My Name is Ian Z. McPhee


TASWG assignment: Write two short stories beginning with the following words. Give one a positive ending and the other a negative one. ‘It was incredible and completely unexpected; the sensations as our fingers touched was electric; my heart skipped a beat and I momentarily forgot to breathe.’ (This, negative ending.) (627 words) [original publication date … Continue reading My Name is Ian Z. McPhee

The Roaring Sun


TASWG assignment: write four 'Zen-style' poems. - - - Shafts of sunlight Break through leaden clouds Onto sparkling water Gently rippling to the horizon. - - - - - Two butterflies flying high above trees Like tiny yellow kites Drifting far apart Coming together miraculously To kiss again. - - - - - Under the … Continue reading The Roaring Sun

Biggest Brother


TASWG assignment: Write five Science Fiction plots in a few sentences along the lines of http://www.writepop.com/category/1001-story-ideas - - 1 - Pressing the Button In the near future a device is invented which, when implanted into the brain, gives the user access to intense sexual gratification by simply pressing a button. However, the government then decide to … Continue reading Biggest Brother

Get in the Habit!


- TASWG assignment: write a story using a prompt, chosen from those written by members for February 2016's meeting. My chosen one was:  You are passing a convent one day on foot when two nuns come up to you and take you firmly by the arm. 'There you are Sister!' one says. 'You aren't supposed … Continue reading Get in the Habit!

As Jehovah is My Witness


TASWG assignment: Write a short piece of dialogue, (200 words approx.) between two people without overusing the word ‘said’, and giving the characters individual patterns of speech so that the reader will be able to tell who is speaking by the speech alone. - “Hello, I’d like to talk about how Jesus can help you.” … Continue reading As Jehovah is My Witness

Summer is Springing Up


TASWG assignment: choose your favourite season and write a poem or descriptive passsage about it. - Rain lashes on my window, but it’s a different rain. Lighter and brighter, it falls gently, whispering “spring is coming.” Then it stops and puffy white clouds laugh in the cerulean sky, whilst the sun’s rays ignite raindrops remaining … Continue reading Summer is Springing Up

Are You Being Served?


TASWG assignment: Write two descriptions of a room - the same room - used for different purposes at different times. It was a drab, windy day in late March and the dismal grey sky bore down on me, making me feel like I was being pressed into the pavement. An old newspaper tumbled down the … Continue reading Are You Being Served?

Walls Have Mouths


TASWG assignment: Write two short stories beginning with the following words. Give one a positive ending and the other a negative one. 'It was incredible and completely unexpected; the sensations as our fingers touched was electric; my heart skipped a beat and I momentarily forgot to breathe.' (This, positive ending.) It was incredible and completely unexpected; … Continue reading Walls Have Mouths

Terrace with Tortoises


TASWG assignment: describe a picture or photograph of a scene in no more than 400 words. My scene is a photograph taken looking out onto a small rectangular stone terrace, the long side of which faces away from the house. The floor appears to be made of white marble and on either side are balustrades … Continue reading Terrace with Tortoises