This is an update of my post originally entitled A Diversion, published – would you believe – in 2013 ! Challenges from Chris Fielden and Friends I’ve been following Chris Fielden’s challenges for many moons, at https://www.christopherfielden.com/ I enter short stories in his two-yearly To Hull and Back competitions and have even been shortlisted. (My story, … Continue reading Still Diverting
101 Word Flash Fiction
I'm please to announce my flash fiction story The Last Night is published today on Flash Fiction Magazine's 101 words website. ### ### What do you have to celebrate today? ###
For those outside the UK who asked, here is my story recently published in The People's Friend. These knitting needles had an agenda of their own. They were of a length my gran would have branded “pickle-stabbers” and Sandy used to say my ten thumbs weren’t safe in charge of a cocktail stick. The memory … Continue reading Making Amends
A Fellow Wordsmith
A fellow member of our writing group is creating interest with his recently published work. ### Stephen Oliver, another member of our writing group, the Whittlesey Wordsmiths, has enjoyed success over the past year or two with many of his short stories chosen for publication in anthologies of dark fantasy and horror. More recently, two … Continue reading A Fellow Wordsmith
I had an email last week, informing me that one of my stories has been accepted for publication in a UK magazine called People's Friend. I've sent in stories before to People's Friend without success. Sometimes rejections came with an encouraging word of advice and, although I'm not a regular reader of magazines, I subscribed … Continue reading I’ve Arrived!
At the end of last year, I was greatly cheered by winning the Eyrie Press short story competition. Eyrie Press is a local publisher whose annual short story competition is limited to writers around our counties of East Anglia. I have been shortlisted in the past, which has always, in itself, been a boost to … Continue reading Tommy
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?
It was late 2019 when Phil, from our writing group, had the idea of producing two collections of Christmas stories – one for adults and one for children. It is difficult to summon the Christmas muse once the festive season has passed. By the time we felt Christmassy enough to produce seasonal stories in 2019, … Continue reading Seasonal Confusion
Pond People of your very own
https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/embed?asin=B08NZV2SS2&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_mZE9FbN4VXQE4 The revised Pond People is now available in print and as e-book with the added bonus of a gorgeous cover from John Spiers, artist and writer of My Life with Gracie. Find it on Amazon (preview above) and on Smashwords. Photo by Tairon Fernandez on Pexels.com Here's to a Hopeful New Year.
Rethinking The Pond People
Thank you to everyone who commented encouragingly on my recently-serialised story The Pond People. I've made a number of changes while re-editing it for an e-book and it looks different already, but I have accepted what I knew in my heart of hearts... that it is still two-dimensional and needs work. I envisaged Pond People … Continue reading Rethinking The Pond People