Voice Week 2014 – 5: Eric

Yesterday’s story from Lily took a character from my draft novel, Who Is Eric? She’s a nice person, but she’s a product of her times and her assumptions about race, together with the language she uses, don’t correspond to how most of us feel today.

On this last day of Voice Week, I thought I’d go somewhere different. This character is also called Eric but has nothing to do with the novel. He’s poached from elsewhere. If you don’t recognise him, click here after reading.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the week!


Sometimes, you just want something sweet and tasty and brightly-coloured. It’s not an addiction, barely even a habit. I could stop at any time. How much difference can just one make?

Sometimes only a banana will do and never mind the consequences.

But of course, I do mind the consequences. The cost of replacing clothes I burst out of, for one thing. And lying to my wife. That’s why Clark and Lois never settled down. That, and the question of kids … too many unknowns there. Luckily, Fiona can’t have them. Kids, that is. It’s me who can’t touch bananas.


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17 responses to “Voice Week 2014 – 5: Eric

  1. A superhero of some sort, something associated with bananas, I imagine, not someone simply popping out of his clothes due to banana calories (which would be quite a feat and way too many bananas!) I’ve enjoyed your foray into the voices exercise and I knew you would have a novel in some stage of development! 🙂

    Have a great weekend.


  2. Banana addiction, I love it.

    Great job all week. Each voice was so different. I have enjoyed reading them all.

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  4. He’s some kind of potassium-activated Hulk! I love it! This guy should be a series.

  5. bananas as kryptonite!! Love it

  6. I’m afraid the reference is lost on me, but another wonderfully distinct voice nonetheless! Thanks for sharing your work this Voice Week. 🙂

  7. Evan

    Hmm…I wonder how potent banana addiction actually is, but if it’s anything like this it’s a force to be feared! Great job this week–you’re among my favorite storylines, absolutely.

  8. Middle-aged, a little ADD and a bit of rambler. Interesting. 🙂

    Stori Tori’s Blog

  9. Bananaman! I had never heard of it before. Very clever way of making kids eat bananas! Very different take on banana eating! I had to go to the link to put it all together 🙂
    thanks for the wonderful week.

  10. No, I had not heard of Bananaman either. But what a clever idea!

    Your voice week posts were fantastic and creative. I love how you picked a banana, of all things, as your subject, and you really managed to craft some wonderful pieces of writing. I’ve enjoyed reading them all!

  11. I hadn’t heard of Bananaman but I love the idea (even though I loathe bananas myself) of this – he kind of reminds me of a Hancock type superhero. Reluctant about his job but doing it nonetheless

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