We were challenged to create a short story and include the words, Mine, Fingermarks, Railway and Day at the Races.
This is what I came up with:
“That’s mine!” Clare Adamson called out, a tinge of fear and embarrassment flashing over her face as she exited the railway toilets.
The orange jacketed man straightened up from where he was examining her suitcase. “You shouldn’t leave luggage unattended, it’s a security risk.”
“I’m sorry. I left it with my son.” Clare closed her hand over the handle, breathing out a sigh as she saw the sweaty fingermarks that the railway worker had left on the cream plastic.
He walked away, tutting softly and passed her son, who came loping back. Liam had a carrier bag dangling from one hand, and gave her a sheepish smile when he saw her anger. “Where have you been? My suitcase could have been blown up,” the thought of all her outfits being destroyed made the colour drain from her face.
“I went for some liquid refreshment,” he set the carrier down on the platform and she heard the metallic clang “I’ll need it if I’m spending the day at the races,”
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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