THE NEW KING

He looked down upon his ragtag army of waifs and strays, born and reared in the streets, just like him.

Now they had organisation and purpose. No longer fighting among themselves, no longer squabbling over meagre scraps. He had brought them together, united against their common enemy.

From the rooftop he looked at the skyline of the distant metropolis. The tall, modern skyscrapers gleamed under the calm blue sky. This was where the war would play out.

Inside them the rich and powerful had only heard hints and rumours about the coming storm. Murmurs of a leader among the poor who had given up hope in negotiations and politicians and religious salvation. A boy who had decided the only way to achieve real change, real social justice, was through force.

Here, among the colourful concrete, he was king among his people. Now, the time had come to lead them to a new life where they could all live like kings and queens in the tall palaces of the rich.

Above him, clouds swirled and the sky grew darker.


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Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in around 150 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

SUNRISE / SUNSET

Peter Jones was born at sunrise on a summer’s day.

He enjoyed a happy childhood, living with his loving parents and two older siblings in their small one bedroom tenement flat.

He enjoyed playing with his friends, kicking a football up and down the street. At school he enjoyed sports and reading stories of lands far away.

The war started when he was 14. When he turned 18 he was called up for military service.

He enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers during brief training with the infantry. His first trip abroad was part of the D-Day landings. He looked forward to seeing a foreign land for the first time.

On Gold beach, near Arromanches, he survived the onslaught while many of his new friends perished.

Two days later Peter Jones was shot by a German sniper while enjoying a cigarette watching the sunset over the town of Bayeux. As he took his last breath he thought it was the nicest sunset he had ever seen.

He died alone in the field and was buried in an unmarked grave next to a church.


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Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in around 150 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

THE A TO Z CHALLENGE – HALFWAY SUMMARY

Halfway through the month and halfway through the A to Z Challenge 2017.

I would like to thank all those who are following my continuing story, featuring Detective Anders Sand, especially all those kind enough to like and comment on the posts. The fact I have a loyal band of people reading along makes it rewarding to keep writing. I hope you all enjoy the second half of the alphabet.

If you want to catch up on the story so far, all the previous entries can be found here: A TO Z CHALLENGE 2017

I thought I would list a few of the other blogs I am enjoying following on this challenge. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and as I’m writing fiction, I am mainly highlighting others that are doing the same. For a more complete list of bloggers, including non-fiction and poetry, visit the main A to Z Challenge page. Loads and loads of great content. Apologies to anyone I haven’t mentioned.

JOHN DAVIS FRAIN is responsible for introducing me to the challenge, and is spending the month murdering himself in entertaining ways every day.

KEITH’S RAMBLINGS has taken us on a humourous and entertaining trip around the sights and residents of Amble Bay.

Raven Avery is giving us a short story everyday over at EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE.

Shweta Suresh has a series of Tiny Tales at her blog MY RANDOM RAMBLINGS.

Sascha Darlington is writing stories and poetry at her blog MICROCOSM EXPLORED.

An ongoing story from SIMPLY MARQUESSA.

A series of 100-word stories from LADIES WHO LUNCH REVIEWS.

A different short story each day from UNUSUAL STRANGENESS.

A bit of Haiku everyday from Maggie over at WHAT RHYMES WITH STANZA.

Another series of great short stories over at JO HAWK’S BLOG.

Hilarious mother and daughter conversations with DIARY OF A DUBLIN HOUSEWIFE.

VANESSENCE is teasing us with one word a day for the month.

Addison Albright is teasing excerpts from his novel at AUTHOR ADDISON ALBRIGHT.

JOE OWENS is introducing us to characters for the novel he plans to write later this year.

Annie is using senses as her theme each day at ANNIE SCRIBES.

A couple of non-fiction ones I’m enjoying too, among many others:

If it’s a bit of a sweet tooth you have, NJ is rounding up a series of tasty desserts at her blog NJ SAYS.

JazzFeathers over at THE OLD SHELTER is doing a great guide to classic Film Noir.

Some amusing real life anecdotes from Geoff over at TANGENTAL.

Finally, there’s a great guide to different components of literature from Eva at HER BLOG.

Good luck to everyone for the second half of the month!

Interview With Ian Kelly

I was recently interviewed by fellow blogger and fiction writer mandibelle16 for her ‘Interview with…’ feature, talking about fiction writing, blogging and self-publishing my first book. You can read it here. Be sure to check out Mandi’s great blog too HERE.

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Goodmorning and welcome to my biweekly interview series. Today I have the honor of sharing with you the writing and blog ofIan Kelly. He’s a talented guy who has recently published a book of short stories. You can find Ian’s blog here: Ian Kelly Writing.



 

1. Hi Ian, Please Tell Us About Yourself?

Hi. My name is Iain Kelly and I’m from Glasgow in ScotlandI have lived here all my life and it’s where I write my blog from. My blog is called: Iain Kelly Writing.

Telling about yourself is always the most difficult question to answer, so I’ll keep it simple! I work as an editor of television programs for BBC Scotland. I’m married with two-year-old twins who take up most of my time. After work and family if I have any time left I like to write.


2. When Did You…

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SONORAN OMENS

‘This is what they’ve said they wanted.’ Frank said.

‘This is what happens when you leave rich folk to run a country.’ Bill countered.

‘Rich folk that have never even set foot out here, never mind have to settle here.’

They scratched their heads and looked from the rocky desert in front of them to the plans they held. Across the crumpled map was a thick line.

‘I don’t see how a wall will protect us.’

‘No use in complaining, we best just get on with it. The railroad is coming and they want the natives kept away.’

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On a rocky outcrop the chief of the local Yaqui tribe looked down at a group of pale-skinned men unloading tools from horses and wagons. He had seen the troubled omens for the future.

War was coming, brought by the white man.


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© Grant-Sud

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story, in around 150 words based on the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.