Short Fiction, Writing

Week 311 – Everything, Long Legged Linda And That Dirty, Dirty Water.

Well here we are at Week 311.

I was saddened this week to read of the death of Christopher Plummer.

Not as sad as I was when I became aware of ‘The Sound Of Music’.

To be fair, I haven’t seen it all the way through, just a look at those weird weans gives me the fear.

Anyhow, Christopher Plummer was in my favourite Sherlock Holmes movie of all time. ‘Murder By Decree’. Although I truly believe it is more a documentary. Those fucking royals and their Jack The Ripper pals, who will they oppress, abuse and lock away next? It makes you wonder why they only killed Diana.

RIP Mr Plummer, that Sherlock film and ‘Remember’ were two of your best.

Whilst I’m typing this, I’m listening to Planet Rock Radio Station and the wonderful ‘Broken Down Angel’ by Nazareth is playing. I feel humbled that the Rock God that is Alice Cooper is playing a Scottish Group from Dunfermline.

We really have had a lot of submissions in this week and that is all good but a question sort of raised its head and I wonder what you folks think.

As advice to any new writers out there, is it better to stick to one genre and cut their teeth on that or should they experiment with all types?

I probably think it’s easier to write what you are comfortable with to begin with. But I suppose there is a thinking that if you’re good, you will probably make a reasonable fist of anything. Which in turn means if you are, well, story challenged, it won’t matter as, well, you should take up colouring in. (And listen to the old hands – Stay in the fucking lines, outside is not expressing your self. And no matter what, keep colouring in the same direction, you are not a visionary if you colour in all directions, you are a prick and should be punched in the eyelashes.)

Most of our writers have an established genre and every now and then they venture somewhere else. There are very few that have had all specific types published but when I think on it, some of our writers could have multiple categories within the one story. So no matter the main genre, a wee dip into the others is always a joy to read.

Fantasy romance would be difficult to sell to me and romance into anything is just a recipe to ruin!

Okay onto this week’s stories.

We had two new writers to the site, two gentlemen and me.

Our topics this week include; rhymes, the norm, sharing information, love and felines.

As always our initial comments follow.

First up on Monday was Marco Etheridge.

Marco has been a frequent contributor to the site for the last two years. He is a true gentleman and a delight to work with.

Brought Down By Y’ was his ninth story for us. One more and he is in that under 3% bracket of double figure story tellers.

‘The tone was excellent.’

‘The descriptive passages were very good.’

‘The reflections of the generations were spot on.’

And on Tuesday we had another gentleman and stalwart of the site.

Fred Foote had his 65th story for us.

Urban Violence’ was next up,

‘There is a horrible truth within.’

‘A Powerful social comment.’

‘Reasoned and accessible for all to learn from.’

I broke the back of the week.

I’ve broke a few things in my time.

Folks spirit.

Folks spirituality.

A hostel cot. (I hate kids and DIY – They gave me a cot to build up – What the fuck did they expect?)

And a CD holder that only lasted twenty minutes of me trying to build it. (Gwen should have divorced me but she knew what the pile of wood was beside the garage that day and what had happened – She knows me so well.)

Anyhow, I had my story, ‘ Do The Right Thing‘ published.

I had a bit of fun with it. And if anyone is interested, the mincemeat omelette is a real thing – Check out YouTube but I wouldn’t recommend you trying out the recipe.

As always, I thank Diane for her help and tolerance.

Our next two writers were both new to the site.

We welcome them, hope they have fun on the site and we want to see much more of their work.

The Kitty Cat Man was published on Thursday, the author was Erik Sorenson.

‘The tone and style were excellent.’

‘Funny and grim and gruesome and scary.’

‘Maybe serious, maybe not. But no matter what, this was a helluva lot of fun.’

And on Friday we had our other débutante.

Elab Haber finished off the week with ‘The Dying Disease‘.

‘It is a very poignant story.’

‘There is a lot more to this than it first seems.’

‘An excellent piece of writing.’

That’s us for another week folks.

The usual reminders, please keep the comments coming – They really do lift the site.

And why not have a go at the Sunday Re-Run feature. Pick an older story that you’ve enjoyed, write a spiel or introduction and throw in a few questions for the writer. We’ll publish exactly what you send us.

I thought since I started with a death I’d finish off with a famous birthday. Here’s a laugh, when I typed in famous birthdays, probably the first forty out of fifty ‘celebrities’ I didn’t know. They were all youngsters who were considered YouTube stars.

I think in this day and age the word ‘celebrity and ‘star’ has been bastardised into some sort of contradiction in terms.

I did find that Cliff Burton of Metallica would have been fifty-nine this week if he hadn’t been killed. I wasn’t a great Metallica fan but I did like ‘Sandman’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’. I was never convinced of their version of ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ It would take a lot to beat ‘Thin Lizzy’.

So instead of having an opposite ending, I’ve sort of stayed the same.

And I don’t care who knows it, I prefer Status Quo to Metallica!

Hugh

Image – Google images.

7 thoughts on “Week 311 – Everything, Long Legged Linda And That Dirty, Dirty Water.”

  1. I am a big admirer of Chistopher Plummer. Upon hearing of his death I rented a special performance of the play “Barrymore,” which Plummer earned a Tony for in the 1990’s. He was 81 when the special performance was filmed. Yet he nailed it with energy and his overall brilliance was still intact. I have never seen, nor do I harbor any desire to see, The Sound of Music, but I do like Julie Andrews.
    We also lost Hal Holbrook, at 95, who may or may not have been all that well known in Europe. Amongst many things other things, he produced and starred in a great one show as Mark Twain for more than SIXTY years. Really can’t be all that sad for persons who were still in the harness in their nineties, but I’ll miss them all the same.

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    1. Hi Leila,
      Thanks al always!
      I didn’t know that Hal Holbrool had died.
      I know some of his work which probably emphasises what type of viewer I am. I have a vague recollection of him in ‘All The Presidents Men’ – I should really watch that again, I haven’t seen it in years. But the films that stand our for me are ‘Magnum Force’ and ‘Creepshow’ – As I said, shows the type of viewer!!
      If you haven’t seen ‘Murder By Decree’ I would highly recommend it. Anthony Quail, James Mason, John Gielgud and Frank Finlay join Mr Plummer in such an entertaining film.
      ‘Remember’ is also beyond brilliant.
      I’ve also been wondering, since you have mentioned the character of ‘Begbie’ if you have ever seen ‘Wedding Belles’? This is a not so known Welsh film.
      Shirley Henderson deserved an Oscar for her speech regarding her father abusing her. That is Scottish humour at it’s darkest whilst still being heartbreaking.
      Sad most people only know her as ‘Moaning Myrtle’ in those ‘Potter’ films. Which are others that I have never sat down and watched.
      See if you can find it Leila, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
      Hugh

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      1. I will check out that film, but first I have finally rented Trainspotting 2. I’ve got thirty days to open it in. I’m just hoping to hell that it doesn’t come off like that godawful Godfather III, or stale the way long forestalled sequels so often do.
        Thanks again. You have good taste. Mine is dubious. Hate the Potter movies.
        LA

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    1. Hi Dave,
      Thanks as always.
      You used a word that everyone should write by – Fun! It should always be fun.
      If you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t matter how well you do it.

      All the very best my friend.
      Hugh

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