It’s been nearly a week since my last blog post, and I have no idea what to write about. Oh, the pressure, the pressure… So I sit down at my laptop and start surfing wordpress.com in the desperate hope that I might strike upon some inspiration. And I come across this thing called “Six Sentence Sunday”.
The rules are simple – post a six sentence excerpt (on Sunday) of a piece of your writing. It can be published, unpublished, or a work in progress. Following on serendipitously from my last blog post, the inventors of Six Sentence Sunday appear to be writers of erotica. So I don’t think I’m going to join their party. It doesn’t say anything on their blog’s FAQ’s about not stealing their idea and going off on your own, so I’ll just have a party of one in my little corner of the blogosphere until someone sends me a cease and desist order.
Without further ado, here is a six sentence excerpt from “Ghosts Can Bleed”, the eponymous short story in my collection.
He gets more and more insubstantial every day, so soon he won’t be able to do even that. And he can’t make love to Doreen any more. He tried it once, not long after he died. He climbed on top of her and sunk halfway into her body, sucked under by her body fat. Struggling to get out, he got caught up on her ribs. He could feel her heart beating where his used to be, a great, alien, pulsing knot of muscle, and he had to fight to hold down the gorge that no longer existed.
(Further proof that when I do write about sex, it’s not even remotely sexy.)
Also whilst mucking about on WordPress, I find a little instructional article called “How To Get More Traffic”. Skimming down the To Do List – done it, done it, doing that, I hope I’m doing that right, I’m too cheap to try that – I glean one gem of advice.
Of course, it’s something of a Catch-22; I can’t take requests if nobody reads my blog, yet the purpose of taking requests is to get people to read my blog. But what the hell – I’ll give it a go.
So to all nine of my subscribers, all of my Facebook friends who occasionally dip into my blog posts, all you complete strangers who have accidentally blundered your way into my blog –
What do you want me to write about? And please, please, PLEASE don’t make me regret asking…