Goodnight Eileen My story Goodnight Eileen, is published by Flash Fiction Magazine TODAY. Authors interested in submitting to Flash Fiction Magazine can find out more here They also produce print copes. To download one of these free click here. I hope you enjoy Goodnight Eileen. Please leave a comment at Flash Fiction Magazine
A very short story. I huddled inside my fashionable coat. It wasn't designed for bus stops. Andrew had cursed that morning as ice he scraped from the windscreen dusted his fingers. He'd sworn again when the car coughed and failed to start. A bus pulled up, but it wasn't one that would take me to … Continue reading Doors Closing
a reblogged post about cancer and its fallout
I was surprised and delighted to be nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Many thanks to Lily Pierce of Retrospective Lily, which was one of the first blogs I discovered on my blogging journey. I never fail to be inspired by her positive attitude. The blogging tips are helpful too for us beginners. The Sunshine … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger
Tears blur my fingers as they fumble at pills and foil. More vodka. Leaning back, I drift… Can’t sleep yet – more pills. A baby wails. My heart clenches, pain radiating to my stomach. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Not a baby. Someone shaking me. ‘Wake up!’ Shan't – I lash out. Can’t. Falling… deeper. … Continue reading Mission
A leap of faith.
Although this poem was written to a “…friend who got lost in the labyrinth of life” I’m sure there are many parents out there who will recognise Oladewalaura’s sadness.
If only you listened when I said you should go to school;education is the grassroot of success.
If only you listened when I told you that you shouldn’t steal; there’s no alternative to hard work
If only you listened when I said you should surround yourself with like minded people; they are the ones that dream bigger than you do.
If only you listened when I said you should go out of your comfort zone; life isn’t a fairytale
If only you listened when I said you should train your brain by reading books; reading keeps your brain alive
If only you listened when I said you should be kind; kindness is like a basket ball, it bounces back
If only you listened when I said you should always have respect; too much respect doesn’t have a side effect
If only you listened when I said you should not give…
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practicing poetry with a regular writing challenge
‘We love it, Mum – don’t we Mark?’ Hm. It’ll go with the gnome.’ He hadn’t yet managed to break the garden gnome his mother gave them for Christmas, although the lawnmower came perilously close to it at times. This was one of those twee little doors meant to look as if an elf or … Continue reading The Unwanted Gift
I have problems coming up with names for my characters, so I liked this solution – if only to fire up my own synapses. It’s an old blog post from a blogger I’ve come to trust, but I’ve checked the links and they’re all still live. Now I’m going to have some fun coming up with more descriptive names for my characters.
Let me know which of these sites you like best – or if you know a better one.
I was having this conversation with MMJaye, and she was observing how hard it can be to find the right name for your characters. First, I was reminded by this hilarious comic by Tom Gauld:
Then, I remembered all the research I went through when I was looking for character names for my epic fantasy series, Pearseus (in my sci-fi collection, The Power of Six, I cunningly avoided using names). The people on Pearseus are the descendants of Earth’s high society, so they’d be from all over the world. It’s an indecisive writer’s worst nightmare; the sort of situation that keeps you up all night: I’m looking at a character that’s half Persian, halfIndian. What is a common name for that, I wonder? Hmm…
So, when I came across the Character Name Generator for fun, I giggled like a schoolgirl. It’s a website that…
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