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First campaigner challenge: shadows crept…

As part of her fourth campaign, Rach has issued her first challenge. Exciting!

I'm a platform-building campaigner badgeHere’s the challenge in Rach’s words:

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count.

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:

  • end the story with the words: “everything faded.” (also included in the word count)
  • include the word “orange” in the story
  • write in the same genre you normally write
  • make your story 200 words exactly!

My entry is below. It meets all the criteria above except it’s not quite my normal genre. I had fun writing it, and I hope you have just as much fun reading it. Let me know what you think. 🙂

The last flame

Shadows crept across the wall of the cave as the sun set on the last day of my life. My heart began to pound beneath the satin fabric of my tattered party dress as I watched the last hints of orange disappear from the horizon.

Six hours to go. Six hours until I’d take my last breath. My vision blurred as tears formed in my eyes. Dammit. I promised myself I wouldn’t cry.

Beside me, my campfire flickered. I warmed my hands over the flames and examined my fingernails. Only one was still perfectly coated in red polish, the rest were chipped and torn.

To think the party was only two nights ago. To think I’d been worried about whether my shoes matched my dress. I glanced at my feet, covered in bruises and cuts, dirt and blood. My toenails had fared better than my fingernails though – only three were chipped.

I sat down beside the fire and breathed in the smoke. All I could do now was wait. As the hours passed, each flame dwindled to nothing. The night became deathly cold. I hugged my legs to my chest and shivered.

Finally, the last flame died. Everything faded.


Make sure you check out the other entries!



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It’s campaigning time again!

I'm a platform-building campaigner badgeThe awesome Rachael Harrie is hosting her next platform building campaign. Hooray!

In case you’ve never heard of Rach or her campaigns, they are “a way to link writers, aspiring authors, beginner bloggers, industry people, and published authors together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms. The Campaigners are all people in a similar position, who genuinely want to pay it forward, make connections and friends within the writing community, and help build each others’ online platforms while at the same time building theirs.”

I’ve got so much out of participating in Rach’s previous campaigns, and I owe many of my blogging connections to Rach and this fabulous idea of hers. If you’d like to know more about my experiences with the campaigns, read this post about what I got out of my first platform-building campaign.

If you’re interested in joining the campaign yourself, do it quickly. Registrations close at 11.59pm EDT today – I’ve only just scraped in myself!

On another note, you may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet recently. I’ve been quite unwell but I’m getting better by the day and I’m looking forward to being very healthy again soon. This illness has reminded me of how important it is to look after yourself and put your health first, and for me this means scaling back on blogging somewhat. So I’ll be blogging when I have something to say or share – and the time to write the post and still get a good night’s sleep – rather than sticking to a specific schedule. I hope you’ll still enjoy my blog just as much and I look forward to continuing to share my writing and reading experiences with you. 🙂


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