Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WEP Beginnings: Fall In, Take Me Away, and Lookout Rock


Hosted by Denise Covey at Write-Edit-Publish 2014


Three women, three cities, three stories. . .


Fall In

The sailing ship, The Jolly Rogerbobbed in the waters of Schooner Cove in old Key West. I sat in the bar nearby sipping iced tea. I would be on that tall-masted beauty the next morning. I had gone as far as I could go on land. 




Tour Boat in Schooner Cove, Key West FL, by D G Hudson


"Leave the city behind," they said, "and sail away to a different harbor. It will help you to forget. Give yourself time to heal."

A new harbor? Perhaps. A new identity, a new face, they'll never know what happened to me, that woman who fell overboard. . .during the midnight astronomy cruise. It may just make the morning news.


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Take Me Away

The Open Road, River, or Ocean



PARIS - Seine River Tour Boats and Bridges, by D G Hudson



As I gaze at the Seine River from the Pont D'Iena, I don't regret what I have done. My past life is gone forever. My family, my work, all gone. I wish the river would take me away too, but I have a few things to do first.

In this, my new beginning, I burned the letters which would incriminate others. There were worth a fortune. But there is one more, an important one. The Paris letter is hidden in the lower levels of the Louvre, in one of the statues in Antiquity. 

I know which one. . .


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Lookout Rock



Winter in British Columbia Interior, by DG Hudson



A burst of light caught my attention as it reflected off the white crystals of the snow covering the ground. Another day of low temperatures and cold grey skies, I thought as I looked out the window. In the early morning light, I could see Lookout Rock at the top of the hill. Like a sentinel it stands. 

It's been a week now, but every day seems the same. It's too quiet. I know it takes time to be comfortable in a new place. I know that. I've done this before. . .that doesn't make it any easier. 



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Write-Edit-Publish (WEP)
First Entry January 2014

Joining this month's Write Edit Publish, is a new beginning for me. I'm testing the fit, since I'm trying to gather some short fiction ideas, and perhaps work some of them into stories. I'm eager to read the other entries and perhaps meet new bloggers or old friends.

WEP-Denise Covey's monthly bloghop is appealing because of the flexibility. Bloggers are expected to reciprocate if they want feedback, or just comment and visit the other participants. Denise has a widget in her sidebar (on WEP page) that bloggers will update when they post their entry. Don't forget, a different challenge once a month keeps the creative side of the brain happy.

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Please let me know you were here in the comments. These story snippets illustrate that, unfortunately, not all new beginnings are good ones. Thanks for stopping by! 

Do you participate in WEP or other monthly bloghops? 

To learn more to access the list of participants, check Denise's WEP site)




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Next on WEP - What's in a Face?

52 comments:

  1. Nice flash fiction, and lovely photos as usual. You do one of the best-looking blogs I follow.

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    1. Thanks, Sean, (smiles). It's the photography, like your travelling shots. Eye candy.

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  2. Could those three "different" women be the same woman? Sounds like it. A great storyline. Mystery, danger, and a seeking heart. Great job.

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    1. I considered whether that might fit, but the one that appeals to me the most is the one with the burned letters, waiting in Paris. Beginnings are sometimes out of necessity. Great idea, Roland.

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  3. Like the three different viewpoints! Clever way to do it.

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    1. Thanks. Just trying to show that beginnings aren't always 'good'. Sometimes circumstances are the reason.

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  4. Ooh, I'm intrigued to find out what happened to the woman waiting for the Jolly Roger.
    All three of these offer great possibilities for future stories, I'm sure you'll have fun developing them and I look forward to hearing about the results.

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    1. I do plan to have fun. I've done this with a few scifi stories and it works as a starter for me. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  5. Wow, intriguing, all of these. I especially wanted to know more about the first one. But all of them caught me, made me wonder where you might take these women. I've been participating in this blog hop for awhile now and love doing it. I hope you do too, that you stay and add your words to all of ours! Welcome to WEP!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, changing an identity would give me lots of 'play room' for a story. I plan to test myself at least for the next six months. (as long as Denise's current challenge list). Thanks for the good wishes.

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  6. I am unfamiliar with this hop and it took me several reads to figure out what was going on. Not your fault. Mine. It should have made sense with the beginning of the Three cities, etc. Once I figured out where you were going and what you were doing... I really liked it. Nice bits of flash fiction there.

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    1. Sorry for the confusion. . .I'll try to lead in a bit better next time. Thanks for being honest, that's important. I'm still learning.

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  7. Hi, D.G.

    Fantastic FF... Love the photos and the intriguing writing. Well done.

    I am an OLD friend of Denise's and always hope to post something for her new site. If I get my arse in gear today, I will write something and post it later.

    Writing inspiration has been and hiatus lately. Having a tough time with winter blues....

    I need to SHAKE THEM OFF.... LOL.

    WELL DONE!

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    1. This is the way to get those winter blues out the door, Michael. Would love to see you surprise us with one of your custom posts!

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  8. Oh how clever! I love it, the photos, the excerpts of possibility! Interested to see where you take this! Great job! I'm so glad you signed up - it's addictive and oh, so much fun!

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    1. Thanks, I tend to blend photos in when I can - I see a lot of variety in the WEP posts and I like that too. Makes for interesting reading. I am making my way through the list, but life keeps interrupting me.

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  9. Very nice, DG. I can see how fun this would be.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, it's like that Talos interview in the Backworlds, lot of fun to imagine.

      I think WEP will help me in my long writing. It's fun practice. The more I write, the better I get at editing.

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  10. What a great way of working with different ideas - connecting them to photos! I do hope you write more and develop these ideas.

    I'm playing around with plot and character before writng my first draft. Denise' blog hop is a good place to get feedback.
    Best wishes,
    Anna

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    1. I agree Anna, this bloghop lets me stretch a bit. I can always learn something. Thanks for dropping by! I may work with one of the ideas. Good luck with your writing.

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  11. Hello D.G. What an intriguing entry for your first WEP bloghop. Welcome ! I'm sure you will enjoy the experience. I'm always looking at my flash fiction thinking that I would not have written that story except for the bloghop. It really gives me, and the regulars, motivation.

    I adore your ideas coupled with the photos. I, of course, preferred the Paris 'teaser' and would really like to see this, and of course all the other stories, fully developed.

    Great to have you along for the ride D.G.

    Denise

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    1. Thanks, Denise, we'll see if I can keep up with the rest of you. I've enjoyed the first time, and the entry which gave me the most trouble and the one I like the best is the second entry.

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  12. That is so true - the bit about not all beginnings being good ones. Enjoyed the snippets, and the photos. All would make interesting stories. I for one would love to read more.

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    1. Thanks Nilanjana, I am drawn to the second scenario, so you might get your in the future.

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  13. Intriguing "New Beginnings" snippets. I can relate.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Yes, if you've moved a few times, like me. . .
      Hope you get better soon, Lee.

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  14. This is a wonderful entry to the WEP. I especially loved the second one. I'd love to know just where that letter is hidden and what's inside.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jen (new follower)

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    1. This is the one most likely to be worked on. It helps me, letting me know your preference. Thanks for the follow!

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  15. I love your photos and I enjoyed reading those first thoughts that might go with them. Great bits of flash. I am enjoying the variety on WEP. Keep it up.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. The variety is great in the posts for WEP.

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  16. That was an effective progression DG. I like the voice and subtle plot scheme. Beautifully written and presented.

    .......dhole

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  17. Hi D.G.! Dropping by in response to your comment. Yes, I'd love to do an interview about Radio Hope. It comes out on Feb. 1. Drop me a line at seansontheweb (at) yahoo (dott) com

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    1. Feb 1 - Coming up very soon. I will email you today.

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  18. I loved these snippets, D.G. especially the one set in Paris. The idea of a hidden letter appeals to me. I love the intrigue and the possibilities of where you might take it... definitely my type of story!
    Lovely photos too!
    (Sorry that my WEP entry wasn't up yet when you visited the other day...)
    Writer In Transit

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    1. I will come back and check your WEP entry MIchelle! Snippet #2 intrigues me too. and I'm already thinking of things to add to it.

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  19. Hey now, I found these snippets to be very engaging and well-written. I hope they evolve into short stories that I'll get to read at some point.

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    1. Thank you, Milo! The one that is getting the best response is the one I re-wrote three times. . . I will try to develop all three. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read them.

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  20. I think the first one aroused my curiosity most.

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    1. Thanks for your input, mshatch. I'll be giving them all a try.

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  21. I loved all your snippets/interlocked(sort of) stories. Nice work :) You have a way with description that really puts me in the moment with the character.

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    1. I didn't think of them as 'interlocked' until Roland mentioned it. I'm glad you liked it Trisha!

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  22. Those are all good. I really liked the second one. Now I'm wondering what's in the letter!

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    1. Getting that letter won't be easy. . .but that's probably the one I'll do first. Thanks for the feedback. . .

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  23. Hi DG - I love all of those ... so much could be brought in to each brief summary ... the one that interests me most is the British Columbia one ... it is perhaps that unknown land I'd like to know more about ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. That photo above is in Merritt, BC. And my mysteries are set in BC, for the most par. Thanks for the feedback, Hilary!.

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  24. I agree with Roland's comment, on the first read through I thought it was the same woman having to move on three times and the different ways it affects her, she's got secrets and I wonder if they involve 'time' in some aspect.

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    1. That's entirely possible, Sally, and it would involve 'time' if I wrote it as one story, linked. I'm getting new ideas of how to work with these from the comments and feedback..

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  25. I thought it was the same woman starting again in three different locations and how she coped in different places. I also wondered if there was something to do with time involved in the stories. Great photos to enhance the snippets.

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    1. Your suggestions are very helpful. Glad you like the photos - they get me started, but imagining a scene does too. Thanks.

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  26. I see her as one woman who dropped out of her ordinary life, found she could not quite get away from her past in Paris, went North and found peace. I can relate to her and want to know more about her.

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    1. An interesting viewpoint, Inger, I'm going to try several variations and see what results. Thanks for offering your feedback.

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