Monthly Archives: April 2014

Wax on. Wax off. (Friday Fictioneers)

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She let it burn. And it melted. And spilled over onto the floor.

‘Shit, Janet! Look what you did.’

I crouched down to catch the dripping wax. While my fingers burned, she rolled her eyes.

‘Lighten up.’

And that was all she said.

It wasn’t the first time she’d said that. But it would be the last.

The wax would dry hard into the rug. The cabinet would be marked forever. The scar across my knuckles: visible until the day I died.

Before she left, she pouted her lips and blew out the candle, leaving me alone in the dark.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/2-may-2014/

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The passionfruit brulee (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by Björn Rudberg at http://brudberg.wordpress.com

Image by Björn Rudberg at http://brudberg.wordpress.com

The blind date is going well until the passionfruit brulee arrives.

Inspired by the dessert and committed to getting deeper than small talk, I foolishly ask, ‘What’s your passion?’

‘What do you mean… passion?’

Passion.

The man in the corner, eyes closed, strums his guitar. The chef in the kitchen licks the spoon before adding one more pinch of salt. The woman outside swears into her phone. The taxi driver blasts his horn in frustration.

My date shrugs and says, ‘I kinda like cake.’

Cake.

I let out a long sigh.

‘Waiter! Can I have this brulee to go?’

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: 

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/25-april-2014/

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Like to read something longer from Jessie Ansons? Check out her recent blog post entitled Back to the daily commute.

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Digging with my dad (ABC Open 500 words)

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Me and my dad in our backyard at Kurri Kurri

This is my April 2014 contribution to ABC Open 500 words (topic: FIRST MEMORY). Read about what digging for ants taught me about life.

Here’s the link:

https://open.abc.net.au/explore/49he9hx

 

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Back to the daily commute

Everyone hates traffic right? The words ‘daily commute’ send shivers down spines. People dread traffic jams; they bang their head on the steering wheel, blast their horn in frustration and tear actual chunks of hair from their head.

Traffic sucks.

Well, not necessarily. Over the past 8 months I actually grew to miss it. Call me crazy, but in my experience ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone’ can even apply to the daily commute.

Is it possible to enjoy the daily commute? Image by Peter Blanchard at https://www.flickr.com/photos/peterblanchard/3061822151/

Is it possible to enjoy the daily commute? Image by Peter Blanchard at https://www.flickr.com/photos/peterblanchard/3061822151/

You see, Prince G was born in August last year and I gave up work for 8 months. I gave up meetings, documents, difficult stakeholders, staffing issues and cake. I didn’t use a desktop computer for more than half a year (nor a desk come to think of it). And I also gave up driving to and from work five days a week.

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Little Rabbit’s home (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by Douglas M. MacIlroy at http://ironwoodwind.wordpress.com/

Image by Douglas M. MacIlroy at http://ironwoodwind.wordpress.com/

Big Ted has a temporary house made of cushions from the lounge. His car is parked out front. He uses a tea-towell for a bed, and a tissue box for a chair. Jemima lives in the fully-furnished doll’s house. It is spacious with two storeys and a pool.

Little Rabbit is on the carpet between the houses. He doesn’t really have a home anymore and he doesn’t want to choose. It was easier when Jemima and Big Ted lived together.

Under the tiny cotton nose on Little Rabbit’s face, someone with a permanent marker has drawn a big black frown.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: 

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/18-april-2014

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Like to find out more about Jessie Ansons? Check out her recently updated ‘Achievements’ page here.

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La Siesta (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by DLovering at http://40again.com/

Image by DLovering at http://40again.com/

During siesta the city sleeps. The streets are silent; not a soul to be seen.

During siesta a young girl cries in a phone booth. A toddler plays with his trucks. An old woman watches Days of our Lives. Two lovers make love.

During siesta a doctor treats his patients. A mother sips her coffee. A girl braids her sister’s hair. A man changes a light globe. A woman vacuums the rug. A baby cries for a feed. An old man dies.

During siesta the streets are silent.

And the city is very much alive.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/11-april-2014

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Like to find out more about Jessie Ansons? Check out her recently updated ‘Achievements’ page here.

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E-Book Launch – Mirrors

This beautiful eBook contains short stories from a bunch of local talented authors I met at a WEA creative writing course (and my own story ‘The straight and narrow’) I will be attending the official launch tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th April 2014), 6pm at WEA Hall in Cooks Hill.

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The long awaited collection, Mirrors, will be published tomorrow night!

The authors have put up their feet now, and so can you while you enjoy the read. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find inside the cover.

Mirrors is an anthology of short stories, creative non-fiction and poetry from nine Australian writers. Set in cities, suburbia, and the Far North these authors explore the desires, the humours and the sorrows of life.

Each story is the shard of a mirror that reflects the lives of the ordinary people in extraordinary ways. A man exposes his desire for celebrity and greatness. A girl discovers a dragon in her backyard. A one-way mirror reveals a horror no mother should ever witness. Borrasca is an exotic and flamboyant woman but her true identity is shrouded in dark secrecy. The unlikely friendship between a Chinese gardener and a young girl…

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