Sunday short short story: The Picture On The Mantelpiece by MorgEn Bailey

Posted every Sunday, the following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s larger short story collection (250 stories), Fifty 5pm Fictions Collection, available in eBook and paperback from Amazon  and Morgen’s online store where you can not only instantly download the collection but also purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

The Picture On The Mantelpiece

You slump in your chair as your son plays with the dog. It’s been a bad day but you try not to let it show. You’ve had weeks of bad days and it’s getting to you. Jasper squeals as he pulls Bertie’s tail and it’s all you can do to bite your tongue. Jasper watches you leave your chair and head for the dining room. Bertie follows you, glad of a distraction and hopeful that there might be something in it for him, although he knows his treats are kept in the kitchen.

You pour yourself a large scotch, they’re getting larger as the week goes on. It’s only Wednesday and at this rate you’ll forgo the glass. Emily would have said you have a problem but you’re grateful that’s she’s no longer around. She always had something to say, and sometimes you couldn’t shut her up. But you found a way eventually.

Your head hurts. You take another swig of Glenfiddich which soothes the back of your throat. You switch off the TV and Jasper moans. “Off to bed now,” you say and he trundles upstairs with Bertie following, leaving you staring at the picture on the mantelpiece.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 20th March

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. picture of 31-year-old Halim, salesperson, London with a description of a hangover he had.
  2. Crime: satellite tags will monitor criminals
  3. picture of a cartoon radio with arms and legs
  4. How did the once-raucous Brits become so bland?
  5. Cech craves one more piece of silver to cap glorious career
  6. Story prompt: The towel felt damp…
  7. No-sleep concealers
  8. GP wants to go mainstream… but
  9. small group tours
  10. Picture of the orient at Robin Hill, Isle of Wight

Word Count Wednesday

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

I’ve been doing my daily 300+ words, mostly on flash fiction, but also on longer works in progress and have written 3,274 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night). They were all flash fictions this week as I usually need chunks of time to work on novels but I’m hoping to get more done in the next few days.

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: Most People by MorgEn Bailey

Posted every Sunday, the following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s larger short story collection (250 stories), Fifty 5pm Fictions Collection, available in eBook and paperback from Amazon  and Morgen’s online store where you can not only instantly download the collection but also purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

Most People

“It’s their legs I don’t like.”

“Sorry?”

“Spiders.”

“What? Where?”

“Nowhere. I’m just saying.”

“Why are you just saying?”

“Just occurred to me, that that’s what I don’t like about spiders.”

“Don’t think many people do like them.”

“Some do.”

“Who?”

“I dunno. David Bellamy, David Attenborough, other Davids, I suppose.”

“Which is why you don’t like them.”

“Because of their legs.”

“No, because your name isn’t David.”

“Now you’re just being silly.”

“You started it.”

“It just seems a funny thing to say.”

“That I don’t like spiders.”

“It’s just a little odd, that’s all.”

“But you said most people…”

“I know but most people don’t work in a reptile house, do they?”

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 13th March

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. picture of a cottage with 10: Night Shelter – What is it really like?
  2. People will go to Mars in the next 20 years, definitely. And I could see them living there for longish periods.
  3. A rough sketch of a conical shell.
  4. Ride
  5. Move – express workout
  6. I will leave nothing to chance and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark
  7. Hit refresh
  8. United States: ‘How I killed a mountain lion’.
  9. 2 free gifts
  10. Finding a snack that tastes delicious but is actually healthy too can feel like a job in itself.
  11. Science: DNA testing for dogs grows in popularity
  12. November 10, Carmen McRae
  13. Brazil: Dia dos namorados (lovers day) falls on 12 June.
  14. 350 years of a Dutch master (picture of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) and Rembrandt paintings
  15. Rice turns back

BeaconLit Third Year 500-word comp Round 6 – Feb 2020 winners announced

Drum roll please… BeaconLit’s February winners are… (my 100-word comp results will be announced within the next twenty-four hours)

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BeaconLit Third Year 500-word comp Round 6 – February 2020 winners announced

We are delighted to announce the top three stories from February’s entries are (in alphabetical order):

  • Fourteen Again
  • In Detention Again
  • Take On Me

The theme for February was ‘fourteen again’. The three top stories will now go through to the final judging and the top ten prize-winning authors (not necessarily the same as the top ten stories as no author can win more than one prize) will be announced at the 2020 BeaconLit literary festival on Saturday 11th July. As with most months, there were more than three stories that could have made the top three but those that did were either closer to the theme or stronger (provoked more of a reaction after reading) so don’t be disheartened if yours hasn’t been mentioned.

If your story for this month isn’t listed in the above three, you are…

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