What Pegman Saw: The Lie

Washington DC by pigeons planet on google maps

Twenty years he held to that lie. Twenty years and not a slip in his words. Until his dear “friend” died.

Told me he was going to Washington to see his mother, who was ailing. In truth, he went shark fishing with his “friend” off the coast of Florida.

Why did he lie? There wasn’t the need. We’d only just met; I’d have understood that his arrangement with his “friend” took precedence over me.

And then it slipped out, the day he received the news. I bit my lip, I turned away. His “friend” had been gay.

97 words, written for What Pegman Saw: Washington DC

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Sunday Picture Post: Black Bryony’s Traffic Lights Berries

While it’s true that Black Bryony’s berries are red, they pass through several colours on their way.

A Black Bryony vine winds to way along a bramble briar: 8th October 2019

I was late in finding them this year; I almost missed the lights.

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I Have the Power

A farmer’s wind turbines, while in the distance pylons carry power from the National Grid. To my mind, the photo qualifies for the title: Technology

A farmer’s personal wind-farm: 8th October 2019

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CCC#48: The Old Red Bridge

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #48

No longer does it carry a thoroughfare
No more do the horses draw clattering carts here
Alas, the ancient bricks now in slow decay
The Old Red Bridge has had its day
Now tiddlers paddle with their jars
Arriving here in comfy cars
Where once with a flourish we snatched up the crayfish
Now even they are much diminished
A dirge, I lament, a eulogy, for gravel’s all that’s now found here.

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #48


Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

Red Bridge over River Tud at Costessey, just outside Norwich.

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The Raven and the Maiden

image by WillGard on pixabay

The red brick tower where, when the Proddy-men came prodding,
once hid the devout green robed maiden;
this decaying ivy climbed Elizabethan ruin,
instead of the lady’s haven, is now the raven’s

32 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt

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What Pegman Saw: My Horsehead Fiddle

Mongolia by BRA… on google maps

Sükhe regarded the dead body of his once-perfect white horse… and wailed louder than the wind that tore o’er the land. The hand of his neighbour’s lord was in that. All that day, Sükhe wept, his father despairing he’d ever stop weeping.

Hush, his horse whispered to him in the night. Dry your eyes and listen… take my bones and form them into a long neck. See how? And the horse showed him how. Now take my skin and use it to cover a soundbox. And take my hair and from it form strings. And atop the neck carve my head. See how? And the horse showed him how.

The next day, Sükhe did as his horse’s spirit had shown him.

“What is it?” asked his father.

“It is my morin khuur, my horsehead fiddle. So my horse and I together can still ride the wind.”

146 words, written for What Pegman Saw: Mongolia

There exist two stories to account for the first creation of the morin khuur… this is my take on one of those.

And for those who want a taste of the horseheaded fiddle … as performed by the Dutch Pagan Rock band Omnia. And it’s worth listening through to the 3 minutes mark, as it then livens up

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The Spinner’s Game e-book Update #23

October update…

I can now answer the question: Will I be ready to publish The Spinner’s Game quint at Christmas? No.

So what’s left to do?

Bs 1 and 2 and 3 cp

copyright: Lauren Willmore

Editing (a deep-down word-by-word polish)

copyright: Lauren Willmore

Books One and Two – The Spinner’s Child and Lake of Dreams – are done. Yay! I am now working on Book Three – The Pole That Threads; I’m about a quarter way through.

I performed the deep-down editing on Book Four – Lady of First Making – while attending revisions and rewrites, but I’ll give it another read-through to be sure.

All of which will deliver me to the end of November.

Book Five (Asaric Sins, working title)

I hope by the end of November to have the last of the betas and critiques back for Book Five, so I can do the rewrites and revisions, and that final edit. This will take me into the New Year.

Twiddly Bits

In the meantime – in those micro-minutes between one thing and another – I hope to write the legal bits for the Front Matter and the acknowledgements for the End Matter. Regards that, I’ll be in touch with you, my hardworking and loyal betas to ask what form you’d like your mention: simple first name, full name, name with website, occupation etc. You’ve all done me proud, and I’m more than happy to take this opportunity to promote your own work. Kindle e-books allow links to website… so let’s go for it.


Book Two – Lake of Dreams – needs two graphic inserts. So that’s to be done. And Books One and Three – The Spinner’s Child and The Pole That Threads require maps. As does Book Five – Asaric Sins, working title. So, to venture into map-making apps… can you hear my toes curling and me softly squealing? I love maps.

The Supplement Giveaway

I’ve pondered long on this: whether to include it, and if so when? At the moment, my idea is to offer it with Pre-Orders, which I’m thinking will cover the period from Christmas to the Press-the-Button date.

This will include updated and repackaged supplementary material from the far-off days of posting The Spinner’s Game on my Feast Fables blog (no longer available). These were more by way of outpourings from the writer’s mind than anything you might expect from the oft-found Glossary and/or Appendix in High Fantasy books, though a few definitions might be included, and readers’ questions anticipated.

Q: What is a copi?

Q: The Spinner’s Game is Low Fantasy, so where in this world is it set?

I might also include some of the fables that didn’t make the final cut. It’s still in the planning stage, still in my head.

So, as you can see, there’s still much to be done. But it’s good practice to set a Press-the-Button date, even if it has to be changed. And if changed, I hope that’s to an earlier date.

The Press-the-Button Date

In The Spinner’s Child, Kerrid is kicked into the story-world the day before she and her clan are due to journey upriver for the annual gathering of clans. And so too I’m using that date to publish the story. March 21st, the Vernal Equinox. That allows me another six months. Phew! I have space to breathe. And to request and gather those essential reviews… 🙂

Note: I’m hoping to open for Pre-Orders from Christmas onwards.

And again, my thanks go to those wonderful beta readers who have stayed with me throughout this period who, I’m sure, must be wondering if these books will every be published. Yes, they will. But five books isn’t one book. 

And that’s all for now folks. The next e-book update will be… Sunday 3rd November.

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Sunday Picture Post: Bittersweet

Tuesday it rained. Which made the berries look all the more juicy…

Berries of the Bittersweet: 1st October 2019

Bittersweet is a member of the nightshade family. Inadvisable to eat. Indeed, everything about this delightful delicate plant is toxic to humans and animals.

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Waterproof Waders

And the title I’ve chosen this week for the #2019picoftheweek challenge is… FEET

Whitlingham Country Park: 1st Oct 2019

I swear the swans at Whitlingham enjoy having their photos taken. This one patiently posed. But he didn’t realise I was after his feet.

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