THE TO-DO LIST

Must get that loose top step fixed, she thought, as she walked up to her front door.

As always she had to force the key in. Must get that lock seen to by a locksmith before it jams completely.

She pushed the door open, seeing the boarded up diamond of mint-green. Must get that piece of glass replaced.

As she stumbled over loose shoes, coats and bags in the hallway she remembered she had that coat rack to put up and the tidying to do.

In the bedroom she changed into comfortable clothes picked from the bundle lying on the floor, turning her back on the unfinished walls – three painted in white undercoat, only one completed in soothing blue. Must get the bedroom decorating finished.

Must get the dishes done, she thought, as she searched for the one remaining clean glass.

She popped the bottle of wine open and settled down in front of the television for the evening. She began to de-stress.

She soon forgot about the litany of chores that needed attended to. Maybe next week.


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Copyright Jade M. Wong

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem in around 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


BANNER LAUNCH DATE

My first novel, ‘A Justified State’ is a political thriller set in an imagined future. The Kindle edition will be released on the 3rd of November (this Saturday), when I will publish a more detailed blog post. The paperback edition is already available to order now through Amazon in some territories: UK / US / GER / ITA. More territories to follow soon.

60 responses to “THE TO-DO LIST”

  1. Sounds like my to-do’s! Only I play in my craft room instead of drinking wine and watching TV 🙂

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    1. Exactly. Better to do the things we enjoy 🙂

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  2. Congrats Iain for the book.

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    1. Thank you so much, hopefully you may find the time to have a look at it 🙂

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  3. So many items to do, I think that I would open a bottle of whisky or maybe two.

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    1. Exactly how I feel Michael!

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  4. Great story, Iain. Congratulations on your new book.

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    1. Thank you, I hope you might have time to check it out 🙂

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  5. Best of luck on the Novel Iain!

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    1. Thank you. Fingers crossed there is some interest.

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  6. Great story, Iain! I think all of us can relate to having to-do lists that continue to get longer, lol!

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    1. And never finding the time or energy to get anything done.

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  7. I like her. It can wait. To-do lists are never ending 😁

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    1. Sometimes it’s best to just let them wait 🙂

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  8. I can relate to that story Iain….. finish the current craft project, eight weeks until Christmas – get the cards made, prune the lavender, take clothes you no longer wear to charity, write some more of your autobiography and the list goes on…lol 🙂

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    1. Yep, and really, I’d just like to sit and have a quiet evening on the sofa!

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  9. Good luck with the book!

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    1. Thank you Di, just hoping someone, anyone will read it really!

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  10. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Congrats on the book. I’ll check Kindle on the 4th of November!

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    1. Thanks Keith, here’s hoping at least a couple of people read it!

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  11. Sympathy for the tired soul 🙂

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    1. When it all gets too much, sometimes it’s best to just ignore it and relax.

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  12. I have a sturdy list of To Dos and my wife is really dedicated to reminding me of them in case I forget! I think as a rule we like to know there is something left for us to do, although in this case it seems her list is becoming unwieldy!

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  13. This sounds like me – sans wine! Always something I’m looking at that I should do, and yet I still plonk my bum down in front of the laptop instead! Nice, slightly bleak and grubby atmosphere.
    Congrats on the upcoming book release – very exciting – let me know if there’s anything I can do to spread the word.
    P.S. Just popped along to Amazon – my paper back version is ordered and on its way! Looking forward to reading it Iain 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Lynn, I think you are officially the first order received! Do let me know what you think of it, my first attempt at a novel-length story (that I managed to finish!). After endless re-editing and a few agent rejections I decided to publish, or it would just sit there unread forever. I’m happy with it, some bits more than others, I hope you will enjoy it too. I will do a blog post on Saturday for the kindle launch, so if you want to share that around I would be eternally grateful. And do feel free to put an Amazon review on, good or bad! Thanks again and if you ever need the favour returned do let me know 👍😀 Now I have a long to do list of my own to get on with!

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      1. My pleasure Iain – and I’m the first? I like that 🙂 I thought the cover design was very good, so kudos to you for that and I read the first couple of pages and the blurb and had to buy it. I always enjoy your writing anyway. Well done you for getting that file off the hard drive and into the world – I have three unpublished novels and a novella hiding on my laptop, so I’m impressed you did it all yourself. Good luck with it all and I’ll look out for Saturday’s post.

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        1. I would happily pay to read something longer from you Lynn, I do hope you manage to find a way to get them out into the world. Glad you liked the cover, that was a frustrating evening of Photoshop work 🙂

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          1. Ah, thank you, Iain. I have my Urban Fantasy out to beta readers at the moment and so far feedback is positive. So you never know – one day, I might just find a publisher. Thanks so much for your support!

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            1. Good luck Lynn, do let me know if you ever want another beta reader, it would be a pleasure to read something longer of yours 🙂

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              1. Ah, thank you Iain. That’s really lovely of you to offer 🙂

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  14. I can totally relate to this story. Congrats on the novel. I will check it out shortly. Now I really need to get my butt in gear and get something up on Amazon. Thanks, Iain 😊

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    1. Thank you Jo, it seems we all have those chores we just keep putting off. Hope you are able to give my novel a read and let me know what you think. Good luck with your own endeavours 👍😀

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  15. This was uncomfortably close to home Iain, but a good read nonetheless.

    We’ll done on bringing the novel to fruition. I’ll look out for the Kindle edition. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you. I’ll post on Saturday with all the Kindle details on release day. One thing on my to do list I managed to tick off at last!

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  16. And tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow!!

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  17. Hahahaha. Reminds me of me!

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    1. LOL, we’ve all got those jobs that we keep putting off!

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  18. Nice one, Iain. Sometimes your head hurts just thinking of all the things that need to be done…Congratulations on your book. Very exciting for you. I like the cover and who doesn’t like a political thriller?

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you like the cover – hopefully you will enjoy the story too!

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      1. You’re welcome. And I’m sure I will 🙂

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  19. Nicely sketched! Seems like perhaps she needs a bit of help, perhaps on more way than one. And the house, too. 😉

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    1. The house does seem a bit neglected 🙂

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  20. Procrastination or old age or both, has brought her here. If is not that bad to relax with a glass of wine. Life outside is tough. Nice story.

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    1. Sometimes we just need a break. Thanks Abhijit.

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  21. She sounds just like me!
    All the best for your first novel Iain. With what we’ve been seeing of your writing over the years, and your keen interest in politics, this should be a real page-turner!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you get a chance to have a read of it 🙂

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  22. If the book can get to Africa I would love to read it. I look forward to your Saturday post 🙂

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    1. Thank you Joy. It should be available to ship to Africa in paperback form, and the kindle version will be available worldwide too 🙂

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  23. Hilarious – and very topical for me, as my partner has just thrust a paintbrush into my hand and told me the hall is to be decorated. Now, how long will I have to paint to earn a glass of wine…?

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    1. So long as you are both doing an equal share of the work and your not being left to do it all yourself! 🙂

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  24. Why do it today when you can do it tomorrow!

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    1. A nice motto to live by! 🙂

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  25. Sounds like the situation of my usual to do list.

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  26. Haha! That’s relatable. You can’t blame her though. Procrastinating is the best thing you can do with to-do lists!

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    1. Somethings are best left waiting… And waiting…!

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      1. Until the endless list drives you so mad that you finish all of it in one go. 😂

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