November 19, 2014 · 9:14 PM
“It’s spelled ‘tire’ with an ‘i’, you idiot,” my boss says.
“I prefer tyre,” I say softly. “Helps me tell the difference between tyre as in ‘car tyre’ and tire as in ‘I’m tired of this job’. We don’t always have that luxury.”
I say casually, “For example, ‘ass’?”
“What do you mean, ‘ass’?”
“It’s spelled the same for a donkey or a rear end. And that can be confusing.”
His face turns red and he storms back into his office.
I guess it doesn’t really matter. Either way, my boss is still an ass.
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: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/21-november-2014
November 13, 2014 · 8:13 AM
Mr Binks challenged me to a #replyfiction this week so here it is. To read Binks’ story called Promises, click here. Over to you next week Binks!
She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.
That much was true.
Why do you keep saying that?
Sorry, keep going.
I walked into the bar, feeling pretty good about myself. I’d just won a promotion and bought a new car. She promised me everything. Said we belonged together.
And you believed her?
She was very convincing. Very good at what she did. I proposed that very night.
And this was…?
…30 years ago today.
And now you’re working as a waiter in a cocktail bar?
I told you… she was very good at what she did.
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/2014/11/12/14-november-2014
November 5, 2014 · 8:26 PM
Image by Jean L. Hays
‘Can you see the car, George?’
George bounces on the spot and points. ‘Car!’
We’re sitting side by side on the front step. Traffic rumbles past just metres away. Not the best place to bring up children. But you do the best with what you’ve got.
‘Look, George! It’s a truck. Can you say truck?’
‘No, not a…’
‘Well, close enough.’
My son looks at me with big blue eyes and smiles. I bundle him up in my arms and carry him inside.
Not the best place to bring up children.
But this is our place.
Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island was my 5th book in my 100 book challenge and I’ve written a short review here. For someone who never used to read much (I hear you gasp – a writer who doesn’t like reading!?) I’m actually really enjoying working my way through the list. Check out the 100 book challenge list, and my other reviews, here.
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/2014/11/05/7-november-2014/
November 4, 2014 · 7:41 PM
'My Story' by Julia Gillard was released 2 months ago
Julia Gillard became Australia’s first female prime minister in 2010. Reported in the Media as a cold, unemotional, and sometimes heartless woman, I found it difficult to like her. But after reading her book ‘My Story’ and seeing her in person today on her book tour at Newcastle City Hall, my view completely changed.
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