Writing Challenge 9th December 2019

The reason I’m posting this prompt because I like writing a little flash fiction. It’s something I treat as going to the gym for my writing muscles. If you want to join in, that’s brilliant, but there’s no pressure. If you want to leave a comment with a link, that’s great, but if you don’t feel ready to share yet, that’s also great. Or you could decide that you had a good session at the ‘gym’ and want to submit it somewhere, or use it as the basis for other work, which would be amazing. It’s up to you how you use this prompt. The only thing I would like to insist on is that you enjoy yourself.

Here is a picture and a quotation. The challenge is to write something that is sparked off by one or both of them. It doesn’t have to be directly related to either, just the story you hear when you see them. It’s limited to 500 words (or less, lots less if you need to, or a little more, and I don’t check), and you should try and finish it by next week. It can be prose, poetry, fact or fiction – just have fun.

flat-lay photography of variety of beverage filled glasses
Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

…the old white haired/whitebearded man that is the Sint/who’d only heard of peppermint/and fennel tea before you taught/how one can flavour water hot/to titillate and tantalise/the tastbuds … it’s been paradise

A wonderful friend

A quick note about the quotation. In the Netherlands it is traditional to exchange gifts and a poem on Sinterklaas, 6th December. A wonderful woman (who spoils my son outrageously – thank you!) was kind enough to send me some goodies and a poem that included a reference to tea. The hug has kept me going all week and I thought it was too wonderful not to share.

As for the writing, if you wish, leave a link in the comments and I will drop in, read and comment, and I encourage everyone to do the same. I’ll also be sharing stuff on Facebook and wherever else I can think of. There are no prizes and no end goal, unless it is to have fun writing. I hope I get to see some awesome stuff sparked by this. Good luck!

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