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The fine folk at The Angry Hourglass, a hot bed of talented flash writers, always set an intriguing prompt. Yet this week had me completely stumped, a porcelain lucky cat sat in a restaurant. For hours I tried to imagine what the cat was about, what story would unfold … Yet nothing, no hint of a tale, a character, a situation.

To compound things my twitter feed kept updating to the entries being…

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‘A Pending Hiccup’

This week’s Flash! Friday contest was seemingly a no brainer. A photo of a grimy underpass that would easily have fitted into the landscape of La Jeteeand the directive to fit in the notion of space travel seemed well within my narrative capabilities. Yet the screen remained blank, a few tentative characters emerged, some apologetic ideas wandered into view, all rejected, cast back into whiteness.

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An Open Letter to aspiring screenwriters

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Michael Chase Walker, one of the contributors to Cowbird, has recently posted an interesting short piece that I think helps unpick some key issues that confront those of us with celluloid writing ambitions. The post is entitled An Open Letter to Aspiring Screenwriters … and if you do like it, make sure you hit the love button  ….

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Strategies for writing flash fiction

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Advice on writing? Not my forte, place of expertise or something I feel I yet have a grip upon. Yet if pushed I could probably summarize my approach to writing flash fiction as in seven steps.

1. Coffee

2. Write

3. Doubt

4. Delete

5. Write

6. Acceptance

7. Wine

Thankfully Michael Arnzen has written a far more engaging and reflective piece featured by the folks at Fiction Vale. Entitled Making…

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“Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.” Steven Spielberg

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The Bus Stop Slasher

So things have been manic recently, both in the personal and the creative spheres, and I suddenly realised that certain projects had been neglected recently. So apologies in the gap between posting but the current long term WIP needed some love and attention. Anyway managed to drop a submission into Flash! Friday, which got awarded an Honorable Mention! There are some wonderful submissions…

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Been struggling recently with all things virtual, from twitter to facebook, blogging too email all of it has felt tainted with a malady or doom laden woes. Finally the clouds lifted in time to enter the latest Flash! Friday prompt. The idea didn’t place, mainly due to there being far better stories submitted, but at least it got the old creative muscles exercising again!

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The usual deal, 150 word…

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A short flash inspired by the folks at The Angry Hourglass, based on a photo supplied by the irrepressible force that is TheShakes72. I was trying for something different, the concept being a virus that is going to turn humanities perception monochromatic and an MC plagued by the loss of her youth. Sadly the tale didn’t quite work as I had hoped, but as always an interesting prompt and flexing of…

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"If you do not have an absolutely clear vision of something, where you can follow the light to the end of the tunnel, then it doesn’t matter whether you’re bold or cowardly, or whether you’re stupid or intelligent.

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