Run

I’m not a runner. At. All. Too many bits jiggly and wobble for it to be enjoyable. In my head I have a perfect image of how it would be to go out for a run, then I get excited, get up early, try it and remember that I’m not fit, and I hate waking up before the sun. In reality my zen is a quiet cup of coffee watching the sun come up wrapped in a blankie on my lounge.

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Reality check.

I’m very lucky that during COVID I have been able to work from home and send my 3 year old to my mum’s place instead of to day care, and my 7 year old is pretty self sufficient. My entire workplace is working from home so there is some understanding about workload and juggling family responsibilities. Sometimes I work late at night to catch up but that’s absolutely fine because that’s the trade off for an interrupted workday.

Below is a pretty close look at the realities when everyone is home. Maybe you can relate. Except I actually have a wonderful boss.

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One day…

Last Saturday I was typing while sitting on the lounge with my daughter who’s 7. She asked me to read her a few lines from what I was working on. I told her it was an adult book but I could find her something. She then asked me if I could write something that she could read. This is what we wrote together. Enjoy.

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Elements

Wow! It’s been longer than I thought. I have been away still writing, but knee deep in novel work. It’s the first draft so while I love getting the ideas out of my head, at this point it looks like a blob of a kinda story that I need to spend time with. That’s all part of the fun. Enjoy this short fiction for your morning.

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The Cliff Road

A little ghost story for a Wednesday morning. I have actually driven up this road to a restaurant and then discovered an easier and safer way to get there. This was way before google maps.

The journey up the mountain wasn’t quite what she had envisioned. She thought it would be dark, the road windy and the bends sharp. But she hadn’t expected this fog. So thick that she just saw the hair pin bend as her tyres hit the gravel on the edge of the cliff.

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Fire Drake.

This one came out of the blue. Perhaps I need to spend some time with these characters. I do love Dragons.

“You need to leave!” She whispered yelled at him.

“Why?” He said, not out loud it was inside her head.

“Because my neighbours aren’t accustomed to seeing a dragon in my backyard!”

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Last Dance

Hold on to those you love. Dance in the rain. Dance in the sun. Dance until the end. I’ve got to stop watching true crime.

“For the last time. I. Am. Not. Dancing.”

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Barney

Short and sweet. Happy Wednesday.

“Hey boy. Are you okay?” I held out my hand so the little thing could sniff it. I wasn’t sure it was a dog at first, it looked more like a matted ball of wool.

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The Colony

It’s not every day your friendly neighbourhood aliens come for a visit. Enjoy.

She dipped her hands into the cool pool of black stuff. It was viscous and almost sucked her finger into its depths. She yanked her hand back and fell on her bum, the wet grass seeping in through her jeans.

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Uninvited Guest

Hey there! A little creepy start to your Wednesday. Enjoy!

It was the little things at first. The door that was open when I was sure I had shut it. The water turning on in the bathroom, even though I hadn’t been in there. Then things started to go missing.

My car keys.

The antique vase in the foyer.

My cat, Dave. Although Dave always ran away, eventually he would turn up.

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