels at Pixabay.com

They say a book starts with one word. Just as a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. However nice the words they don’t make it so.

He stared at the nearly blank page. On this journey, there was a mountain blocking his path. He prayed for inspiration. Then it came.

[277 characters]

 

This story was written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales Challenge:

Twittering Tales #122 – 5 February 2019 – It starts with one word…

 

A Touch of Writer’s Block – A poem

 

 

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I feel I’ve hit a solid wall,

the inspiration will not come

The more I sit here and stall,

the greater I become more numb.

 

I need to stop and drink,

copious amounts of tea,

then immerse myself and think,

about where I want to be.

 

Have I lost my creativity,

To instigate and plot a story?

Or will I regain my proclivity,

to Imagine and end this purgatory?

 

This writers block has been extreme.

I pray this is just an awful dream.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 23/January/2019

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/instigate/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/rdp-wednesday-immerse/

FOWC with Fandango — Copious

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/your-daily-word-prompt-extreme-january-23-2019/

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

A belated post – The Writers Tag

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Last week, I was tagged by Darnell Cureton of the Fictionist blog. Check out the post below:

It’s a great post and I am thrilled that he tagged me along with so many other great bloggers that I admire. 

THE RULES

  • Post the Tag and Image (see above) on your blog.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and give a link back to their blog.
  • Mention the creators of the tag and link back to their blogs.
  • Answer the 12 questions.
  • Nominate 6+ bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs. (Optional!)

The Writers Tag was created by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen for writers to connect with each other and help expand our writing community. To participate, we answer 12 tag questions and are encouraged to tag other writers. So, here we go:

THE QUESTIONS

  1. Name one novel which inspired me to write. I love Fantasy fiction, if it’s got magic in it, I love it. A series I read and loved as a teenager was called The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. The first book is called The Eye of the World. This inspired me because I loved the world he created but also his descriptions were way too detailed. I wanted to write with the same imagination but with a better balance between description and story. 
  2. What’s your favourite genre to read and write? As I said, Fantasy is my favourite genre to read, but I find that I write in a far wider range of genres and styles than I ever expected I would have. I have written crime/murder mystery stories and full-on horror. I have done light-hearted stories and also historical dramas. I have loved the challenge of trying out different types of stories. 
  3. Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series? I’ve done both. Sometimes I start out doing a stand-alone but the character or story compels me to write more. Or one of my blogging pals (like Britchy) then badgers me to write some more. Which is lovely. 
  4. Use three words to describe yourself: Imaginative and Enthusiastic are two words that I think describe me. A word that may describe my writing voice is Nostalgic. There is definitely a tendency towards the past with my tales. 
  5. Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your main character or setting. I haven’t resigned myself to a single setting or character. I have a few characters that I have used more than once. Stephen Layne, an aspiring but hopeless actor. Miss Huntley, a stern yet kind old fashioned headmistress of a girls school and Lady Audrey Patterson, a lady who is obsessed with Agatha Christie and sets out to solve mysteries of her own. 
  6. How long did your first manuscript take to draft? I write very quickly. I tend to turn out a short story in an hour, but longer works take, well, longer. I have a very short attention span though, so short stories are working very well for me. 
  7. Who is your author idol? Agatha Christie is an author I admire so much. I’ve written a couple of murder mysteries and that gave me an even greater appreciation for what she did. They are so hard to write and she was a genius (and I am not). 
  8. Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on. Every day I receive encouraging and positive comments from my blogging pals that keep me going. I couldn’t ask for a better community of bloggers. Thank you, everyone who has ever left me a comment. 🙂 
  9. Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself. I am a very, very slow reader. It takes me ages to read something. I normally absorb a great deal of what I have read, but I just can’t seem to scan read. I actually write a good deal faster than I read.
  10. Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it. The hardest part for me was having the confidence to share what I have written with others. I have exercise books containing stories that I wrote as a child and I have been writing for years, but I only started sharing my stuff with others in January, as part of a creative writing course and then in March when I started my blog. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to go on a writing course and start a blog. They have changed my life. 
  11. What’s your favourite social media and why? Share your link. I do have a facebook account, but this is more of a personal thing. WordPress is the only place I really write and share my work. 
  12. Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less.  Find your passion: Keep going it. 

My Nominees:

I reiterate, there is no obligation to do this, but if you want to have a go, then please do.

Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/queen-of-questions-dec-6/

Kira of Kira’s Sunday Scribbles

https://kirascribbled.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/mary-has-news-flash-fiction/

Keith Channing of Keith Kreates

https://keithchanning.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/gti-2-5/

Kristian of Life Lessons around the Dinner Table

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/many-layers/

Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove

Parikhit of Weeping Pines

https://duttaparikhit.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/the-park-bench/

All the best 🙂 

Multiple Word Prompt Story – Driftwood Dry

This story was inspired by the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/taint/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/rdp-friday-friday/

FOWC with Fandango — Dry

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/daily-writing-challenge-nov-2/

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Friday dawned but he couldn’t get that taste out of his mouth. The taint left by one of the most unpleasant weeks he’d had in a long time.

He started the week with a Father, a Partner and a job. One by one they’d all gone.

He felt like a dark cloud had entered his life. He felt his life ebb away through his fingers like a slowly dying river during a dry spell.

Dry was the word, he felt as dry as driftwood.

So, his father had been ill for months and the prognosis had been clear, but there is always that little spark of hope in the back of your mind that thinks maybe he’ll defy the odds. Maybe he’ll get better.

He hadn’t really been that close to his dad growing up. His mum was one of those larger than life characters who held the family together by force of personality and with her aura of love. His Dad was just there, in the background. When his Mum died suddenly though, he had become close to his Dad. They had both lost their rock.

Then they went back to their separate lives. His Dad started going to Bingo and He’d met his partner and they’d set up a house together.

Then the magazine he wrote for acquired a new owner. A new owner with a new agenda. The articles he wrote were not compatible with this new agenda and more and more he found that his articles were not being included in the final draft. It was only a matter of time before they laid him off. Why pay for a writer whose work isn’t getting published?

It couldn’t have fallen at a worse time. His Father died in hospital on Tuesday and on Wednesday his partner decided to move out. OK so they hadn’t been spending much time together lately, so he wasn’t interested in sex anymore. With everything going on, he had trouble being interested in anything at all. So, Steve moved out Wednesday, he’d found someone who appreciated him better.

Then Thursday he was called into the boss’s office and sacked. Technically he was freelance, so they just decided not to renew the contract, but he had focussed on this job and hadn’t submitted any writing to any other journal for months. His income was bound up in this one role, and he’d lost it.

As he took a sip from his Cappuccino he choked, the whipped cream had gone off. He threw it away and made himself a cup of instant then he stared at the blank computer screen. His fingers poised over the keys but failed to move.

Completely dry; he couldn’t think of anything to type. His head was full of fluff.

His mobile began to ring across the room. The sounds of Pharrell Williams song Happy rang out rubbing salt into his wounds. His instinct was to ignore it. It could be Steve asking to come around and get more of his stuff. He could do without that. Let him wait for a bit. Then it rang again so he picked up the phone. It was his Agent ringing.

“Hey, Jack, how’s things?” His literary agent always sounded upbeat and full of life even when he was turning down draft after draft of the novel he had been trying to get published for years.

“Oh, Hi Keith. I’m not in a great place at the moment” Jack responded.

“Great, Great, listen, I have some good news for you”

Keith wasn’t the kind of person who actually listened to what someone said, his own thoughts were more important.

“What Keith?” The brusque response had no effect.

“Your book, I told you that final draft was brilliant,”

Jack couldn’t let this statement go without challenging it, “You said it was even worse than the last draft I’d sent you. You said you would see if any publishers would be interested but you didn’t hold out much hope.”

“Well, it grew on me and, my friend, what’s more important, the publishers want to see you first thing Monday morning. They love it! I hope you are up for writing the sequel because they are prepared to pay big money for it.”

Jack could barely contain himself enough to write down the details of when and where to meet.

“See you Monday,” he said.

Then, feeling a renewed sense of energy, he began typing chapter one of his new book.

The End

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 02/November/2018

Multiple Word Prompt Story – An Appreciation of Candour and Eloquence

This story was inspired by the following word prompts:

Word of the Day: Candour.

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/candor/

https://fivedotoh.com/2018/07/30/fowc-with-fandango-comfortable/#comment-17980

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/your-daily-word-prompt-eloquence-july-30th-2018/

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/three-things-challenge-30-july-2018/

Today’s things are: buzz, July, load

An Appreciation of Candour and Eloquence

It was a hot July day and the air sizzled with the heat. The grass had lost any trace of green, it was dry and straw like and gave off a dry dusty aroma of the cornfields. I opened the garage door and drove my old car out onto the driveway. I wished once again that I’d had the air-conditioning fixed but money had been tight and I had no idea the summer was going to be so unbearably hot for so long. Usually we had a handful of hot days in July and August, but never longer than a week’s worth at a time. Usually a rainy day came along or a cold spell, but not this time. It had been in the low thirties since May and the forecast did not show any sign of cooling down. At least the car was a bit cooler for having been kept in the garage rather than out in the street. No one used their garages for cars anymore, they either used them for storage or else converted them into more living space. With all the hooligans around who loved walking down the street and pulling off windscreen wipers or scratching the paintwork, I was glad to keep my car locked away at night.

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