On the Run

This is for Emily’s Sunday Scrawl #1 photo prompt over at A Writer’s Beginning.  And, I think it might be the start of a serial, but we’ll see.


It wasn’t far to go.  And yet it was too far to get to.  The weather made it harder, of course.  It had begun to snow heavily some time in the night.

I sighed with frustration, and my breath frosted in the air before me. Even inside the shelter it was freezing.  But there was nothing for it; I would have to do my best because this was the only chance I had.

I screwed up the message outlining the where and when, and thanked my lucky stars that someone was willing to help me get out of the city.  Then, as quickly as I could, I packed up my meagre belongings and was on my way.

I crossed the settlement, and exited through a secret door in the town’s walls as per my instructions. On the other side was the forest.

I moved cautiously around the trees, careful to avoid any rabbit holes or sticking up roots that had been concealed by the snow.  If I fell and twisted my ankle or broke my leg, well…that didn’t bear thinking about.

The going was slow.  I tried to pick up the pace, conscious of the distance I had to go and the short time in which to do it.  Panic and fear was never far away.

But then, through the leafless trees I glimpsed the railway line.  I sighed with relief, though it was short-lived as the forest echoed with the sound of the approaching locomotive.

If I didn’t make the tunnel, I would miss the train.  And if I didn’t make the train, I was as good as dead.

I broke out into a run, oblivious to all obstacles in my path.  I had to make it.  I had to.

But the question was, even if I managed to get on the train, was it fast enough to out run my past?

Weekend Writing Prompt #11 – Guardian

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Guardian

Photo Prompt

This cute little fella is a grotesque, found on St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury. To be a gargoyle, he would need to have a waterspout coming out of his mouth.

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a fairy tale in 150 words or less that has a guardian-type figure / creature in it.

Poetry Challenge – Write a limerick inspired by a grotesque. [To learn more about grotesques, check out this post I wrote back in June 2014]

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

As long as it rained, she would dance

This is my first attempt at Sonya’s Three Line Tales writing prompt, over at Only 100 wordsWeek 76’s prompt can be found here.


photo by Sam Burriss via Unsplash

She danced in the rain because she could; because it didn’t matter any more; because it was the only thing she had to hold on to.

At least outside, turning and twirling through the downpour, she felt younger, as if the clock had turned back to a time when her husband was still here and she was still happy…to a time where fear, loneliness and sadness had yet to tear her world apart.

And, if she closed her eyes and listened carefully, she could hear his laugh, feel his hands on her waist as they danced, his kiss on her lips…as long as it rained, she would dance, and she hoped it would rain forever.

Weekend Writing Prompt #10 – Mimic

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Mimic

Photo Prompt

 

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story in no more than 50 words inspired by clouds.  Bonus points for those who manage to get the word “mimic” in there too 🙂

Poetry Challenge – Write a five line poem where the first letter of each line spells out “mimic” when read from top to bottom.  The theme of the poem should somehow tie in to the definition of the word.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!


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Summer Spells – a multi-author anthology of poetry and prose

The second seasonal anthology from Dreaming Spirit Press, Summer Spells, is available to read via Wattpad.

Within it you will find a selection of poems and stories covering a whole host of themes, all of them inspired by the magic of the summer season.

So if you have a moment, please support the talented authors who sent their amazing work this way, by reading, voting and commenting.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

And, if you’re interested in joining in with any of the other projects currently open to submissions over at Dreaming Spirit Press, check out the Open Submissions page.

Weekend Writing Prompt #9 – Accidental

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Accidental

Photo Prompt

 

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story in exactly 107 words about an accident.

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem of no more than 20 lines, where each line is no more than 5 words in length, inspired by either the word prompt or the photo prompt or both.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

Weekend Writing Prompt #8 – Candour

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Candour

Photo Prompt

 

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story of any length that includes the following, “The truth?  What is that?”

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem of any length and style that deals with the meaning of “candour” (to be open, to be honest, to be genuine) and its antonym “insincere” (to be guarded, to be false, to be inauthentic).

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!