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Thanks for stopping by. I'm Jenny Gordon and I write fiction for adults, both old and young. You can find out more about me and my writing by clicking on the 'Quick Links' on the left. This journal is a space for my ponderings about writing and books. You can friend me, or just lurk if you prefer. Either way, I'd love to have your company and hear from you along the way.

Falling Leaves

Following yesterday's final "50 Word Vignette", sadly it's now time for me to bid LJ goodbye.

I've spent over five wonderful years here, and have met such great people, some of whom have become good and special friends.

While I plan to keep this journal active, and shall drop by from time to time, sadly LJ is a ghost of the lively community it once was. Like tumbling autumn leaves, so many have fallen by the wayside, and the time has come for me to flutter away and join them in the earth of new beginnings.

At some point, I shall take the plunge and join the Twittering and Facebook hordes, and shall post here to let you know how to hook up with me there.

In the meantime, thank you all for hanging out with me. It's been fun and educational and all good things.

All the very best for the future.

Jenny xxx

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #50

Prompt: Wake

A year ago, I began this Friday Fifty-Word Vignette Challenge. Such fun I've had along the way. Such lessons I've learned. Back then, I was freshly awakened in my new life. A year on, a new dawn beckons. Thank you all for travelling with me. It's time now to wake ...

One final time ... Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome, and I hope you've had as much fun as me along the way, whether you've contributed your own, or simply enjoyed reading our offerings.

For those of you who remember what I said when I launched this challenge, a song by Kate Bush was part of the inspiration, so it seems fitting to wrap up this year-long journey with that song:

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #49

Prompt: Hungry

It's never enough. Always, always I crave more. Endlessly more, and still I am not satisfied. So many questions. Mysteries and puzzles to solve. Conundrums to understand. Libraries and private collections the world over I have visited, and still I am hungry for knowledge forever just out of my reach.

Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #48

Prompt: Fantasy Cafe

My fantasy cafe is a colourful, ramshackle affair, sprawling over several floors of an old mill building. Outside, the song of river and willows and birds. Inside, art for sale and selves of books to borrow while you eat homemade flapjacks to the accompaniment of folk singers in the corner.

(I've actually had more than on dream set in this cafe).

Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #47

Prompt: Surrender

'Put your weapon down. There is no escape.'

'In your dreams, darling. You know I have the higher moral ground.'

'Morals have nothing to do with affairs of chocolate and cream.'

Their forks clashed and tangled across the table.

'I don't care! I'll never surrender the last slice of cake.'



Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #46

Prompt: New Family

Will they recognise me? Surely they'll feel the same connection I did when I saw them from a-far. My new family isn't so new after all. The papers from the orphanage are signed and approved, but it makes little difference because in my heart, I know I am going home.

Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #45

Prompt: Instinct

Datura, hemlock or arsenic? Decision, decisions. In the end, there is only one choice: belladonna. Beautiful lady for a beautiful lady. Let's see what her precious instinct tells her about this final gift. Will she discern the secret in the cordial? Of course not. I always win in the end.

Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #44

Prompt: Chronicles

One by one, I tossed her diaries onto the fire and the chronicles of her life coughed flame and expired. Better there was no evidence left behind. Who knew what her juvenile scribblings; the lengthy ramblings of twenties and beyond; the neat, cyphered jottings of more recent years, might reveal?

Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.

The 50-Word Vignette Challenge

50-Word Vignette #43

Prompt: Ocean

'You did say you wanted waves and an endless view,'

'What I had in mind was more along the lines of an ocean-side villa, not a penthouse suite.' She dropped onto the waterbed, which lurched beneath her, and added with a coy grin, 'I'll get my bikini on, shall I?'


Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.