It’s Thursday! time for a T-A-S-T-e-write

T.A.S.T.e-write #1

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The image above (from unsplash.com), inspired the following flash-fiction writing output:

Knowing she stands on the other side of the river, I reach forward, arms stretched out, palms upward to feel the warmth of the sun as I made my offering to her. I had no way of giving her a gift and she deserved so much more than an empty gesture.

I wonder how long it will be before the travel ban is lifted and I can journey to the city again to see her. I long to keep her safe. I worry for her, alone, trapped within the city limits.

If only I had a boat, I could try to reach her – though I might be shot for my intrusion. If I could swim against the current I might dare, for living without her is death itself. I wrestle with these thoughts all day and much of the night – oh, if I had wings and could soar the skies and swoop her to safety!

I cannot see her, but I know she is there. I hope she knows I am with her, in spirit.

[copyright, Stuart Mullen, 2016]

Both the images I selected (pic-step prompt #1) triggered a number of ideas and sparked some writing excercises and outlining other excercises and ideas. This result stands alone, fairly fine as is, in isolation from the muddled meanderings of other efforts, so this week I decided to share this for my self-led Take-A-Step-Thursday:E-write challenge. Maybe I’ll even continue weaving the story with other fragments … and if you’re inspired to write something yourself, from the picture prompts or my writing starter above, I’d love to hear about it via comments or pingbacks 🙂 Feedback most welcome too and will be reciprocated a.s.a.p.

Now for pic-step prompt #2, I must simply find an image for the prompt for this next week’s writing. (My TASTe:write goal-setting post will appear at my rough-work-book-blog,  Snailzpace Daily soon after, with links to be updated).

It’s Thursday! time for a T-A-S-T-e-write

Money for Nothing?

From nothing for money to not a dream job, but any job is better than none at all, in dream circumstances and then still dreaming toward dream job fulfillment…

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Lickily, it isn’t hard work or I’d never manage a job – it’s tough enough turning up at all, even with light duties and ideal circumstances.

My work is part-time and I still have money for nothing much – but far better than nothing nothing much for money!

My dream circumstances are flexibility, negotiated days and hours, there being gaps in the workload in which I can scrawl ideas and thoughts in my notebook during my shift (or read a newspaper and do the crossword, though I usually stick to my notebook and daydream mostly). I prefer no gaps in workload and not being bored to tears for half the day, but beggars can’t be choosers. A supportive network is essential and it’s nice when that extends to colleagues. If I couldn’t  get a lift door to door, I’d never make it via public transport and certainly wouldn’t be able to afford the fares. I can eat cheaply from the staff canteen and that’s a huge advantage.

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Dream job fulfillment would be the realisation of a collaborative creative project as a founding member. It would have to mean generating enough income to live on at least as uncomfortably as currently and some working from home. The way things are going with that, we’re looking at a four or five year development plan before anything is likely to get off the ground – if ever(!) I’d also like supplement my income as a published writer – but now I really am dreaming!!!

 

Money for Nothing?