FFfAW: Perfect Position

This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a challenge that asks you to write a story of 75-175 words based on the photo prompt below. This week’s prompt was provided by TJ Paris. Thank you, TJ!

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Photo prompt – © TJ Paris

Perfect Position

Viordan clambered up the scaffolding with the ease of long practice, the familiar weight of his satchel on his back. His presence would pass unquestioned – no one cared about the artist’s assistant, especially when the artist himself was below being congratulated on his work.

Today the Grand Master had officially completed the final panel on the ceiling of the Imperial Palace’s great hall, bringing their long project to an end. They’d spent years perched above the bustle of the court, palace life continuing on regardless of the divinely inspired art being created overhead.

The position couldn’t have been more perfect.

He’d never expected his youthful love of painting to be of use in his adult life – though he should have realised that anything was possible when working for Intelligence. Still, the assignment had surprised him from the start. Being able to indulge his art while collecting the information his masters required was an unexpected pleasure.

Today his assignment changed.

Viordan withdrew the crossbow from his bag and lined up his perfect shot at the throne.

Word count: 175

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TLT: Tug-of-War

This post is for Sonya’s Three Line Tales, a challenge that asks you to write three lines based on the photo prompt below.

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Photo prompt – © Wynand von Poortvlien

Tug-of-War

With feet apart, teeth bared and fists clenched, they battled yet again for supremacy. Chloe turned away, dialling a familiar number on her phone. She refused to be the prize in her parents’ tug-of-war any longer.

Changing Seasons 2016: May

This post is for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons photography challenge. This year I’m sharing a selection of pictures taken around my favourite place in the village – the wildflower meadow, wooded area and stream. I was determined to get this month’s galleries up before the end of the month! Don’t forget to click on the galleries to see the pictures in a larger size.

Here are a few photographs from around the meadow:

The change in the meadow over the course of the month has been very noticeable. In early May the dandelions were the main feature, changing from their bright yellow flowers to a host of delicate ‘clocks’ with only the occasional splash of colour and variety from red campion, forget-me-nots and daisies. Further flowers, however, appeared as the week’s processed: white campion, buttercups, tufted vetch, clover, cats ear (or possibly hawks beard) and birdsfoot trefoil – plus others that I was unable to identify!

Here are some closer views of the flowers:

Last month the bluebells were the central feature of the little area of woodland beside the stream. This month, with the canopy finally filling with greenery, the bluebells faded – though not before I managed to capture a few more shots. Focus instead shifted to the blossom on the trees and, in the last few days, to the rhododendron bush, bursting into glorious flower.

As well as flowers, this month has also seen an abundance of insect life. I tried my best to capture this but unfortunately little seemed to want to stay still long enough for me to take a picture! The butterflies are a perfect example. I decided to include the picture in the end as capturing even a slightly out of focus shot was a triumph with the two tiny creatures so constantly on the move! I also have lots of other pictures of out of focus bees and bugs that I thought I’d better not inflict on you… 🙂

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this month’s visit to my favourite place. If you’d like to compare the views now to those from previous months, you can follow the links below.

February

March

April

Just a final note for anyone who’s curious (and still reading) – after sorting through all of the photographs I took this month, I still had a 118 pictures to choose from for this post. Somehow (rather brutally) I managed to whittle it down to 34! Whilst this is still far more than the 5-20 the Cardinal asks us to share, I couldn’t bear to cut anything else out. This means, though, that I now have another 84 pictures sitting in my media file waiting for a chance to be shared…

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No More

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Image from Shutterstock

No More

You take and
You take,
Never caring,
Never wondering who
You hurt.

You rant and
You rave,
Throwing accusations,
Throwing blame
Regardless of truth.

It’s time,
Time to realise
The only one to blame
For your misfortune
Is you.

Six Word Story: Luck

This post is for The Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge. This week’s theme is luck.

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Copper circle glints: fortune’s promise claimed.


I have to admit that I was a little stumped at first when it came to this week’s prompt. I had a number of different ideas but nothing that really leapt out at me. Then I visited the blog of the lovely Sabina Ayne and discovered that today is National Lucky Penny Day. This immediately brought one of my favourite traditional rhymes to mind:

See a penny,
Pick it up,
All day long you’ll have good luck.

See a penny,
Let it be,
Then bad luck will come to thee.

See a penny,
Pass it on,
Then your luck will never end.

 I noticed when googling the rhyme that everyone seems to have a slightly different version of it. I’d love to know which version you know.

TLT: The Long Wait

This post is for Sonya’s Three Line Tales, a challenge that asks you to write three lines in response to the photo prompt below.

The Long Wait

She’d held his promise to write close to her heart, waiting patiently each day for the mail to arrive. Disappointment failed to dull anticipation, even as weeks accumulated into years. Someday she’d receive the missive that would allow her to rest in peace.

Echoes of my Neighbourhood – The Village

This post is for Jacqueline’s Echoes of my Neighbourhood challenge. Unfortunately it’s a day late as today was the first day I’ve had free where the weather was actually nice enough to leave the house! This week I decided to wander around the village and photograph a few of the views that I haven’t captured in a while.

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There are some lovely buildings to be found throughout the village. The first picture below is the old smithy, though it’s now just used as a shed. The photograph beside it shows the post box which can be found in the front garden of someone’s house – the building used to be the post office, though it was converted a great many years ago!

The lanes around the village are wonderfully peaceful to walk around. I always love to see what’s growing on the verges.

Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a few close-ups of the flowers I found! Interestingly there was a sign next to the white flowers pictured below, asking that they not be cut as they’re rare. I’ve been trying to find out what they are but so far I’ve not had any luck.

I hope you all like the pictures. I’d love to know if you have a favourite.