Today I finally sent off my entries to the Answers on A Postcard competition, part of the Nairn Book & Arts Festival. The idea behind challenge is to write a story or some poetry on the back of a postcard. As I enjoy a bit of flash fiction so I thought I’d give it a try.
In the end I submitted two entries to the competition. Below the break you’ll find out what these are!
Last Friday I again entered Flash! Friday with I’m sad to say the usual results. All entries had to be between 240 and 260 words and use at least two-story elements inspired by the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. The story element options were:
- Conflict: man vs man
- Character (choose one): arrogant detective, retired doctor, a lord under a family curse
- Theme(s) (choose one): cunning, guilt, superstition
- Setting: isolated country manor
The story below used the elements of Man vs Man, arrogant detective, retired doctor and guilt. You can decide how well I managed to weave them into my tale.
Pixar‘s latest movie Inside Out has been getting some amazing reviews with review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a rating of 98%, based on 248 reviews. They describe the films as
“Inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics.”
Sadly I don’t agree. While the film is enjoy, fun and emotional, it also suffers from cliché and feels like a big missed opportunity.
Warning spoilers for Inside Out will appear after the break
Image credit: Silence by Eddi Van W flickr CC 2.0
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On Wednesday I published Ripples of Choice on this website, my entry into week four of Luminous Creatures Press‘ Summer of Super Short Stories 2 contest. Sadly my story didn’t win but it did get some really good feedback and I do like it a lot so what better excuse than to write-up my Author’s Notes on the story which you’ll find below the break
The last meeting of West Lothian Writers happened to be on the same as Ernest Hemingway‘s 116th birthday and to celebrate everyone was asked to write their own Six Word Stories as, if you believe the legend, Hemingway‘s invented the format with his tale
For Sale: baby shoes, never worn
Of course I wrote some six worders (while I wait for my train to Livingston) which can either be found here on the WLW website or below the break.