Blog Challenges · Flash fiction · Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013

Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013 – Day 31: Write a flash fiction piece involving your fictional character, your hero and your villian

Day 31: Write a flash fiction piece involving your fictional character, your hero and your villain


Matthew hoisted the camera higher, the blaze was raging despite the valiant efforts of the firefighters.  They had got everyone out and it would be easy for him to walk away but if the fire spread the whole block could go up leaving hundreds of people homeless.  different possible solutions raced through his mind each dismissed as impossible to pass off without drawing attention to the fact greater forces were at play.  For the first time in a long while Matthew was stumped, he could see no way to quell the flames.

She looked down as she did so often, her eyes flitting across the continents nothing engaging her thoughts, nothing worthy of her time.  A famine in one land, a flood in another, once she would have interjected, sent rain to water crops, sun to dry the pools but now she did nothing.  Orlando stood watching her, he thought she was unaware of his presence but she knew he loitered in the shadows waiting as always but she felt neither the inclination to encourage or banish him.  If she concentrated hard enough she could summon the memory of what it was to feel but it required so much effort and rewarded her only with pain she seldom indulged the whim.  Then she heard him.

His voice travelled through the air and whispered in her mind as he tried to find a way to save the buildings, she had heard telepathic voices before but they had been nothing more than murmurs, this voice was different though still quiet the tone was urgent and demanding.  She followed the signal back and saw him she sensed his turmoil, could feel the power bubbling beneath the surface caged by his desire to remain unnoticed.  With a flick of her fingers thunder cloud gathered above the blaze and the downpour begun.

She watched as the people who had been watching the fire fighters battle the flames ran for cover until only he remained, staring skyward as if searching for her silently thanking which ever deity had intervened.

The flames fought against the onslaught but gradually smoke was replaced by steam and the threat of more harm averted.  She closed her eyes and willed herself down, down into the restrictive human form, down through the air and the clouds until she felt the earth beneath her feet.  Like a moth to a flame she was drawn to him, fascinated by the secrets he held so close to his heart.  She had deliberately arrived out of sight, she knew that the other mortals would not notice her appearance but she was uncertain as to what he could sense.

Orlando watched as she moved towards the human, torn by his desire to come between them, to claim her as his own and the realisation that for the first time in many many moons there was fire in her eyes.  It would be so easy to strike the feeble mortal down now where he stood but then what?  Watch her fade once more, diminish until nothing but an echo remained.  For now he must stay his hand until the fire within her heart blazed with strength enough to consume the mortal then he would step forth and take his rightful place by her side.

As she approached the sodden man Orlando turned away before his resolve could be tested.

Matthew stood watching the woman walk towards him his feet firmly rooted as if he had lost the ability to move.  Something about her entranced him, he had a feeling they had met before despite the fact he knew they had not, he would have remembered.  He stared straight into her eyes as she drew closer until her body pressed against him.  She was almost as tall as he was and it only required the slightest tilt of the head for her lips to meet his, he felt a warmth flood through ever fibre of his being and knew nothing would ever be quite the same again.

Blog Challenges · Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013

Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013 – Day 30: List your 10 favourite characters from books, television, movies, whatever

Day 30: List your 10 favourite characters from books, television, movies, whatever

Okay here we go I will be honest I think that in this one it will certainly be a case of having to walk away from the computer when I finish or I will be changing them every two minutes.

1) Elizabeth Bennet – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

jennifer-ehle-as-elizabeth-bennet-in-pride-and-prejudice-1995-x-450A strong woman, not afraid to fight against the conventions of the society in which she live, oh and she gets Mr Darcy.


2) Jo March – Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

jo-readingI read this growing up and really identified with the character of Jo, battling for independence against expectations and desperately wanting to write.


3)  Count Dracula – Dracula by Bram Stoker

PrinceVladdThe original vampire (okay technically not the first actual vampire in literature) he was the first vampire I ever read about the first to intrigue me and tantalise with the promise of immortality.


4) The Vampire Lestat – Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Lestat-the-vampire-chronicles-7846022-500-333I could have picked any of the Vampire Chronicles characters as to be honest they are all as captivating as each other, I cannot think of any character which I am indifferent to.


5) Zeke – First Blood by MS Fowle

imagestOkay it’s not actually a picture of him I googled male vampire images and after a lot of drooling decided this represented how I saw him the best, dark brooding a little bit like David Boreanaz in Buffy but with long hair.


6) Frodo Baggins – Lord of the Rings By J R R Tolkien

imageshThis might be the ultimate coming of age story, I love watching the journey Frodo goes on both physically and in terms of personal development.


7)  Professor Snape – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows By JK Rowling

alan-rickman-snape-008For so much of the Harry Potter series of books Snape was a character you despised and hated, intelligent yet cruel and seemingly malicious yet in his final scenes you realise the true qualities not only of the character but the writing in that a few lines can turn your world upside down

8) Reuben – The Wolf Gift By Anne Rice

reuben-in-the-window-valeronAnne Rice’s werewolf hooked me, as sensual as her vampires her latest leading man enticed me into believing that maybe the Lycanthrope life would not be so bad.


9)  Poiret – Murder On the Orient Express By Agatha Christie

poirot460I love Agatha Christie there are some who may argue it is not great literature but what she can do is tell a fantastic story and create amazing characters that have stood the test of time.


10) Bridget – Bridget Jones Diary By Helen Fielding

bridget[1]It has been said she is the Elizabeth Bennet for a modern generation and they do share many qualities though one cannot see Lizzie crying over a man, really loved her character in the books which I felt had far more depth than the films.

Blog Challenges · Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013

Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013 – Day 29: If you had the power to create one thing and bring it into existence, what would you create?


Day 29: If you had the power to create one thing and bring it into existence, what would you create?

This is simple it would of course be a cure to Cancer.  The simple answer would be to create some magic formula that every one was vaccinated with that would ever stop Cancer forming in any of its variations, and a form of Chemotherapy that would destroy all existing cancer cells no matter where they were in the body or how far advanced it is.

However simply to make this post slightly longer and more interesting the more creative answer would be creating a miniature craft such as this..

Innerspace_onesheet_international-7It would be armed with the latest in laser technology and would be shrunk down and injected into the body near the affected area then burn away all signs of cancer and repair any damage caused by it in that area.

Blog Challenges · Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013

Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013 – Day 28: List 5 things you wish you had said and to whom


Day 28: List 5 things you wish you had said and to whom

Hmmmm anyone that knows me will know that not saying things has never been my problem ask me things I wish I had never said and that would be a different matter.  So rather than list 5 things I wish I had said I will talk about the two people who I wished I had asked more of.

Both my grandads died before my own children were born and before I developed a real interest in researching my family tree.  As a result I am left with a lot of dead ends and lost opportunities to tell my children about where they come from.

My mums dad was a prisoner of war held in Germany, and that was about as much as I ever knew he never spoke of it and I never asked you just didn’t back then. But now I think I would have asked questions if not directly then I would have asked about growing up in a family that you felt so hurt by you lied about your age to sign up, I would have asked so many questions about his parents and knowing what I know now from my grandma about his family I would have understood him so much better than I had the chance to.

What we experience shapes who we are if we hide what made us who we are we give people the wrong impression of ourselves.

The same is true of my dads dad, he never mentioned family at all other than one brother who came to visit, maybe if my grandma had been alive it may have been different but she died before I was a year old.  There are so many not necessarily secrets but things left unsaid on this side of the family it seems impossible that the truth will ever be known despite the fact I could have been walking past relatives houses on a daily basis and never known who they were.

I would say if you have older relatives ask the questions, learn their stories, cherish their memories, tomorrow they may all be gone and then it will be too late

Blog Challenges · Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013

Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013 – Day 27: If you were famous describe what you would be famous for, how you became famous, what you would do with your fame


Day 27: If you were famous describe what you would be famous for, how you became famous, what you would do with your fame

This one is actually quite easy, I will of course be not only famous by critically acclaimed for my writing (if your gonna blow your own trumpet may as well use a full orchestra)  I will have a string of best selling novels and short story collections several of which will have been adapted for TV and film ( no point going with half measures)

What would I do with my wealth and fame well of course I would look after my family and have a lovely home but there are a few causes which would also benefit, I would create a research programme funded to find a cure to cancer with the promise of a cash prize for the scientist who found it that pharmaceutical companies could not outbid without the tax man asking lots and lots of questions about the payment.

I would also fund a dogs home which I would get one of my friends Dave to run caring for dogs in their twilight years unlikely to be rescued by anyone from shelters.  At my own home I would have a huge stable block where alongside the horses I and my family would ride would be rescue horses some of which would spend their remaining years out enjoying the pastures and others which would be rehabilitated and re-homed to the most loving, responsible families and stables possible.

Blog Challenges · Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013

Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013 – Day 26: List 5 – 10 books you wish had been written


Day 26: List 5 – 10 books you wish had been written

Should I actually answer this? Surely books I wish had been written are ones I may potentially write?  These challenges really do make you think not only about the answers but about how you interpret the question itself, so I think I will take this as sequels, prequels, and companion books to ones I really loved.

1)  Lots of sequels have been written for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice but I would love to have seen a prequel and a sequel for Persuasion.  The prequel could explore the young lovers first meeting and the events that led to Anne refusing Captain Wentworth and his decision to head to sea.  The the sequel could follow the fortunes of all the characters after Anne and Wentworth’s wedding, will his money overcome the families snobbery and what will happen to the ancestral home once their cousin gets his hands upon it.

2) I would want another Vampire Chronicle written by Anne Rice I really loved the characters of Pandora and Gabrielle and though there was one book written about Pandora’s story am sure there was enough for another and I would really like to know what happened once Gabrielle gained her immortal freedom from her husbands tyranny.

3)  I would actually want more in the Harry Potter series while I fully accept that the place she stopped does make sense for her in terms of wanting to write other things I would love to have read more about the magical world and though Voldemort in no more as the ‘big bad’ I am sure lots of other avenues could have been explored in terms of their adult careers and the children’s exploits at Hogworts.

4)  More of the First Series by MS Fowle (sorry Mel) I fell in love with her characters and was gutted when she decided to end the series, as I said of Anne Rice’s series and the Harry Potter books it was a nice neat place to make that choice but I do think there was so much opportunity for building on what was already a fanstastic series

5) The one lurking in the back of my head interfering with the one I am writing at the minute.

Blog Challenges · Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013

Stories and Lists July Blog Challenge 2013 – Day 25: Create a fictional world and describe it in 500 words or less


Day 25: Create a fictional world and describe it in 500 words or less

It is strange that when I create my fictional landscapes technology does not really feature and we return to a simpler time.  The land scape is one of craggy mountains on the horizon that glow with an unearthly purple haze as the sunsets behind them.  Meadows and pastures abound filled with cattle grazing on the lush grass and children gather flowers to present at the altar of the Goddess.

The altar itself stands in a wooded glade, dappled light falls over it, carved from pure white crystal it is an embodiment of all the is good in the land, upon in it in crystal chalices are the flowers from the day before gathered by the children for only they are truly pure enough in their hearts to lay the offerings there.

Along a rutted, dirt road a village stands, quaint cottages with thatched roofs dotted around a communal square with doubles as the trading market, the people here have no need for money they trade with their neighbours, each producing different goods and produce for the good of all.

Though they do not live in luxury, none here know poverty, hunger or want they each strive to better the world for all and would die before turning their back on anyone in difficulty.  There is no crime as such simply because there is no want, occasionally an abomination is born though the do not know it for many years, they are dealt with as their transgressions against the community demand based on severity but very rarely is anyone banished for that would only send the problem to somewhere else and they would be unprotected against the evil.  Where evil cannot be corrected than a sacrifice must be made for the greater good of all.

All over the land people live this way occasionally they travel from one village to another when they have an abundance of any produce or a match must be made by a younger member of the community and all are welcomed no matter where they wonder

Over seeing the matches are the chosen ones, women of great age and wisdom who have seen more than fifty summers and live apart from their families in a special hut together they pray to the Goddess for guidance in ensuring their way of life endures.

The way of life is hard but not harsh time is made to swim in the stream and to walk hand in hand through the meadows life is lived and rejoiced in, by the light of the fire they gather on an evening and the story tellers regale them with stories not of war and strife but of the land they will travel to after this where life is even more perfect for those pure enough to enter.