Fiction in 50 March Challenge: A Tiny, Beautiful Thing…



Hey there fiction fanciers! It’s time for the March edition of Fiction in 50 – the writing challenge that asks you to create a fantastic, fleeting bit of fictional writing in 50 words or less.  Click on the picture for more info about how to participate.  This month’s prompt is:

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And here is the linky for this month just waiting for your entries.  You can also add your link in the comments if you prefer.

So my entry this month is based on a true story, that I have seen unfold over the past six months or so from my perch on the shelf. I have titled it…

What We Thought Was Lost Forever

Her eyes snapped open in response to the silence, already searching for the digital clock display.  5.42am.  Bolting upright in panic, her eyes took in the steady rise and fall of the cot blanket.

Falling back onto the pillow, she breathed out, counting her blessings.

One: a full night’s sleep.

So there you have it…and did you notice? No dialogue this time!  Take THAT  derogatory inner critic! 😀

We’d love to see more new mini-fic-fans joining us, so have a go or tell your friends and lets bring tiny writing to the masses.  For those who just love to be prepared, next month’s prompt is…

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Until next time,


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Introducing Mad Martha….and bedtime books for little gargoyles.


Mad Martha, pictured here on a holiday visit to the Cumberland Pencil Museum.

I feel it would be remiss of me at this stage not to introduce to you someone who shares shelfspace with me.  Mad Martha is another denizen of the shelf, who shares my role as book guardian, and also defends the shelf against spider hordes as and when necessary.  I have extended an invitation to her to join me in my blogging endeavour, and she has kindly accepted that invitation.

Now, to the business of musing.  I have been asked by a follower to share my knowledge in the area of books that are best suited to ushering little gargoyles (and fleshlings) off into the land of Nod.  While there are many books that fit this criteria, I have selected three that I feel do the job admirably…

A classic of the “digital” age

The first of these is Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by that wizard of wordsmithing, Mem Fox.   The gentle rhyming text assists little ones to count their own digits instead of the more traditional counting of sheep, in the pursuit of drowsiness.  A word of caution however: the repeated refrain of this book “and each little baby/as everyone knows/has ten little fingers/and ten little toes” may make it a controversial choice for those who do not possess a full complement of fingers or toes.  Or indeed, those that possess a full compliment plus reinforcements.

Who’s in charge here?

Next is Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by the incomparable Mo Willems.  This titanic struggle betwixt reader and pigeon will be all too familar to parents of  stubborn little fleshlings, for whom sleep is a dirty word.  Parents will enjoy the tried and true excuses trotted out by the manipulative pigeon and reading the book with their offspring should significantly reduce a young fleshling’s arsenal of bed-avoiding strategies.  And no, you can’t have a glass of water.

This won’t take long…

Finally, Snugglepuppy (A love song) by Sandra Boynton is the perfect way to sing your mini-me to sleep.  It’s true, the important message in this book doesn’t take long, but it is well worth conveying at any time of day. Loudly. So that the neighbours can hear. And develop a deep-seated envy of your wonderful connection with your young fleshling.  And wish were half the parent you are.

Please feel free to comment and share any other wonderful bedtime books that you feel should be added to the list.

Finally, today is Roald Dahl Day…you may wish to celebrate by eating copious amounts of quality chocolate.  Or perhaps a giant peach.  I wish to celebrate by sharing this quote from the man himself – about the value of bookshelves.

Until next time,