#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

January 14, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about dressing up. It can be a child or another character. Be playful or go where the prompt leads!

I never had the opportunity to dress up as a child
It never entered my head
I was far too busy, swimming, skating
Riding any bike I could borrow
I did have a cut-out book
Where I dressed a paper doll with different clothes
This, however, wore off too quick
I wonder now if it might have been
The lack of imagination, or up bringing
Parents need to understand a child
As my granddaughter does with
my little great grand daughter
I love to watch her run around
In nothing but a hat and wellies
Or her father’s big boots…

© Anita Dawes 2021

‘UNDER CADER IDRIS’: The Longest Literary Pregnancy in recent decades!~Alienora Browning

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Some years ago now, I got a fleeting glimpse of a book begun and put aside… a book that felt as if it needed to be written and set free to fly. When I saw that my friend, Alienora Browning, had finally released the book, I was so very glad. It is a story that has long waited to be told…


 The Longest Literary Pregnancy in recent decades!

Alienora Browning  

Back in 1984, when I, a mere stripling of twenty-six, was in my third year as an English teacher, my nightly marking routine was suddenly interrupted by three and a half sentences popping into my mind:

‘The mountains unclouded. They were purple, sharp-pointed. Rain bristled. Two young hares, rump to rump…’

The words arrived from nowhere – and, despite the fourth-form exercise books piled all around me, I took pen and paper and wrote them down.


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My Bundle Of Joy: Part Eleven


This is the eleventh part of a fiction serial, in 815 words.

My thirty-ninth week got off to an unremarkable start. I had noticed a lot more movement, and a change in position of the bump. It wasn’t anything too drastic, but enough to make me notice the difference. Indigestion had got me up during the night, as well as two separate trips to the toilet needing to pee. Another lazy day followed, spent chatting to Rosa as she did my housework, me flopped on the sofa in front of the telly.

It was remarkable how quickly I had lost any feelings of guilt about another woman being paid to clean for me.

I must have dropped off watching some nonsense afternoon film, when I woke up feeling very thirsty. As I reached into a kitchen cupboard for a drinking glass, my waters broke with a gushing sound. It made…

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Dinner experiment


Having discovered to my shock that the cornish pasties I’ve taken a shine to have a whopping 28 syns, even if I had one on my double syn day, they are still too high and therefore off the menu. Bummer. Never mind. Hubby had ‘mine’ today and I experimented with sausages.
The sausages I buy from the butcher in town are low in fat and extremely tasty. Looking them up and erring on the side of caution going by size and fat content, I’ve allowed 4 syns each, so today’s starter for ten was, well, a main course for eight.
I cut them up and cooked them in a frying pan. As expected, very little fat came out of them and they browned nicely. I put some tri colour pasta in boiling water to soak, and diced an onion, chopped some mushrooms and a handful of frozen peppers, then threw…

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Painted Poems

You want me to come home
What is a home?
For you
For me
it’s where my heart is
Not where my heart is
buried under the ground
of your monarchy
You want me to come home
Not because you love me
but because you feel alone
Not because you want me there
but because you hear the whispers
Which tell you
you shouldn’t have done
all the things you had done
You want me to come home
where the walls echo
how rotten you really are
Was it a home?

© W. Donovan

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How To Animate your Book Cover

Story Empire

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Hi SErs! Harmony here. Animated book covers have become all the rage for social media promotion. So, today, I’d like to show  you how to animate a book cover. I’ve discovered both free and fairly cheap Apps to achieve this. At first, I found it a steep learning curve, but once I got the hang of it, I could come up with a great graphic in minutes and have fun into the bargain.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Tablet or Smart Phone
  2. Pixaloop App
  3. Canva App (or any other app where you can generate and save an Instagram-sized PNG.
  4. Video Editing Software (Optional)

On your tablet or smartphone, download both the Pixaloop and Canva Apps. Canva has both free and paid options. The free option offers plenty of scope, so you don’t necessarily need to go for the paid option if you’d rather not.

Pixaloop costs me £17.99…

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Weathering Old Souls, by James J. Cudney and Didi Oviatt… Character Intro: Penelope

Didi Oviatt

Weathering Old Souls is a co-written book that James J. Cudney and I wrote in 2020. It’s a multi-genre tale featuring metaphysical, historical fiction, past-life regression and more. The manuscript has been finished and polished for a couple of months now, and we’re choosing the publisher and launch plans this month. For the last few months, we’ve been releasing character introductions, and this month, we have an intriguing woman to share with you. Before we jump into her profile, you can take a look back at the previous few and prepare for big news on February 11th regarding the timing of this release. The number 211 is important in the book, so it’s fitting that we share key details on that date. From the past, you can meet:

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