Monthly Archives: October 2017
Happy Halloween 👻 🎃 everyone – here’s a nice creepy piece of short fiction I wrote a while back. Hope you enjoy!!!
That’s what he saw first on his early morning jog over the dunes. Their feet.
At first he thought he might have interrupted something private, something that is usually and more comfortably best achieved indoors. Their feet were intertwined, touching toe to toe. On hers were two silver toe rings in twisted metal. He apologised then to their twisted faces. Eyes open they looked into each other’s eyes and saw forever and nowhere all at once.
He was not ashamed to scream as the crab scuttled over her hand. His dog lurched forward to lap at the dried blood that had once been dripping down from the gunshot between her eyes. The man was worse, his shot was through the mouth up into his brain. The congealed mess and sound of the dog’s lapping made him feel sick and he vomited.
Turned away from the scene he knelt in the sand no longer able to stand. He dialled 999 all the while trying to think of his response to ‘What’s your emergency?’ When the question came, he vomited again and spat out, ‘They’re both dead. Beach. Come quick.’
He spotted the gun then, in the man’s hand, and wondered if the girl had had a choice in this or if she had just been on her dream date watching a beautiful sunset with her lover.
When he heard the siren’s wail he wept and his dog, inquisitive and drawn to his sobs came close, nuzzled up and licked his tears.
Next Wednesday is the 1st November and the start of the month long challenge that is National Novel Writing Month, where writers everywhere act against logic and challenge themselves to write a minimum of 50,000 words of the first draft of a novel in one month. Yup. That’s a mind blowing 1,667 words a day.
I have successfully achieved this challenge twice and made it to 25,000 words on a third occasion and I’ve ‘failed’ many more times. BUT, this year I am going in with a slightly more plotted idea than usual, and a desire to write nearer to 80,000 words.
And I will be pushing through and editing the book afterwards. I recently attended Batnon and Robin’s Editing Masterclass, I have my magnetic silver board, and I will succeed. Whether anyone else will want to read my efforts is another matter but I am going to make sure that I create something I can class as a completed novel.
And then I’ll finally get round to editing the other 3 books I’ve partially written!!!
To keep myself accountable – every Wednesday I’m planning to do a check-in post telling you lovely people how much I’ve written.
Have you taken part in NaNoWriMo before or is this your first year? Have you got any tips for success?