SADM 2017 – Day 12 (and 100-word comp results note)

Having failed miserably (too much client editing so not complaining) to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year but wanting to do more writing, I decided within ten seconds of receiving the first of thirty-one emails from Brit Julie (who lives in America but times her emails for us here in Blighty) to do Story A Day May this year. I’d done my first back in 2011 then again in 2012 and finally in 2013, with almost a year’s worth of ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ Collections in between.

Unlike all the other stories I’ve mentioned, I’m not going to post them on this blog, sorry about that because I need a stock of short stories to submit to competitions or magazines. The pressure’s then off for me to do one a day, on the day, although I’ll try.

I will let you know how I’m getting on though, and I’ll be posting the prompts, so hope you’ll forgive me but if you want to send me the stories you write (no payment, sorry!), then feel free!

So here we are on Day 12 and if you’d like to join in, today’s prompt is:

You can find the original details at http://storyaday.org/20170512-elise, along with tips on today’s prompt.

How I’m getting on…

Erm. I started day one but nothing thereafter as I’m doing client (paying) work during the week. I was hoping to catch up this past weekend but I was at a bookshop launch all day Saturday then client editing Sunday as having a day off’ (at my mum’s) on Monday and am swamped for the rest of the week. I did however write the plots for the first five stories last night (writing friends and I meet at our local Starbucks – yummy chai latté – every Tuesday night for a two-hour write-in). I’m hoping to catch up with the plots this weekend then have written at least some of the stories by the end of the month, with the idea of spacing out my client editing better from now on, although being self employed, I never say “no” to paying work. Do let me know how you get on though.

Finally, the results of April’s 100-word competition were due to be announced today but I’ve been so swamped with client editing that I’ve not done the judging yet. I’m hoping to get them online tomorrow or Sunday, latest.

5a.m. Flash 231212 – Free short story/poetry eBook by William Bortz 23-29 December

THESE TIES COVERWilliam’s eBook ‘These Ties’ is free from 23rd to 29th December inclusive.

‘These Ties’ is a book of short stories and poems by William Bortz, a 20-year-old first-time author from the Midwest. ‘These Ties’ was inspired by his travels, the people involved, and the discovery of real love. Below is an example of William’s poetry…

…We find that this earth,
continuously turns.
And the fires that power it,
continuously burn.
The sounds that we hear,
are nothing to fear.
But the creation of us,
and everything that we love.
We find that we are all a part,
of the same beating heart.
And right where we end up,
is right where we start.

WillWilliam Bortz had an upbringing different than most folks, but he never skipped a step trying to figure out what he wanted from life. Using his past as a tool to carve the future, he lets his heart see for him. William loves to write about his adventures, including the special people he meets along the way and their everlasting impression left on him. Using a smooth almost lyrical flow for his writings, he will tell you stories that will stick with you forever.

William’s website is http://afreshnewview.blogspot.com and his eBook is available free from the 23rd to 29th December from http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/these-ties-william-bortz/1108568695?ean=2940033171491&itm=1&usri=these+ties (short link: http://bit.ly/T1cBO7).

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As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words (and post stories of up to 3,000 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 posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

5am Flash: Indie Author Books – Poetry

Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here. What I’m after is your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Fiction – poetry

Click here for Fiction – children’s / Y.A.

Click here for Fiction – novels & novellas

Click here for Fiction – script

Click here for Fiction – short stories (includes flash fiction)

Click here for Non-fiction

So what I’m after is your name (listed above alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My books and free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page. Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. Kindle Fiction recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

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You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books (including my debut novel!) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.

For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and 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 posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

Post-weekend Poetry 028: Droplet by Kimberly Gray

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-eighth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet, prose and article writer Kimberly Gray.

droplet
and so,

she refused to ponder
why she was dry
when water poured from the sky
and lizards scattered for cover
she could not be penetrated
not even by nature
and so she walked with her cane
both hips out of joint
while smoking a menthol
never a worry to be different
bruised ankles and a slippery umbrella handle
kept her mind working
read into that all that you will
she minds not of your opinion
one single droplet
found on pavement
had her mesmerized
wanting to squish it
but could not bend forward
or tumble she would
ugly she truly was
to the degree of scary
side note of an information tidbit
huffed then and proceeded to limp
the garden was wet but still not she
cactus were buried amongst the arrangement
all rooted for future growth
yet many dead, pedals brown
when all should be sketched
charcoal stones dirty from bugs
earths dirt seemingly the cleanest element
must rectify these dead beings
able and ready having not able to get wet
not work but an act of bravery
hips screaming she still persevered
finishing her sculpture of nature by early afternoon
she moved forward to strut her journey
head facing down
no sign of happiness even when she tried
she bitched and moaned
how hard done by was she
not liked by a soul
she loved no one
adored herself
spoke rudely to agitate
yelled at younglings
kicked stray cats
with the power to know
just how to disappear
timing was critical all the time
allow her the space
she will steal it all
listened to everything
so ammunition was ripe
tasted her bad breath with delight
hairy chin as the elderly sport
careless of appearance to delight
seeking refuge in her plastic bags
the cart that stored them was faulty
one wheel flat, another wobbly
held exactly what she needed in life
her skin was plastic
made of colors
torn and stretched
to encase her life
protect her assets
coffin her rubbish
maybe she tasted bitter
maybe not
but onlookers swear she took her shots
hot to rumble anyone
like fried eggs, her center was soft
she led on to new passengers
smoked a pack a day
with black tea stained teeth to prove it
she smiled often to gross someone out
snickered at their reaction
her cart was having a trial
mechanic she was perfection
the cart would soon skateboard again
determined at any thought she lived
every now and again she could be spotted
gluing her shoes to keep her soul
who judge her, how long did she live
those types are delicately snobby
still the water dropped from the sky
yet not touching her one drop
maybe magic held this old woman
maybe fluke attacks to her being
pages of coupons lying to herself
where there is no money one must pretend
seeking refuge in handouts that begged
sought-after compassion to spite her demeanour
kill them she thought at 1st and offering
one that would save her for the next hour
giraffes slowly walk by this rainy day
birds were hiding in towering trees
worms were not afraid

it was them that had to be eaten
to survive the war on water
she left her life a while ago

now just functioning as she must
proud of her anger she moved forward
ate her worms and fixed her cart
in her matrix she was immortal
meeting for nothing
despising the people
even animals large and small
make no apologies
and found herself thirsty
raised her face towards the sky
opened her mouth
it took more than 1 droplet
refreshed she smiled blackening teeth
and turned to stare at a stranger

Wow. Thank you, Kimberly.

Kimberly possesses such a strong desire to reach people.  To reach them in a capacity people will trust she is sincere.  That brought on the donation of time she spends donating much of her writing to charity and the time consuming column of dear addict.

Quite insecure about the quality of her work, she finds it is improving so much over the years the awards were well deserved.

It is not easy for her and at times, mental illness can take over and not allow her to write.  She always says it is the mental illness that gifts her with the imagination to be able to write.

She certainly is determined and has much fun working hard, regardless of the task.

Still loving being the best pillow fighter, holding the best title for champion, 3 years running now.

Being very active online, you can find her at Sunnie Day’s feature, Kimberlyslyrics, Smashwords, Prey, Dear addict, lyricsingray, Hubbie, Top 200, 800 days 1st feature, 2nd feature, one of four blogs, SligoBay and bbnix.

She says “I have been very fortunate to have many blogs and articles written so kindly about me, those are a few. I can also be reached via email: lyrics@rogers.com.” Kimberley will be my 470th interviewee on 23rd August. 🙂

If you’d like to submit your poem (ideally 40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with humorous romance author Barbara Schnell – the four hundred and nineteenth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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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 weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, 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.