Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Wortharead Wednesday #9

This is a Twitter story that caught my eye this week. Click on the heading if you want to visit the story site. Or the date stamp to go direct to the story.

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He was USA. She was UK. They argued over words. He kept knives and rope in the trunk of his car. She kept his body in the boot of hers.

11:45 AM Jun 23rd via web

Supermarket Performance Protest

Meat is murder


‘I consider it the ultimate performance – staving in the midst of plenty. It’s a metaphor for the shameful treatment of our African brothers.’

Wilma, cool as ice , said, ‘Fine with me, it’s good publicity for our new slimming lines.’

Both thought, I’ll give her a day at most.


Random Word: Ice 

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

he had me at hello

Confused loveI thought it was love
as my spine tingled tangled
at your finger touch
yet you walked on by and brushed
red lips that had once kissed mine

I stared back at her
a patch plastered on the crack
that would bring you back
but you never called again
to see why I hugged you tight


Random Word: Patch


your face a death mask
as the breast is ripped apart
to make cancer late
you get on with the party
but I wait for the knocked door

Monday, 28 June 2010

Yeah, honey something special just for you

Car Dump

New cars parked next to his rusting Chevrolet Caprice was bad news. Aaron felt they rubbed in that he had lost everything driving away from her laughing protests and Bill’s embarrassed ‘Sorry mate.’ That he used the cars as a public can was understandable but never yet to the owners.

 Random Word: New Car


Saturday, 26 June 2010

Six Word Saturday#15

Describing your Saturday life on Show My Face at the moment of writing in a phrase using just six words.


Wife refuses radiation for her cancer


Friday, 25 June 2010

The secrets for a bestseller

The  DevilBanging his keyboard, Jed screamed,’Writing is just sh—’

An excited voice saying, ‘Ooh, I love a soul’, made him jump.

‘The Devil?’

‘In and out of bed, baby. You’ll want fame it’s on a special – eternal is kinda reduced.’

Jed sighed, ‘Dan Brown didn't suffer this.’

‘You want me to kiss and tell, honey?’

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Awaken me with a touch


lionize not with words

but with soft mane

brushed over breasts

and bitten flesh

that tear me down

so I am consumed

Random Word: Lionize

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Whom the gods would destroy…



‘Look, it’s all very simple,’ Luke banged the table, again. ‘I ride up the mountain with a bowl of fruit.’

Islanders still looked confused. They wondered aloud how this would appease the Gods. Luke just wanted to have the cameras and fame.

But that's not at all how it turned out.

 Random Word:Sweet


Pack up your worries…

Suitcase date




Fred played the trumpet and had made friends because of it. So this week he was Facebooking on behalf of his suitcase who was kinda jealous.

Random Word:Reify






Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Wortharead Wednesday #8

This is a Twitter story that caught my eye this week. Click on the heading if you want to visit the story site. Or the number to go direct to the story.


180 / June 23, 2010

When someone finally told her that “LOL” did not stand for “lots of love,” she understood why Karen stopped talking to her.

Tara Barnes (@tarabarnes) leaves a lot to be desired.

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Bring you dreams home



I read clouds. The small fun ones say met in a hotel and let them love you. The big stormy ones say, tell them you’ve aids after they’ve loved you. If you’re angry and black it helps but I’m white and poor or so I tell them.

Random Word: Reading


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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

She’ll be coming round the mountain




I knew the honeymoon was over when I saw where I had to loose what was left of my innocence. Perhaps it was then that I decided to kill him. They said later it was the first sign of my illness, I saw it as the first flash of sanity.





Random Word: Recovery

The old ways

Mountain Player



The two musicians faced each other. One played in the new way. Unseen from the crowd he was tripped to his death. The woman played louder.

Random Word:Mau-Mau




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Monday, 21 June 2010

They seek her here, they seek her there



I think it’s my nerves again. When I pull the trigger, I get a pain in my shoulder. As advised I wrap up warm with natural fibres. But I want a prescription now as I rarely go to the same doctor twice, not secure in my line of work, darling.

 Random Word: Oh, my darling



Saturday, 19 June 2010

Six Word Saturday#14

Describing your Saturday life on Show My Face at the moment of writing in a phrase using just six words.

Cleaning[7]“Joint” clean-up: wife explains when stuck**

Like many a marriage you learn compromise. Let’s just say that cleaning up together now means we agree separate rooms and a time to start. When it meant the same rooms together, the time I took to dust, polish, wash the floor, tidy the cushions, pick the clothes up, track the source of the mystery smell etc was the time she took in arranging the flowers, wondering about the colour of the light and remembering why that friend’s phone call was so urgent. Then she would come back and explain what else I needed to clean. Somehow the subsequent open and frank exchange of opinion wasn’t always appreciated. But now when she explains what else needs cleaning in our joint expression of domestic bliss, I point her gently back to her own chore rooms. We ain’t divorced yet so it’s working!

Friday, 18 June 2010

Well Hung

Hanging picture[5]



‘The entrants are good this year.’ It was a lie, the paintings were crap. But then she spotted a winner.‘It’s all in the hanging,’ she said.

Random Word:Dark Horse




Daddy do you love me…

Judas Kiss‘Dad, give it up, you’re all skin and bones.’

She was waved away. ‘Save the tears for when she sees the Will.’

Leaving, Cathy rushed down to her boyfriend, ‘It’s working, he’s still on hunger strike over her but the house comes our way.’

Phil smiled, ‘So we slip him pills?

Cathy kissed him, ‘Yes.’

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Thursday, 17 June 2010

Cruising for a bruising

Pebble Glasses


He had those glasses on that made him look like he wore beer bottle bottoms. His trousers were neat but shiny suggesting a mother somewhere would miss him. Neil was trying to be cool with the ladies but from the corners of the square a battering of brothers gathered around.


Random Word: Shine

All the news fit to be printed

Ghost writer

Al found being dead hadn't killed his eye for news - he now saw stars romp and politicians palm cash but getting copy in was…well…harder.

Random Word: Grub-Street

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Wortharead Wednesday #7

This is a Twitter story that caught my eye this week. Click on the heading if you want to visit the author’s Twitter Site. Or the post timestamp to go direct to the story.

When a smile didn't work, she flashed a coin. When the coin didn't work, she flashed a knife. The knife always worked.

A Moll's divorce

ExplosionSitting on the beach was wonderful, despite the burning white sand. She was so happy, soon the phone would ring and he would be out of her life.


‘Yes…OK…so that's his plane?

Putting down the phone, she Marilyn Monroed a bye-bye sugar then carefully aimed and pressed.

Random Word: I figured it out

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

How to write flash fiction



‘To create the story’s ending you randomly select a place, and an emotion. Their opposites become the opening scene. Then select an animal for character development – where would someone like a rabbit take us? Now imagine what transforms this character between—’

‘Sir, this isn't the Physics class is it?’

 Random Word: Get Creative

They look lovely, darling

London Tube Boxers

‘I just know he’ll enjoy them.’

‘Have you asked?’

‘He said he enjoyed London.’

‘Hmm…I think you’ll have problems getting him out the tunnel.’

 Random Word:Prevenient

Monday, 14 June 2010

To have and to hold...

Before and After


Jane’s death was her first gift. It ended the pain of seeing a body so shrank that a soul gasped for breath.  Later, as his addiction to junk-food ended, he realised her second gift. Jane's final words, ‘I love you like warm donuts,’ had made a pain of his pleasure.

 Random Words: Warm Donuts


Saturday, 12 June 2010

Six Word Saturday#13

Describing your Saturday life onat the moment of writing in a phrase using just six words.


No Soccer

Avoiding World Cup fever with feeling

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Friday, 11 June 2010

Scientific precision

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Professor‘It is…how you say…the tree of youth.’ Professor Korzgy felt moved to tears. His last emotion before the bullet killed him.

‘Sorry old chap.’ Lord Rundles bit into the plucked apple but vomited and fall down dead.

Wiping the sick away, Professor Korzgy, said, ‘Apologies, it is…a tree of life’.

Random Word: Gardening

So cough and plough don't sound the same?

Rubber Bullets



He died they say at noon
in ways deserving a tune.
A common hero, not zero
who misread that he was to lead
when wrote was lead guaranteed.


Random Word: Orthography





Thursday, 10 June 2010

Getting ahead of yourself

First day

So let me get this straight, you let me drive the truck because of my week’s experience and then because of one little screw-up, I’m fired!

Random Word: Tenderfoot

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Showcase Wednesday #6

This is a Twitter story that caught my eye this week. Click on the heading if you want to visit the author’s Twitter Site. Or the post timestamp to go direct to the story.

Each comma was a slash with a blade. The gaps between each word, final gasps. Brackets, clasped to the throat and crushing. A death sentence.

12:50 PM Jun 8th via web

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Celtic Dreams

Celtic StoriesI was at a strange work meeting yesterday     (training to do work that the new Government is to abolish!) and we did a ice-breaker. One part of which was to say something unusual about yourself. So I mentioned that I write daily nano (140 characters)and micro (50 words) stories and poems. This impressed them (and me) I then explained I was currently reimagining a traditional Celtic story (The Sons of Tuirenn) with the aim of adapting it for a radio play they were even more impressed and I was surprised that they were impressed because I knew the slow hard work of small steps this involved.

Basically most traditional stories as published are neither good literature or good oral tales ready for the telling - you write them very differently. Nor are they related back to the actual society that produced them so they often lack nuances that would enrich them. So I rewrite from one version and then check this against other known versions to build up the most dramatic three act version.

This is then checked against umpteen books about the Celts to see if this affects the story. For example Celts had a very layered society so the amount of the blood-fine paid (if you killed a man you paid a fine to the family to avoid a blood-feud) depended on honour-status. Also the decisions of this process laid more with professional lawsayers then the chiefs who could not make law. If you know The Sons of Tuirenn these are very relevant to how the story could be told.

Then on the way home, an idea poked in, which that I could re-imagine a whole range of Celtic stories but in two versions- one as drama-literature and the other as a retelling version. So at a stroke I would enrage the traditionalists, the nationalists and the odd wandering Bard. Must be a winner!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Love found lost by moonlight

Dropping them‘Your…a Wolf.’ Len of the Fen said with as much dignity as could be mustered with trousers dangling around ankles.

The Wolf growled. ‘And there's me thinking you were getting warmed up for me. But I’m a man most nights.’

‘You are!’

The tears falling said love not dinner called.

Random Word:Splish Splash

A perfect night

Spare 1952

It was in that brief moment before her twelfth strike that Belinda regretted not spending more time in checking the condition of her panties

Random Word:Cursory

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Monday, 7 June 2010

If you love somebody, let them go…



Read me a bedtime story. The face pleading with her willing eyes came into his mind again. Filling each nerve with a white-hot pain.

Looking at him writhe, the scientists were pleased with the new home based punishment system.

Mary, just looked on, pleased he couldn't threaten a divorce again.


Random Word: In Bed

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Six Word Saturday#12

Describing your life (or something)  onat the moment of writing on a Saturday in a phrase using just six words.


Holiday: watched seven series of Shameless!**

** Blisteringly funny, offbeat drama following the rollercoaster lives and loves of an anarchic family from Manchester. Meet the Gallaghers. Mum went AWOL years ago, Dad stayed at home with the six children only to hit the bottle. And sometimes the kids… The real head of the family is big sister Fiona, who looks after Carl, Debbie and baby Liam. She is occasionally helped, more often hindered, by reluctant virgin ‘Lip’ and the actively gay, but very private, Ian. Its shown on BBC America. Think The Simpsons  but much, much more adult in content, humour and depicts the feckless working class who just want to party!

Friday, 4 June 2010

The hunger of love

Image634215240284062500Her cherry lips

and dumpling breasts

with skin baste tender

in oil of Venus

makes her my

gallimaufry feast

Random Word: Gallimaufry

The best day of your life

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Ajab, ignored the wedding broker. ‘Dad, are you sure they was inviting us?’

His father held the wheel tightly, looking straight ahead,‘We are going, so isn't it?’

‘But why goods, isn’t it us who gets the dowry?’

The wedding broker interrupted, ‘We discussed…and to shift you…an incentive we need. This is the deposit.’


Thursday, 3 June 2010

There is another sky, ever serene and fair

Failed Sucide



Even to friends Roy was…well a pleasant doormat. But he finally demanded something – a view. His note had said he wanted beauty as he fall.


Random Word: Belvedere



No pain, no gain

Fake Tears


Shelly, banged the camshaft. Here she was busting her fanny to make a living while sugartits worked the casting couch to get overseas. She could spin on it.

Watching the sea burn, Milky-May gurgled ‘Shel’ as she sank beneath turtles.

Shelly seeing the insurance payout started to practise funeral tears.

Random Word: Turtle’s Back

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Making an impression

Show and Tell


It was show and tell time. Greta was fed up of the Ruggle sisters and their film star grandmother. Who had ever heard of Green Acres? This time she’d upstage them.  In a fever of excitement she said,‘ My Father, a hitman and here his gu—  No wait. I’ve pictures.’

Random Word: Fever

What makes for good reading

I just think of it as three stages of writing. The first is raking the ground and making sure its right for the sowing of the seeds. Then you sow and what grows depends where the seeds fall so you are always surprised by the harvest. The final stage is taking the raw crops and shaping them in a dish worthy of the dreams you had when first breaking the soil.

Showcase Wednesday #5

This is a Twitter story that caught my eye this week. Click on the heading if you want to visit the author’s Twitter Site. Or the post timestamp to go direct to the story.


I shouldn't have asked "Is it mine?" when I heard she was pregnant. Such nasty stares from the vet

1:59 PM May 31st via Seesmic

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

A love unnamed

Car Love



He loved her on first sight, her curves was what had attracted and held him. His first touch had convinced him with its electric jolt. Now a betrayal of wedding vows meant a separation. Closing the garage door, he wet his tongue and kissed his love for the last time.

Random Word: Yesterday




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Makeover Murder Hearing Today

Dead Bird[7]



He had lived with the custard walls despite the eye spasms but the door was so asthmatic on sight that Eduard knew he could plead insanity.



Random Word: Peregrine