All I Want for Christmas… A Friday Flash Fiction Special

 

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All I want for Christmas is… ah, convention dictates that I say you. Yes, YOU. 

You, who’s so vain you probably think this story is about you. I don’t like feeling as if I’m part of a gang of non-discriminatory females, too dazzled by good looks and superficial charm to see the man beyond.

There you go. I AM that woman – helplessly obsessed with a man who on paper isn’t a good bet and who is a workaholic.

But a man who brings so much joy to the world and delivers so many presents? Santa, I’m a smitten kitten.

Merry Christmas everyone! I’m very grateful to all of you who follow this blog and leave comments. I hope you have a great day and all the best to you and yours for 2016.  

White Chocolate Liqueur

white choc meltDo all creative writers like to cook? I certainly do. Cooking feels as creative as writing, even for something as mundane as making dinner every night.

Last week, I decided to combine a little craftwork with cooking (or rather heating and stirring, it wasn’t that taxing) and came up with these very cute bottles of white chocolate liqueur for my sister’s birthday.

I got the recipe from Prima, but I did find as I made it that I needed to do some adjustments to the basic recipe. The recipe I had suggested simply heating double cream and condensed milk together until just about to boil. Anyone who has ever made caramel for millionaire’s shortbread will know that it burns really easily so slow, gentle heat and continual stirring is a must.

Anyway, here is the recipe. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Liqueur

  • Servings: 30 small bottles, approx
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • white choc liqueur400g white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 500ml double cream
  • 397g tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 400ml white rum

Place the double cream and the condensed milk into a saucepan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring frequently (otherwise the condensed milk will stick and burn).

Put the finely chopped white chocolate into a bowl and pour over the hot mixture. Mix well until it has all melted. Leave to cool for five minutes.

Pour in the white rum and mix well to combine. Allow to cool completely. Pour into sterilised bottles, seal and store in the fridge. Will keep for up to a month.

 

I got my little bottles from Miniature Glass Bottles

Friday Flash Fiction Competition – Still Open!

Remember, the Friday Flash Fiction Christmas writing competition is still open for entries. All you need to do is come up with an original 100-word story, enter it and bingo – you could win $50 USD (or local currency equivalent) or receive a highly commended award (no money, but hey…). The closing date is 20 December.

To enter, see the website fridayflashfiction.com and meanwhile, if you’re stuck for what a 100-word story looks like, here’s an example for you…

The Disappearance

Eddie frowned: his stories seemed to have vanished from the library. He’d checked the day before and all the stories had been there. The librarian had said they were among the most requested stories in the library.

He scratched his head, puzzled. Where were they?

Behind the romance section, a huddled figure smirked as she watched his search. Oh, Eddie, I know where your stories are! I can’t bear the comparison so I’ve wiped them off the face of this earth! Now, 50 Poses of Topless Regency Rake could claim its rightful spot at top of the most borrowed list.

Flash Fiction Christmas Competition

writing comp 2The good folks at the Friday Flash Fiction website are running a Christmas competition. Unlike many other so-called writing competitions, this one won’t cost you a single penny to enter (that’s right, nada) and you are free to publish elsewhere too.

To enter, you need to come up with a story of 100 words or fewer, not including the title. You can enter as often as you like. The suggested theme is “World In Union”, but you’re free to write on other topics, too. Entries should be in the English language and the closing date is 23.59 GMT on Sunday 20 December 2015. The winner will receive a $50 USD prize, which is sponsored by Comely Bank Publishing
How to enter
  1. Email your story tocompetitions@fridayflashfiction.com OR
  2. Use the online entry form on the Friday Flash Fiction website.

For the Sake of Auld Lang Syne

auld lang syneWorld leaders don’t ask me to write their speeches, but they should… Here’s what might happen if they did.

For the Sake of Auld Lang Syne

At this time of year, it’s common to reflect on the last 12 months – what went well and what could have been done better.

Who am I to flout tradition? I too shall reflect. The successes:

  1. The British public defied the polls and voted overwhelmingly in my favour. So, no more pandering (or just pretending to listen) to whingeing liberals. Bring on the public sector and welfare cuts!

2. Our economic strategies continue to triumph. Where there is doubt about Conservatives, we point this out.

3. And finally, I got my way when it comes to military tactics. Bring on the bombs!

Auld Lang Syne, Part 2

I’ve realised that I did not mention my… less than successes. This government has a fine tradition of openness so it behoves me to do so.

The wretched lords rejected our tax credits cut proposals. Honestly, talk about biting the hand that feeds! At least the multi-millionaire Lord Lloyd-Webber saw sense and flew back to vote in favour.

Then there was immigration – the fear of which we used to incite votes for us. Turns out, there are more people coming to this country than ever before. We WILL reduce this!

And… Oi, you at the back, shut up!

Oink!

 

It was really tough limiting these two stories to a mere 100 words each.