Flash Fortnightly #2

21 Nov

Welcome to Flash Fortnightly!

My name is Laura Besley and I’m an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher. Over the years I’ve met thousands of students of all ages from many different countries in the world. This job really suits me as I love meeting people and learning about different languages and cultures. After working in England for a couple of years, I moved to Düsseldorf, Germany, where I taught Business English for two years and now I’m living in Hong Kong. This small pocket of Asia is a perfect blend of East meets West and is rich in colour, noise and inspiration.

That brings me nicely onto writing. I’ve been writing on and off since childhood and did my degree in English Literature and Film Studies. When I was in Germany I started writing a bit more regularly and in Hong Kong I’ve really had the time to dedicate to my writing. In 2011 I joined the Hong Kong Writers Circle and a critique group which allowed me to start looking at my work with a more critical eye. On 4th May 2012 I embarked on a project to write one piece of flash fiction a day. I’ve always seen myself as a novelist, but actually I’ve found that I really love writing short pieces as it gives you plenty of room to experiment with style, voice, characters and settings. And each day I can write something new.

I hope you enjoy this ‘Flash Fortnightly’ entry and I’ll be back on Wednesday 5th December for some more…



Reflecting from the gilded mirror was a face that wasn’t hers. It was long and pale with crimson smudges under the eyes. Dark hair with streaks of grey was unkempt and pulled into a low ponytail. The green eyes, once described as meadows, were faded. And angry.

The reflection turned away from itself in the direction of the soft voice.
“Joanie dear. Would you like any breakfast?”
“Please try to eat something.”
“No. I don’t think I can.” The reflection found itself again and put on a charcoal grey coat with big round buttons. It tied a moss green scarf around its neck and pulled a matching hat onto its head, pulling it as low as possible, nearly covering the eyes. “I’m going for a walk,” it said.
“Where to?”
“Not sure. Won’t be long.”
“Alright, dear. See you soon.”

The reflection tried smiling, but the lips on each side of the face didn’t know how any more.

Laura Besley

This piece was inspired by an Adele song (Someone Like You) & an interview with the singer which was conducted in her home. Whilst she is singing her beautiful and moving song, you can see her reflection in a massive gilded mirror. Click here for the link.

If you’d like to check out more of my writing, flash fiction and non-fiction, check out my blog: Living Loving and Writing. Or you can follow me on twitter @laurabesley

4 Responses to “Flash Fortnightly #2”

  1. laurabesley November 22, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    Thanks for the ‘likes’! Really appreciated! 🙂

  2. Natalie Irene Wood November 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Dear Laura, it’s most refreshing to read of someone – who, like myself – takes ‘flash’ writing seriously and as an end in itself, not just simply as a sort of rough book. I, too, have tried various styles, but the majority of the pieces I’ve published so far have been between 500 – 1,000 words long. You may be interested to know that while I’m not a trained teacher, I’ve worked as a volunteer mentor with high school students working towards their English ‘bagrut’ (matriculation) exams where I now live in Karmiel, Galilee, Israel. If you’re interested, you can read me on http://wwwperfectlywritefamilytakes.blogspot.co.il. I run several other blogs, the main one being: http://wwwalwayswriteagain.blogspot.co.il/.

    All the best.

    Natalie Wood

    • ArtiPeep November 23, 2012 at 5:39 am #

      Thanks for your response Natalie. We’re really glad you enjoyed Flash Fortnightly. At ArtiPeeps we take all forms of writing seriously and we’re so pleased to have Laura writing for us. If you’d like to submit something to our FabFiction Page do let me know. I’m sure Laura will be responding to you shortly. All the very best. ArtiPeep. P.S. Watch out for Laura back here on the 5th or via her website!

    • Laura November 23, 2012 at 7:09 am #

      Dear Natalie,
      Thanks so much for your comments! It was interesting to learn that you’ve published pieces between 500 and 1000 words. This is definitely my area too. I had a look at your ‘alwayswriteagain’ blog – looks very interesting! 🙂

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