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British Holiday

Let me tell you

how to have

a British holiday.

It should rain

every day.

Forget your umbrella

though,

and leave the car window

open overnight,

so the pages of the map

stick together.

Maybe the sun

will appear

for a moment or two.

That’s your cue

to don the shorts,

flip-flops,

sunglasses,

before it gets

swallowed again

by grey.

That’s when you

return to your

newspaper

in your damp

holiday cottage,

and listen to the

drip, drip, drip

of the leaking tap

and the rain.


But British holidays are still the best kind of holidays.

Emma

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October 19, 2017
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Wednesdays

Wednesdays A Poem

Palm comes crashing

down onto the table

as you thrust your papers

into my face.

“What is this?”

you demand,

spitting in your fury,

mouth frothing.

Yet I’m the one feeling caged

“It’s all wrong,

why is it wrong?”

We stare at each other.

Both red-faced.

Both a little alarmed

by what you do next.

You tear away

from the desk,

like the shreds of paper

you leave behind

for me to clean up.

You roar,

slamming the door,

as you go.

I take a deep breath.

Smile, of course.

Whose next?

“Hi, how can I help?”


Customer service.

Emma

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October 12, 2017
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The Man at the Station

I see your legs

bent and broken,

and I think:

Thank God

I can still walk.

Thank God

I can run,

if I wanted to.

I return to the sofa.


I was musing today about the marvels of movement, after seeing an elderly man being overtaken by speedy commuters on their way home from work.  It was very humbling, though I still spent the evening in front of the television.

Emma

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August 22, 2017
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Little Terrors

Writing, and rewriting, scenes about monsters seemed like a good idea at the time.  But now, lying in the dark, duvet pulled up past my chin, I hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet outside the door.

Tiny, furry feet.

Up and down the stairs, they disturb the floorboards and baby’s toys; I hear the giggle of a plastic, smiling child.

The door creaks open…

Not quite terrifying beasts, but still little terrors.


They leave me alone all day, until I open a book or newspaper.  Then they come running.

Emma

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August 15, 2017
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Elegy for a Dead World: Dear Marta

I recently started playing a fantastic game for writers called Elegy for a Dead World.  It plays like a scrolling platform game, but there is no fighting or obstacles to face.  Instead, in each world, players are given the opportunity to write stories about their landscape – the sights, the smells, the sounds – with writing prompts to guide them.

I’ve written a few stories on there now, but I was particularly pleased with my most recent one: Dear Marta.  It is the letter from a girl on a new planet – one with warm weather, beautiful sunsets and starry, starry nights – to her sister back on their home world, Onun.

As the story progresses, it becomes apparent that this isn’t a letter written from the heartache of a short absence.  It has been a long time since the girls have been together.

At the end, it is revealed that the narrator’s sister died a long time ago, back when they were children on Onun.  The girl remembers their childhood fondly, and promises her sister that she will never forget her, but this will be the last letter she will write.


What story would you have written, with this beautiful purple planet as your backdrop?

Happy writing,

Emma

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February 16, 2017
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30 Days of Confidence Writing Prompts

Hey everyone,

As promised, here’s a few positive writing prompts from one of my most recent purchases: 642 Tiny Things to Write About.  If you enjoy the prompts you can pick up a copy from The Book Depository.  They are nice simple prompts, most of which are answerable in just a single word or a couple of lines.  You can answer them truthfully, drawing from your own experiences, or you can make up characters and write fictional responses (I’ve chosen the former today).  Feel free to post your own answers below!

Think about your day so far (even if it’s still morning).  What’s the highlight at this point?

I should write something profound here, I feel.  But no.  The highlight of my day has been finally getting my hands on Pokemon Go!  I was torn between Charmander and Pikachu as a starting Pokemon, but even though Pikachu is adorable, I just love the fire types!

Write the title of your autobiography.

My Wandering Words

You live in a world in which everyone gets one word tattooed on their forehead.  What’s the word you pick?

“Joy”.

Think of the best career you can possibly imagine, and write the reasons why you would be qualified for that job.

Story Dreamer.  Delivering story ideas to uninspired authors based off my dreams.  (If magic were real I think I would actually transfer the dream to their mind – for a price, of course).

Qualifications: I have the best, most vivid dreams ever.  Almost every story I write has originated from a dream – it is my best source of inspiration!

Here’s a few extra prompts if you want to try them:

  • Tweet the story of your life.
  • There is a message on your voice mail that will change your life for the better.
  • Someone is designing a museum about your life.  Describe one of the exhibits.

I hope everyone is having a great month so far!  Personally, having #30DaysofConfidence in the forefront of my mind for the last two weeks has definitely made me step out of my comfort zone more.  One of the coolest things I’ve done this month is a collaborative art project!  Art can be such a personal thing, so teaming up with someone for a joint painting experience was a real learning curve, and has definitely challenged me creatively.

Emma

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30 Days of Confidence is a challenge running through July 2016, hosted by Wandering Words and The Geek Undergraduate. Step out of your comfort zone, do something positive and new, and build your confidence!  Click here for more info.
July 14, 2016
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Ten Words Story Contest

ten words

Please note: this competition is now closed!  You can view the winning entry here.


Inspired by the ‘Your Life Story In Six Words Or Less’ post I did last year, I introduce to you the latest competition at Wandering Words!

All you have to do to enter is write your own original story in exactly ten words.  There is no theme – it can be about absolutely anything!

Here’s one I made earlier:

In her handwriting, one word scrawled on my napkin: help.

Send your entries to wanderingwords@outlook.com, with ‘Ten Words’ in the subject line.

What’s the prize?

The winner will receive a £10 Amazon e-voucher, publication on Wandering Words and automatic entry into the Anthology Competition.

The deadline for this competition will be 30th June 2016.

You don’t have to be following Wandering Words to enter, but sharing the competition on social media is greatly appreciated!

Good luck!

Emma

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April 18, 2016
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