#AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z- Theme Reveal- The Moving Quill

A single shot rang out, renting the sleepy atmosphere of the town, galvanising the people into action. Nothing exciting ever happened here.

Acrid smell of gunfire filled the air as people’s feet pounded the ground in frenzied motion to reach the site of unrest. In the middle of the town square stood Anne, face to face with her tormentor. Her shaking hands clutched the gun, still smoking from the discharge.

Citizens exchanged looks of concern and after a while, Anne’s brother, Ned, moved through the crowd to gently remove the offending weapon. Anne turned, buried her face in his chest and exclaimed,’He had it coming. Didn’t he? He couldn’t resist mocking me, day in day out, hour in hour out.’

Soothing her, Ned said, ‘There, there. Yes, he deserved it. Now let’s go home.’

Wending their way through the crowd, the siblings left behind the gaping onlookers, the smoking gun and the clock in the town square with its face shot off by Anne.


It’s time for the Grand Theme Reveal for the A to Z, 2015 and I welcome you all to my blog, The Moving Quill.


This year, my theme for the A-Z Challenge is, as evidenced by the story above, going to be about looking at things from a different perspective. Every story has layers and varying points of view. Much like light entering a prism, the stories bend in one way or another depending on the direction the writer chooses to nudge them.

All through April, I will be attempting to present a short story, under 300 words. Each story will begin in an apparently obvious setting but end with a point of view that is  sometimes humorous, maybe poignant, perhaps horrifying or just sombre.

Will you sail with me as I navigate the sea of human emotions and present to you these faces to read? I would love it if you do!

Presenting my Theme for A-Z Challenge 2015 today:

Alternate Angles

alternate angles

Now that you’ve read my theme and loved it (!) ;), head on over here to the linky and check out more themes by other bloggers.

The Moving Quill is #99 on that list.

A-Z Theme Reveal Blog Fest 2015

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94 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z- Theme Reveal- The Moving Quill

  1. Hi Shailaja,
    Thank you so much for following my blog. I just woke up and saw the notification. I am very impressed by what an engaged community you have here. Congratulations. You must be proud. Thank you again for following my blog.

    1. Thank you s much, Janice. I came to your blog via #ArchiveDay and I am thrilled to have found you. This blog is a little under a year old, but I have been blogging on parenting for almost 8 years now. I run a blogging community called Blog-A-Rhythm where we connect with other bloggers and learn/grow together. Always keen to connect with more people who think along the same lines 🙂

      Blog-a-rhythm is here: https://blogarhythmblog.wordpress.com/

  2. This is such a great theme!! Looking at things from different perspectives is something we can all, as writers, strive to do more often. I’m loving your writing so far and look forward to reading more! 🙂

  3. The first para made me think of a wild western! Writing a new story every day – wow! 🙂 Rock it!

    I am contemplating short posts for April too! Happy A-to-Z-ing!

  4. All the best for A- Z challenge. Shailaja . I know you have choose a beautiful and pleasant theme.? impatiently Waiting to your stories

  5. Great theme! I’m in awe of people who can do flash fiction. That’s so incredibly challenging! I can’t wait to read your stories.
    Michele at Angels Bark

  6. Looking forward to your posts. This is my first time to enter the challenge. I’m starting to get excited about it! I’m #115 🙂 and there are close to 1000! Plenty of new blogs (for me anyway) to check out!

  7. I am very much eager to sail with you Shailaja 🙂 Wish you good luck, I am sure I will enjoy whatever you offer!

  8. Of course, I will sail along with you on your journey through the challenge, Shailaja! And, I know for sure, that I will thoroughly enjoy every moment of it, as I will have you for company! 🙂 All the very best, my dear!

  9. The short story at the beginning was amazing, Shailaja. And loved the unique take on the theme. Looking forward to your stories and wishing you all the best for the challenge. 🙂

  10. If this trailer is anything to go by, I know I will love the movie! Looking forward to reading your stories & their alternate angles 🙂

  11. Ah, Alternate Angles from the one who is very good at giving twists to the stories at the end. This one is going to be so much exciting. All the best Shailaja 🙂

  12. Ah, you apparently chose what you’re best at! But I do look forward to discovering the many layers in those stories. All the best Shailaja!

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