Random prompts sheet – Sat 25th Jan

Hello. Here are your prompts for today. They now 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. hendiadys: the expression of an idea and by the use of usually two independent words connected by and as nice and warm. The hendiadys ‘good and loud’ appears in many reviews of the concert.
  2. Wednesday 29th January 2014
  3. We follow the fortunes of time you are small a 40 year old back on the singles scene as she embarks on two weeks of dates. Day 10. Picture of a woman with long fair hair smiling broadly with lovely teeth and dark lipstick.
  4. escape
  5. No Jamie
  6. Picture of a foil-wrapped milk chocolate rabbit with price from 79p.
  7. bionic
  8. Beat the kettle?(Answer this in the time it takes to make a cup of tea) When asked how old she was, Susie replied, into years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago. How old is she? (scroll down for the answer)….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 + 2 = 10, five years ago she was five.

They Never Do – short fiction by MorgEn Bailey

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…

They Never Do

It wasn’t as if she’d done anything wrong. She’d followed the recipe word-for-word but her effort looked nothing like Pauletta’s.

“They never do, Merys,” Tom said as he walked past, as if reading her mind.

She stared at him as he disappeared into the lounge, then heard the click of the standby and the football burst into life.

“They never do,” she repeated inside her head, unsure whether to take it as a compliment.

Having tipped the contents of the dish into the composting bin, she measured out more ingredients and started again from the top of the page.

Whisking to the second, beating in the correct directions: left twenty times, the right for the same number. She’d thought Pauletta was supposed to make it simple but try as she might, version number two turned out just as badly.

Grabbing the dish in both hands she tapped the bin’s pedal with her slippered right foot and was about to tip the ingredients in after its predecessor when she stopped, and let go of the pedal which made the lid drop with a resounding clunk.

“Shh,” Tom yelled from the other room but Merys was on a mission.

Putting the dish back on the counter, she picked up ‘Pauletta’s Parisian Puddings’ and, foot back on pedal, grinned as the book tipped into the bin, sending up a cloud of flour from the cavernous gloom.

Letting go the pedal with a secondary thud, which produced loud tutting from the lounge, Merys walked to her bookshelf, removed another book and said, “Welcome home, Jamie, welcome home.”

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Random prompts sheet – Fri 24th Jan

Hello. Here are your prompts for today. I’m delighted to say that, going forward, the random prompts will 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. The dog that got us out of a pickle
  2. The youth of today
  3. Teen moves the nation with his sweet song about sick nan
  4. Is Howe the boss to buck trend?
  5. Get the gist of why crown courts will be allowing cameras in. A. Crown courts in England and Wales are set to allow TV cameras to film legal proceedings for the first time. B. The Ministry of Justice’s pilot scheme will be tested at eight courts across the country, including London’s Old Bailey and Southwark Crown Court, which have hosted some of the nation’s most high-profile trials.
  6. Three flights to reach village. It has been voted the most beautiful village in Norway. But picturesque Reine is so remote it takes three flights to get there and the stunning views of snowcapped mountains and crystal clear fjords are rarely enjoyed by anybody other than the village’s 310 residents.
  7. scintillate: A. To emit sparks: spark. B. To emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks: sparkle. C. to throw off as a spark or as sparkling flashes. The critics praised David’s performance in the play, declaring that he took a rather mundane script and make it scintillate with wit and excitement.
  8. Friday 31 January 2014.
  9. Ton-up Rene’s biker dreams come true. (Picture of an elderly woman riding pillion on a motorbike with a man about half her age.) A woman of 100 fulfils a childhood dream when she went for a spin on a motorbike. Now Rene Underwood, of Winchester, says she would like to do it again.

Playing Safe – short fiction by MorgEn Bailey

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…

Playing Safe

As the board flashed ‘Go to Gate 17’, Alfie turned round and peered out the expanse of glass – bullet-proof glass after the events of the previous Christmas. Or was it New Year, he couldn’t remember. He remembered there being snow on the ground and taking his aunt to hospital when she’d slipped and broken her arm.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” she’d said to him when he’d told her of the offer; a year’s contract leading to permanent.

Turning back to the flashing board, he picked up his holdall. He’d already checked it was regulation size but now half-hoped that he’d be stopped, that someone would tell him he’d made a mistake and his luggage would be found and taken off the plane.

He didn’t really care if it wasn’t found, it was only shirts and trousers. The things that mattered to him were in his holdall; photographs, rings… his and hers. His – he couldn’t bear to wear, and hers – removed at the hospital and put in a plastic bag, along with the bracelet he’d bought her for their tenth anniversary.

He knew it was now or never. His aunt would say, “now”, his wife, Carrie, would have agreed. He’d always been the one to play safe; suggest Europe when she’d wanted exotic. So they alternated Spain one year, Egypt the next.

Exotic was waiting for him now and as the board read ‘Final call’, he and his holdall headed for Gate 17.

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Random prompts sheet – Thu 23rd Jan

Hello. Here are your prompts for today. I’m delighted to say that, going forward, the random prompts will 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. Society: Times table: more than 3/4s (78%) of Britains do not sit down to a meal at the table daily, with many people option to eat their dinner on the sofa instead. The average dining table as a “lifetime” of 10 years. Despite not eating all our meals at it, it still appears to be the heart of the home. (then a list of uses).
  2. I’m 10 miles high. I’m the proudest man on the planet. I’m living in a fair tale. Jack after marrying Toni.
  3. Be hasty.
  4. Did you know? A ‘kangaroo court’ has never been a court by or for kangaroos, but beyond that, little is known for sure about the term’s origins. Various theories are bound. It has been suggested that kangaroo courts got their name because they were initially marked by rapid and unpredictable movement on one place to another, or that they were in some way associated with jumping (i.e.illegally occupying) mining claims. These hypotheses are all unsubstantiated however. What is known is that the first kangaroo courts originated in the United States at approximately the time of the 1849 California Gold Rush, and the word saw its earliest use in the south-western US. It first turned up in print in 1853 in a book about Texas.
  5. he begged for spare change.
  6. picture of five 20s/30s women around a table, with bread, cheese and wine, all but one are holding wine glasses, only one of those with red wine, the rest with white.
  7. Yobs stab mum after call for quiet: a mum was stabbed in the chest by yobs after she told them to be quiet because they were waking her baby. Donna Cross, 33, of Chatham, Kent, lost 2 1/2 pints of blood after the blade narrowly missed her heart. A 19-year-old man was arrested but has been released without charge.

Exotic Spice – short fiction by MorgEn Bailey

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…

Exotic Spice

Leona had thought it would be funny to visit a fancy dress shop in her lunch break, hire something to spice up what had become a rather mundane love life with Neville. Even his name bored her and she’d begun to wonder whether it was worth the effort, whether she’d be better off telling him it was over then escaping to the sun, when she’d remembered the shop and its colourful window.

As she closed the front door to the solicitors, she headed to the small shop at the end of the high street. She’d only walked past the newsagents and bakers when she stopped at the travel agent’s window.

There it was: six-inch-high letters, ISRAEL, next to a picture of an exotic beach and sun loungers with not a soul in sight, somewhere she could pick and choose her place, like selecting a desert from a menu card.

But life wasn’t that simple – she’d always ended up with the sunbed that squeaked or threatened to fold at any given moment.

As she looked at the Mediterranean scene she pictured herself being pampered by a tall, tanned waiter and comparing him to Neville, she burst out laughing.

But that’s what she loved about him… he made her laugh and yes, she was sure she still loved him.

So she kept walking, picked out a nurse’s outfit, and walked back to work wearing a silly grin while imagining wearing the uniform.

She wasn’t to know as she selected the next tape and legal file, that Neville had been a sick child and that when he would come home that evening, see her bending over the dining room table in the shortest skirt she’d ever worn, that he’d start screaming.

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Random prompts sheet – Wed 22nd Jan

Hello. Here are your prompts for today. I’m delighted to say that, going forward, the random prompts will 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. The one-liner laugh: That awkward moment when you leave a store without buying anything and all you can think is “act natural, you’re innocent.”
  2. Picture of Acting Deputy Commissioner Cressida Dick.
  3. No.4 Winchester named as Britain’s top des res. Never mind the delights of Devon or the ultra-expensive hot spots of London, a poll has revealed the historic city of Winchester in Hampshire as the best place to live in Britain.
  4. Routine eye test saves woman’s life… after it revealed fluid on her brain. Elizabeth Coxon-Pinney, 43, of Hilton, Derbyshire, had an op within hours. She  said, “I’m so thankful.”
  5. Not talking with you mouth full: 66%.
  6. Let’s get started… it’s Monday.
  7. Gridiron: modern gridirons are likely to be covered by football players, but the original gridirons were apt to be covered with meat or fish; they were metal gratings used for broiling food over a fire.
  8. Big Issue seller marries
  9. get involved