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That Was The Week That OWOS

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Welcome to the first of a weekly roundup of each week’s stories, plus a few random thoughts and impressions on the world around me.

Well, the EU referendum was,… well, it’s all gone a bit Fawlty Towers in the ol’ U of K.  Politicians gave the public a vote – sure in their minds that the general public would vote to keep us in the Union – and, true to form, the British voting public did something utterly mad.  And now the people who gave us the vote have imploded.  Spectacularly.

If it had happened in an episode of Yes, Minister or House of Cards I might have thought it a little far fetched.  That it has happened for real is actually pretty depressing.  Which is why its been nice to get away from it all and write 7 more 100 word short stories.

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Spurred on by the vote, Aliki Chapple, a Greek friend of mine, suggested the word “Isolation”.  In my mind I saw someone sat in a prison cell and decided, in view of both the London and New York City LGBT Pride events, to take it topical.  The result reflected my sadness that not all lands were as tolerant as ours.  You can read it here.

Not exactly continuing on a cheerful note, Sunday’s short story was “Remember“.  It had a wonderful reaction from many people, as sad as the subject was.

Monday saw a return to some Science Fiction, with a word suggested by Theatre impresario Jemma Gross!  Her word, “Abundance“, made me think of The Eden Project.  I took it and twisted it – never go for the obvious!

Obsidian” was suggested by Sarah Doughty of Hamstring Eulogies – one of my favourite blogs.  Sarah has been a great supporter of the OWOS project and it was wonderful to be able to write her something 🙂

Yet another Doctor Who alumnus sent in a suggestion on Wednesday.  This time it was writer, actor and professional Dalek Barnaby Edwards who suggested “Hyperbole” – again inspired by the nonsense surrounding the EU.  I seem to be collecting Doctor Who writers and directors – I’ve even got a tag for them now, lol.  My hope is that some day soon I might actually have a Doctor suggesting a word.  Anyone got Peter Davison’s number?

Yesterday’s word came from an actor friend of mine down in Manchester – Barry Evans.  I see him all-too-infrequently, mainly at Equity meetups.  We must get better at aligning our schedules!  His word was “Insights“.

And today’s story was “Intense”.  I wanted to finish the week with a bit of humour.  God knows we need it!  Thanks for Angelica Kidd for today’s title.

That just leaves me to point you towards the newly-begun One Word One Story Patreon Campaign.  You can visit and become a patron by clicking here – It’s not mandatory but it’ll help me to keep writing more stories like the ones above for many months more!  You can see the video for the Pareon Campaign below.

See you tomorrow for more One Word One Stories!

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#80 – Hyperbole

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“Did you SEE that catch?!”

Mr. Kirby was jumping in the grandstands, his fists punching into the air.  The crowd around him were on their feet: the roar was deafening.  Mrs. Kirby covered her ears.

“That’s my boy!  Left the other guy for dust!  Always a safe pair of hands.  Always said so, haven’t I?!”

Mrs. Kirby was peering onto the pitch, far below.  Her husband didn’t seem to notice.

“Man, nobody ever catches like that!  Did you see the way he launched himself forward,…?”

“Bryce,….”

Mr. Kirby was still whooping in glee.

“Bryce!”

“Yes dear?”

“That’s not our son.”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Image by Abigail Keenan via Unsplash.

Today’s word comes from yet another Doctor Who star – this time the wonderful Barnaby Edwards.  Barnaby is a director and actor for Big Finish and also a frequent Dalek operator in the TV series!  You can find him over on Twitter @BarnabyEdwards.  Thanks for the word, Barnaby 🙂

If you have a word that you’d like me to write a story on, just pop it into the comments section below!

You can find me on Twitter over @timaustin2k.  Don’t be shy, do say hi.  There’s also a OWOS Facebook Page to “like”.

See you tomorrow for “Insights”.

#74 – Mimetic

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Verne Ho

“Go ahead, Senator.”

The scientist was gesturing to the wall, smiling proudly.  Gingerly, Senator Steele pressed his palm to the glass.

A wave of light instantly slithered over the surface, melting and shifting into a perfect copy of Senator Steele’s face.  The scientist was almost clapping in his excitement.

“Go on,…”

“I am Senator Steele,” the politician stated.

I AM SENATOR STEELE the computer replied, in perfect mimic to the Senator.

“Is that all it does?”

Behind the glass, banks of microchips were thinking.

I AM SENATOR STEELE.  I AM TARGET NUMBER ONE.  DELETION WILL OCCUR IN SIX DAYS.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image by Verne Ho via Unsplash.

Today’s One Word title was donated by award-winning TV writer and author Robert Shearman.  If you’re a Doctor Who fan you’ll know him as the scribe of the 2005 story “Dalek” and a number of Big Finish stories, including my personal favourite “The Chimes of Midnight”.  Thank you Robert!

Robert suggested his title on Twitter and you can too – just tweet it to me @timaustin2k

See you tomorrow for “Plunge”

 

#46 – Conundrum

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Ella ran her finger over the red twine, watching it as it tugged against the pin in the wall.  It all led to this: the answer was here if only she could make the right connection.  She threw himself back into the chair.

Again and again the killer had struck.  There seemed no reason or pattern, and there were never any witnesses.

She lifted the jar, two severed fingers floating within.

“You think you’re untouchable but you’re not.  You’ll make mistakes.”

Ella’s phone chimed.  Her blood ran cold as she read the message.

“Do you like my present?”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.

Today’s story title was donated by Eddie Robson, Science Fiction writer of, among other things, Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the radio comedy “Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully, starring Peter Davison.  You can reach him on twitter @EddieRobson.

If you’d like to donate a word, please do.  Just pop your word and your name in the comments section below or tweet them to me @timaustin2k using the hashtag #onewordonestory.

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See you tomorrow for “Calculus”.

Tim x