#SixWordStoryChallenge – 18th August 2018

Time to dream! This week’s prompt from Kirsty is FANTASY, inspired by Alice in Wonderland which Kirsty and I have both seen in last week. Watching Alice in Wonderland is not compulsory, I have only watched short performances in f it, but wonder if should read / listen to the whole book.

To enter a story, please follow the link below to pop over to Kirsty’s blog.

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Challenge open Saturday 18th August 2018 – Thursday 23rd August 2018

Welcome to the Six Word Story Challenge.

For those who have never dropped by before, a new prompt is posted every Saturday morning at 9am GMT, either on this site or that of fellow blogger Wonderwall. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to plot a story on that subject… in just six words.

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#6WordStory prompt FASHION winners

As is fairly typical there were more voters than entries, therefore it is great to see the support for the stories. Well done to all of this week’s writers.

The winners

Joint 3rd:

Her blog became fashionable, then taxed.

Body on staircase. Murder or shoes?

by Sarah Ann at https://sarahannhall.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/olwg63-morning-misunderstanding/

Catwalks are not meant for dogs.

by Tre at


She literally killed in that dress.



Crave by Sarah Kane (Edinburgh fringe review)

This show came with a list of warnings of triggers it mentioned including suicide, rape and incest. Have seen Sarah Kane Blasted, I was prepared for them to be graphically shown not just mentioned. However they were just mentioned, the show was just based on dialogue with minimal set. Some of the cast started sitting in audience then moved on between stage and audience at different times. There was multiple monologues been spoken at once and at different times the performers seemed ot be representing different characters, therefore you don’t leave with a take home message. It is basically poetry in motion. In the version I saw the performers had impressive timing delivering their fragments of monologues in a fast paced show.

Below is an example of one of the more tender verses within the show. The last Fringe performance is tomorrow.

And I want to play hide-and-seek
and give you my clothes
and tell you I like your shoes
and sit on the steps while you take a bath
and massage your neck and kiss your feet and hold your hand
and go for a meal and not mind when you eat my food
and meet you at Rudy’s and talk about the day
and type your letters and carry your boxes
and laugh at your paranoia
and give you tapes you don’t listen to
and watch great films and watch terrible films
and complain about the radio
and take pictures of you when you’re sleeping
and get up to fetch you coffee and bagels and Danish and go to Florent and drink coffee at midnight
and have you steal my cigarettes and never be able to find a match
and tell you about the the programme I saw the night before
and take you to the eye hospital
and not laugh at your jokes
and want you in the morning but let you sleep for a while
and kiss your back and stroke your skin
and tell you how much I love your hair your eyes your lips your neck your breasts your arse your
and sit on the steps smoking till your neighbour comes home
and sit on the steps smoking till you come home
and worry when you’re late
and be amazed when you’re early
and give you sunflowers
and go to your party and dance till I’m black
and be sorry when I’m wrong
and happy when you forgive me
and look at your photos
and wish I’d known you forever
and hear your voice in my ear and feel your skin on my skin
and get scared when you’re angry
and your eye has gone red and the other eye blue
and your hair to the left and your face oriental
and tell you you’re gorgeous and hug you when you’re anxious
and hold you when you hurt
and want you when I smell you
and offend you when I touch you and whimper
when I’m next to you and whimper
when I’m not and dribble on your breast and smother you in the night and get cold
when you take the blanket and hot when you don’t and melt
when you smile and dissolve
when you laugh
and not understand why you think I’m rejecting you when I’m not rejecting you
and wonder how you could think I’d ever reject you
and wonder who you are but accept you anyway
and tell you about the tree angel enchanted forest boy who flew across the ocean because he loved you
and write poems for you and wonder why you don’t believe me
and have a feeling so deep I can’t find words for it
and want to buy you a kitten I’d get jealous of because it would get more attention than me
and keep you in bed when you have to go
and cry like a baby when you finally do
and get rid of the roaches
and buy you presents you don’t want
and take them away again
and ask you to marry me
and you say no again
but keep on asking
because though you think I don’t mean it
I do always have from the first time I asked you
and wander the city thinking it’s empty without you
and want what you want
and think I’m losing myself but know I’m safe with you
and tell you the worst of me
and try to give you the best of me
because you don’t deserve any less
and answer your questions when I’d rather not
and tell you the truth when I really don’t want to
and try to be honest because I know you prefer it
and think it’s all over but hang on in for just ten more minutes before you throw me out of your life
and forget who I am
and try to get closer to you because it’s a beautiful learning to know you
and well worth the effort and speak German to you badly and Hebrew to you worse
and make love with you at three in the morning
and somehow
communicate some of the overwhelming
I have for you.


Today Everything Changes (Edinburgh fringe review)

This was by the same company as Trans Pennine, I preferred this one as it was more polished in Trans Pennine there were interruptions for jokes about what the writer had written. This play was a love story about a 60+ man and his first boyfriend after the death of his wife. A man about 20years younger. There were twists and turns and laughs along the way.

Tonight it is the last fringe performance of Trans Pennine and tomorrow the last of Tomorrow Everything Change.


Edinburgh literature and me

Recently during my stay in Edinburgh, I reread One Day and retraced the steps of the Edinburgh part of the book. Nicholas association with Edinburgh is that as an actor he performed at the Fringe one year. He set the begiing of the book in the flat he stayed in at the time he stayed in it; as described in the following guardian article.

nicholas – guardian

One Day footsteps from 15Jul1988 by David Nicholas

One Day by David Nicholas made me cry again

How well do I know other Edinburgh literature?

Blackwell’s in Edinburgh had a whole section for Scottish books; guide books and books by Scottish writers.

Walter Scott

Scott was a Edinburgh born and bread poet and Novelist. During my time in Edinburgh I have climbed the monument built after his death in 1832. I have discovered Waverley train station is named after one of his novels. Inside Waveley station I have seen Walter Scott quotes.

Muriel Sparks

I have become aware of Muriel Sparks because she is a big focus of the book festival in Edinburgh as this year marks 100years since her birth in 1918. She died in 2006. I have previously heard of one of her novels; the Pride of Miss Broadie but, would not have been able to name it’s author.

JK Rowling

Not many in the UK would fail to know Harry Potter author JK Rowling. I have read the first book and seen the films although I did not find them really to be my thing; I’m not keen on fantasy type literature. Edinburgh has lots of towers, turrets and domes so, it easy to see how those images infiltrated into the books.

Ian Rankin

Rankin was born in Fife close to Edinburgh. He attended Edinburgh university. He has written a series of books about the detective Rebus. I have read a couple of these books and would read more. When I saw the live recording of Sara Cox’s show, Rankin was one of the guests.

Free BBC shows at Edinburgh

Alexander McCall Smith

McCall Smith has written dozens of books including the series The Number 1 Lady detective series. I have read one book from the Number 1 Lady Detective Series, which is lighthearted rather than grisly, but for me the charm of that did not come across although it was very popular. If I had liked the one book I have read more, I may have been tempted to read 44 Scotland Street.

Ali Smith

Coincidently this year I have book Ali Smith book Autumn as it on my book club reading list for Autumn, therefore I will be learning more about this author.

Ruth Jones

Jones of  is definitely not Scottish; she is Welsh. She is an actress and has written tv series including Gavin and Stacey and Stella. She is currently writing her second novel. During the Edinburgh book festival I heard her talk about how one of the settings for her first novel Ever Greener is Edinburgh.

Irvine Welsh

Welsh was born in Leith area of Edinburgh and sets his books in Edinburgh. I have not read any of Welsh. However, he wrote Trainspotting, which was adapted into a film that I have seen. Also at the Fringe I saw the play version of his novel Filth.

Filth; By Irvine Welsh (Edinburgh fringe)

Trainspotting 1

Trainspotting 2

Any other should read?