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  • like clay I mould to fit around

    your shape, like water I flow

    into your pores, filling every space

    with my scent, my breath, my soul

    side by side we rub away our sharp

    edges until hip to hip we become

    a […]

    • Hi, Sharon-
      Sounds like they probably finish each others sentences. 🙂
      I was a little bothered by the line “assimilated into unity.” It feels just a tad off to me.
      I really liked the middle part: “like water I flow/into your pores, filling every space/with my scent, my breath, my soul”
      That is a great feeling!

    • This is so perceptive of what a true union of souls looks like. I really like the line ” “we rub away our sharp edges…” Thanks for sharing!

    • Hello Sharon,
      Ooh, I really like this poem. Like David, though, I’m not sure about ‘assimilated’ but the rest is brilliant. Well done.

    • Hi
      What a sensual poem — your words flow, mingle and merge, tickle and tempt. CA

  • A Google search informed Roger that the geographical centre of England was in a field at Lindley Hall Farm, in Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire. He was looking for a holiday somewhere different, and this was […]

    • Hi Sharon, this is a wonderful short story, it gives the reader a nice warm feeling of Leicestershire magic! I like how you have set up your characters, how you show episodes of their lives through dialogue and then gently weave Roger and Julie‘s paths together. very well done!

    • Delightfully warm story, well set-up and then explored. As Susanne remarked, your dialogue is very good, totally authentic in style and carries the story along at a delightful pace. I really enjoyed this one.

    • Thank You for the fun story. I did read about Richard the III body being discovered. The dialog kept the story going wonderfully.

      Old time magic, is real. As is the re-connection of souls. My wife and I were friends for three years before I kissed her. During those three friendship years we discovered how we had ‘almost’ met several times. Living in the same town. Going to the same concerts.

      Thank You for the fun story.

  • Yellow light spilling from the open door of the fridge caresses your face. Let the seduction begin. Feast yourself on cold pepperoni pizza. Drink milk from the carton. Surrender to temptation so the beauty of your […]

    • Hello Sharon,
      I particularly like the ending – a good twist. The repetitions make it slightly sleepifying (if that’s a word), which I don’t think was your purpose as it sounds as if the ‘you’ has dreadful insomnia. It’s an original poem – thanks for sharing.

    • I love prose poems. This captures a day off well: we really don’t take time off. There are seductive and distracting forces all around us that zap our energy and productivity, and we give in without realizing it. Well done!

    • Hi Sharon, I think you’ve taken an interesting angle on this prompt. I never thought about how light seduces us all day – but you are so right! To choose a prose poem as a form I find refreshing. Well done! Now I have to think about all the lights in my house…. 😉

    • This gave me chills. Such an interesting take on how light is at centre of most our activities. There is no escaping the light. I’ve never thought of that.

  • “What’s your opinion, Catrina?”

    “Well …” Oh crap! She was going to be in deep trouble unless she came up with something positive in the next five seconds.

    Her boss, Robert Morris, had spent the past twenty minu […]

    • Thank you Sharon, she is a tricky one, that Catrina. Is it what one calls a double bluff?
      I was reminded of that story of how Stalin used periodically invite his generals to give their honest opinion of his policy in a spirit of “no blame” only that the ones who voiced criticisms were quickly eliminated.
      I will listen more attentively the next time someone is praising one of my ideas. Thank you for a nice play on dynamics of group behaviour.

    • I love the “double-cross”. What a relatable situation – the powerful defensive boss with all that attaches to that dynamic. By using direct speech you move the story along at a good pace. Thanks

    • Hi Sharon.

      Oh, nice twist. You have a nice, easy-to-read story, with just a hint of weird in her cursed truth-telling. Then that last line.

      Never. Expected. It!

      Thanks for sharing.

      Martin

  • Sapphire couldn’t remember when she first became fascinated by the seemingly endless shades of blue in the world. Various therapists had attempted to pinpoint this moment in time, believing it would provide a k […]

    • This was very cute! I loved this foray into magic and whimsy! What a creative use of the prompt!

    • Hi Sharon,
      Wow! I smiled, laughed, and shook my head in amazement throughout this engaging read. I love your use of the prompt. An original and captivating piece. I could see this as a children’s book. Kids would love this!!

    • This was a lovely heartwarming read and I enjoyed it very much. I liked the running chorus of ‘blue and green, we’re a team’ and I agree that this would make a delightful children’s book: lots here about people’s differences not mattering, hard work paying off, all sorts of stuff. Not to mention that the lyricism of the writing was captivating.

  • Thomasina picked at her jealousy. It was a wound on the palm of her hand that refused to heal. Every Sunday morning her mother would inspect it and sigh wearily. Thomasina would feel the black weight of shame in […]

    • There is some very deep in emotions here. You can definitely explore them and the enthralling character of Thomasina in a novel.

    • Hi Sharon
      This isn’t too bad at all for a last-minute entry. I know that feeling though, way too well these days. I really enjoyed the story. You captured that jealousy and tension in your MC so well, and I like how you ended it – that relief instead of regret, her not even missing her own sister when she leaves, because of what she’s produced in her all these years. Its very true, that. Well done, and thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Sharon, very intense in the feelings that are Thomasina’s, she seems torn up as her hand until she is able to make peace with herself. This definitely reflects what jealousy can do to a person until they get free of it. Thank you for your story.

  • Irises were her speciality. They were her mother’s favourite flower, and so they held a special place in her own heart. When trying to decide what niche market might serve her well in the town’s glass art […]

    • Simply beautiful!
      Thank you for sharing.

    • Ese replied 5 months ago

      Hi Sharon
      Your story is beautiful and I love it. You used the prompt in a very amazing way. It felt like the characters came to life. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story.

    • I fell in love with the story. So few remember the meaning of flowers. It brought tears to my eyes.

  • If it doesn’t make you happy, get rid of it. Ella had embraced the mantra of the decluttering brigade with relish. She’d ditched the ugly crystal glass vase her mother-in-law gave her for Christmas five years ago […]

    • Intriguing story Sharon, and a great moral tale for our times. My favourite part was ‘He’d last made her feel happy in September 2016 when he’d laid new turf in the garden. Marital relations were too big a price to pay for someone to lend a hand with DIY and car maintenance.’ I love your dry wit. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Sharon,
      You’ve created a very smart and courageous character backed up by a rich plot. I like the simplicity where there must have been loads of internal conflict.
      Keep it simple is my fav theme and a very good way fo living ones life.
      Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece.~ Astrid

    • I don’t get the impression of her as a vanishing girl at all — rather, that she’s becoming a much more solid person living in and owning her own flesh. Thank you for a terrific little read.

    • Hi Sharon. Wow, this was so potent! You’ve absolutely nailed the turmoil and conflict caused by having to balance out being happy and making happy in life, and the question that we so often struggle with about whether we really need people in our life (perhaps I’ve read to much into in, but nevertheless I can really relate to your story!).
      It also reminded me a lot of people who have to live with social anxiety and have to cut themselves off from others in order to cope – it also portrays other’s tragic lack of understanding of this.
      I thought your final line was really good. I enjoyed how you so subtly and drily pointed out that although Ella had solved many problems, a problem still remains.
      This was really touching. Well done Sharon!

  • There’s an eel in the bath. Black eyes, devoid of the gleam of life, stare up at me. Beneath its artfully curled body, a bed of crushed ice sparkles like diamonds. Great, that’s just what I need to start the day […]

    • Oooooh – Sharon this is masterful. Great mystery and so many angles to think about and explore. My very favourite (of many) is the wonderful extended metaphor in the description of Martin’s appeal: ‘Martin chews people like gum. A few brief minutes to absorb their flavour and then they are spat out. Most accept it, some find it hurtful, occasionally someone will stick to the sole of his shoe and refuse to budge. People like me.’ But then there was that part where you nonchalantly dropped in about Stone Talkers – wow! That is a terrific concept, I love the potential in this idea, So who is the mysterious man, how can he read Kate’s thoughts, what’s gonna happen next? And to cap it all, your hook, with the eel in the bath, was surprising, teasing, even funny given the situation. I really enjoyed this one!

    • Seyi replied 7 months ago

      Eish, Sharon this is awesome. I stood up and applauded after reading the paragraph starting ‘I should’ve guessed,’ and laughed out loud at the throwaway reference to ‘Eli.’ The story took a sharp left turn into fantasy(?) which I was not expecting. You’ve crafted a couple of really memorable characters, and the storyline feels like it’s going places, so I can’t wait to see what you’ll d next. Well done and all the best. Seyi

  • Salmon mousse and other etiquette errors by Sharon J Clark

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    Salmon mousse was the cause of my trouble. If I’d chosen the deep fried brie I would’ve been fine. But no, I opted for the fluffy pinkness of the fis […]

    • Brilliant story! I really enjoyed this. Just enough description to keep me hooked and the twist at the end, although it wasn’t entirely unexpected, was satisfying. A great read. Thank you.

    • Great story, and I also enjoyed the twist at the end. Thank you for sharing.

    • Excellent! I’ll never ever order salmon mousse for entree!

  • Rising from the ashes by Sharon J Clark

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    “The problem with books is their fragility.” Emma ran a finger along the spines of the books she had put on the shelf labelled ‘Newly arrived’.

    “Is it books that are […]

    • Hi Sharon
      I love the reawakening you spark in your MC, and the ideas of things once lost now restored. You draw a nice parallel between your MC’s dreams of being a librarian and the rebuilding of the library in Alexandria. One note, the dialogue seems a little bit forced, in a sense. For example: “No, the belief that the Library of Alexandria was totally destroyed in a fire. That isn’t historically accurate.”
      The line ‘it isn’t historically accurate’ reads more as a recitation than a piece of natural dialogue. You could have just left it at the first sentence. This line: “Simon was right. It wasn’t a cataclysmic fire that brought the library to an end. It was lack of funding and support.” reads like that as well. There are also places where you can add contractions in the dialogue to make it feel more natural.
      This is just my opinion. It’s how it came across to me, personally. Sometimes I find I have to pretend I’m talking to someone in real life before I commit to a piece of dialogue. It’s a tricky line. This isn’t the case throughout this piece, however. The dynamic between the MC and her coworker is very natural and easy, and reads well. I hope this is helpful and insightful in some small way. Well done overall

    • Please tell me that Hemmingway the cat has six toes like Hemingway cats do.

      Anyway, very enjoyable read. I love the parallels you built–a bookstore to a library, Alexandria to the internet–and the result. It’s a lovely message about pursuing one’s dreams. (And it’s educational. I had to look up the info here about the budget cuts and the Library of Alexandria. Ugh. Some things truly never change.)

      I agree with Chantel’s commentary about some of the dialogue sounding forced. The comments about Dan Brown add some realism to it. More personality like that can go a long way.

      Good read! Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Sharon. This was an entertaining read with some philosophical nuggets thrown in. I enjoyed it and the questions and irony your brought up about information’s fragility and accessibility.
      Hehe, I think there are worse writers/stories to mock than Dan Brown, but otherwise I enjoyed your dialogue and writing style. I do not quite agree with Chantel that the dialogue felt forced. Perhaps I am hanging out with weird company, but I know quite a few people who could slip “that isn’t historically accurate” into a conversation quite naturally – in real life.. 😀
      Perhaps this wasn’t part of your intention at all, but it did make me think about information vs fiction. Since information is so easily accessible in today’s lifetime, has good fiction perhaps become so much more valuable?
      Anyway, it was a fun read! 😉

  • When enough is enough, it’s time for payback by Sharon J Clark

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    “This is for you,” Alfred said, pressing money into Clare’s hand. “Treat yourself for change.”

    Customers were supposed to leave tips on the tabl […]

    • Hi Sharon,
      This is a fun revenge story. And the good guys won. Your scenes move along briskly and it’s a very interesting story. I would have liked to see Ted’s reaction to when he finds out about what they did in his cafe and to the news story, since there is so much build up to this part of the story. The details about her home bound neighbor or the single mom were specific and believeable. I would consider who gets names in your story. For example, the owner’s son never appears in the story.
      You said that Mark and Clare did the real work, but then you said that Clare worked the “unsociable” hours. Does that mean that she works when it’s less busy?
      A well-paced story that I enjoyed reading.

    • Hi Sharon
      I love this story. I love your characters, and the satisfaction that comes at the end. It really just made me happy to read. Though I do agree with SM, that I would have liked to have seen Ted’s reaction to what they did. He’s a character you want to see learn his lesson, or get his comeuppance. Overall, great work.

    • This is a lovely revenge story. I’m so glad Clare and Mark got theirs back at Ted’s expense. The dialogue moved things right along. My suggestion is to add some description of the major characters to show us what they look like, how they respond to events and one another. Nicely paced story. Congratulations.

  • Water melons and other annoyances by Sharon J Clark

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    A water melon hit the pavement ten metres in front of me. It made a sickening thud – too reminiscent of flesh hitting concrete for comfort. Red pulp s […]

    • Sharon – this is a corker! I absolutely love the way it began and then slipped in such an assured manner into hilarious believable surrealism. HG Wells thought sf/fantasy ‘should contain only a single extraordinary assumption’ with everything else managed ‘so… readers could accept this might really happen’ and you have nailed this. Totally plausible. I also loved the tone and style of this piece – your characters are lovely – I could absolutely ‘see’ James’s exasperation and then action to pull the protagonist into the office. You play delightfully with the tools of your trade – alliteration (plopping my posterior), handling of pace, (terrific variety of long/short sentences) etc etc. Nothing to suggest as an improvement, except please can I have some more?

    • What an imaginative story!! I love the vivid and creative descriptions like “like alien acne.”
      I did not see that twist coming I have to admit, very clever. I wish there was juuuust a little bit more of a hint at the end as to how the character feels about their new “anything but dull” job? Does she regret it?

    • Hi Sharon.

      Brilliant. That’s pretty much all there is to say about this. Except…where did you come up with such a random idea? I’m in total awe!

      Martin

    • Thank you, Martin, for brining this to my attention. A peach of a story. I loved it. It is so funny and readable.
      Great job, Sharon.
      Title was just perfect too.

    • Wonderful!

    • Hey Sharon and how goes it? This is brilliant. I love off-beat, funny, and absurdist storytelling. Doesn’t come better than this. The descriptions are awesome (‘Black pips clung to my bare legs like alien acne,’ is a personal favorite) and the little bits of body language you pepper the story with (for example ‘They jumped apart at my entrance’) add a very cool layer to your writing. I liked that you wrote it such that the main character could have been male or female (I only noticed a clarification when Lucinda addressed your narrator as ‘My dear girl.’) You absolutely nailed it with this one. Well done and very best regards, Seyi

    • Hi Sharon. This is an absurdly funny, quirky, entertaining piece. I loved everything about it. The whole idea is fantastical. When James said, “We just know things,” that was ironical as they had did not know how to close the door to the portal. A unique piece of writing. Thank you.

    • Wonderful! So imaginative and spot on pace and character development. This is a gem.

    • This is so imaginative and wonderfully absurd. A lovely take on this prompt. Looking forward to your next.

    • Its quirky – that I can say.

      I confess the story was too all over for me to get a handle on it.

      For instance what age is your MC ?- the way she ‘stomped’ about, the white sneakers etc – all of it put me in mind of a teenager, but then that ending (where she gets offered a job as an ‘office mngr’ ?) and I’m revising her age to something a lot older…mid-twenties perhaps. Too much of an inconsistency there.

      the opening setting didn’t ‘land ‘ me in the story – and I kept waiting for the light to be shed on what was happening, which never came. Perhaps this is intended to be read as an oblique opener only, and the rest will follow – I dont know.
      Your MC seemed remarkably calm and accepting of the ‘strangeness’ of it all, but it just didn’t feel believable to me, rather somewhat forced/contrived?

      Nonetheless, it is clear many others enjoyed it. Wish you all the best with it, wherever you decide to go with it.

    • I loved this. The concept is whacky but entertaining, and your prose and dialogue are both dynamite. Once I read the “We know things” line, I expected that to be more important in the closing part of the story. As gripes go, that’s minuscule. I look forward to reading more of your stories.

  • Hi Ana
    I love your use of language – very poetic and rich. Also I enjoy the sense of mystery – you hint at age and gender but it is for the reader paint the fine details rather than being forced down a particular path.
    Really enjoyed reading this. It is the kind of story that warrants more than one read because of its depth.

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