What is Ahead? – #writephoto

They had observed the rock formation from miles away, with each step closer to it, it seemed to grow more intriguing.

ahead - rock image by Sue Vincent

“It looks like a house”, Josie said to her exasperated husband John who was trailing behind her with a heavily laden backpack. He made a harrumph sound in response but she ignored it and clicked happily on her camera before setting off again.

As they grew closer and closer her excitement to explore the rocks grew.

“Do you think it was a caveman’s home?” Josie wondered once they had reached the opening in the rocks.

“Maybe,” John said, giving in to her excitement. “It could be our lodgings for the weekend, save us on that hotel you booked”. He said smirking at his own joke.

“I WOULD live here”, Josie smiled at him, “look at that view.”

As they made their way inside it grew darker and darker, eventually, John rummaged in the backpack and pulled out their torch. As he clicked it on they both inhaled sharply.

“Wow! This is so beautiful.” Josie said. John nodded in agreement. The swirling text that filled the walls, floor and roof of the cave was unlike anything they had ever seen before.

“What do you think it says?” John asked.

“No idea. Oh, look there are numbers there.” She pointed to the area she had spotted.

They both moved closer and focussed the torchlight.

“Is that a date?” Jane’s brow wrinkled with concentration. They both looked at each other in the dull torchlight.

If it was a date, that meant it was one week from today…


My response to Sue’s wonderful photo prompt combined with the Captivating daily post. If you want to give Sue’s prompt a go too, head over to Sue’s Page Thursday Photo Prompt – ahead – and join in the prompt. KL ❤

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The Jilted Bride – #writephoto

Her veil fluttered in the breeze and she let out a wail into the dawn sky. The sun was coming and her presence would be hindered in the daylight. She prayed for winter, foggy days and dreary weather helped her stay around for longer.

 

Arch Image by Sue Vincent

Arch – Image by Sue Vincent

 

One of her favourite things to do was to follow one step behind a person, see if they felt her presence. Occasionally she would inhale deeply beside their ear-catching the scents of the sweet perfumes of the modern day. This often made them shudder and she could not deny the shadow of joy that gave to her wandering soul.

Occasionally she would get the chance to enact her true calling, her reason for being. She would watch the young couples strolling around the site hand in hand, or linked arm in arm, giggling merrily to themselves. She watched them captivated by their young naivety. She would watch and she would wait.

As the time approached, and the young man got down on one knee she would summon all her strength and push him over. She would whip the young woman’s scarf or hair or whatever she would grasp. As they regained composure she would scream. A high-pitched piercing scream. She enjoyed that, generally, they began to stumble and run as fast as they could. Sometimes she wondered if they heard her deep chuckling that followed but ultimately she didn’t care. She would be the only jilted bride to haunt these ruins.



My response to Sue’s wonderful photo prompt combined with the Captivating daily post. If you want to give Sue’s prompt a go too, head over to Sue’s Page Thursday Photo Prompt – Arch – and join in the prompt. KL ❤

Review of Dog Tails by Tara Chevrestt – 3.5 Stars

Dog Tails: Three Humorous Short Stories for Dog LoversDog Tails: Three Humorous Short Stories for Dog Lovers by Tara Chevrestt

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I was undecided whether to leave a review for this or not, it’s difficult to advise others who are considering reading it of any more info than what it says in the description.
Three short stories all told from the viewpoint of dogs. Sweet, humorous and a cheap collection. I’m not sure what age bracket this book was aimed at. Most dog owners will enjoy it but I’d probably recommend it as more of something to be read with a child (maybe not the first story but definitely the other two).
Summary
The Bad – A little bit too sugary sweet for adult readers (I think but that could be put down to personal taste).
The Good – Easy, quick reads at a low price. I imagine this book would be quite a nice book to read with a pet loving child too.

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Similar to Notes from a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two by Sue Vincent – to see a review for this Click Here

An Ode to Bedtime

When you’re a child it’s such a chore to go to bed
It becomes the time to ask a parent all the questions in your headShoe Stuck - Photo by TreyRatcliff
Or request a storybook be read from end to end
Or a time to dress-up and play at make-pretend

Now I am all grown up Bedtime is such a treat!
You even get a rest for those precious party feet.
An afternoon nap is such an unexpected delight!
Especially if there is a party to attend that very night.

Even better is an early night, bath and book in hand
Unfortunately those precious nights are in short demand
So, if you get the opportunity savour it with delight
For there is a shortage in the world of those precious early nights!


Originally written to support the foot image above for the FFfaw challenge but I realised this doesn’t really fit the fiction guidelines. So borrowed the pic for todays Daily Post instead. 🙂

8 Reasons to buy more books

Love, love, love it! (Yes it’s worth the 3 love’s)! My favourite bit – “If you spent all your disposable income on X-Boxes and iPads, you’d be a target for burglars. Aint nobody breaking in to steal the copy of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ you got off eBay.”

Hard Book Habit

Inside-Shakespeare-and-Co-Paris-Bookshop1 If glorious sights like this become a thing of a past, we only have ourselves to blame.

In previous posts I’ve covered some of my justifications for book shopping, which like an alcoholic topping up everyone else’s drink, or a sugar junkie that buys donuts for the “the office”, I use to make myself feel better. So apologies for repeating myself, but I thought I’d put them all here in a handy cut-out-and-keep list.

# 1. To have a collection of un-read books is important as when we finish one book, the next book to read could be one we aren’t in the mood for. It could be Wodehouse, Tolstoy, Hardy, Austen, Sebald or Self, it doesn’t matter, if you’re not in the mood, it will you from picking up the book. That’s bad. A selection is necessary.

# 2. Books are investments, not only could they be worth money…

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It’s all about I

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fearful Symmetry.”

Challenge: Pick a letter, any letter. Now, write a story, poem, or post in which every line starts with that letter.

I once took part

In a writing challenge

It really took some time

I couldn’t think of a letter to

Initiate each line

It was something of a dilemma

I pondered for some time

In the end I took the easy route

In mastering my lines

It was a selfish

Indulgence, for which I cannot lie

I cheated just a little bit

In choosing the letter

“I”