About Beaulah

Librarian and author, living in Christchurch.

Pre-Valentine’s Flash Fiction

Challenge:

You are to write a piece of flash fiction (up to 250 words) which includes a ‘first kiss’ scene. Flash fiction is still a story, so needs a beginning, middle, and end.The story should stand on its own without needing to have read anything else before hand.

Here’s my attempt:

The room is noisy and full of teenagers. Kat’s over by the punchbowl, flirting with Lee. She brushes blue hair out of her eyes with a coy smile. He’s probably just complimented her TARDIS dress. His Darth Vader helmet is under one arm and his forehead is damp. Totally regretting that costume choice.

I’m snuggled between the couch and the lazyboy with a bowl of popcorn, feeling like a spectator. Mum will be here any second. She never lets me stay out past nine.

Raj vacates the lazyboy, looking for a drink. Lee pounces on the seat with a grin. “I’ve had my eye on this spot all night.”

“Comfy?”

“More interested in the company.”

My heart skips a beat. “Where’s Kat?”

He shrugs. “I fled when I guessed Raj was gonna vacate. . .”

“Oh.”

“Mia?” He lifts my chin so I’m looking at him. His stare is intense. “Remember when I said sometimes you just have to close your eyes and jump?”

I nod breathlessly.

“I’m taking my own advice.”

I’m frozen. I close my eyes just as his lips brush mine. His kiss is warm and sure. My mind’s blank, but my heart’s doing acrobatics.

Someone whistles. My cheeks are a furnace.

“Mia Fitzgerald,” Lee whispers, “will you go out with me?”

I’m a stunned rabbit, but I manage to nod once.

“Mia,” someone yells from the hall. “Your mum’s here.”

I groan and Lee laughs.

“See you at school?” he asks.

“Yeah, see you.”

Word count: 249

Book two first draft – complete!

So excited I’m bouncing around the room right now. I’ve finally reached the last word of the full draft of book two. My super awesome beta readers are going through it now with a fine toothed comb. May still be a couple of months before the book is released (depending on the scale of the rewrites required), but it’s significantly closer than it was yesterday.

So happy!

Happy.

=D

– B

“Here’s SpecFicNZ-Christchurch” – a blog interview by Helen Lowe

Helen Lowe, the author of the “Wall of Night” series, Gemmell Morningstar and Sir Julius Vogel Award winner, is currently running a blog series featuring Christchurch based speculative fiction writers.

This week it’s my turn!

It’s such a privilege to be a part of this series that includes such awesome Christchurch authors as Liz Gatens, Cat Langford, Kevin Berry and AJ Fitzwater. Make sure you check Helen’s blog out on coming Wednesdays to discover more local talent =D

Thank you Helen for the exposure!

Teenagers are an Alien Species – Free Writing Competition

Do you know any young writers (year 9 to 13 / between the ages of 12 and 18 years old) who would like to win personalized feedback from published authors on their work? Perhaps young artists or designers who would like to win design coaching and have their artwork featured as the cover for the upcoming Write Offline 2013 Anthology?

I’m really excited to have been invited by Lee Murray to judge the cover design part of Tauranga Writers’ 2013 NZ Secondary School annual writing competition and coach the winner toward perfecting the final cover.

The rules are as follows:

* Create an original piece of writing (short story, essay or poem) using the following sentence as the theme, title or as a line anywhere in the piece of writing: ‘Teenagers are an Alien Species’. Your piece of writing must be no more than 1500 words for prose and 300 words for poetry.

* Create an original piece of cover art using the following sentence as its theme: ‘Teenagers are an Alien Species’.

* Entry is Free and you may enter as many times as you like but all entries must be received by 12am (midnight) on Friday 28th June 2013.

If you want to find out more, check out the official website here and download the entry requirements. Make sure you submit it in the exact font, size etc that they’ve requested!

Good luck.

Helen Lowe and SpecFicNZ

I’m excited and feel incredibly privileged to be part of Helen Lowe’s upcoming “Here’s SpecFicNZ – Christchurch” mini blog series. All things going ahead as planned, it will start next Wednesday (24th of April) and feature Christchurch Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors.

There is some fantastic talent here in Christchurch, so make sure to check this out and discover just how many local authors we have!