What are Ozlandish Writings?

From July 2010 to December 2014 we ran OZLAND PICTURE STORIES as described below. Sadly though the number of writers reduced over the years and we decided to call it a day. We leave these as a record of the good times we had.

Are "You" ready to challenge your writing skills? Then participate in our OZLAND Picture Stories writing series at The Ozland Art Gallery.

Each month a new picture will be picked, from our OZLAND Artist of the Month collection, with different themes. Your goal is to write a 500-1000 word... poem... essay... or story about the picture picked. This is a chance for you to challenge your writing skills each month. Story can be written in ANY genre... sci fi... romance... ghost... fantasy... fiction... non-fiction... biography... mystery... historical... whatever your writing genre... feel free to experiment. Send your writing inworld to Sven Pertelson as a notecard to have it included on the web site. We meet at the The Ozland Art Gallery each Wednesday at Noon and 6pm SLT to read the latest submissions on voice. More Information

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"The Old Woman" by Llola Lane PART 1

"The Old Woman" by Llola Lane PART 1

Life in Rome is not easy for an old woman and it is even harder for an old woman who is alone. There will be even harder times ahead as winter approaches. The old woman knows that she must stock up on supplies before it gets so cold she won't be able to go outside. She puts on her wrap and gathers her things and heads to the Crypta of the Theatre of Pompey, near the Forum Magnum, where there are fountains and food stalls.

The marketplace is crowed today. Everyone is celebrating the crowning of the new king. She hopes the new king will change things for the better but she has heard rumors that he is even worse than his father. She will not pass judgement and wait and see. For now she has her wares to sell and the day has just begun and there are plenty of people about with coin in their purses. She sets up her wares by the big fountain in the center of the market. People often throw coins in the fountain. With luck one will fall in one of her blankets!

She will also need to shop for some winter supplies of her own. She makes a list of what she will need. Flour... Corn... Oil for her lamp... the list goes on and she quickly realizes she has a customer. She puts the list in her apron pocket and waits on the tall man with a woman. The old woman can tell right away that the woman with the man is his mistress and he is the slave. The mistress orders her slave to purchase a blanket from the old woman.

The slave searches his pocket for payment to the old woman. She sees something shiny on his chest. It's disk shines a bright white in the morning sun. It blinds the old woman as he moves. She MUST have it.

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