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.

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.


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. 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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  2. 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!


  3. 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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    • 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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      • 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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      • 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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      • 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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    • 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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