Here we are at Week 238.
Yet again, the number is as interesting as listening to a conversation about moisturising. And before anyone thinks I’m being sexist, I’m not. Not being gender specific is an even sadder state of affairs.
My inspiration for this weeks posting fell back into the world of words.
I was reading an article about writers and their traits. There is a common theme and that is many are introverted. They need to be comfortable with their own company. It is obvious as the discipline is a very solitary activity.
There is nothing worse when you are trying to get a point across than someone yapping at you. That little bit of irritation should be embraced, if you can’t tolerate it, there are only so many times your beloved will put up with, ‘Shut the fuck up!!!!’ before they hit you with something sore.
I think those who have many, many, many social problems should take up writing, it would give them a hobby and an excuse for their behaviour. For example:
– No-one cares about my Fish Odour Syndrome, I am alone because I write.
– Writing is why I stopped taking a shower. I don’t know if that was before or after there was no-one there to notice.
– I am 54 and still live with my mother. But I am a writer and she is the only one who understands that I need to be alone. Except at bath-time.
– I arrange all my friends around the typewriter and insist on silence. They comply. They’re dead.
– My main character is a virgin who has no friends. That is the only reason that I am a virgin with no friends.
– I don’t care what anyone says, I’m not a cunt, I choose to be alone with my writing.
– I will not share my laptop with anyone – I call her Genevieve. We are getting married. We have to.
– I’ve eaten all my friends.
If anyone recognises themselves in the above list – Please don’t tell us! You’ll either need to write a best-seller as the successful are classed as eccentric or seek out some sort of medication and professional help because you have serious problems and honestly, none of them are quirky.
I am an exception, I’m never alone when I write, I have Ron, Jack and Johnnie to keep me company. Sometimes they are all in the same glass.
They inspire and make me sleepy at the same time.
OK, onto the stories.
We had our most prolific writer, a returning author and three new folks showcased this week.
Our topics included; Day-dreams, watching, leaving it to others, abuse and conversing owls.
As always our initial comments follow.
First up was the legend himself. Mr Tom Sheehan started us off on Monday with, ‘A Secret Study Of Jack Wilkens, Drunk.’
‘I do believe that Tom can enchant.’
‘Tom’s style is unusual for today but it is worth every ounce of effort.’
‘There is almost some sort of mystery to this.’
Ed Kratz had his second story published on Tuesday.
Hopefully he will be adding to his back catalogue very soon.
‘Olivia’s Escape‘ was next up.
‘It’s hard not to be moved.’
‘It was a clever take on this, to have all the perceptions from the MC.’
‘The panic, confusion and desperation were particularly well done.’
Our next three writers are all new to the site.
We welcome them, hope they have fun and we ask them to continue to send us their work.
The first newster was Melissa Prideaux, she broke the back of the week with, ‘The Hanging Mum’.
‘You could feel the despair. In fact, you could feel the bravery to carry on.’
‘Melissa really did delve into some darkness.’
‘The MC had a way of coping but the struggle was always there.’
Fara Ling was next up with ‘Daily Bread‘ which was published on Thursday.
‘Very sparse and matter-of-fact which really does add to the point being made.’
‘A poignant piece that tugs at our own guilt.’
‘The guys from the burger van were the only ones who came out with any saving grace – But even they didn’t really check on the boy.’
And we finished off on Friday with Yamna Khan’s, ‘The Amaryllis.’
‘I enjoyed the tone and the imagery.’
‘The owls spoke but we didn’t get any dialogue!’
‘There is a bit of mystique to Yamna’s story. I enjoyed it very much.’
Well that’s the round up, well and truly rounded up.
The usual reminders folks.
Please keep the comments coming. It does our hearts proud to see the life you all put into the site.
And why not have a go at the Sunday Re-Run feature. Just pick an older story that you have enjoyed, write a spiel or introduction and throw in a couple of questions for the author. We will print exactly what you send us.
Well, I will leave you all to your laptops and type writers. It’s a lonely life but all of us have to do it.
One last thing though folks…No matter how lonely you get, don’t join a dating agency for writers. Your match will be judging you, competing with you and using you as inspiration for one of their character’s in their new story.
If you think all has went well and you are feeling a bit amorous, ask them what happens in their book before you go any further. I can assure you, they won’t be simply looking to get their jollies, they will probably be looking for a reaction to a specific deviance.
‘Death By Marrow’ will have nothing to do with over-eating!