Sunday short short story: A Glint Of Gold by Morgen Bailey

Posted every Sunday, the following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s shorter short story collection, FLASHES,  available in e-book from Morgen’s online store where you not only get the best price but can either instantly download the collection or purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

A Glint Of Gold

Johal’s heart sank as he looked at the statement on the bank’s ATM screen.

His holiday to Goa had taken more out of both him and his savings than he’d expected.

His next stop was to have been Tesco for a bag of ice but now he decided to go to the pound shop and buy some plastic trays instead.

As he walked home he passed the antique shop and stared at the window.

Few items were priced and he could see why. A glint of gold caught his eye and he grinned as he spotted a familiar item; a small Indian elephant lead by a man in national costume.

As Johal took a mouthful of water, the elephant’s price tag made him cough… if this baby was worth £1,000 what was his adult version at home worth?

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 19 June

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent (who pretties these sheets before they go live) will be posting Word Count Wednesdays so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These posts will still include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. a collage picture of vintage, tea room, 100+ traders over 5000 sq ft and three 1950s women
  2. July 17, Jean Borota with him holding a tennis racket
  3. 4
  4. For Hamish
  5. Merry Christmas, Emma! Love from Claire xx
  6. Snow Factor, Paisley
  7. 100% Design
  8. White hare or rabbit: not universally acknowledged as lucky because of their association with witches, these little creatures will bring you luck if you ask nicely.
  9. Losing someone like Mako means all the other players are going to have to find another three or four per cent.
  10. Public
  11. She/He sniffed for the tenth time…
  12. a hit in our neck of the woods

Word Count Wednesday

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve written approximately 12,300 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night), all in addition to the 3,000(ish) from last week and all for my third Writer’s Block Workbook… which is now finished and with my assistant/editor/cover designer, Caroline. This will be my lucky book number 13 and I’m already on number 14!

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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Sunday short short story: Everything That Doesn’t Remind You Of Him by Morgen Bailey

Posted every Sunday, the following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s shorter short story collection, FLASHES,  available in e-book from Morgen’s online store where you not only get the best price but can either instantly download the collection or purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

Everything That Doesn’t Remind You Of Him

You can’t remember it being this eerie. Brighter in the estate agent’s brochure, but then the house was full of someone else’s belongings, a young couple. New baby. Outgrown their love nest.

Your love nest died with Nick. No breadwinner to pay the bills, you took a part-time job, then full-time but it still wasn’t enough so you’d down-sized when it had become apparent that you’d not cope… coping was the last thing you’d wanted to do, but you did it for Nick, or the memory of him.

He was the one who held it all together, took you in his arms when he saw the tears forming, his large brown eyes melting your heart every time.

It had surprised you when you’d opened the door to the two policemen that you’d not cried then – you didn’t in front of strangers, even at the cinema with a sad movie. This was the strength you’ve been wearing ever since.

Looking around the shell of each room, the piles of boxes with their names in black letter; lounge, kitchen, bedroom, you wonder if this is where you’ll spend the rest of your life, in a little old house surrounded by everything that doesn’t remind you of him.

“If anything should happen,” he’d said, as if he’d known, “move on, meet someone else.” But you’d known him since school and couldn’t imagine anyone else’s arms around you, although you know Ted at work has a soft spot for you.

You put on the kettle and start opening boxes. The kitchen is easy, so you start with that. One cupboard’s already full when the kettle clicks off and you make yourself a cup of tea. You always have, even Nick could never get it how you like it; little tea, little milk, little sugar. Weak on the outside, strong underneath – that’s what he’d said, knowing he meant you.

And now you are, you have to be, and as you look at the next box you take a deep breath and pull open the flaps.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 12th June

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent (who pretties these sheets before they go live) will be posting Word Count Wednesdays so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These posts will still include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. Yes, I can believe teenagers are happy but life at 70 doesn’t look quite so carefree
  2. She/he picked up the receiver…
  3. Aquarius Jan 21-Feb 19: Never backward in coming forward, you may have reason to regret your bluntness.
  4. Fans – this is the type you hold in your hand in order to create a gentle breeze.
  5. Lifestyle
  6. the many who died in 1994
  7. pick of the news
  8. tote bag with a black on white jack o lantern
  9. shaped our world
  10. cartoon of a knife and glass half full of water
  11. Julie Teckman poses the question and of course she knows the answer…
  12. Aivaras Dargis, 25, of St Leonards Road, damaged an electronic security alarm belonging to Superdrug Stores.
  13. Weekly News
  14. the kids are all right

Word Count Wednesday

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve not been doing any fiction writing as such, but have been compiling a third writer’s block workbook and have approximately 3,000 words added to that this past week (last Wednesday to last night).

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

For more information About Me as an Author, Mentor, Speaker and my Fiction, Non-fiction, and you can sign up to my Newsletter.

Sunday short short story: Stage Left, Henry! by Morgen Bailey

Posted every Sunday, the following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s shorter short story collection, FLASHES,  available in e-book from Morgen’s online store where you not only get the best price but can either instantly download the collection or purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

Stage Left, Henry!

“Stage left, Henry!”

“Over here?”

“No, left!”

“Your left or my left?”

“There is only one stage left… like starboard and port.”

“I thought it was port and starboard.”

“Whatever, Henry.”

“Not that I remember which is which of those.”

“It doesn’t matter. Just put the tree ten feet or so to your left.”

“As I face the front or…”

“As you are now. Move… the… tree…”

“I hear you.”

“OK. Now when Romeo comes towards the balcony…”

“Balcony?”

“Yes, Henry… the balcony.”

“But I thought we were setting up for the final scene.”

“Why would we want a tree for the death scene?”

“I did wonder.”

“Then why didn’t you say anything?”

“I don’t know.”

“No, Henry… balcony, foliage, so Romeo can climb…”

“Climb?”

“Do you know this play at all?”

“Of course. It was one of our school projects.”

“Project?”

“To design the set, yes, then photograph it. I still have them somewhere… the photos, not the set… obviously.”

“Obviously. Now, so we’re on the same page…”

“Page? They’ve given you a script?”

“No, Henry. It’s just a saying.”

“What do we need for the death scene?”

“What?”

“You know, the end… when they die.”

“I do know, but why are you asking?”

“I like to be sure. Balcony, foliage, tree… we’ve got those.”

“We have. Alright then… the marble bench, a gun and the poison.”

“And the dagger.”

“Dagger?”

“Doesn’t one of them…”

“You’re thinking of Macbeth.”

“But when Juliet discovers Romeo she thinks he’s dead and…”

“This is am dram, Henry. We’re doing the film version not Will’s.”

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 5 June

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent (who pretties these sheets before they go live) will be posting Word Count Wednesdays so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These posts will still include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. World focus: Japan’s geriatric jailbirds
  2. Riley thought for a second, then…
  3. Gabriel Colezea, 25, of Lea Road, driving without due care and attention; fined £53
  4. a jigsaw piece with the Union Jack flag
  5. What happened when ancestry research changed everything a woman knew about her life…
  6. May 29, Erich Honecker
  7. Cartoon with a man dressed for winter the other side of a bar asking a barman, “Snowploughman’s lunch, please.”
  8. Seashells – these are great magnets for attracting pleasure and happiness.
  9. cartoon with a girl petting a unicorn with a rabbit watching on its hind legs
  10. Celebration time for a year of success

Word Count Wednesday

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been concentrating on current projects again and have written 20,081 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night)! This was all for my latest novel ‘The Serial Dieter’, which is already available for pre-order but comes out this Sunday. My beta readers wanted more so I added more. 🙂 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachel-Cavanagh/e/B088GQN9NN

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

For more information About Me as an Author, Mentor, Speaker and my Fiction, Non-fiction, and you can sign up to my Newsletter.