Friday Fictioneers: Driving Lesson

Ah, it’s so nice to do a Friday Fictioneers after so long! In case you don’t know, writers participating in Friday Fictioneers respond to a prompt with 100 words or less. Thank you to Rochelle for providing the following photo prompt.

© Sandra Crook

Driving Lesson

“Dead slow, dead slow…”

C, B, A, C B, A, I chanted to myself. My foot edged towards the middle pedal. My eyes were fixed on the roundabout ahead.

“Dead slow, dead slow…!”

I nudged the pedal. This should be enou—

“Go, go, GO!”

My foot shuffled about. The car jerked like a rearing bull and I spun the steering wheel. We lurched towards the road ahead.

What next?

I barely breathed a sigh when a distant cloud of movement caught my eye.


Slow, I know, I thought. This driving lesson was about to get a lot more lively.


Words: 100

Thank you for reading! This story is based on personal experience – I learnt to drive in India one summer, and animals on the road are not uncommon. I hope you enjoyed reading (and that you caught my livestock pun, haha).

You can find more responses to this prompt here.

Until next time!

Shakespeare & Selfishness

April 23rd 2016 marks the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare (you might have heard of him). I was in sixth grade the first time I read Shakespeare’s work — Romeo and Juliet, to be specific. I still have the first part of the prologue memorised: “Two households both alike in dignity / In fair Verona where we lay our scene…” You know the drill. It was around the same time that I really got into writing. I’d already written my first poem years ago (it was a masterpiece called ‘The Cat on the Mat’), but it was in about sixth grade that English became my favourite subject.

Almost as good as ‘The Cat on the Mat’

Fast forward to high school. When the time came to start applying for university courses, I already knew what I wanted to study. Since I want to be a published writer, English literature and creative writing seemed a good way to go. It wouldn’t necessarily guarantee me a job as a writer, but if I wanted to succeed at something, I needed to learn how to do it well. But a while back, I started wondering whether I made a selfish choice.

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Resolutions Recap: February

Welcome to Resolutions Recap: February. Let’s see how I’ve continued to fail at keeping my resolutions this year!

Resolution 1: Write a little bit every day
Result: 9/10

As per the *established* tradition, I made a calendar to mark my progress:


According to the records, I wrote 27 days out of 29, which is about 93%.

Now that I am slowly getting into the habit of writing a little bit everyday, I want to go one step further and write something useful everyday. In January, a lot of the stuff I wrote was just for the sake of it, which was okay to get me into the habit of writing anything at all. Now that I’m more used to that, I want to write just a little bit more than a nonsensical sentence if I can. I’m not attempting anything as crazy as one story a day again (*shudder*), but even one sentence that can later develop into something will do.

Resolution 2: Participate in writing competitions/send writing off to be published
Result: 2/10

Oh man. Not much better than last time. I did participate in one competition (didn’t win) and was all set to send something off to another, but I missed the deadline because of something really stupid. That fateful day is marked by a frowny face on my calendar above.

I didn’t send anything to any journals or magazines, so I don’t get many points for this resolution.

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