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Picture This: Episode 9

The penultimate episode of Picture This has arrived. I know I say it a lot, but this year has flown by. I hope you enjoy the following prompt and my interpretation.

Prompt:

My Interpretation:

The waves gently lick at my feet as I watch the sunset, but don’t really see it. I can hear the gentle crunch of sand as Peter approaches behind me. When he asked me to meet him here, I knew it was to talk about everything… about us.

We were so happy, blissful even. Why did we have to come on this holiday? His Dad is so adverse to the idea of me as a long term partner for Peter, a wife, that he declared in front of the whole family in the restaurant that if Peter marries me, he will be cut out of the business and will. It’s also suspiciously convenient that the woman he’d prefer to call a daughter in law is here with us this week.

Peter sighs behind me, but doesn’t say anything. I can’t look at him right now. I need my resolve.

“Let me start,” I say on an intake of breath. “I know how much the business means to you, and I know how serious your father is in his words. Sometimes, love isn’t enough in life. If I thought you’d resent me in one year, five, twenty because you bet it all on me, I wouldn’t be able to stand it. Now, is your chance to walk away. I’ll make it easy and won’t turn back.”

I expect him to say something, but he doesn’t. The only sound is that of his feet in the sand as he walks away. Did I really think he’d go? I don’t know. I see the sunset now, setting on my happiness.


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Picture This: Episode 4

I saw this stock picture and just had to use it. It jumped out at me for being equally amusing and creepy.

Feel free to join in with your own interpretation.

Picture Prompt:

My Interpretation:

The thought of going into work again makes me feel physically sick. I can’t look at that building and not regret the live I should have… still could have if I had the balls and the devil may care attitude of someone ten years younger and no mortgage.

I don’t even like my colleagues. Pretending to be happy advising the rich what to spend their money on when our salary barely affords us a weekend break away every two years.

I tell myself the same thing every morning. ‘Go in, do my job, get paid.’ I am saving for early retirement, every extra pound goes toward getting out of the rat race. And that means not spending my lunchbreaks down the pub with the team.

Suki invites me every day, and every day I tell her the same excuse. ‘Thanks, but I have got to pop home and let the human out.’

As if I own a human. Those things are way to high maintenance. My mum’s human still hasn’t learnt to shit on the garden yet.


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The Final Blog Series of 2019

This sounds ominious considering it is only September, but fear not, the final series will start on September 25th and run for 10 weeks until November 27th. That leaves me free in December for Christmassy goodness.

The final series, that will be called Picture This, is a picture prompt related series as you, the readers, requested.

I will find 10 pictures that spark inspiration in me and write short stories based on them.


I hope you stick around for the next series. Feel free to join in and share your stories with me.

Also, please note that I will be sharing posts for #authortoolboxbloghop every 3rd Wednesday (excluding Nov and Dec). These posts are writing experience related.


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Picture Prompt 10/08/17

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Here is another of my Instagram picture prompts for you to get creative with. I invite you to have a go at writing a sentence/paragraph/short story to accompany the picture. Remember to link your post back to me, so I can read your creations and spotlight them in the next picture prompt post.

You can find me on Instagram by following this link.

Prompt:

 

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*This picture was taken at Kynance Cove, Cornwall*

“There’s a boy out there!” I shout, squinting from the glare of the sun on the water.

He appears to be waist deep in the sea, but is surely at least two hundred yards out. He’d be way out of his depth. His clothes are wet, and his hair slick to his face. I know he looks at me for a little hand waves in my direction.

“Where?” Sally asks, scanning the water.

“He was just there,” I reply, desperately searching for the boy. Nothing disturbs the water. How? “I swear, he was right there. He waved to me.”

The elderly metal detectorist not a few metres away from us starts packing his stuff away in a fluster. “Ya girls best be getting back to ya hotel. Go on, now. Do not come back here, do ya hear? Try the north coast. Better waves, so they say.”

Sally scoffs. “Excuse me, why would we not come back here? We’re on holiday, Sir.”

“Just do as ya’r told,” he barks, and we both edge away from him.

“Let’s go,” I urge Sally, pulling her away.

She roots herself firmly in the sand. “I heard the locals don’t like the tourists a whole lot, but that’s just rude. Who does he think he is?” She turns back to the man. “We will go where we like, thanks all the same.”

The man growls in his throat, but offers a shrug. “Ah, do what ya like. Don’t say, Old Tom didn’t warn ya. Once ya have seen him, it’s a watery end for ya.”

“Seen who?” I ask, the hairs on my arms standing on end.

“The drowned boy is who.”


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Over on my Instagram account, I post fortnightly picture prompts that I have snapped because they inspire me in my writing. I invite you to have a pop at writing a sentence or paragraph to accompany it. You can find me on Instagram by following this link.

If you do not have an Instagram account, but would like to join in, you can post your sentence/ paragraph in the comments, and I will feature them in the next Picture Prompt post right here on my blog with links back to you.

Picture Prompt:

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They pollute their lungs, litter their environment, and all for what…an addiction? They don’t realise how easy they make my job. Each cigarette stub they flick to the ground is teeming with their DNA. Once it is discarded in this way, I can legally take them. What I do next is not strictly legal, but my creations need life, and what sort of father would I be if I didn’t give my children what they need?


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Fortnightly Picture Prompts

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Over on my Instagram account, I post fortnightly picture prompts that I have snapped because they inspire me in my writing. I invite you to have a pop at writing a sentence or paragraph to accompany it. You can find me on Instagram by following this link.

If you do not have an Instagram account, but would like to join in, you can post your sentence/ paragraph in the comments, and I will feature them in the next Picture Prompt post right here on my blog with links back to you.

Picture Prompt:

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Here is my paragraph inspired by this picture prompt:

They call it ‘Hangman’s Tree’. I know where it is, but I daren’t venture into the woods to see it first hand. The noose is for those who cannot contribute, and fail to complete the training or the tests. It’s either ‘The Noose’ or ‘The Walk’. No one wants to make that walk, or suffer the separation after. The Elders actually encourage The Noose- they say that The Walk is a great dishonour and those who fail should bring mercy to their families. My brother took The Noose only twelve months ago. I feel no mercy- all I feel is hatred toward the regime; a regime I shall burn to the ground.


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