Christmas Reading?

Our writing group has just published two Christmas collections Windy Christmas is an eclectic collection of memories, poems and short stories (one or two perhaps not for the fainthearted). Jingle Bells and Tinsel Tales, on the other hand, is for those of a gentle disposition and suitable for bedtime reading to younger family members. Illustrations … Continue reading Christmas Reading?

Presently Tense

I mostly write fiction in narrative tense. I have experimented with present tense, although my first experiment wasn’t, in fact, fiction but an account that I wrote as a blog post. I don’t recall why it occurred to me to change that blog post from past to present but the rewrite was closer to reliving … Continue reading Presently Tense

September StoryChat Summary

No Stone Unturned by Valerie Chapman If you missed Val's story, read it here Some guessed the end, others didn’t. lily commented, “You tell stories very well. I honestly didn’t expect that ending.” But Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com said, “Great story and nice twist at the end. The ending wasn’t a complete surprise but maybe I … Continue reading September StoryChat Summary

Digger dog

A recent prompt for the 12-poems-in-12-months challenge was to include rhyme, alliteration and assonance. I wrote mine about an event that has also been the subject of a blog post here. Digger Dog Digger the dog was a pesky pup, After six mad months, her owners despaired. We’d just lost a dog, so we called … Continue reading Digger dog

Still Time to Join August’s Story Chat

Read the story here The conversation so far... We are halfway through August’s Story Chat. Wendy Fletcher’s story of a small girl being taken to buy her first party dress has prompted emotions and memories among readers. Anyone with experience of dressing and undressing small children in public facilities, for whatever reason, knows how exhausting … Continue reading Still Time to Join August’s Story Chat

Story Chat for August

You may have come across Marsha Ingrao's blog, Always Write in your browsing. Story Chat is only one of its many facets: an opportunity for writers to get one of their stories out there for discussion. This month I am guest hosting Story Chat, to introduce Wendy Fletcher, leader of our u3a writing group, the … Continue reading Story Chat for August

Conquering Inactivity (my own)

I haven’t written a new story for ages. Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com Even last month’s prompt from our writing group was answered with a rejigged story I penned years ago. My excuses to myself have been multiple. . . dogs to train, fish ponds to de-sludge, nettles to nuke, anthologies to edit, … Continue reading Conquering Inactivity (my own)

How Do I Miss Thee?

One recent challenge for 12 poems in 12 months (at deadlinesforwriters.com) was to write a sonnet. I chose the Shakespearean sonnet form. How do I miss you? Let me count the ways now we’re apart. I woke up late this morn, No pillowed head beside me this fine day, To snore throughout the night till … Continue reading How Do I Miss Thee?

Acrostic

One of this year's '12 poems in 12 months' challenges was to pen an acrostic. It wasn't my finest hour, but since I recently posted about my aversion to housework I thought I'd share my acrostic here. Spring Cleaning Somebody’s coming. My Parents, for Easter. I’m Running around with a vacuum cleaner. I don’t enjoy … Continue reading Acrostic