Shrouded in a blanket, she shuffles along, holding the edges closed as she struggles to get warm. Cold shivers erupt through her system, and she curses her boyfriend. The vehemence in her tone draws his attention away from his football supplement “What?”
“This…” she gestures down at the thick blanket draped around her shoulders. “It’s your fault that I’m wearing this! You and the bloody blokes from the footie!” She blows her nose loudly in illustration.
“How?” he closes the paper, knowing that she needs his full attention. The dishcloth incident of 1999 taught him that lesson, and he’s not forgotten it in years.
“You know how,” she shuffles out of the room again once she’s made herself a cup of tea, leaving him in no doubt that he had to buy something special.
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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