99 word flash fiction: What direction?

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

“Economics, economics. That’s all we ever talk about in this country. Well let me tell you. It’s not working.”

“We inherited a bad state of affairs.”

“More economics.”

“If we could get the budget to show a surplus the people would be happy.”

“You reckon. I don’t. We’re sliding in the polls and you know why? It ain’t economics. It’s human rights, women’s rights, how we treat the lower paid and our youth’s education. It’s everything other than economics. What we need is a debate to see what direction this country wants to go. What we need is vision.”

Written in response to Charli over at the Carrot Ranch whose prompt: December 24, 2014 : In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a vision. You can write your own personal vision and “fictionalize” it in the sense that you write it as if it already has come to pass or is unfolding right now. Or you can write the vision of a character. Dream big. dream bold.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to 99 word flash fiction: What direction?

  1. Charli Mills says:

    There’s an insightful politician! Goals with out vision is like directions without a destination, and often it seems as if our national leaders are blind. Economics are a symptom. Great flash!

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    • I struggled with this one although I had lots of visions I couldn’t seem to get them to flash form. I think this too is probably not fiction as it is true the world over, in many poltical systems. I’d just love if everyone suddenly developed vision (but of course I expect that vision to be identical with mine.)

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  2. Norah says:

    Yes, a close look at the big picture would be a great place to start!

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  3. TanGental says:

    Oh visionary politicians! Personally I like the practical ones who get things done but the best are those who combine a vision with the balls to implement it. We have had some here some of whom succeeded and many more who failed because of the compromises necessary to hold onto power. You capture that very neatly Irene


  4. Great take on the “vision” prompt!


  5. la_lasciata says:

    GOODONYERMATE !!! – right on, as our US friends say !

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