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Monday, 18 March 2013

A mish mash

Today's post is a mish mash, a hotpotch, in fact a gallimaufry of items. Firstly, the Indoor Writer has entered the Lascaux flash fiction competition which closes 20 March - so still time if you fancy entering a short story (<250 words) inspired by the painting on the website. Details here - it is FREE to enter. You can read her entry Whiteout here (do leave comments on the site if you wish).

What a difference a day makes. This time last week West Sussex had disappeared beneath several inches of snow. Handsome Hubby and the Tame Teenager were both stranded at home and she was fretting over her daffs (see photo above). An excellent natural ice sculpture formed on the climbing rose (see photo right) and the world had turned white. Then the sun made a guest appearance and within 24 hours only the tips of the South Downs showed any trace of snow. The world thawed and life returned to normal again, well the schools reopened.

And finally if you need some inspiration for writing short stories set a few decades ago then why not visit a vintage clothing shop. Over the weekend the Indoor Writer ventured to Brighton with the Tame Teen, they took a tour of the lanes where there are several excellent vintage/retro shops. One was the size of a small warehouse and seemed to stock the contents of her parents' wardrobe. Characters and story lines jostled to be heard amongst the racks of jumpers, grannie coats (you know the ones), and sublime collection of hats. Even if a visit doesn't stir some ideas it will certainly make you smile as you trot through your own memory fashion show.

12 comments:

  1. Good luck with the entry,Tracy. It's good to see a free competition for a change. I'm presuming your story (which I very much liked) is now considered published so you wouldn't be able to use it again if you don't win.

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    1. Yes Wendy, this does mean I couldn't use again. But the story is a paired down version of a 500 word story that was once shortlisted in a flash competition, though not to date been published - so thought it was worth a shot.

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  2. Thanks for reminding me about the Lascaux comp. I intended to do it and forgot.

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  3. Thanks for the information! Edith xxx

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    1. Good luck if you have a go Edith :)

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  4. An interesting competition, thanks, although I don't know if I can do anything I would be happy with by tomorrow night! I love vintage clothes - in fact all clothes, really.

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    1. I sort of cheated Joanne and edited a 500 word story to under 250.

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  5. I'd forgotten the closing date for that comp was so near. I love vintage clothes and jewellery - sounds like an ideal way to spend a few hours. We have light snow this morning!

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    1. Good luck Rosemary if you do enter. I hope the snow is not making a comeback - we really could do with some warm days here to dry out the grass!

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  6. Thank you for this post. You inspired me to enter the Lascaux Flash competition too. Loved your entry.
    Alyson

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Alyson and for the lovely comment. And good luck if you do enter the competition - it is free remember!

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