Friday, 21 October 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

This week I'm celebrating:

- I finished my entry for the WEP Blog-hop and put it up on my blog yesterday. I didn't get to spend a lot of time working on it, certainly not as much as I would have liked, but I think it turned out OK. Click here to take a look!

- Porridge with nutella stirred into it - divine! Perfect for cold autumn mornings. 

- Hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows - another thing that's perfect for colder weather. 

- I dug out all of my Halloween decorations on Sunday - they're mostly candle holders and things, but they look great and they've helped get me into the Halloween spirit! 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

WEP Halloween

I haven't taken part in WEP for ages, but I just had to take part this month; I love writing scary stories for Halloween! I haven't had as much time to work on this story as I would have liked, but it's turned out OK, I think.

Unrest in Peace

I wake to a loud bang above my head. I open my eyes to darkness; squinting, my eyes adjust, and I see thin slivers of light shining through small gaps in the surface directly above me. It’s so close I can touch it. I reach up with my arms, and press my palms against the rough surface; wood. My heart begins to pound; where am I?

I lean up on my elbows and press my eye to one of the gaps in the wood, but all I see is light. I lie back down and feel around me; I’m in a wooden box, not much larger than my body. I press my palms against the lid and push; it doesn’t budge. My breath comes in short bursts as I scratch at the lid, ignoring the stabs of pain from splinters burrowing under my fingernails. I start banging on the wood, my heart pounding harder than it ever has, fists aching in protest.

“Help!” I yell; there has to be somebody around, somebody who can help me. I try to kick out with my feet, but there isn’t enough room to get a good kick to the lid. “Help me, please!”

I freeze when I hear a noise, straining my ears. Someone is chuckling softly, somewhere outside the box. A loud thud on the lid makes me jump; is someone letting me out?

Something begins to trickle slowly through the gaps in the wood; showering my body. There’s another thud, and more dust comes through the gaps. I rub it between my fingers; it’s grainy, like sand.

Dirt. Someone is shoveling dirt onto the box.

“No!” I scream, heart pounding as frantically as my fists. “No, please!”

The thumping is steady now, rhythmic, the dirt trickling through the gaps, a constant stream.

The light begins to dim, the thumping becoming more muffled.

I scrabble at the lid again, mustering all the force I can, ignoring the pain as my nails break, the ache of my fists as I bang on the lid. I push on the lid with all of my might, tears and sweat mingling on my face. All I can hear are the steady, muffled thumps and my own gasping breaths.

The thumps stop. There is no light left now; I’m in pitch darkness.

“No, please, please don’t leave me here! I’ll do anything! Please!” I push on the lid with all of my strength, but it’s impossible. I’m trapped.

I lay there, my gasping breaths becoming tighter in my chest, the smell of the dirt still trickling slowly through the gaps in the wood overwhelming. I count in my head, and my breathing becomes slower, more even.

I need to make it last. I will find a way out of here; this can’t be the end. I need to make the air last until I find a way.

Now that I’m still, I notice the cold. I start to shiver.

How can I get out? Try the lid again? It didn’t work before, but maybe if I kick it at the same time? Or use my feet to kick out the sides? No, even if I managed to get the lid open, I’d be crushed by the dirt already pressing onto the lid of the box.

It’s hopeless.

Tears run in an endless stream down the sides of my face; I can hear them dripping onto the wood beneath my head.

My mouth is dry, so dry, from the shouting and struggling. I can’t remember the last time I had a drink. Which would I die from first, asphyxiation or dehydration? Probably the former; it’s getting harder and harder to breathe.

I close my eyes; this is happening. There’s nothing I can do but wait. It’ll be over soon.

So I wait.

And wait.

And wait…

My mouth is so dry, my lungs now aching from lack of oxygen.

The air is ice cold now, my whole body aching, violently shivering.

My muscles are screaming, screaming at the lack of water in my body.

I can hear my stomach gurgling, rumbling louder than it ever has.

So why am I not dying? Surely it doesn’t take this long…

And then I remember. I remember how I got here, why I got here.

It’s punishment.

Punishment for doing a terrible thing.

Dread fills my aching body; I will never die. I will be trapped here, in this box, on the verge of death but never to die, for eternity. I will never feel the release of death.

Tears once again begin to fall from my eyes, the steady drip and my ragged breaths the only sound in the darkness, the only things I will ever hear again.

Word count: 790
Open to critique

Friday, 14 October 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

This week I'm celebrating:

- I had a great weekend off, I spent the Saturday just chilling out with my mum, then on Sunday we went to spend the day with my sister. 

- I had a lot of family time this week; my dad came over on Wednesday and we went out for lunch to a Caribbean restaurant, and it was lovely. I don't get to see my dad very often, so it was nice. 

- I've done a lot of planning this week for my Halloween stories, and I can't wait to write them! It's been great actually planning new stories again.  

Monday, 10 October 2016

Goals for October

I wanted to post this up last week, but work was crazy so I decided on this week instead.

Here's how I did on my September goals:

- Spend half an hour a day blogging - Nope, definitely not. I'm working on cutting down my hours at work, but until that happens this goal will be impossible to achieve!

- Finish my outline - Another definite nope - I doubt very much that I'll be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, which is disappointing! Hopefully I'll be able to take part next year.

- Read 4 books - The easiest goal to achieve, and I still didn't manage it. Work has been super crazy the last few weeks, and I'm happily anticipating the day that my hours get cut down. I'm not sure when this is going to be, but it should be soon. 

Here's hoping I do better on my goals for October! Here they are:

- Write stories for WEP, Spooktoberfest and the IWSG anthology contest! 

That's it for this month, since it'll be a major achievement to churn out three stories in a month, especially at the moment! However, it is my favourite writing month because of all the Halloween challenges, and I have ideas for each of the stories I want to write. Wish me luck! 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

This week I'm celebrating:

- It was Jamie's birthday on Monday, so we celebrated by having a takeaway and watching the latest Captain America movie. I made him a red velvet cake, too, which was lovely. 

- Yesterday I handed my notice in at work to step down from the role I'm currently in. The 50-60 hour weeks are just getting too much for me to handle, so it looks like I'll be going back down to being contracted just 25 hours a week. It'll be a struggle financially, and I'll have to pick up overtime to combat that, but it'll give me more time to do the things I love, like blogging and writing, that I just don't get time for at the moment. It'll also be better for my health and well-being; doing that amount of hours for so long has left me so exhausted. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

IWSG - October

So this month's question is: When do you know your story is ready?

This isn't a brilliant question for me, because I've never finished a novel. I've been working on one for a good couple of years now, but because of my hectic work schedule it's still in the early stages.

Still, I've written plenty of short stories and pieces of flash fiction, and I suppose I know when one of my stories are ready when I can't do anything else to it to make it better. It's hard to explain; I just kind of know, and that's when it's done. However, there are plenty of pieces that I've thought were finished, then gone back to months later and done more work on. It's a difficult question!

So this month I'm quite insecure because I want to take part in three separate things (WEP's Halloween blog hop, Spooktoberfest and the IWSG anthology contest) and so far I haven't done much work on the stories I want to write. I've done a lot of planning for my story for the anthology contest, but that's it. I wanted to have so much more done at this point, but work has been crazy and the last thing you want to do after a 12 hour shift is sit down and write.

However, I'm cutting my hours down at work soon, so once that happens I'll be able to throw myself back into my writing. I'll have to work hard to finish these stories, but I'm determined to do it! I have this weekend off work, so I'm going to use it to get these stories sorted.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.

This week I'm celebrating:

- I made some soda bread on Sunday, and it was delicious! I've wanted to branch out into bread-making for a long time, and I'm glad I've finally made something, even if it is an easy bread to make (it uses buttermilk and baking powder instead of yeast).

- I spent my day off yesterday just watching TV with my mum, and it was lovely. Sometimes it's nice to just stay at home!