No sleep last night. Wife away and the kids had to get up at 04:00 to catch a coach to France at 05:00.
I was scared I wouldn't hear the alarm so dozed on the sofa (I wrote until 01:30 anyway) and watched SCRUBS.
05:30 in the morning and I've been to Tescos and I'm coming home. It's now I should go to bed but wow, look at all this extra writing time I have AND AN EMPTY HOUSE!
Below are Boot Camp's Friday Morning prompts.
When we get a long list of prompts I seek out one that has a voice that connects to me, open, with that and then just let my unconscious run riot (but always looking to "grab" another prompt.
Does this work? Can it produce good stories? Last year I had my lowest-ever subbing year but won three short-story competitions.
ALL THREE STORIES WERE FROM A SET OF FLASH PROMPTS AND USED EVERY SINGLE PROMPT.
They were all written in less than 75 minutes.
I remain convinced that writers write BETTER when they have no time to think.
Mind you, today's list would challenge a master!
I visited the place where we last met
A Bus to Dover
Nothing was changed, the gardens were well-tended
Crisps, Lucozade, Ibuprofen
The fountains sprayed their usual steady jet
There was no sign that anything had ended
Three ball-bearings, a circlip
And nothing to instruct me to forget
Talking With Francine
The thoughtless birds that shook out the trees
Singing an ecstacy I could not share
Picnic in Kashmir
Played cunning with my thoughts. Surely in these
Pleasure there could not be a pain to bear
Hot Cross Buns
Or any discord shake the level breeze
Year of the Womag
It was because this place was just the same
That made your absence seem a savage force
For under all the gentleness there came
She likes to know the ending, especially twists
An earthquake tremor: fountain birds and grass
Chicken Soup and Murder
Were shaken by my thinking of your name
Girls in Gangs