This week on Facebook: I have decided to have a lazy December, which turned out to be not as lazy as I had assumed. Nevertheless: December 2018 is going to feature reprises from Aasof’s Reflections beginning with some short stories that I have enjoyed writing. Clearly my first love is web research and I have enjoyed writing and researching material for all of my short stories. The following (in chronological order) are a selection of those that I enjoyed writing and researching the most.
1. Marrano (posted on August 6, 2012). This was the first story written by me (some 4 years after I began blogging, which began with intention of writing stories). The background to Marrano was a 500 word challenge. Surely I can write 500 words I thought, some 3000+ words later Marrano emerged. L’église Saint Germain des Prés, the cafe ‘Les Deux Magots‘, the painting of The Courtship of Paris and Helen in the Louvre and the Rafle du Vél’ d’Hiv are real, the rest is fiction.
2. The Grasshopper and The Queen (posted on March 28, 2015). Not the second story that I wrote but one that I thought worthy of posting here. All the characters are real (historically), including Clough and Spritwel, as are the places and Gresham’s role as a financier. Gresham College still exists and he was later to state what became known as Gresham’s Law (as alluded to in my story) in that, “bad money drives out good”. Bad money that old coppernose had created during the great debasement.
3. Demerara Sugar (posted on July 31, 2016). Not my first attempt at a sci-fi storyline, but until I rework my previous attempts — my favourite. Based loosely around things that I had knowledge of, including reading about the ‘pyjama trips to a supermarket’ and one in town that I disparagingly refer to as Jeremy Kyle country. The late Alan Coren’s remark that he ‘liked Waitrose because it kept the hoi-palloi from Sainsbury’s coming in’, may have also prompted my Jeremy Kyle remark (Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum). PS: I don’t drive a Lexus and have never been to Bayreuth but I do like Wagner and one of my neighbours is a valkyrie!
4. Men in Black (posted on October 20, 2016). Inspired largely by the writings of A P Herbert and particularly this stories about Sir Ethelred Rutt K.C., also the article that I found about ‘hologram Tam’. Owing a lot to my interest in economics (the concept of helicopter money is real), my son’s temporary life in Poole, ‘La femme Nikita‘ and with the date of the story being a give away to the two men in the photofit.
5. The Journal (posted on December 22, 2016). The SMS Nürnberg was real as was the sinking of HMS Monmouth, the ships, the crew’s visits and the storyline about Admiral Graf von Spee were real. The German fleet was chased out of the Pacific during WWI and the battle of the Falklands was pretty much as told. The gist of Admiral Graf von Spee’s remarks at the Valparaiso German Club are true and his son Lieutenant Otto von Spee did serve on board SMS Nürnberg (the incident recounted between Franz and the lieutenant being fiction). The other characters are all fictional made up from the names of friends and acquaintances that I have known.
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