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!

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!


Looking for a place to submit your work to?  Check out Dreaming Spirit Press’s open submissions

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.

The Gift of Three Spells

I am so pleased to announce that I have had a short story included in one of the recent anthology releases by Fantasia Divinity.  The anthology, Distressing Damsels, is a fairy tale collection, but the stories all have a twist…

Description from Amazon

Everyone knows that the hero always saves the damsel in distress. Well, it’s time for that to change! These distressing damsels don’t need a hero, they can save themselves!

Featuring 20 stories inspired by classic fairy tales, this anthology shows that not every damsel needs a prince in shining armor to rescue her. Including stories inspired by Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Thumbelina, Snow White, The Little Match Girl, Puss in Boots and more!

The Gift of Three Spells

My story is The Gift of Three Spells and is inspired by Sleeping Beauty.  It tells of Princess Elysande, who is cursed as a child by an evil fairy, but is given The Gift of Three Spells by a kind fairy to help counter it.  However, there is only so much fairy magic can do.  If Elysande is to break the curse, she is going to need to save herself.


Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Goodreads

I’ve joined Sweek…

A few weeks ago I stumbled across another writing platform, Sweek.  The main reason I signed up to it is that always seem to have interesting competitions running.

When I first joined, it was “Unbelievable Tales”, where you had to write an unbelievable tale in 1000 words or less, and “Storytellers”, which required you to write a story in only 500 words.

And as you know, I love writing prompts, so I couldn’t very well pass on this.  The two stories I have posted so far on there I really enjoyed writing.  I also liked working on the front covers.  So what are these stories about?  You know, just in case you were interested and were thinking about reading them… 😉 (It’s free to read stories on Sweek and you don’t need an account; just follow the links below.)

The Dragon-Maiden: A Very Short Fairy Tale (Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tale)

A maiden on the run is trying to escape becoming the next Dragon-Maiden – a glorified dragon-babysitter, only the dragon she’ll be babysitting isn’t a baby. This fate can be avoided, but only if she finds a husband…The problem is, time is running out, fast…

You can read the story by clicking this link:  https://sweek.com/#/read/44543/1400000162

Desperate (Historical Fiction, General Fiction)

A group of men and young lads, pushed to the edge of starvation, go to attack a storage barn full of food that is guarded by soldiers, in the hope of stealing something to eat.  What choice did they have? It was that or die.  But something goes wrong…

This story, set in the eighteenth century, is told from the perspective of one of the men as they are trying to make their escape.  Through his eyes we will see just how desperate they have become…

You can read the story by clicking this link:  https://sweek.com/#/read/45979/1400000162

I’m still trying to work my way around the site, but so far, I’ve had fun and enjoyed the time I’ve spent there.

Are you on Sweek?  What do you think about it?  Do you have any stories posted there?  If you do, please feel free to leave links to them in the comments below so I can read them 🙂

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!