Flash Fiction: Man of Repetition

Flash Fiction: Man of Repetition

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It’s the same everyday. Uncle Jim would walk out the door with his 1960’s suitcase and old man cap. Lock the door and turn the knob twice, look around to make sure the road is clear, then turn the knob a third time. I always wondered why he did that, grandma says, “that’s just his way of doing things”.

He’d walk across the street, say hello to grandma, hand me a sweet and ruffle my hair with the biggest smile on his face while I pretend to drown myself In a book. He’d return to his side of the street, wipe the bicycle seat three times, seat on it and head to wherever he goes off to every morning.

Uncle Jim was a man of repetition and that baffled me. He’d always do the same things a specific number of times and I asked Grandma why, as usual, she said “that’s just his way of doing things”. I’ve resolved to accept Grandma’s answer until I can come up with a better one myself through mere observation.


Word count: 175. This story is in response to Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers photo prompt challenge. Each week, we are given a photo prompt and we’re to write a 150 (+/- 25) word story surrounding the picture. This week’s image is courtesy of Pixabay.

Searching…

Searching…

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She searched for reviews of books to read, the best she got was “satisfying”. She wasn’t one to settle for average, never had been; so she tried the search button yet again.

More books, more search titles and more average satisfying reviews. She wanted a book she could drown her sorrows in. She wanted a book which reflected the strange universe embedded in the depth of her mind. She wanted a book whose words she could breathe.

But above all, she wanted a book she could recall with a smile at the unusual coincidence of distinct similarities with the characters,
         In the end, she decided, maybe I should write one…

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A paradell-

A paradell-

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And she hid from the world;
And she hid from the world;
Labelled an outsider, she sought freedom;
Labelled an outsider, she sought freedom;
An outsider, labelled- she hid
And she sought, freedom from the world.

And she drowned her sorrows;
And she drowned her sorrows;
In the flips- and pages- of books;
In the flips- and pages- of books;
And of Her sorrows in the books
flips and pages- she drowned.

She was of different specie;
She was of different specie;
A unique entity underneath hazel eyes;
A unique entity underneath hazel eyes;
A different specie of hazel eyes,
Underneath- a unique entity she was.

And- freedom she sought,
In the flips of books
And pages- her sorrows, she drowned;
Underneath hazel eyes, From the world, she hid;
Labelled- a different specie, an outsider;
And she was of a unique entity.


Day 16 of October poetry writing month. Prompt: The Paradell structure. In this, The first two lines as well as the third and fourth lines of the first three stanzas must be the same (repeat) and then the fifth and sixth lines must contain all the words from the preceding four lines within the stanza using them only once to form completely new lines.
The final stanza of the paradelle does not repeat like the preceding stanzas, rather the final six lines must contain every word from the first three stanzas, and only those words, again using them only once to form completely new lines.      IMAGE CREDIT: blog.lily.farm

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Writers Quote: J.D.Salinger

Writers Quote: J.D.Salinger

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I read Louisa May Alcott’s “Little women, good wives” a few years ago and after I was done, I felt like grappling a telephone and screaming- “couldn’t Laurie have ended up with anyone but Jo’s sister, I mean come on!”. Thank God I don’t have her number and I can save my little dignity towards other things like em, “forgiving her”.

I digress, now to the quote above, how do we know we’ve read an amazing book. It differs for all us; for me- it’s feeling a certain level of calmness after reading the last line, sighing and wishing I had written the book; that’s when I know the writer’s got me.

The first half of Khaled Housseini’s “a thousand splendid suns” got me feeling like- it’d be a great honor to write like him, heck, I actually wanted to meet him. Upon getting to the second part (and please forgive me if you are his fan), I got tired of reading it cause I felt the storyline was dragging on. And then I read “To kill a mockingbird” and J.D. salinger’s words accurately describe my feelings.

What I want to say is this, how about we aim towards exuding a similar feeling from our readers. As much we try to say, we write for ourselves, it would still be a great honor at the end of the day to have someone say “darn, I love your book” or “I wish I could write like you”. We all could do with some motivation.
Here is to writing books which make readers wish they were our friends 😉
P.S which book have you read that evoked the above quote?

In response to writers Quote Wednesday Hosted by Silver Threading.

Writer’s quote: Rick Mofina

Writer’s quote: Rick Mofina

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I took a few week from participating in Writer’s quote wednesday challenge, but I am glad to be back. My inspiration for this week is from a book I just got done reading by Rick Mofina- If Angels fall. I must say, for a first novel, he did a bang-up job. I felt like I was in the interrogation room with the FBIs and detectives, he took me on one heck of an amazing investigative journey.

The reason I chose this quote is- should we have to wait for life to throw it’s many curveballs at us before we “prioritize”. It’s true, everything becomes clear when we are at the threshold of losing everything; here’s the thing, why should we wait to be at the cliff end when we can avoid it. We all have ways of interpreting quotes and sayings and I daresay we are all right. But for me, quotes like this are kind of a “fore-warning” to take charge of things, before they worsen; to prioritize before I find my feet dangling.

For more about the sizzling crime author, Rick Mofina, click HERE. 

Writer’s Quote: Fear and Courage

Writer’s Quote: Fear and Courage

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I know I write a lot about courage and fear, but it seems to me that these are the two main things holding us back (especially as writers). Fear is an insatiable thing- the more we feed and give into it, the more it craves. And as time goes on, we lose ourselves to it. Here is where courage comes into play. If there is one antidote for fear, then it is “courage”. The amazing part is, you don’t need a bucket load full of courage in order to defeat fear. No, all that is needed is a teeny weeny bit of pluck.

Whenever fear tries to sneak it’s way in as I’m about to make a decision, I remind myself- “the worst reply I can get is ‘no'” and at the end of the day, ‘No’ is neither going to beat me nor harm me- it’s just another word that means ‘ah, next time’.
We tend to give rejection more power than it deserves and it shouldn’t be. It’s not like grade school where If we make a mistake, we get 5-10 whacks. Life is way lenient, we get no whacks and there are always other roads to follow when one closes, except if we aren’t looking.

The most courageous of people to me, are those who know they are ‘probably’ doomed before they begin a task, but yet they begin anyway. Chances are they may get licked, but a few times, they do make it. The keyword here is ‘probability’ and as I have been taught in mathematics, it means there is always a chance.
I’m going to end this by saying take that chance today and defeat fear. Just because you “may” be licked doesn’t mean you “will” be.


This is my submission to Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Silver Threading. See ya next time. 🙂

Writer’s Quote: Paulo Coelho

Writer’s Quote: Paulo Coelho

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             It seems I can’t get enough of Paulo Coelho these days, his quotes I mean. The above quote is from a book I read recently “The Alchemist” written by Paulo Coelho. It is about a boy on a journey towards finding his destiny. In that journey, he encounters various people and circumstances which one way or the other teach him life lessons that would help him towards his destiny. Yeah, there is a lot of talk about destiny in the book. The only problem I had with the book was in deciding which of the many wonderful and philosophical quotes I was going to pick for writer’s quote Wednesday.

            I honestly think it is about time fear takes a backseat. We don’t realise how powerful fear is, but it is one of the few emotions whose ropes aren’t easy to let go. Fear holds us back and ties us down, preventing us from moving forward and achieving the greatness we were born to achieve. “Fear” will always be there whether we like it or not, so it is up to is to decide if fear is worth us leaving an ordinary life while we have the potential to be extraordinary. It is not easy and it is not going to be easy, but it’s like the saying goes- “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. And so, it is time for fear to take a step backwards and for our dreams to take the front seat.


This is my response to SilverThreading’s event- writer’s quote Wednesday. Thanks for hanging out with me this week. You are welcome to join in and participate just click on the link above. 

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Writers Quote: Enid Blyton

Writers Quote: Enid Blyton

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I am an avid fan of Enid Blyton and once again today, I decided to share a quote from one of her books, Malory Towers. A few days ago, I was reading “Second form at Malory towers” which is the second book in the series, and I came across this quote  said by one of the characters (bonus point if you can guess who 😉 ). And how right the quote is! I always say that the mind is a powerful tool, what we believe is our capability, is what we can accomplish. In order to pursue something wholeheartedly, we have to believe with every bone in our body; and after that, the chances of succeeding we find are pretty high. 

I think the problem arises when we let other people define and determine what we can and cannot do. We unintentionally leave the pen in the hands of others to write down our fate. Having the belief in capabilities despite what others say would help us go a long way, especially when it comes to writing. The odds that the first publisher we submit our writings to wouldn’t be the one to see the creative talent in them, is pretty high. And the chances of being rejected in an unholy manner are even higher – and that’s where belief comes in. 

Once you know what you can do, and believe with  all your might that you can and will accomplish it, then oh my dears- the sky is your limit.


This is my submission to Writers Quote Wednesday, hosted by SilverThreading. You are welcome to join us and Participate, just follow the link above :).  And Ps- this time, I am right on time! 

Till Next Time ❤

Harper Lee: quote and News

Harper Lee: quote and News

I try not to use the word “fan” when I like an artist’s work because chances are I’d find many of their other works unlikeable. With Harper Lee now, it’s different. I can wholeheartedly say I am a Fan of Harper Lee’s work mostly because she’s only published one Novel or rather one highly acclaimed novel which is still selling even after over fifty years of its original publication. I am talking about, “To kill a mockingbird”, the highly acclaimed southern gothic novel which has little to do with birds and everything to do with morals and conduct.

 Although Harper Lee has been out of sight for the majority of her years post publishing, I happened to stumble upon a quote of hers which is in the image above. Being a picky reader myself, I couldn’t agree more with Ms Lee, the book to read is the one that makes you think.

I would love to share a news that brought me Joy upon hearing it. At the age of eighty-eight, Harper Lee is set to publish her second novel this coming July and what’s more, it is a sequel to her first Novel, mockingbird. This new novel is called Go set a watchman and it follows the main character of her first novel, Scout, twenty years later.

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I am excited and cannot wait to read this new book, how about you?


The above quote is my submission to Writer’s quote Wednesday hosted by Silver Threading.

To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes

To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes

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 I began re-reading “To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee recently and for the few who haven’t read it yet, this book has little to do with mockingbirds. For a very long time, Louisa May Alcott’s “Little women, Good wives” was on top of my favorite books list but after reading Mockingbird, there is now a shift in the top 3 position. 

 So today, I am going to share with you some of my favorite quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird:

1) You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it

2) As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it- whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.

3) “Cry about the simple hell people give other people- without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks without even stopping to think that they’re people too.”

4) People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.

5) I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.

6) It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.

7) People in their right minds never take pride in their talent.

8) Until I feared I would lose it, I never learned to read. One does not love breathing.              

                        And my personal favorite:

“It’s not time to worry yet”–  This particular quote was repeated through out the book numerous times. And now, anytime I feel down in the dumps, I think to myself, it’s not yet time to worry. 

                     Thanks for reading and Have a Lovely day! 🙂