Monday, 29 October 2012

100 Words - Winter Drums

I'm a bit late this week (it's actually last week already...).  Seeing as it's pretty-much Hallowe'en, I thought I'd give this one a spooky twist.

The prompt, from Julia's Place, via LimeBirdWriters, is: "and winter will bring"

Friday, 19 October 2012

100 Words - It can't be that time...

I beat the LimeBird Writers to the challenge this week, haha!

The prompt from Julia's Place is: "It can't be that time".

This week, Julia's Place is explicit about the word count; 100 words, plus the prompt, totalling 105.

I swear it's becoming easier to write after all this practice. I had an idea forming in my mind even as I wrote the prompt down.

See my attempt below...

Friday, 12 October 2012

100 Words - I woke with another Headache

The prompt, once again from LimeBirds via Julia's Place is: "I woke with another headache".  Thankfully, there are no further restrictions this week.

My mind was devoid of ideas. But, like a sourdough culture that's been completely used up, I managed to scrape some bits off the inside, add some fluid and get it going again.  Let me know if it worked.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Staccato: People Watching - The Bomb

Author's Foreword

As discussed over on LimeBirdAmber's post, people watching can be fun and a good source of inspiration for writers and actors.  I wanted to take the idea one step further and demonstrate how inadvertently catching part of someone else's conversation could lead to a series of events that spiral out of control.

As you may know, I've been putting myself through a series of tests prior to this year's NaNoWriMo in an effort to expand my writing experience.  In the following short story, a character thinks he catches part of someone's conversation and acts on the snippet of intelligence (rightly or wrongly...).  The remaining sections each describe a possible alternative path the story could take.

LimeBirdAmber once wrote "Write different endings if you're having trouble. You may find one you like." (Read more:

Sunday, 7 October 2012

100 Words - Suddenly, it was in my Hand

Foreword: OK, I failed this time.  The total word count is 127 words, including the prompt, which is 21 words over the allowance.  However, I think I made a reasonable attempt and will try harder next time...

The prompt, from LimeBird Writers, originally from Julia's Place, is not a picture this time, but the short phrase: "Suddenly, it was in my hand".  Julia's prompt also specified the approach should be in the genre of comedy (although this section of the prompt seems to have been largely ignored by the LimeBirds):


OK, so I've started writing again and I'm really looking to test myself this time, to keep things interesting.

Rather than diving straight into another completely unfinished novel, I thought I'd try some personal challenges.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Side Note on TypeScript


This is a slight break from the usual random short stories and bad poetry, but I thought I'd add my view on the new TypeScript programming language from Microsoft.  My work-time life is spent developing websites and database systems and I had the pleasure and privilege to meet Mr. Shanku Niyogi, Director of Test from the Visual Studio team at Microsoft yesterday.  Shanku was the guest speaker at a VBug organised Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event at Microsoft, Reading, UK and spoke on several topics in and around Microsoft's new IDE.  One of the topics that came up, and one which Shanku spent some time on, was the subject of TypeScript.

Monday, 1 October 2012

100 Words - Mirror Time

I've grabbed another 100 Word Story prompt from LimeBird Writers.  This one is a little bit... weirder... than the last.

Image Prompt originally from Julia's Place