Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-seventh in this daily series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered http://StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a dialogue from the prompt of ‘thistle’, so here is my 222-worder.
“Yes, young man. I’m after a thistle, the bigger the better.”
“I’m sorry we don’t-”
“Then I want something with thorns. Roses.”
“Certainly madam, we have a wide range of-”
“No, she’s Scottish. She’d get the joke more with thistles.”
“No. It’s got to be thistle… oh alright, anything else Scottish?”
“I’m sorry, madam. I’m not really up on my Scottish varieties but I could get you Tommy. He’s from Scotland, he might know.”
“No, it’s fine. I’ll just have a wander and see what you’ve got.”
“Excuse me, young man.”
“Hello again, madam. Did you find something to your liking?”
“No. Your haberdashery department is rubbish.”
“Haber…? I’m sorry. I thought you were looking for a plant.”
“I am. Thistle. You have roses, like you said, and heather, but they’re only sew on. I don’t have time for sewing. The dance is tonight.”
“Line dancing. Every other Thursday night, and it was lovely before Aileen joined, and now she’s hogging all the men. It’s not fair.”
“I don’t quite understand why you want-”
“The blouse she was wearing, had lovely tulips on it.”
“Then I have just the thing for you, madam.”
“Right by the tills. Never sure why it’s there but there it is. A cactus transfer. £1.99. Iron on. Job done.”
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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.