• There’s No Time! (a five-minute #freewrite)

    Hullo, hullo! It’s time for a five-minute #freewrite! 😀 The prompt for today is — inbox — and I had no idea how to incorporate it into the Betrayal thing that I’m writing, so, it’s time for Joey to do something! No idea what, though. I guess Jenny might find out soon enough. You can find today’s prompt and challenge at the following link: https://steemit.com/freewrite/@mariannewest/day-573-5-minute-freewrite-thursday-prompt-inbox And today’s header image is CC0 and courtesy of Pixabay!     My inbox was full. Again. It seemed impossible but there it was; a daily haul of ten thousand emails –mostly spam– that refused to get delivered to the correct folders. They would all…

  • Betrayal – part two – a story based on #freewrite prompts!

    Part One Previously: >The guests were unperturbed and continued to dance and swirl across the shining floors, their soft chatter as light and cheerful as ever, and Harclyffe remained on the balcony overhead, seemingly unaware that two of his assets were weaving themselves out of his decade-long web with the help of another, yet-unknown Lord. >“Who?” >Sebastian shrugged and nodded at the oblivious revellers. >“It’s not important. It’s also not time yet. Act normal and wait for the signal. You’ll know when they’re ready,” he chuckled. “Everyone will know and we’ll vanish in the chaos.” Betrayal – Part Two “How can it not be important?” Henry replied, but Sebastian had…

  • Betrayal – part one – a story based on #freewrite prompts!

    Introduction: Thanks to various freewrites a few months ago, I came up with a random story which I called Certain Chaos. During March I tried to turn it into a proper 50,000 word story with the freewriters at the @freewritehouse for #MarchMadness… anddddd I didn’t succeed. I just wasn’t in to the story and every time I wrote something I was just, “What the hell is this? Why is my protagonist such a whiny man? Why didn’t I do this how I originally planned to do it? I hate it! Now I’m just as whiny as my character! Argh!” Originally the story was going to be in my usual medieval-esque…

  • What’s in a name? (not-quite a five-minute #freewrite)

    They had always said that she was special. Indeed, ‘special’ was even her middle name thanks to classless bogans who honestly thought that ‘Kailyn Tequila Special Edwards’ would be a name that would serve her well for the rest of her life. They were probably drunk at the time, or stoned, just as they had been during the birth and naming of her ten siblings, but this one was her name and not a day went by where she wished she could afford to change it. Why was it so expensive? If only the paperwork had a checkbox where if your name was the result of unfortunate parents, the change…

  • Fulfil the Quota (a five-minute #freewrite)

    “You will fulfil the quota, or you will die,” rasped a woman’s voice. I leapt back. She stood before me. Black hair flowed to her knees and heaven help me, her eyes were as fiery as the flamin’ grill. The grill! I glanced down at my sausages –they were fine– then returned to the woman. “Pardon me? And just who do you think you are?” “That doesn’t matter,” she snapped. “I know who I am, but you don’t seem to know who you are. Fulfil the quota. We are waiting. If you fail, your death is imminent.” “What quota? What in the fiery pits of barbecue grease are you talkin’…

  • Cheese, please. (a five-minute #freewrite)

    “We met at the museum,” I grinned, linking my arm with Arnold’s. Cadence raised an eyebrow, sniffed, then returned her glassy-eyed stare to her coffee. She swirled the spoon through the liquid, not once but thrice, and slowly raised the mug to her lips. “Really?” she burbled as she drank. Swallowing down the elongated gulp, she delicately returned the mug to its position and looked back up at me, at us, and sneered. Typical Cadence. I rolled my eyes. “Well, considering that these days most people meet by swiping on a phone, I thought you’d be pleased I met someone because I bumped into them, in person.” “Quite literally, too,”…

  • Wayward Emotions (another five-minute #freewrite for ‘cologne’)

    My walk home seems longer than normal. The sun fights through the overcast sky and promises to bring light to my world, but it’s deceptive; a flagrant liar that yearns to bring hope then fling it away before it can warm my chilled heart. It’s been twenty years and yet I still feel the raw emotion of that which I felt when I was young and stupid. The man I just passed. He is to blame. The same cologne that embraced me that night now embraces me once again, haunting my past and present in one heart-wrenching sweep. Would my life be different now if I had succumbed back then?…

  • An Awful Scent (a five-minute #freewrite)

    Thick, full-blooded cologne swept through the crowded bodies and graced Jenny’s nose. Perhaps ‘graced’ was too kind a word; it ravaged her nostrils, sent her olfactories aflame, and she gagged as the odour flew down her throat and pulled at her stomach, as it took hold of her intestines and twisted them together. It was strong. Too strong. Military strong. Was this their new tactic? Overwhelm the enemy with intensified odours? The bodies at her back pushed up against barred windows and doors, their groans and wheezes as thick and heavy as the god-damned scent. One of them, however, was unperturbed. The balding man with one impossibly long strand of…

  • Prompt: Broken (two five-minute #freewrites)

    Hullooo! 🙂 It’s Day 555 (!) of @mariannewest’s five-minute #freewrite, and today I am back with story integration. The prompt for today is — broken — and I decided to do two five-minute segments for two of my characters involved. First Lyria, and then Cael. This is still based on my last story integration freewrite — I’m Blessed. I’m still on that chapter, haha. Hoping to at least outline it today and finish it tomorrow! And then on to an Avia chapter that I should have done last week, but I focused too much on getting this Lyria and Cael business out of the way first. Once this chapter has…

  • Early Morning Mishaps (a five-minute #freewrite)

    Hullo, hullo! It’s time for @mariannewest’s #weekendfreewrite! Except, I’m being awful today and decided to go with a single prompt option. There were so many to choose from! But my eye eventually settled on — It’s what I do at 2:30 in the morning when I can’t sleep. I immediately thought of my mischievous Joey, and the following came out in the five-minutes before the egg-timer website went beep-a-beep at me. The single prompt options can be found at the following link: https://steemit.com/freewrite/@mariannewest/weekend-freewrite-4-27-2019-single-prompt-option My header image is CC0 and courtesy of Pixabay! 🙂 And… time is running out to pick up your FREE copy of Half Past the Moonfall at…