Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fifteen Minutes of Fame - Wordy Wednesday

I am participating in Blog A Rhythm's Wordy Wednesday 100 word blog post for this week using the following phrases:

Fast asleep
Fifteen minutes of Fame
Fly in the ointment
Four corners of the earth
It's a great challenge to fit in the phrases and come up with a coherent story in such a short word count. I managed to make it 100 words exactly. Not for the faint of heart, I tell ya!!

“Sally?”

Sally pretended to be fast asleep but her sister poked her side.

“Go away, Belinda. I feel like I’ve traveled the four corners of the earth, I’m so tired.”

 “I hate to be a fly in the ointment but the earth doesn’t have corners.” 

“You’re just as bad saying a fly in the ointment."

“It’s an idiom meaning a minor irritation that spoils the enjoyment of something.”

“That’s you exactly, Belinda. Now what do you want?”

“Who’s Andy Warhol?

“He’s that artist who said we will all get our fifteen minutes of fame.”

“Why only fifteen minutes?”

“Go away!”

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Teaser Tuesday


"Do you want to talk about it?" I said, after a minute.
But she did not look from the television, and after a minute or two, I realized the conversation was over.

These two sentences are from "After You" by JoJo Moyes. 


This is the sequel to the first book "Me Before You" since readers wanted to know what happened to the main character, Louisa. 

I found I connected to the lovable Louisa in both books and and I am rooting for her to succeed. I am enjoying this book much more than the first one. 

If you fancy joining in, here’s how…
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  • Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I didn't know


This painting of a girl reading reminds me of myself as a young girl with my nose always in a book. I was a shy, artsy and dreamy kid who took things very personally. I didn't have a lot of confidence and always thought others knew more than I did. 

It's a shame that I didn't know that I was just as good as the other kids with a lot going for me. Too bad we don't get the insight and wisdom of age when we're young. Youth is wasted on the young as they say.

Oh well. I can't regret as I can't go back now and change any of it. It has made me the person I am today, both good and bad.

I wrote this poem exploring these thoughts. 


When I was young I didn’t know much
I was fairly clued out and not in touch,
I thought that others knew more than me
It was mostly untrue, but I couldn’t see,

I wish I hadn’t worried what others thought
It always made me so distraught,
I didn’t know that failing was a good thing to do
It meant that I had tried to learn something new,

I felt alone, like I didn’t belong
I had to learn to be tough and strong,
It took a long time and a lot of tears
With lots of suffering over the years,

Now I’m older with the wisdom of age
I look back on my youth like a wise old sage,
I discovered that I am creative and smart
With a sense of humour and a loving heart,

So many of my perceptions were never true
I didn’t know it back then, but now I do!



Saturday, January 28, 2017

Deception

This week I decided to make it extra challenging for myself and combined two challenges; first the 100 word Wordy Wednesday picture prompt of a beggar woman at Blog A Rhythm Wordy Wednesday
and second, the five sentence fiction prompt of Deception at Vinitha Dileep's Blog, The Void Thoughts.

It took a while and I scrapped many ideas, but finally came up with this story. I like these challenges that challenge you to rework the words and make each one count.

Deception

“Please help me feed my children,”the blind beggar woman pleaded, her eyes vacant as she clutched a bucket with a few coins in it.

Feeling sorry for her, I put a handful of coins in and she smiled her thanks at the heavy clinking sound.

Later I saw her dressed in a red dress, high heels and pearls as she jumped into her BMW with her boyfriend and tore off down the road.

The next day when I passed, I poured coffee into her bucket and hurried away, hearing loud cursing behind me.

I never saw her again after that.  


Friday, January 20, 2017

Freedom – #FiveSentenceFiction

I'm joining in with Vinitha Dileep's Five Sentence Fiction challenge this week with the prompt of "Freedom."


It's not that easy to make a complete story in five sentences but I like the challenge to make those words count.

At first, my sentences were long winded and wordy but I decided to slash them down to the basic essence which gave it a totally different effect.




FREEDOM

Not guilty. Twenty years in jail, wrongly accused. DNA evidence had finally cleared Jim. Tears of joy and long awaited embraces. Freedom at last! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The New Year Begins - Wordy Wednesday

I tried doing BAR's Wordy Wednesday challenge for this week. Wordy Wednesday

At first, I did try to incorporate all the phrases from Wordy Wednesday into my poem, but alas, I could only get two of them to fit.

Oh well. It was a fun poem to write and expresses my outlook on goals for the new year in a fun way.

Hope everyone's new year is progressing well so far.

Cathy



As the new year starts, I begin anew
With so many things I want to do
Back to Basics is my phrase
It guides me through these winter days

Time to make goals and lists galore
Isn’t that what a new year’s for?
Time to create a whole new me
Slimmer, healthier and clutter-free,

I wear my badge of honour, proudly displayed
I’m all pumped up and not easily swayed,
I can’t wait to start my new regime
Just look at me, I’m livin' the dream!

Oh, look at that, fresh chocolate cake
I couldn’t help it. I love to bake!
And it’s way too windy to go for a walk
I won’t even make it round the block,

Why bother suffering, why all the sorrow?
I’ll put it off and get healthy tomorrow!