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Rain

I am linking up to two writing challenges this week, one new and one old one I haven’t joined for a while!

I’m joining in The Theme Game from Redpeffer for the second week (ahead of the deadline this time!).

Redpeffer The Theme Game

I’m also back in the game with the 100WCGU over at Julia’s Place. To find out more about 100WCGU and read the other entries from this week, click on the image at the end of this post.

This week’s theme is Water  and the 100WCGU prompt is …tea, coffee, hot chocolate or… so the total number of words allowed is 105.

Rain

It’s raining again.

Water drops

Image credit: Kangshutters @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I had been trying to get some work done but the rhythmic drumming slowed my racing thoughts and I found myself staring out of the window. After a while the intensity lessened but the music played on in my head as I watched they droplets make their way down the window pane. The streetlight caught the static drops, turning them into tiny stars.

“Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or..?”

“What? I mean, pardon?”

“To drink, Mum? You ok? You were miles away…” She looked at my outstretched arm, frowning.

“I’m fine.” I smiled. Just trying to touch the stars.”

There’ll be puddles tomorrow.

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Jack – 100WCGU #108

It’s been a while since I did a 100 WCGU entry. I felt my creativity needed the exercise this week, hence the two posts in one week (I know, I’m on a roll! For now…) – both posts were inspired by this week’s prompt, which was simply the word Fall. If you’re wondering what 100WCGU is all about, click on the image at the bottom of this post to find out more and read other entries (or even add your own!).

Jack

Jack sat bolt upright and opened his eyes. ‘I don’t want to fall asleep.’
Maria closed her eyes, just for a second, before breathing out slowly.
‘Why not?’ She did her best to smile.
‘I need to speak to her. It doesn’t make sense… I mean, it’s not possible! The coin is too heavy…’ Maria’s face softened. She desperately wanted to reach out and you hold him. Instead, she tried to find the words to bring him back. ‘It’s magic Jackie.’ Jack looked up
‘Magic?’ He’d stopped shaking.
‘Yes… It’s, er… Very scientific.’
She was rewarded with a gap-toothed grin…

 

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100WCGU #89 – Maisie and Abby

I haven’t taken part in the #100WCGU for ages, being a bit short on time lately, but this week’s photo prompt (below) shouted out at me to join in. This short story will also help me along with part of my novel, although it won’t be included..!

100WCGU image prompt

“Shall we jump in then?”
“I used to swim with Madeline.” Abigail’s eyes had that faraway look again.
“Maisie! Lunchtime!” Her Mum called from the near distance, where she had a picnic laid out.
“Can Abby come?” Maddy winced. She was sure she had never mentioned the wrenching loss of her twin sister to Maisie, or indeed even that she had existed and yet this was the name she had chosen for her latest imaginary friend. She slapped on a smile, for her daughter.

“Yes of course she can. I would love to have her here,” she said, with feeling.

To find out more about #100WCGU and read the other entries from this week, click on the image below.

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Ordinary People – Interview with Julia Skinner

I’ve been blogging for just over three years now (how time flies!) and throughout, my focus has been on writing, people and poetry. The focus switches from time to time but everything here should fall under one of those categories. Back in 2009, I launched a series of interviews under the ‘People’ category. If you’ve been reading for a while you may remember it, I called it ‘Ordinary People.’

I’ve always been interested in people, and what motivates them to do what they do, especially when they do it well. Each interview in the series was with someone I admire – usually for creative reasons. This year I have decided to re-launch the series.

For my first interview, I caught up with Julia Skinner of Julia’s place.  Julia is a retired (but not retiring!) headteacher (primary school) who is not wasting a second of her time. Since handing in her headteacher’s hat in 2008, she has taken on a variety of creative projects. She manages three blogs – her main site, one about her experiences as a headteacher and one that showcases her Project 365 photos. She also contributes to various creative writing websites. In addition, Julia is a school governor and the founder of the 100WC project, is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16.

Did you have any plans of what you wanted to do before you retired or was the plan just to rest..?
Julia SI had presumed that ‘life’ would fill in the days. I thought I’d do some consultancy work with schools, catch up with my reading, get fit & ‘do lunch’! I had intended to learn to play the piano. As it was, the first six months were hell. I cried EVERY day. I just didn’t have anything or anyone to worry about. I suffer from anxiety & the vacuum of no school meant my demons came flooding in. My wonderful hubby got me through it, together with twitter!

You’ve taken on quite a lot since then, and I’m sure you have other personal commitments too. How do you manage your time?
Not well! I do sometimes forget to ‘check the diary’ & find myself chasing my tail. I start the day at the PC & have a routine for each day that includes cleaning, shopping & spending time with hubby. We try to go out on an adventure every Wednesday and even take a picnic with us.

Tell us a bit about the 100WC challenge and your motivation behind it
It started as an idea to get more people visiting my blog ‘The Head’s Office’. I used to do a similar challenge with an American blogger and thought it could be adapted for schools. As it’s grown it has become my second career!

You now have a team of volunteers behind 100WC, to ensure every child receives comments on his/her work. How did you manage when you were doing it by yourself?
When I started 100WC I said that if the children posted, I would comment. That was fine until it got to around 150 each week and I was eating & sleeping 100WC! I now have some volunteers who follow a set of guidelines and between them, they leave a comment for each child. My aspiration is that each child gets three to four comments from a grown up but with an average of 700 entries each week, I need lots more volunteers. If any of your readers have an hour to spare do get in touch!

I love the weekly prompts on your main blog, the 100WCGU. Tell us how this came out of the 100WC project.
Well, it seemed an obvious extension. Originally, both the challenges were coming from the same blog but as the grown-ups could be a tiny bit saucy and the children might stray into the wrong place and read stories that are unsuitable for a younger audience, they now have their own spaces.

You write, bake, and dabble in amateur photography, what’s the appeal of each of these creative outlets?
I’ve never considered myself creative in any way. I think I associated creativity with art and art with painting. Joining in with some of the memes* and the blogging world in general has given me the confidence to have a go. Much to my surprise, I’ve found that I really enjoy it.

Do you have a preferred creative channel?
No. I’m happy to have a go at most things. I do need to get out the keyboard that we bought when I retired & have a go at playing it!

What or who inspires you to create?
Other bloggers. If they can do it – so can I!

Tell us a secret (or something surprising about yourself)
I have very low self esteem but my wonderful third husband (yes – I’ve been married three times!) really keeps me going each day.

Thanks taking part Julia! I hope you enjoying answering these questions as much as I enjoyed learning more about you.

Daff big (1)To find out more about Julia, head over to her main website and/or follow her on twitter.

If you would like to find out more about (and get involved with) the 100WC project, head over to the website to find out more.

*What’s a meme?

100WCGU #76 – It’s not you…

Another 100WCGU entry. This week’s prompt was …beneath the surface…

It’s not you…
‘It’s just… Well, we’re different aren’t we?’ Kayleigh shifted in her seat, as if that would make the conversation any easier.
‘But I thought…? We said..?’ Aiden’s face turned pink.
‘Sorry, I… I just don’t think we’re right for each other.’ Kayleigh looked down.
‘Ok…Well… thanks for telling me in person, anyway. I… I’d better go…’ Beneath the surface, his emotions fought for space. His chest tight, he walked away quickly, fighting the desire to look back one last time. As he turned the corner, the overflow reached his eyes.

Wondering what the 100WCGU is? Click on the image below to find out more and read other entries from this week.
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100WCGU #73 – The piano’s notes

I’m back! It’s been too long  since I did a 100WCGU entry but this week I was inspired by the 100WC entries and decided to give the same prompt a go myself.

The prompt this week was The notes from the piano. Here’s my effort (below):

The piano’s notes
The notes from the piano had become more aggressive. They started off sympathetic; ‘ Sadie, I know you miss Steve, I do too… Perhaps we can support each other?’ But lately they were downright threatening. After a particularly nasty note, I decided to confront it.

It looked the same, innocent and inanimate. I lifted the lid and started to play. Nothing. When I stood up, the piece Steve had been working on fell into my lap. The piano played and the music overwhelmed me. Each note made me start to believe I could one day be whole again. It was the first time I cried.

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100WCGU – Week #61: Another headache

Another headache
I woke with another headache, backache and a raging thirst. Something didn’t feel right. Not at all. As I sat up a disembodied voice spoke. ‘Good morning Nadia.’ Where was I? ‘You must be thirsty. Have a drink.’  I drank the water on my nightstand (but was it my nightstand..?) and immediately felt better.  I could hear crying coming from somewhere nearby. A baby..? Instinctively I started to move towards it but as I reached the door music started to play and I had a sudden urge to lie down and sleep. I would investigate the crying later. Perhaps tomorrow.

Click on the image below to find out more about 100WCGU and read the other entries from this week.