July/August 2018 TCWG short story competition

This time the theme of the July/August 2018 TCWG short story competition is ‘A Day in the Life’:

“A story that follows the life of someone or some thing over the period of one day.
A day that could be either remarkable or simply boring ( and good luck with the latter). 😂
Seadams would particularly welcome stories of an inanimate object (for instance the passage of an objet d’art through an auction room or through the hands of a burglar or fence), or any other interpretation that could properly be considered as a story pertaining to a person, an animal, a being, or an inanimate object during any 24 hour period.”

My story, The ‘Daisy Dancer’ was inspired by a trip with Pavlovaqueen to seek out a boat once belonging to her friend, and launched by and named after her friend. All the details of the friend’s story have been changed and some new twists constructed. Most of my story is set on a single day though there is a short follow up section some years later.

 

 

 

Always Remember I Love You

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By Robina Rader

I may forget.
In a cruel game of hide and seek,
hard-earned knowledge and a lifetime of memories
prove ever more elusive.

I get confused in parking lots,
can’t find things in my kitchen,
get lost in the middle of a thought.
Doors are closing in my mind,
locking me out – out of my past, out of my self.

And worst of all, the day will come
when I look at you with blank eyes
and push you away, unaware
that I love you.
So promise that you will remember
when I forget.

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April 2018 TCWG short story competition

April’s TWCG short story competition is a free-for-all with the story theme of one’s own choice. My offering involves themes from previous months in the year, having been a bit slow to develop. ’60 minutes’ is a short piece about imminent nuclear destruction. It seemed quite topical when I started it in January this year, just after the false alarm in Hawaii. There is a certain fragility to world peace these days and it still feels as if that worry hasn’t gone away.

A new start

And life goes on! My dear friends in the Telegraph Creative Writing Group have kept the monthly competition very much alive, and after spending some time relocating to a place that I’m already in love with, in rural Ireland, I have unpacked my desk.

The Cyclist is the first story for a long time but also a continuation of Snow and 969 miles from previous years. There’s probably more to come for these characters…

 

 

Death of a website

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How sad to see the slow decline of myTelegraph. The pages over which I roamed, meeting friends whom I will hold dear for the rest of my life, are crawled over by the bots who sell ‘Drugs Offshore’, ‘WU dumps’, ‘CVV’ and all the other inhuman detritus of the Dark Web.

I hope that rescuing a few survivors from the wreck will form the nucleus of a new group that will go forth into the Universe and populate the world with TCWG Short Stories...DSCF4304

The results are in:Birmingham’s first council election,1838

Notes from 19th Century Birmingham

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The Birmingham ratepayers elected their first town council on Wednesday, 26th December 1839.  There was a limited electorate because of legislation passed in 1835 which restricted voting to ratepayers of three years standing. Anyone who, for some reason, had not paid their rates during the course of  the previous three years was excluded from taking part in the election. As may be guessed, women were not permitted a vote even if they were long-standing ratepayers.

Shown below are the results of Birmingham’s first council election. The candidates were divided between ‘Radicals’ and ‘Tories’. This might appear odd; when I voted today there was a choice of five candidates from very different political parties. In fact, the choice presented in 1838 as controversial then too. In the run up to the election there were some candidates who were not Tories, but equally did not consider themselves to be Radical. In the…

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