Friday Fictioneers – Third Age

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © ROGER BULTOT

Third Age

Well!

Isn’t this exciting?

It’s such fun looking out of the train window. Look – there’s my house, high on the hill!

Hours pass. We’ll soon reach the city where I was born.

We rumble into the suburbs, between scruffy trees that half reveal lawns and colourful gardens. I used to play football with my daughter in a garden like this; she has her own children now.

Tall buildings close in, houses converted into apartments. Didn’t I have a flat in one of these as a student?

What an adventure I shall have, living here for my creative writing course!

Inlinkz – click here to join in the fun!

45 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Third Age

  1. All the inspiration we need to be creative is right there, around us. We need only open up our eyes and minds. And flex our fingers over the keys. Nicely done, Penny. I could almost feel that Muse cranking up into action.

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    • Dear Sandra
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. I love that you identify how crucial it is to flex our fingers over the keys; it’s so important! When I get stuck for a plot I sit down and type. And type. And type. Until eventually something turns up!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Tannille
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right – there is something special about train rides. It definitely has me thinking of stories the whole time, and I guess from your comment that you feel the same.
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Ali
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, memories are the stuff of creative writing. All those scenes that have helped us make sense of our lives now come onto the page to help us entertain others.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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  2. ‘I’ve always really enjoyed going back to familiar places and meeting people I used to know. I’m not good with new people, places, and circumstances, but going back to currently unfamiliar people, places, and circumstances from my past lets me have my cake and eat it, like a halfway point.

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    • Dear Larry
      Thank you for reading and commenting. Going back and meeting currently unfamiliar people sounds like an ingenious way of having your cake and eating it. And long-standing friends are a great blessing.
      With best wishes
      Penny

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    • Dear Francine
      Thank you for reading and for your perceptive comment. You are quite right that her writing course experience has already started. She has notebook and ball point convenient in her handbag!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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  3. Firstly, thank you very much Penny, you solved my problem and are now appointed as my official IT department. 🙂
    Trains are great because they take the strain, I write on them a lot because you can concentrate on the life outside the window and register things you might miss ordinarily and you have your hands free to jot things down. Larkin wrote Whitsun Weddings from a train.
    I hope you enjoy the writing course.

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    • Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. I’m glad my suggestion solved your problem. I like trains because you see so many different things. For example, I once saw a priest who was so enormous that he literally occupied a whole double seat. On another occasion I saw major fisticuffs between half a dozen drunk teenagers and three men who intervened to stop the kids trashing the train. All human life is there!
      Thank you for your best wishes for the writing course. Regrettably it’s purely fictional!
      With very best wishes
      Penny

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