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Writespiration #68 The Odd One Out

The Odd One Out

Often, heroes are the odd ones out because they think outside the box and solve mysteries or problem. But this challenge isn’t confined to heroes. You could write about inanimate objects, or kids or animals, maybe the black sheep in a family. You could write about any number of things that are odd or unusual.

This week there are two parts to the challenge. 1. write a story or poem about the odd one out. 2. do it in 200 words or less.

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#Writespiration 61 Death Row

Write about Death RowDeath row is a serious political topic, and not one I want to share my views on. What I will say is, no matter what side your view sits on, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

This week, your challenge is to write a piece about death row. It can be from any perspective, and about anything, as long as it is linked to death row.

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Adultland Excerpt

Adultland NEWAli, sets a weekly writing challenge, I try to participate where I can, although the days of me doing several challenges each week has dwindled. But this week I did participate. Partly because her challenge focused on an area of weakness for me. If you haven’t ever taken part you should. Check out her latest purple prose challenge.

I am not great at descriptive writing, drawing images and creating flowery writing, so I decided to have a go on part of the latest bit of Adultland. It’s at 14K and 8 chapters in, although I suspect by the time this goes live, it will be 9 or 10 chapters in. Below is an excerpt from the end of chapter 8. I have tried to tweak it to fit Ali’s challenge of ‘purple prose’ she did say no dialogue….I cheated, but then I never was one to follow the rules! Continue reading

Adultland Part 3

Adultland Part III - Sacha Black

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece of flash fiction which I called Adultland, the story continued in Part II, but today, I bring part III. You can catch up on all the past instalments here.

We left Lou, pacing outside her parents flat building, waiting for the mist and Hunters to come and kidnap her parents. Can she save them? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Adultland Part II

Adultland Part II

Last week, I wrote a piece of flash fiction in Writespiration #55, about a city in which the adults were kidnapped by Hunters. Several of you asked me to finish the story, something which blew me away I was so shocked. But I’ve written on. I decided to name the story Adultland. If you would like to read Part I, it’s only short and you can do so here. Or here, where I will collate everything I write. I can only apologise that part II is so long, I’m currently a plotter writing in a panster world…So I don’t know where this story will end up, or how long it will be I have never ‘just written’ without a plan or a synopsis so if this ends badly, be kind! Here goes an adventure into the unknown… Hope you enjoy the ride. Continue reading

Five Day Photo Challenge 3 – Water

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This brings another Five Day (week) Photo Challenge photo. Ali Isaac tagged me to do this challenge, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far. If you haven’t already, you should check out her blog, it’s awesome.

My writespiration a couple of weeks ago was on the theme of Elements – Fire specifically. And all because I am research the elements for my novel. So I thought whilst I was on the theme, I would capture ‘water’.

Out I trudged into the rain, macro lens in hand and clicked away. This is what I got: Continue reading

Five Day Photo Challenge #1 – Spidermare

Challenge Photo 1

I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by Ali Isaac, who has a wonderful blog filled with fascinating tales of Irish mythology – check it out if you haven’t already, you learn something new with every post. I would like to nominate three of my blogging compadres to take up this photo challenge…

1. Ula because I think she’s fascinating and would love to see what she shoots

2. Keith – because he’s an awesome photographer already

See the rules below, never been much of a rule follower, so not only am I doing this over five weeks instead of five days, I highly doubt I’ll only post one story too! :p

The photo is of a common garden spiders nest of babies. Whilst they are growing as eggs they shed a skin. Once born they cling together usually in balls – but in trying to capture a macro shot I disturbed them – until they shed their second skin.  Continue reading

Interview With Aspiring Author Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell

Interview slots are now closed until September.

Welcome Carol Campbell, aspiring author to discuss her writing process. You can find Carol on her wordpress blog, Pinterest, Google+ or Facebook. Continue reading

Interview with Author Amalie Jahn

Amalie Jahn

Interview slots are now closed until September 1st, when I am opening the slots up for author book release and promotions.

I had the pleasure of meeting Amalie through twitter and her wonderful author live chats.

You can find Amalie on her website, and her book website, FacebookTwitter or Goodreads Continue reading

Author Interview With Geoff Le Pard

Geoff Le Pard

Interview slots are now closed until September 1st, when I am opening the slots up for author book release and promotions.

Geoff is one of my favourite bloggers. I had the pleasure of meeting Geoff… actually  I can’t remember how, but I am sure he can tell me, he has an astonishing capacity for remembering… well, everything actually. He tells fascinating tales of his and his families history on his blog… He also gives teasers for his books, blogs a novel in instalments. He is also a prolific weekly writing challengee, and without trying to give him a big head, he really is rather witty and a real advocate for the writing community, you simply must go look…

You can find Geoff on his blog or on twitter, and I strongly recommend you do go find him.

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