ROW80-3 22/09/2019 -And now, for something completely different.

Yes, it's the last post of the Round, and several days late. 

But I tried something different yesterday - reading one of my stories and posting it online. Video shown below, but no editing, so please excuse the occasional stumbles. Comments are welcome too. Feedback so far on Facebook is mostly positive. Some suggestions were slower, breaks between speakers, and more emotion. I read a recent Flash Fiction of mine,  A Touch of Magic, prefaced with a few minutes outlining my ideas/concerns. I'll repost them below.

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ROW80-3 08/09/2019 Distracted by Brexit

I'm still working on yesterday's Sunday check-in, watching UK Parliament live. I must say it's almost like watching a train wreck, where you're are not at a safe distance, but close enough to the tracks you might be injured. Brexit/or not will have serious implications. The US economy is also being steered toward a recession. My own province also has a populist narrow-minded leader following the same bread and circuses agenda. And Canada is heading into an election in 50 some days, with a dangerous groundswell of right-wing support - or should I say anti-current-government. People are enjoying being entertained by the clowns, but the buffoons have replaced the circus ringmasters.

Has this affected your writing? Do you head toward more dystopian stories, or are you trying to keep things more upbeat?

BTW - John Bercow, the UK Commons speaker, announced his retirement.

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ROW80-3 01/09/2019 A break at the cottage

My girlfriend came up last Tuesday for a week, and Wednesday we went up for a few days to a friend's cottage. Definitely a restful time. Four adults, two late teens, all interesting to talk to. A university prof and a writer were our hosts. I had writing and editing to do, but it was usually too distracting to work.  And I'd brought a tablet instead of my laptop - to hard to type. So - Friday's noon-ish story was done Friday evening. I did have a good talk with the other writer about trying to make some sense of the scenes in the story I was trying to edit. It's an early one, and some of the are, I'm afraid, shite.

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Almost Dead

Our latest prompt was to write about Zombies, but with a twist. I'm a little later than usual, but I was at a lovely cottage, with some wonderful people, and a lot of distractions. And only a tablet to work on - I prefer a laptop and a real keyboard. We went out for some drinks when we got back, then I threw this together. I had fun with this story about Steph and Stan. 914 words, or thereabouts.

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