Carrot Flash Flash Fiction Challenge

Here’s my piece of flash: Imaginary Characters Brick fitted in the space well. It was narrow, like a cupboard to slot in, a place to be noticed. Brooke Trout sauntered past him. When she saw Brick her eyes opened wide. He smirked at her bemused expression. She didn’t notice but he followed her up the escalator. When she exited out […]

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Flash Fiction #Unusual #Valentines

  This is my flash fiction piece for Carrot Ranch’s prompt Valentine’s! https://carrotranch.com/2019/02/14/february-14-flash-fiction-challenge/   Damages, broken limbs, a most unusual valentines – the poor restaurant didn’t stand a chance! We squeezed into a corner next to a giant sized Valentine’s chocolate egg, exquisitely wrapped in pink, shiny wrapping. My daughter nearly toppled it over with a careless swipe of her […]

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Rodeo #5 Sound and Fury – The Winning Entries and My Flash

Well done to all the winners of The Carrot Ranch Sound and Fury Flash competition. I’m so pleased to hear that my lovely friend Ritu won third prize. Here’s the link to the winning entries. https://carrotranch.com/2018/12/14/rodeo-5-sound-and-fury-winners/   Here’s my entry – I didn’t win… I got the fury but forgot the sound effects! Lol. How’s your day been?’ ‘Exhausting, but […]

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Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales: Goldilocks Hates Chocolate

    Well done to the winners. The winning entries here – https://carrotranch.com/2018/12/07/rodeo-4-fractured-fairy-tales-winners/ Including second prize to my friend Hugh, an honourable mention to Debby Gies – (my friend, and Sister of the Fey.)  and this highly entertaining lovely chap – Geoff Le Pard also had an honourable mention. I didn’t win but this is my entry: Goldilocks Hates Chocolate […]

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Carrot Ranch Rodeo Contest #2: Memoir – The Winning Entries and My Flash #Rollercoasters

Well done to all the winners and to all the participants for joining in. Here is the link to the winning entries: https://carrotranch.com/2018/11/16/rodeo-2-memoir-winners/ Here’s my entry which was inspired by a true life event – overcoming my fear of rollercoasters and taking my one and only ride with my two young daughters. I’ve never been on a rollercoaster since (and […]

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Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge – She Fought So Hard

I’ve been meaning to join in the Carrot Ranch challenge for some time but it’s been so busy here chez Marje that I’ve not managed to. So without further ado I’m having a go. She Fought So Hard For a wee woman, you certainly pull in the big boys,’ joked keen fisherman Robin. Melinda smiled; it had been a memorable day, she’d caught the biggest fish going. For a moment she’d forgotten her punishing chemotherapy struggle. She never complained even when her hair fell out and grew back curly. Instead, she laughed; but it sounded hollow. I doubt she recognised herself. Soft-hearted Melinda died within days of her fiftieth birthday. At the funeral I picked up her old school photo; I wept, I never knew she’d been a gymnast. Cancer the guilt bringer, I should have known. The above piece of flash is dedicated to a work colleague and dear friend of my husband’s who died of ovarian cancer this year. It is partially based on a true story. She really did reel in a big catch and showed her partner up! She had such a competitive spirit and loved to play tennis in the Californian sun. I didn’t know she’d been a gymnast.  During her illness we became friends. I regret that I didn’t have more time to get to know her better but cancer stole away that possibility too. She fought hard, loved life and it’s  hard to believe she’s gone. Sometimes it […]

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