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Friday Flash: To Survival

This piece is inspired by this picture from the wiki commons.

He looked over his shoulder for the last time. The white-washed building had been home for ten years. It lacked earthly pleasures, but there was more peace inside it than any palace.

He might be back, but never as a monk. The king, perhaps. If he was lucky enough to survive his coronation.

He took a deep breath, looked ahead, straightened the gold tassels on his sleeves and squeezed his calves gently to move the horse forward.

His guard fell in around him, a glittering force in sable uniforms and crimson trim.

He sent up a silent prayer for survival.


K is for King

K is for King. That, Stephen King. I’ve not read any of his books, but I want to. I have seen some of the movies made from his books. Even one or two of the horror movies, which I don’t usually watch.

I don’t want to read his more horror type books, but I am thinking his more fantasy type stories would be a good place to start. Specifically, the first Dark Tower book. He has another one coming out soon and hopefully I will eventually read that one, too.

So . . . I found some interviews with King online.

1) I like this line from it: I never thought of myself as a horror writer. That’s what other people think. I never said jack shit about it.

2) In direct contrast to a lot of writing advice, he says: No. I never write ideas down. Because all you do when you write ideas down is kind of immortalize something that should go away. If they’re bad ideas, they go away on their own.