This flash fiction was written when I answered a request by author, Katharina Gerlach, who wanted flash fictions were the main focus was a Tree. This was part of a Writing Advent Calendar.
In my continued effort to push my comfort zone, I am sharing this here on my blog as well. Hope you enjoy! Any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment.
The tree appeared one day.
As the sun crested the horizon, Jonah looked out of the window to find a mature tree, dense with foliage in the corner of his garden. Leaves the colour of moss rustled in the winter breeze.
He staggered out, pulling on his coat against the chill that tore up his spine when he realised just where the tree had grown. His thick-soled boots crunched through the snow.
Well as we slink towards the end of 2017, I thought I would do a wrap up as way of a last blog post for the year.
[ Life ]
The year started badly when my sister went into a coma. Followed shortly after by another family member going missing. Thankfully my sister recovered and the family member was found.
Then there was the closing of my office, meaning I was out of a job. Definitely put a crimp in my plans since suddenly money became tight.
That was followed with a “Bold Move” plan were we decided to leave England and move to Northern Ireland.
We are still coming to terms with the change, but we have plans to get us where we want to be and we are trying to stick to them.
Sadly the year ended badly when we had to say goodbye to our beloved cat Marvel. She was over 16 years old, had hyperthyroidism and had recently developed a heart problem.
She took a bad turn last Saturday and was rushed to the vets, were we had to make the heart-breaking decision to let her go. Both myself and my partner were with her at the end, which we are truly grateful for but her passing has left us hollow.
We have all seen the news regarding the extend of the harassment and abuse that has been ongoing in Hollywood by men who have been using their power and status to abuse people. Many brave actresses and actors have been speaking out about this. Today’s guest poster is the author Lindy S Hudis who knows about these scandals first-hand. She shares her story here.
I moved to Los Angeles in the spring of 1992 to become an actress. I had no money, contacts or connections, just a heart full of dreams and a spirit filled with ambition. I moved into a tiny studio apartment right in the heart of Hollywood. I felt that I was on my way, and I was excited!
I did everything right. I had studied drama in New York, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, as a matter of fact. I had done quite a bit of live theater, including a season of Summer Stock in Upstate New York, and several Off-Off Broadway plays. I quickly learned that nobody was half as interested in looking down my resume as they were in looking down my shirt.
This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Tony Brady, auther of the Thousand Scars series. Enjoy!
Interview with Tony Brady
01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’m not going to say that I’ve always wanted to be a writer in particular, but I have always loved to write and it doesn’t surprise me that my writing has been getting all the attention lately. I have always wanted to make the world a better place. That is my goal, that is my purpose. That is what I shall be.
02 – What inspires your writing?
A lot of things effect my writing and there are sometimes the occasional happenings that inspire it as well. The greater accomplishments of man, both wretched and divine, push me to write when I see or hear of them. Those potent influences effect all of my art. I paint, draw, write poems and tattoo as well as write novels and short stories.
I wanted to do something different today. So decided to share a small scene I wrote. You may have noticed I don’t often share my work… but I am trying to get over that aversion. (seems important if I want to be a writer!)
I wrote this about a month ago. Just a random thought turned into a vague concept. It’s only had one pass over it, so apologies for any mistakes or if it reads a little off. If I read it a few times I might just panic and not share it at all.
I would love to hear your thoughts (really?) Yes I would. Positive or negative, I promise not to freak out at you. My partner will make sure I keep my crazy to myself 🙂 Seriously, I would like your thoughts on this.
Only the sharp click of my heels could be heard. The two men flanking me moved with graceful silence, though their presence was a a crushing pressure at my back. The very fact they were accompanying me at all, betrayed my thoughts. I had not wished to come, had planned to slip away rather than face this hell again.
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Do you embrace your mistakes?
I think there is a part in all of us that loves the idea of holding ourselves accountable to mistakes me make. But that’s not always the case, is it?
So why don’t we embrace our mistakes?
Maybe you blame schools… or parents… or bosses! Because they are easy to blame. Though maybe the real culprit is society.
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What the heck is the Bechdel Test?
For those who don’t know, the Bechdel Test (also known as the Bechdel–Wallace test) was popularised by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel.
It first appeared in Bechdel’s comic “Dykes to Watch out for”.
The strip in question was titled The Rule. To pass the Bechdel tests, a work of fiction must have:
a) at least 2 women (preferably named)
b) who talk to each other
c) about something other than a man
While the Bechdel test is used to rate movies, it can be used when studying other forms for fiction too. Such as novels!