Flash Fiction – American Dreams

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© Ted Strutz

It had been a once in a life time trip to America, as the boat pulled into the harbor I was beginning to long for home.

I had seen the sites of Michigan, I had eaten an English muffin and watched the “game,” visited the zoo and fought to keep my coke, but there was nothing like being home.

The plane ride would take forever and I would have to watch a ton of films just to get through it, but it would be worth it in the end being home.

So long my American friends thanks for the memories…

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Friday Fictioners is organised and run by the amazing Rochelle Fields, where we are challenged to write a piece of fiction based on the photo she provides on a Wednesday. It’s loads of fun, everyone has there own take on the photo.

This weeks piece is semi autobiographical, about my first visit to America, when I went on a trip on the Detroit Princess (we think, I went on some boat, so we could be wrong)

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IWSG Day!

Hey All,

I hope everyone is doing okay! Today is the first Wednesday of the month so it’s IWSG Day! A day hosted by Alex Cavanaugh were we all come together to share our insecurities and take part in a blog hop. So hop hop along

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Lot of positivities this month to share. I have been chosen my Rachel Burton to be mentored as part of the Womentoring project. I am currently patiently awaiting feed back on my work I sent her last week. A week is along time in the life of Claire.

Today I past my second insurance exam!!!!! So that is two down one to go, though I think I will be having a break before I take the module to concentrate on my novel writing.

We have also gained a dog Podrick…. So without further a do…

Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

The first stories I wrote aka teen anx, I wrote about the people who had upset me as character’s so a couple of people I knew had staring roles. I would like to go back to this story one day and maybe add another dimension in. With the plans I have for my two main characters I could easily add them into that original story.

My creative writing teacher is always going on about D H Lawrence and how he upset the people in Eastwood (Nottingham UK) so all being well I wont make the same mistake again.

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Good News

Hey,

So I started this blog to log my journey from starting a story about a year ago to publication. I’ve had some good news though : )

I applied for Womentoring a while back as I am sure some of you know, and I have been accepted! By an amazing author called Rachel Burton. So yesterday after ALOT of stressing I wrote a synopsis, trying to take Angela Clarkes advice and sent everything I have so far to Rachel.

I am pretty much shitting it! I am so scared she is going to be like this is rubbish, the 500 words I read originally doesn’t match up to the rest of this work!

My SIL read it before it was submitted it and she enjoyed it! But she could only critique the first two chapters and she made some suggestions. It is so hard though because she suggested some of the stuff that I had taken out from Scribophile. So by the time I submitted it I was mega stressed out!!!!!!

So I guess I am one step closer to publication! FUCK!

I have decided that I won’t do any writing on my story, till I hear back from Rachel.

I have also booked my next insurance exam for next Wednesday! So I guess I can go back to stressing about that now! : )

 

 

 

Flash Fiction – Sandwiches with Love

Sandwiches with Love

Making the sandwiches before I go to bed is a tedious job, the hubby wants egg while the children want Jam, but they had Jam yesterday!

I really want to go to bed, I want snuggle up and sleep, not be stood here making sandwiches!

Pulling the slices out I remember to open them like a book, so they fit together! Why does it matter if their sandwiches aren’t symmetrical? Who checks their sandwiches? Other than hubby of course!

“Who made a bloody whole in the bread” I snap!

Until I notice the silent thank you and sign of love.

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Photo courtesy of Kelvin M. Knight

 

It’s Friday fictioner’s time again, though this is written from my POV I often wonder what my hubby things about in an evening when he makes our packing ups! Especially now he has to make three sets and not two!

This was written as part of Friday Ficioners a weekly 100 word flash fiction challenge. That is hosted by Rochelle, so make sure you check out the other blogs.

 

 

Book Review – Trust Me

Trust Me (Social Media Murders, #3)Trust Me by Angela Clarke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trust Me, having read both Follow me and Watch me and being a massive fan of Angela’s I had high hopes for this book.

The Gremlin task force are investigating the Spice Road gangs, which Freddie has been incidental in investigating with her online investigations. When Kate comes to her having seen a girl raped and killed on by watching a live stream, Freddie is automatically drawn to the investigation. Once it gains media attention more people come forward having watched the live stream and an investigation begins.

We are reminded that, police forces don’t just investigate one crime at a time, as the main story is interlinked with the hunt for Paul and Amber Robertson.

The Gremlin team of course is back, Nas is still hung up on her one night stand Burgone, Saunders is as difficult as ever! Chips and Green are there to provide more depth to the story and personal relationship and don’t forget Freddie!

I felt that this story had many avenues that weren’t explored such as the MPs story line which seemed to of been thrown in for good measure. Maybe he will appear again in one of Angela’s future novels.

After taking time to reflect on this novel, I have been torn between 4 or 5 stars.

Purely on the “ride” this book gave me I will be rewarding it 5 stars.

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IWSG – 6th September 2017

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in?

 

Hi Guys,

I really don’t know how these days keep sneaking up on me!

In answer to this months question, I think I have surprised myself by the fact people like my writing! People have even said that it’s good! Pretty surprising to me!I still find it hard to believe them!!!! Think that is what makes me Insecure, I also worry about meeting real authors! I just don’t have the confidence anymore!

I have only ever written in one genre, so I can’t really comment on that one.

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Insecure writer’s support group, are a group of people who come together once a month to share their insecurities! This is hosted my Alex ans we blog hoop to support other writers.

I am still plodding along, with my writing I have now brought two new books in hope they will help with my writing! Dazzling Dialogue and The Emotion Thesaurus! So who knows!

The kids have gone back to school, so who knows how much time I will gain to work on something!

The Climb – Friday Fictioners

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bulltot

The Climb

“Are we nearly at the top yet?” my son asked

“Thought you said you’d race dad to the top?.”

We were climbing to the top of a big hill in search of some ancient ruins, the more steps we climbed, the more unsteady I felt, wondering if my legs would give way and I’d fall flat on my face.

“Take your hands out your pockets, you’ll be more centred” daddy shouted from ahead.

They had promised tea and cake when we returned to the car, though right now we weren’t even half way up! No chance of cake anytime soon.

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Thanks as always to Rochelle, who run and organises Friday Fictioner’s, where we write something in 100 based on a picture prompt.

This weeks piece is based on two events in my life which have involved climbing HUGE hills to look at ruins! More recently in Burnham on Sea and in the past at Tintagel