Just Sayin’ (Blog)

I’m not convinced about ‘blogs’.   Sometimes I think ‘why would anyone consistently want to follow what other people are thinking/doing?’   But then, I follow quite a few blogs, and for the most part I find what I read interesting.  Maybe I just assume that my life away from boating is so mundane that nobody else would be remotely interested in what I have to say.

Aside from that morsel of self-deprecation, however, there are times when I just want to share something, or simply indulge in venting about life’s little irritations, regardless of who might be picking up on it and there are a few of these on the index below.  But principally this page indulges my fiction writing activities, these days mostly confined to  Friday Fictioneers, an international community writing group centred started by Madison Woods and now being hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Around the middle of each week Rochelle posts a photograph as a prompt for members to write a 100 word story (or thereabouts) and pretty soon after that posts her own submission.   A ‘linky tool’ enables the rest of us to post links to our own stories on our websites.   Members are encouraged then to visit as many websites as they can to comment.  At the moment there are over a hundred of us, several of whom are published authors,  meeting up regularly each week, and if you want some constructive criticism just say so on your post.  The links to the stories I’ve written are posted below, with Friday Fictioneers in the title.  Many thanks to Rochelle for her efforts, I can imagine how much work is generated by this.

For a while I also contributed to 100 Word Stories for Grown Ups, Five Sentence Fiction, Flash Fiction Faction, Trifecta …. but these days my time seems to be in short supply.  The work written for these groups also appears under this page (together with any general blogs I may feel moved to share) and can be found by clicking on the links on the index below.

Cast a Long Shadow (Fri Fic, November 2020)

Watching Out For You (Fri Fic, November 2020)

Him Too (Fri Fic, October 2020)

In Too Deep (Fri Fic, October 2020)

The Passing of the Storm (Fri Fic, October 2020)

The Fall Out (Fri Fic September 2020)

La Jeunesse (Fri Fic September 2020)

Lost at Sea (Fri Fic September 2020)

One Careless Owner (Fri Fic, September 2020)

Last One Standing (Fri Fic, August 2020)

The Walk-In (Fri Fic, August 2020)

Confirm Friend Request (Fri Fic July 2020)

Self Portrait (Fri Fic July 2020)

When It’s Over (Fri Fic July 2020)

Every Fourth Tuesday (Fri Fic July 2020)

The Aftermath (Fri Fic, July 2020)

The Recluse (Fri Fic, June 2020)

Once Upon a Beach (Fri Fic, June 2020)

Just Like Eddie (Fri Fic, May 2020)

Hat Check (Fri Fic, May 2020)

Odyssey (Fri Fic, May 2020)

The Waiter (Fri Fic, April 2020)

With You Always (Fri Fic, April 2020)

City Life (Fri Fic, April 2020)

Casting Off (Fri Fic, April 2020)

Requiem (Fri Fic, April 2020)

Not My Circus, (Fri Fic March 2020)

After All This Time (Fri Fic February 2020)

The Harbingers (Fri Fic, February 2020)

A Stranger Danger (Fri Fic, January 2020)

Pause For Thought (Fri Fic, January 2020)

The Night Bus (Fri Fic December 2019

Road Runner (Fri Fic January 2020)

That Time of the Year (Fri Fic, December2019)

Overthrow at the Temple (Fri Fic, November 2019)

Inertia (Fri Fic November 2019)

The Coat of Many Heartbreaks (Fri Fic, November 2019)

Dining Out (Fri Fic, October 2019)

The Full Picture (Fri Fic, October 2019)

Unforgiven (Fri Fic, September 2019)

Collateral Damage (Fri Fic, September 2019)

The Ambassador, Fri Fic, September 2019)

Field Trip (Fri Fic August 2019)

Thirty Pieces of Silver (Fri Fic, August 2019)

The Lotus Eaters (Fri Fic, July 2019)

The Journeyman (Fri Fic, July 2019)

Plus Ca Change (Fri Fic, July 2019)

The Big Sleep (Fri Fic, July 2019)

Airport Pick Up (Fri Fic, June 2019)

Antithesis (Fri Fic, June 2019)

Cuckoo in the Nest (Fri Fic, June 2019)

Solidarity (Fri Fic, May 2019)

Where No Man Has Gone Before (Fri Fic, May 2019)

Home From the Sea (Fri Fic, April 2019)

At a Time of My Choosing (Fri Fic, March 2019)

Trouble at t’Mill (Fri Fic March 2019)

Do Not Go Gentle (Fri Fic, March 2019)

Renaissance (Fri Fic, March 2019)

The Winter Gatherer (Fri Fic, February 2019)

Gilding the Lily (Fri Fic, February 2019)

Window of Opportunity (Fri Fic, February 2019)

The Slow Burn (Fri Fic, February 2019)

Jacob (Fri Fic, January 2019)

Through a Glass Darkly, (Fri Fic, January 2019)

Jane Doe (Fri Fic, January 2019)

Last Day on the Beach (Sunday Photo Fiction, December 2018)

The Evening Commute (December, 2018)

Scent of a Mother (Fri Fic, November 2018)

Silent Scream (Fri Fic, November 2018)

Land Clearance (Fri Fic, November 2018)

Lest You Forget (Fri Fic, November 2018)

Pawns (Fri Fic, October 2018)

Worlds Apart (Fri Fic, October 2018)

No Fixer Upper, (Fri Fic, October 2018)

Environmental Studies, (Fri Fic, October 2018)

Registration and Coffee (Fri Fic, September 2018)

Requiem (Fri Fic, September 2018)

Moonlight Flit ( Fri Fic, September 2018)

A Safe Distance (Fri Fic, August 2018)

Birthday Girl (Fri Fic, August 2018)

The Awards Ceremony, (Fri Fic July 2018)

Truckstop (Fri Fic, July 2018)

Major Attraction (Fri Fic, July 2018)

He Ain’t Heavy (Fri Fic, July 2018)

He Can Make You Cry (Fri Fic, June 2018)

Exodus (Fri Fic, June 2018)

When It’s Over (Fri Fic, June 2018)

The Memory Thief (Fri Fic, June 2018)

Common Ground (Fri Fic, May 2018)

Death Valley (Fri Fic, May 2018)

Lowered Expectations (Fri Fic, April 2018)

Taken, (Fri Fic, April 2018)

One Moment in Time (Fri Fic, April 2018)

The End of the Road (Fri Fic, March 2018)

Obsession (Fri Fic, March 2018)

A Friend in Need, (Fri Fic, February 2018)

The Evil That Men Do (Fri Fic, February 2018)

That’s All Folks, (Fri Fic, January 2018)

The Minister for Loneliness (Fri Fic, January 2018)

Losing You, (Fri Fic, January 2018)

Calling Home (Fri Fic, January 2o18)

Group Dynamics (Fri Fic, December 2017)

Good to Go (Fri Fic, December 2017)

Driving Home for Christmas, (Fri Fic, December 2017)

A Heart of Ice (Fri Fic, December 2017)

The Sleepover (Fri Fic, November 2017)

Result! (Fri Fic, November 2017)

Black Friday (Fri Fic, November 2017)

On Golden Pond (Fri Fic, October 2017)

The Weeping Oak (Fri Fic, October 2017)

Petard Hoising (Sunday Photo Fiction, October 2017)

No Other Love (Fri Fic, September 2017)

Missing You Already (Fri Fic, September 2017)

An Unhappy Medium (Fri Fic, September 2017)

Cat’s In the Cradle (Fri Fic, September 2017)

Like A Rash (Fri Fic, August 2017)

Nature Walk (Fri Fic, August 2017)

The Mistress’ Tale (Fri Fic August 2017)

A Change is Gonna Come (What Pegman Saw, July 2017)

War of the Worlds at the WI, (Fri Fic, July 2017)

The Watchfinder General (Fri Fic, July 2017)

In Loco Parentis (Fri Fic, July 2017)

The Black Dog (Fri Fic, June 2017)

Hedera Helix (Fri Fic, June 2017)

Accomplice Before the Fact (Fri Fic, May 2017)

La Place d l’Etoile (Fri Fic, May 2017)

Not Quite Forgotten (Fri Fic, May 2017)

The Sound of Silence (Sunday Fiction, April 2017)

A Match Made in Heaven (Fri Ficc, April 2017)

The Missing Piece (Fri Fic, April 2017)

Nothing to See Here (Fri Fic, March 2017)

An Old Soul (Fri Fic, March 2017)

The Gift of the Gab (What Pegman Saw, March 2017)

On a More Practical Note (Fri Fic (March 2017)

When It’s Over (Sunday Photo Fiction, March 2017)

There Goes the Neighbourhood (What Pegman Saw, March 2017)

Valentine’s Day Massacre (Fri Fic, February 2017)

Not All Bad (Fri Fic, February 2017)

Unlikely Bed Fellows (Fri Fic, February 2017)

Blessings (Fri Fic, January 2017)

The Sleep Thief (Fri Fic, January 2017)

Abducted (Fri Fic, January 2017)

Better Never Than Late (What Pegman Saw, January 2017)

The History Man, Fri Fic, January 2017)

Grief Surfing (Fri Fic, December 2016)

Private Party (Fri Fic, December 2016)

The Book of Secrets (Fri Fic, December 2016)

The German Girls, Fri Fic, (November 2016)

Access Denied (Fri Fic, November 2016)

Coda (Fri Fic, November 2016)

The Light of Her Life (Fri Fic, November 2016)

Finders Keepers (Fri Fic, November 2016)

Telling Miss (Fri Fic, October 2016)

Back Catalogue (Fri Fic, October 2016)

I Double Dare You, (Fri Fic, October 2016)

Take A Little Time (Fri Fic, September 2016)

The Work Ethic (Fri Fic, September 2016)

Any Place, Any Time (Fri Fic, September 2016)

A Good Samaritan (Fri Fic, August 2016)

Made in Hong Kong (Fri Fic, August 2016)

Crossing Over (Fri Fic, August 2016)

The Courtship (Fri Fic, August 2016)

Gone Shoppin’ (Fri Fic, July 2016)

Great Expectation (Fri Fic July 2016)

Everybody’s Doin’ It (Fri Fic, July 2016)

Last Day on the Island (Fri Fic July 2016)

The Things She Said (Fri Fic June 2016)

Special Charter (Fri Fic, June 2016)

For Better, For Worse (Fri Fic, June 2016)

Unseen (Fri Fic, June 2016)

The End of Summer (Fri Fic, June 2016)

The Long Wait (Fri Fic, May 2016)

Made In Heaven (Fri Fic, May 2016)

Shine on Harvest Moon (Fri Fic, May 2016)

Trespass (Fri Fic, April 2016)

Spark of Knowledge,( Fri Fic, April 2016)

Penance (Fri Fic, April 2016)

A Spent Force (Fri Fic, April 2016)

The Eye of the Beholder (April 2016)

Reaching a Conclusion (Friday Fictioneers, March 2016)

Strangeways (Friday Fictioneers, March 2016)

Jar of Hearts (Friday Fictioneers, March 2016)

Distraction (Friday Fictioneers, February 2016)

The View from Down Here (Friday Fictioneers, February 2016)

A Life in Sound Bytes (Friday Fictioneers, February 2016)

Lily’s Pond (Friday Fictioneers, February 2016)

Attention Seeker (Friday Fictioneers, January 2016)

The Scales of Justice (Friday Fictioneers, January 2016)

The Sins of the Father (Friday Fictioneers, December 2015)

Same Old, Same Old (Friday Fictioneers, December 2015)

When Enough is Enough (Friday Fictioneers, December 2015)

Someone Else’s Dream (Friday Fictioneers, December 2015)

Daymare (Friday Fictioneers, December 2015)

Task Manager (Friday Fictioneers, December 2015)

Erosion, Friday Fictioneers, November 2015)

A Different Kind of Hero (Friday Fictioneers, November 2015)

Border Assignment (Friday Fictioneers, November 2015)

The Secretary Bird (Friday Fictioneers, October 2015)

The Great Escape (Friday Fictioneers, October 2015)

A Man of Conviction (Friday Fictioneers, October 2015)

The Unfairground (Friday Fictioneers, October 2015)

Holding Back The Years (Friday Fictioneers, September 2015)

Too Late Now (Friday Fictioneers, September 2015)

Paradise Lost (Friday Fictioneers, September 2015)

This Ship Has Sailed (Friday Fictioneers, September 2015)

The Timekeeper (Friday Fictioneers, September 2015)

Little Miss Dynamite (Friday Fictioneers, August 2015)

Wrecked (Friday Fictioneers, August 2015)

Checkin’ Out the Joint, Friday Fictioneers, August 2015)

Phantom (Friday Fictioneers, August 2015)

Because The Spirit Moved Him, (Friday Fictioneers, August 2015)

Idle Hands (Friday Fictioneers, July 2015)

Don’t Do It (Friday Fictioneers, July 2015)

Rite of Passage (Friday Fictioneers, July 2015)

Powerless – (Friday Fictioneers, July 2015)

Apple Blossom Time (Blog – June 2015)

Fit for Purpose – (Friday Fictioneers, June 2015)

A Spirited Child – (Friday Fictioneers, June 2015)

Only Words – (Friday fictioneers, June 2015)

Shape Shifter – (Friday Fictioneers, May 2015)

Caveat Emptor (Friday Fictioneers, May 2015)

Symmetry – (Friday Fictioneers, April 2015)

Single Handed – (Friday Fictioneers, April 2015)

Cold War – (Friday Fictioneers, April 2015)

The Mother of the Tried (Friday Fictioneers, April 2015)

The Sleep-Eater (Friday Fictioneers, April 2015)

An Indifferent Wife (Friday Fictioneers, April 2015)

Nailing It (Friday Fictioneers, March 2015)

The Promised Land (Friday Fictioneers, March 2015)

Trial by Breakfast (Friday Fictioneers, March 2015)

A Betting Man (Friday Fictioneers, March 2015)

The Finishing Touch (Friday Fictioneers, February 2015)

They Also Serve … A Yorkshire Tale (Friday Fictioneers, February 2015)

Trying Not to be Found (Friday Fictioneers, February 2015)

Faulty Connector (Friday Fictioneers, February 2015)

Crossing the Bar (Friday Fictioneers, January 2015)

Will You Be Staying Long… ?  (Friday Fictioneers, January 2015)

Fantasy Island (Friday Fictioneers, January 2015)

Not Just for Christmas (Friday Fictioneers, December 2014)

This is Me At the Mall (Friday Fictioneers, December 2014)

Who Cares?  (Friday Fictioneers, December 2014)

Rapartee (Friday Fictioneers, November 2014)

Almost a Samaritan (Friday Fictioneers, November 2014)

Look, Learn and Process (Just Sayin’, November 2014)

Not Made in Hollywood (Friday Fictioneers, November 2014)

Downsizing (Friday Fictioneers, November 2014)

Someone I Used to Know, ( Friday Fictioneers, October 2014)

Political Detachment, (Friday Fictioneers, October 2014)

An Extraordinary Gift (Friday Fictioneers, October 2014)

Charlie Brown…Such a Clown (Friday Fictioneers, September 2014)

Collection (Friday Fictioneers, September 2014)

Pushing Your Luck (Friday Fictioneers, September 2014)

Lost (Friday Fictioneers, September 2014)

Rebirth (Friday Fictioneers, August 2014)

The Lesson (Friday Fictioneers, August 2014)

The Black Dog (Friday Fictioneers, August 2014)

The Passing of the Storm (Friday Fictioneers, August 2014)

Grrr Grrr… Grrr Grrrr… (Just Sayin’ – August 2014)

Never Letting Go (Friday Fictioneers, August 2014)

Beggar’s Chicken (Friday Fictioneers, August 2014)

Trophy (Friday Fictioneers, August 2014)

Transference (Friday Fictioneers, July 2014)

A Chip Off the Old Block (Friday Fictioneers, July 2014)

Lamb to the Slaughter (Friday Fictioneers, July 2014)

The Ties That ind (Friday Fictioneers, June 2014)

Emergency Appointment (Friday Fictioneers, June 2014)

Past Indicative, Future Imperfect (Friday Fictioneers, June 2014)

The Donor (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

Chinese Burn (Friday Fictioneers May 2014)

Everybody’s Doing It (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

Beachcomber (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

Moving On (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

Thanatron (Friday Fictioneers, April 2014)

Keep Out (Friday Fictioneers, April 2014)

The Spanish Autumn of Mrs Stone, (Friday Fictioneers, April 2014)

The Things You See (Friday Fictioneers, March 2014)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Friday Fictioneers, March 2014)

Crossing Over (Friday Fictioneers, March 2014)

See No Evil (Friday Fictioneers, February 2014)

Les Chiens de Guerre (Friday Fictioneers, February 2014)

Truly Vintage (Friday Fictioneers, February 2014)

The Blue Light (Friday Fictioneers, February 2014)

Knocking Off (Friday Fictioneers, February 2014)

Cocoon (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)

Taken (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)

Robin’s Nest (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)

An Exclusive with Clyde’s Mum, (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)



Letting Things Go  (Blog -February 2012)

Afterwards (Friday Fictioneers, 24 February 2012)

The Dreamweavers (Flash Fiction Faction, March 2012)

The Thief of Time (Friday Fictioneers, March 2012)

Revelation (Flash Fiction Faction, March 2012)

Straight Talking (Friday Fictioneers, March 2012)

Will You Take … (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, March 2012)

Alter Ego (5 Sentence Fiction, March 2012)

An Inappropriate Choice (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, March 2012)

To Bring You Home (Friday Fictioneers, March 2012)

Wicked (5 Sentence Fiction, March 2012)

Meant To Be Together (Flash Fiction Faction, March 2012)

I Met This Guy (Friday Fictioneers, March 2012)

The Illuminati (Flash Fiction Faction, April 2012)

Reaching A Conclusion (Friday Fictioneers, April 2012)

Inspiration Enough (Five Sentence Fiction, April 2012)

Nemesis (Flash Fiction Faction, April 2012)

A Place to Die For (Friday Fictioneers, April 2012)

‘Twas Ever Thus (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, April 2012)

One Moment in Time (Flash Fiction Faction, April 2012)

Coming Out (Five Sentence Fiction, April 2012)

Spellbound (Friday Fictioneers, April 2012)

Why We’re Not Together Now (Yeah Write, April 2012)

It’s What I’m Here For  (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, April 2012)

Bearing Gifts (Five Sentence Fiction, April 2012)

Trespass (Friday Fictioneers, April 2012)

Thanks for Everything (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, May 2012)

Jumping to Conclusions (Five Sentence Fiction, May 2012)

Dysfunctional (Friday Fictioneers, May 2012)

Not All Bad News Then  (Five Sentence Fiction, May 2012)

Networking (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, May 2012)

You Called…?  (Friday Fictioneers, May 2012)

Style Guru (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, May 2012)

Pursuit (Friday Fictioneers, May 2012)

Shambles (Flash Fiction Faction, May 2012)

A Miserable End (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, May 2012)

Checkin’ Out The Joint (Friday Fictioneers, May 2012)

And Then There Was Silence (Five Sentence Fiction, May 2012)

Remembering A Time  (Five Sentence Fiction, May 2012)

The Future is Orange (Five Sentence Fiction) June 2012

A Temporary Lapse (Five Sentence Fiction, June 2012)

Just Chillin’ (Friday Fictioneers, June 2012)

Work for Idle Hands (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, June 2012)

Mother’s Little Helpers (Five Sentence Fiction, June 2012)

Given A Choice (Friday Fictioneers, June 2012)

Forbidden Fruit (Friday Fictioneers, June 2012)

As Ye Reap… (Five Sentence Fiction, July 2012)

Little Big Man (Five Sentence Fiction, July 2012)

Every Cloud (Friday Fictioneers, July 2012)

Not Guilty But … (Five Sentence Fiction, July 2012)

The Female of the Species (Friday Fictioneers, July 2012)

A Dish Best Served Cold (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, July 2012)

Triple Exposure (Friday Fictioneers, July 2012)

Sangatte (Five Sentence Fiction, July 2012)

Sweet Water (Friday Fictioneers, July 2012)

Brotherly Love (Friday Fictioneers, July 2012)

Victory Roll (Five Sentence Fiction, August 2012)

Innocent!  (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, August 2012)

It’s Not Me, It’s You (Friday Fictioneers, August 2012)

Enough Already (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, August 2012)

Remote Control (Five Sentence Fiction, August 2012)

My Furry Fiend (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, August 2012)

The Soul Snatcher (Friday Fictioneers, August 2012)

A Waspish Tale (Blog) August 2012

Night Harvest (Five Sentence Fiction, August 2012)

The Way we Were (Friday Fictioneers, August 2012)

Losing the Sale (Five Sentence Fiction, August 2012)

My Way (Friday Fictioneers, August 2012)

In a Child’s World (Five Sentence Fiction, September 2012)

The End of Summer (Friday Fictioneers, September 2012)

Bought and Paid For (Five Sentence Fiction, September 2012)

What Goes Around (Friday Fictioneers, September 2012)

Those Awkward Moments (Five Sentence Fiction, September 2012)

The Garden of Friendship, (Friday Fictioneers, Sepember 2012)

A Waspish Tale (Part 2)

Alchemy (Five Sentence Fiction, September 2012)

Life Changing (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, October 2012)

Last Day on the Island (Friday Fictioneers, October 2012)

This Way Please (Five Sentence Fiction, October 2012)

Don’t Leave Me This Way (Friday Fictioneers, October 2012)

The Tutorial (Five Sentence Fiction, October 2012)

Le Ragondin (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, October 2012)

Nasus Tortus (Friday Fictioneers, October 2012)

The Night Market (Friday Fictioneers, October 2012)

Surviving Hallowe’en (Just Saying, October 2012)

Moving On (Friday Fictioneers, November 2012)

Jar of Hearts (Friday Fictioneers, November 2012)

The Touch of a Woman (Friday Fictioneers, November 2012)

A Moment on the Lips (Five Sentence Fiction, November 2012)

Wait for Me, Daddy (Friday Fictioneers, December 2012)

Every Cloud… (Friday Fictioneers, December 2012)

The Right Time (Five Sentence Fiction, December 2012)

Once the Flame Goes Out (Friday Fictioneers, Decembe 2012)

Letting Go (Five Sentence Fiction, December 2012)

Blog of the Year Award (December 2012)

The Year in Review (December 2012)

A Word In Your Furry (Friday Fictioneers, December 2012)

Same Old Same Old (Friday Fictioneers, December 2012)

Show’s Over Folks, (Inspiration Monday, January 2013)

This Year, Next Year (Friday Fictioneers, January 2013)

Something Must Be Done (Business Card Fiction, January 2013)

When Midnight Comes, (Five Sentence Fiction, January 2013)

Conversation for Strings in D Minor (Friday Fictioneers, January 2013)

Almost Home (Inspiration Monday, January 2013)

Best Female Friend (Five Sentence Fiction, January 2013)

A Different Drum (Trifecta, January 2013)

The Waiting Game (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, January 2013)

Reaching Out For You (Friday Fictioneers, January 2013)

Bird Brain (Trifextra, Week 51, January 2013)

A Perfidious Exchange (Trifecta Week 61, January 2013)

The Finishing Touches (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, January 2013)

Last Day on the Beach (Friday Fictioneers, January 2013)

January Lament (Trifextra Week 52, January 2013)

Retribution (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, January 2013)

Smack Head (Trifecta Week 62, January 2013)

The English Language – An Innocent Abroad – Blog (January 2013)

A Place of Her Own (Friday Fictioneers, February 2013)

Spellbound (Trifecta Week 65)

Now That You Mention It (Trifextra, February 2013)

Specially Chartered Flight (Friday Fictioneers, February 2013)

Eye Witness (Trifecta Week 63, February 2013)

Pecking Order (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, February 2013)

He Ain’t Heavy (Friday Fictioneers, February 2013)

Slimmers’ World (Trifextra 55 – Hyperbole – February 2013)

A Sea Change (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, February 2013)

Spellbound (Trifecta Week 65, February 2013)

Simon Said… (Friday Fictioneers, February 2013)

Remembering A Time – Johannesburg – Blog (February 2013)

Immaculately Conceived (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, February 2013

Unconvinced (Friday Fictioneers, March 2013)

Agoraphobic & Shadow Man, (Friday Fictioneers, March 2013)

Harvester (Trifecta Challenge, March 2013)

Order Processing (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, March 2013)

Exodus (Friday Fictioneers, March 2013)

Hellvellyn (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, March 2013)

Going Home (Trifecta Challenge, March 2013)

Prairie Devil (Friday Fictioneers, March 2013)

A Special Bond (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, March 2013)

Cocoon (Trifecta Challenge, March 2013)

When it’s Over (Friday Fictioneers March 2013)

Strawberry Fields (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, April 2013)

Let Your Love Grow (Friday Fictioneers, April 2013)

Uncle Oscar’s Flight of Fancy (Friday Fictioneers, April 2013)

Surplus to Requirements (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, April 2013)

Made in Hong Kong (Friday Fictioneers, April 2013)

A Little Persuasion (Trifecta Challenge, April 2013)

Nature Watch (Speakeasy at Yeah Write, April 2013)

A Shared Passion (Friday Fictioneers, April 2013)

Change of Address (Trifecta Challenge, April 2013)

Handling Rejection (Friday Fictioneers, May 2013)

Hen Party (Friday Fictioneers, May 2013)

Invasion (Friday Fictioneers, May 2013)

Hot Date (Friday Fictioneers, May 2013)

Cinderella’s Prom Night (Friday Fictioneers, May 2013)

Nobody’s Perfect (Friday Fictioneers, June 2013)

The Joker in our Pack (Friday Fictioneers, June 2013)

Stiff Upper Lip, (Friday Fictioneers, June 2013)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Checkout (Blog)

Forever Friends (Friday Fictioneers, June 2013)

Ditched!  (Friday Fictioneers, July 2013)

Good Neighbours (Friday Fictioneers, July 2013)

A Change is Gonna Come (Friday Fictioneers, July 2013)

Chancre Colore (Friday Fictioneers, July 2013)

Ditched!  (Friday Fictioneers July 2013)

The Last Word (Friday Fictioneers, August 2013)

What Goes Around (Trifecta 33 Word Challenge)

A Way With Words (Trifecta Weekly Challenge)

Hush My Mouth (Friday Fictioneers, August 2013)

Small Mercies (Friday Fictioneers, August 2013)

Waiting Room, (Friday Fictioneers, August 2013)

Hand Me Downs (Friday Fictioneers, September 2013)

The Little Shop of Horrors (Friday Fictioneers, September 2013)

Flight From Wonder (Friday Fictioneers, September 2013)

Low Tide (Friday Fictioneers, October 2013)

The X Factor (Friday Fictioneers, October 2013)

The Mid-Day Sun (Friday Fictioneers, October 2013)

Attack!  (Trifextra 33 Word Challenge)

All This (Friday Fictioneers, October 2013)

The Golden Hour (Daily Prompt)

Going Fishin’ (Friday Fictioneers, October 2013)

Quick Possession (Friday Fictioneers, November 2013)

Thirteen Seconds (Friday Fictioneers, November 2013)

Mr Darcy (Friday Fictioneers, November 2013)

Seat Hogging – With Style (November 2013)

No Small Wonder (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

A Friend in Need (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

Down at the Dolphinarium (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

Who I Am (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)













37 Responses to Just Sayin’ (Blog)

  1. Stephanie says:

    Confession: I sometimes think blogs are silly too. But I love reading them and I love writing one, so we might as well embrace the silliness!


  2. Sandra says:

    🙂 🙂 Blogging just seems like a silly thing for me to do; it seems eminently sensible and interesting when it’s done by others. (Well mostly. 😦 ) It’s the same with Facebook. It seems so natural when others say “I’m at the National Gallery” or “I’m at the pub”, but when I posted recently “We’ve just grounded the boat in the middle of the channel on the River Saone” I felt quite embarrassed about it.

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  4. I thought that about blogging as well – until I started blogging. It was originally a way to promote my weaving which I started when I stopped writing:) but blogging got me back to, well, writing.

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  5. I hear ya. I now feel like blogging is like my own silly little journal, that other people can see, but that’s cool.


  6. Just checking in to see how things were going. I hope you a both well. Julie and I are still waist deep in snow but loving it. Dave


    • Sandra says:

      Hi Dave. We’re fine, just got back from France after a quick post-winter inspection of the boat. The starter battery had expired so we couldn’t take her out, but everything else was fine. We were due back today but saw the weather forecast for northern France and southern England so came back Sunday instead. I love snow, but not when we’ve got 600 miles to drive in it! Take care. 🙂


      • We got 13-15 inches of snow again yesterday but I have a plow truck (Most people do here.) so there isn’t any shovelling involved. The bilge must be on a separate battery I assume? There’s truth to the cliche that boats are a hole in the sea in which you routinely throw money. 😉


  7. To live the life of a bargee, fascinating.


  8. I find it consoling to see that there are people out there that think like me. I also appreciate being made to laugh by an ordinary person, probably just being himself, rather than a “professional” comedian. Just my humble opinion. 🙂

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  10. totsymae1011 says:

    Hmmm…I never thought nobody wouldn’t wanna hear what I had to say. Not arrogant but it never crossed my mind. I just figured if I read somebody’s blog, the universe would point some folk my way. There are some good blogs out there and I’ve discovered a quite a few.


  11. likeitiz says:

    Wow! You’ve been pretty prolific!


  12. colonialist says:

    What is mundane to the person writing the blog may well be mind-boggling to many readers in different situations.
    Flash fiction in all its forms is a useful discipline for any writer – as well as giving a short, fun read.

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  13. Hello Sandra, I am a late-comer to all things social media. I’ve enjoyed reading a select few blogs over the years, but only after I realized that Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest weren’t really the right forum for me to say whatever it is I felt like saying did I begin to contemplate writing a blog. I find that I do best when I don’t imagine who might be reading it as that mental pressure feeds into whatever insecurities I might be indulging at the time. Not sure what my intention is with the thing; I’ve only been writing it for three months. But an unexpected joy for me has been “meeting” some very interesting and interested people from all over the world. That is a huge benefit and a motivator to continue on this journey. And occasionally a serendipitous encounter with a new (to me) blogger proves to make the whole thing sort of worthwhile. I feel sure I’m going to enjoy delving into your blog. Regards, Barbara

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    • Sandra says:

      Hi Barbara, I missed this earlier in the year. Looking at the date I think we were in the midst of cruising so little wonder I guess. Now, of course, we know each other better so it doesn’t surprise me that you’ve hit the nail right on the head – thinking about who might be reading what we write is indeed a pressure that can limit the author’s style. It’s pearls like this I’ve come to expect from you! 🙂 And I can heartily recommend your blog to anyone visiting mine. Happy New Year to you.


  14. SalvaVenia says:

    Reflections of a human mind mirroring the heights and dephts of real life. What else could we expect, I many a time wonder? 🙂


  15. Robin says:

    Blogging is a conversation. Some are humorous, some are serious, some are thoughtful, some are interesting, some are plain silliness, and some aren’t worth having…you get the idea. I really like Momus News’s stories on Fictioneers. I don’t read a lot of fiction online, but his stories are really good. He is also a good photographer. I only participated in Fictioneers once, because I don’t write a lot of fiction. Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog.


  16. prior2001 says:

    What great idea to archive your work and have it available like this – I hope to come back and explore one day – I also can see how you evolved as a blogger – there are so many sides to it – and I know for me personally I am in what I call a third phase. And I have noticed that it is a changing things for folks – some stay doing it while others go and yet others find their unique de and flow (like you perhaps) anyhow, have a great day….


  17. Despite the fact I agree with your interpretation of blogs, I’m very excited to follow yours. There’s much for me to explore (and get involved in??)


  18. dunelight says:

    Ah, I read blogs to see how others live, which is why I LOVE your boat entries. For brief moments I am on YOUR boat. 🙂


  19. LucciaGray says:

    There’s a lot of flash fiction there! At least a book’s worth 🙂


    • Sandra says:

      🙂 I’m not convinced there’s much of an appetite for books full of short pieces. Pity though!

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      • LucciaGray says:

        I’m not so sure about that. Some modern readers are keen on short reads while commuting or between longer books… It would be nice to have them together. It’s something I’m thinking about myself, but not yet. I don’t have half as many as you:)


  20. Aixa says:

    I enjoy blogging and reading blogs to connect with people. An example is how much I liked your “about” page, seeing your creative drive re-surface.


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