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road, tarmac

Tarmac, Image by ajavargas via Morguefile. https://morguefile.com/search/morguefile/2/asphalt/pop

I’ve been having a bit of fun with Prime Number Magazine’s monthly 53 Word flash fiction competition. Entries have to be 53 words exactly, excluding the title. It’s such a fun little exercise to get the juices flowing. This was my entry in the August comp. It didn’t win, but I enjoyed myself. The theme was “melting”.

 

Summer Evening Ritual

I crouch down and touch the road with the back of my hand, flinching away almost instantly. The sun has given the bitumen the texture of Nana’s fresh baked molasses cookies. Then I look up into the huge hope-filled doggy eyes. “Sorry, buddy, no walk for you tonight. It’s just too damn hot.”

 

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It’s been quite a while (eighteen months or so) since I updated this blog. I’ve found life as the mother of of a very active little toddler pretty busy. I am still writing but I’ve been moonlighting under another pen name, which I’m keeping secret for now.

The latest news is that I have a story to appear in the upcoming anthology 100 Stories for Queensland, a not for profit book to raise money for the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. The collection contains flash fiction from 100 authors, some local and some from further afield and has been put together with a lot of hard work by Trevor Belshaw and Jodi Cleghorn (who has a nifty writing site called Write Anything). It’s due to be released in March and I’m pretty excited about reading the other stories and seeing something of mine in print on actual paper this time!

That’s all for now. Further bulletins as events warrant.