Friday Fictioneers – Time to Change

13 09 2013

Ok, I know, I’ve been neglecting my Friday duties for far too long, and it might have continued but for the fact that I happened to spot  Jan’s photo and it immediately brought back lots of great New York memories.

I may be as English as well . . . Johnny English, but many years ago I worked in New York for a year, down near Wall Street. I watched baseball games in the evening sun, saw more concerts in one year than the rest of my life, chilled out in Central Park, and discovered a whole host of fast food franchises that I never new existed.

Mayor Ed Koch used to say that being a New Yorker was not about where you were born, but rather “to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of  the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you’re a New  Yorker”.


If you’ve happened across this post by chance, it’s part of Friday Fictioneers; 100 words of fiction on a Friday based on a photo prompt. Visit Rochelle to learn more.

Copyright Jan Wayne Fields

Time to Change

Boats thump across the choppy harbour waters, spray sparkling in the spring sunshine. Behind them waves sweep across Battery Park.

Ahead looms the recently elevated Statue of Liberty, still welcoming the huddled masses now flooding in from the low lying countries around the globe.

History repeats itself, and once again they come seeking a better life. But this time they are the engineers and the scientists; not the labourers and the stevedores. This time they are the teachers, come to show us a better way, a way to ensure that Lady Liberty will never need to be raised again.


Friday Fictioneers – Shadows

24 05 2013

Hi folks. Always seem to be short of time these days, so here’s a quick and dirty bit of fluff based on today’s photo prompt. Not my best, but I wanted to contribute. For those of you not familiar with the Friday Fiction group, visit Rochelle to find out more. 100 words or so of fiction based on a photo prompt. It only takes five minutes (well it did today), so why not give it a go?

(c) Danny Bowman


As the first rays of sun warmed my back, the last dregs of energy drained from my aching limbs.

I could see them out the corner of my eye; distorted human shadows winking in and out.

When I saw the payphone a block away, my hopes resurfaced. But when I got there they were crushed so deeply that they’d never see the light of day again. As I stared mutely at the broken handset, the shadow of a raised arm swept slowly up the front of the phone. I tried to dive, but the knife was too quick.

Friday Fictioneers

23 11 2012

Didn’t make it last week due to work commitments, but back this week and looking forward to seeing what this week’s prompt has inspired. Comments welcome, I’m here to learn.

Copyright Joyce Johnson

Which Way Now?

I charged through the white-walled maze, every breath burning with the effort.

I slid to a halt at the next junction. A small metal face on the wall snapped into life. “Follow the pointing hand. Everybody else went that way. Follow the others!”

That’s what we’re supposed to do, isn’t it? Follow in the footsteps. But what if we want to make our own path? The finger pointed right, I ran left. At the next junction it pointed left, I ran right.

“Stop! Stop!” the faces yelled. “You can’t go against convention!”

But I could. I can. And I will.

You are what you read – Fantasy

17 10 2012

Following on from my list of favorite science fiction books, thought I’d take a few minutes to run through some of my favourite fantasy. Once again feel free to consider it a recommended reading list. In no particular order:

The Hobbit & LOTR
The Pern novels – Anne McCaffery
Most books by Charles De Lint especially Moonheart and The Little Country
Game of Thrones – George RR Martin
Dancing Jax – Robin Jarvis
Legend – David Gemmell
His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
Sword of Shanarra – Terry Brooks
Sword of Truth series – Terry Goodkind (especially the one with the girl in the red leather outfit)
Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan (got fed up after about six or seven)
The Belgariad series – David Eddings
Memory, Sorrow & Thorn series – Tad Williams
The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie

I’m sure there’s more. So I’ll update this list in the future.

You are what you read – Science Fiction

26 09 2012

Like all of us, I like to read. I like some thrillers, I like non-fiction military history, I like poker books (not that I’m getting any better for reading them!) but mostly I like science fiction and fantasy. These last two encompass quite wide fields, so I thought that as things are quiet round here mid-week I’d run through some of my favourites. Two reasons for this. Firstly it might give you a sense of who I am, and secondly if you’re into the same stuff, then consider it a recommended reading list.

So this week it’s science fiction. Please note this rambling list is in no particular order, it’s just how they came to mind.

Dune – Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
The Seafort Saga – David Feintuch (but only up to book 4 Fisherman’s Hope which is probably my favourite)
Dorsai books – Gordon Dickson
Forever War – Joe Haldeman
Starship Troopers – Heinlein
Most Asimov especially the Foundation series
Most Simak especially Way Station
World War 2.1 etc – John Birmingham
Lost Fleet Series – Jack Campbell
Perdido Street Station – China Mieville
Infected & Contagious – Scott Sigler
Last Light – Alex Scarrow (not exactly SF, it’s all about what happens when the oil runs out. Very good)
The Parafaith War – Modesitt
Flowers For Algernon – Daniel Keyes (This is a must read)
Moonseed – Stephen Baxter
The Tripods trilogy – John Christopher & Joe Burleson (the first SF I ever read, found it in the school library)
The Saga of Seven Suns – Kevin J Anderson
The Reality Disfunction – Peter Hamilton

I’m sure there are many others that I’ve forgotten, so this list might get updated.

Lascaux Flash Fiction Competition

19 09 2012

Whilst waiting for the next Friday Fictioneers prompt, decided to have a look round and see if there was something else to get me writing. Came across the Lascaux Flash Fiction Comp. 250 words this time. So here’s the prompt and my entry …

Lascaux Flash Fiction Competition

Bad Day for the Labor Department

As the pain from tightly bound wrists brought him back to consciousness, groggy memories played through his mind. The carnival inspection, the familiar criminal names on the worker roster form, and the anaphylactic shock brought on by a deliberately spiked coffee. That damned milk allergy working against him again. The fact that he was still alive was surprising, they had obviously found his EpiPen and stuck him with the epinephrine.

Now he found himself tied to a sturdy wooden chair surrounded by teetering piles of dusty boxes and mounds of musty old clothes. The only light came in through a broken window in the door. Around the cracks in the glass he could make out a distorted vision of garish midway booths. Duct tape over his mouth prevented him from calling out and the inability to breathe properly invited panic.

They couldn’t let him go: he knew too much. Would it be a quick death? Shot maybe? Weighted with chains and thrown in a nearby river? Chopped up alive and fed to the pets corner? Cold sweat beaded his forehead as his mind ran riot.

Slowly, a shadowy figure walked clumsily up to the door. A misshapen garish face. A fumbled turn of the key followed by the door slowly swinging open. His fate stared in at him with an horrific leer plastered across painted features.

It was a clown … and in each hand … he held a fresh … creamy … custard pie.

Hello everybody!

10 09 2012

Hi folks, not sure where I’m going with this yet, but maybe that’s the fun of it !  Somewhere to exercise the brain cells perhaps? More likely just somewhere to ramble on. We’ll see. I’m looking forward to see how this blog evolves over time and what direction it might take.