Progress – Author’s Notes

Progress - Author's NotesWhen I published my story Progress I said it was very timely due to the real life story that inspired the story. That means there will be a lot of politics in this post and hopefully not too much ranting! However, we’ll start with the prompt that came from Flash! Fiction itself.

The Novel Prompt

In the later half of 2015 Flash! Friday used novels as the inspiration of their competition. On the 2nd of October they actually used the famous ‘Scottish’ play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. From that story of ambition I took the plot elements of conflict and an overly ambitious wife – one of the most famous things about the play. Below the break you’ll find all the politics I promised at the start of this post.

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Attention

AttentionAs some folk know I’m not a fan of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I just found the book dull and its character’s uninteresting. So when Flash! Friday used it as one of their prompt novels I went in a totally different direction focusing on the other side of the 1920s, its gangsters. Using the themes of man vs man, jealous husband and 1920’s New York I came up with my one hundred and forty-nine word tale Attention. You’ll find it below the break

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Progress

Progress

This entry to Flash! Friday from October 2015 feels very timely as it is based on one of America’s Presidential candidates and his experiences of trying to build a golf course in the North East of Scotland. I’ll touch more on that in the Author’s Notes for this story. For now all I say is you’ll find a tale of ambition and old static caravans called Progress below the break. I hope you enjoy!

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Humanity vs Survival – Author’s Notes

Humanity vs Survival - Author's Notes

Naufragos/Shipwrecked. CC2.0 photo by Luis Marina

I’m still catching up with posting my old entries to Flash! Friday so here is my entry from October 2015. That week’s competition was inspired by the novel Moby Dick. Using the elements of conflict between a woman and a man along with the character of a captain with a wooden leg, I came up with my flash fiction tale of Humanity vs Survival. You’ll be able to read all 122 words below the break

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Where is He?

I’m a little late posting this story but below is my entry for Flash! Friday’s weekly writing competition on the 27th of November 2015. I had between 140 and 160 words to write a story based on the image of Stockholm above and included a character that is a hunter. As I’m posting this story so late I’m happy to say that it received a ‘special mention’ from that week’s judges Nancy Chenier and IfeOluwa Nihinlola but I’ll talk about that in my author’s notes for the story.

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Another – Author’s Notes

This is a difficult post to write due to a number of reasons but the main one being what happens in the story I’m talking about tonight. Another – which can be read below the break was written on Friday 13th November as my entry into volume 3-49 of Flash! Friday’s weekly flash competition.

After I’d finished the tale, I logged onto Twitter to prepare my usual tweet that goes along with my entry, when I discovered what was happening in Paris that evening. As I re-read my story, the more my happiness with my story disappeared. I know it is a good story but yet, when compared to the real world of that night, it just feels unimportant. If you wish to read it you’ll find it below the break

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Jack of Nonsense

Jack of NonsenseYesterday I again entered into the Flash! Friday comp, this time with a story inspired by the latest Star Wars trailer!  The prompt from Flash! Friday was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland themed with the two of the following story elements required in the entry:

  • Conflict: man v society; man v man; man v logic (not gender specific, and I made that last one up Just Because)
  • Character (choose at least one): a curious girl; a violent, capricious ruler; an odd cat; an extremely ugly and angry duchess; a rude host; a man on trial for minor theft.
  • Theme (choose one): childhood, nonsense, logic, justice, nature, death
  • Setting (choose one): Victorian England, a dream world

I picked the story elements: a violent capricious ruler; nonsense and logic. I hope you enjoy the tale below.

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Forest By Moonlight

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.

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Swinging Back – Author’s Notes

Swinging Back - Author's Notes

Public domain photo by Albert Meyer.

Yesterday I again took part in Flash! Friday‘s Warmup Wednesday Challenge. This week they asked for stories of 100 words that were inspired by the photo on the right of athlete Herman Weingartnerhorizontal bar champion, at the 1896 Olympic Games, with the additional challenge of

including a lifelong dream that isn’t the Olympics

Swinging Back, the story I submitted, certainly met one of these two challenges while making a good go at the second. You will find the story along with my thoughts on how successful I was below the break. Enjoy!

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