First Five Fragments for Friday

1. Hot flashes. Flashes of who I used to be. Flashing lights. Life goes by in a flash.

2. Old dogs with filmy eyes still dance around their food bowls like puppies.

3. Stand with your eyes closed in a bunch of trees dropping their fall-colored leaves. Hear that tic-tic-tic as the leaves hit the ground? Natural timer counting down to winter.

4. After being with my partner for 20 years, I finally heard the entirety of one of his science talks and realized that stepping back to see him as others do needs to happen more often. How do you step back to see anyone in your family in a new way?

5. If you pared down your possessions, what would you hang on to just for beauty?

And your fragments are…?

What have you written this week? Anyone doing NaNoWriMo next month?

SHARING THE LOVE – PUBLICATIONS BY PEOPLE I KNOW

Two of my writing acquaintances have had some nice publication news in the last couple of weeks and I want to pass that on.

The first person I heard from was British writer Avis Hickman-Gibb, who has a book of short stories out called A Plate of Bits (I love that title). The book was actually published in August, but just got mention again with Avis’ recent piece in the October issue of Writers’ Tricks of the Trade called, “Short Stories – Small but Beautifully Formed.” If you love short stories, A Plate of Bits is for you. If you aren’t sure about short stories, this is still for you. Really. Even better? It’s a Kindle edition. No need to dust off your bookshelf. By the way, Writers’ Tricks of the Trade is a decent publication for improving your skills or getting expert advice, if you are so inclined.

The second person I heard from was Indian writer Rumjhum Biswas. Rumjhum is part of an anthology of short stories by writers from Asia and Africa called, Behind the Shadows, edited by Rohini Chowdhury and Zukiswa Wanner. It is available from Amazon here. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

In March 2011, Chowdhury and Wanner, with the objective of bringing together the two
continents of Africa and Asia, sent out a call for short stories with the theme outcast, to be interpreted by the writers as they pleased. The writers could be from Africa or Asia, or in the Diaspora, but it was necessary that their stories deal with the theme as experienced by Africans and/or Asians……The title, Behind the Shadows, is from one of the short stories in the collection by writer Tasneem Basha. The collection also includes Penguin-shortlisted author Isabella Morris; Caine Prize-shortlisted writer Lauri Kubuitsile; renowned Singaporean Young Artist Award recipient, author and poet, Felix Cheong; and emerging Indian writers Rumjhum Biswas, Monideepa Sahu, and Sucharita Dutta-Asane.

Short stories seem to be the theme today. Happy reading.

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12 comments

  1. You are such a generous and supportive person.

    It is Saturday evening here, so my Friday fragments will be truncated.

    If paring down my possessions was voluntary I would hang onto the jewellery my father made for its beauty and for the sentimental value.
    If it was a disaster evacuation? I would want to take the living things (my partner and the cats) with me. The rest are just things at the end of the day though I would miss some of them until the end of time.

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  2. Flash fried – your brain on too much of any one subject…
    I almost hate to rake the leaves today, I love walking through them and hearing the swish-crunch of fall.
    Seeing others in their natural habitat is always an eye opener. They have lives outside of us. That's a shock.
    For beauty – the artwork on my walls from other people. My stuff I can let go of because it came from me, the other stuff is external ideas of beauty I want to keep.

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  3. Thanks!
    I'm always interested in how people pare down what they have. My parents got rid of stuff on a regular basis, especially my mom, so I learned early to let go of things. Books and photos are the hardest for me to let go of.

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  4. 1. Hot flashes. October Nasturiums 🙂

    2. Old dogs with filmy eyes still dance around their food bowls like puppies. Ruby xxx

    3. Stand with your eyes closed in a bunch of trees dropping their fall-colored leaves. Hear that tic-tic-tic as the leaves hit the ground? Natural timer counting down to winter. Did that Sunday – it was incredible! The trees here are like sumac.

    4. After being with my partner for 20 years, I finally heard the entirety of one of his science talks and realized that stepping back to see him as others do needs to happen more often. How do you step back to see anyone in your family in a new way? I remember seeing my sister at her job – incredible. You know what I love is seeing me in other mirrors – see Don Webbs comment in Bewildering Stories FB page – Hahaha Who'd he meet?

    5. If you pared down your possessions, what would you hang on to just for beauty?
    Prometheus Bound.

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