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
My youngest daughter has just returned from a 780km walk across Spain. Read about it on her blog at... http://www.mycancerand.me/camino-santiago/ ### ### (By the way, Jen was diagnosed with dyslexia when due to sit her GCSEs at 15... Setbacks? hurdles? ...not a problem.)
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
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?
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
Marsha Ingrao of Always Write has kindly invited me to guest-host her Story Chat challenge through August and September. For those of you who haven't come across Story Chat before, find the current story up for comment HERE. Earlier stories, along with a link to submit your own, can be found at https://alwayswrite.blog/story-chat-2/. You'll find … Continue reading Story Chatting
Nothing for ages, then two come along together. Another quick read from Shannon James on the 101 words website – find Snow Fall here. Photo by Mac2020 Italy on Pexels.comTwo A member of our writing group favours similar plot lines. She assures us they are mere fiction and not aspirational.
This is by way of a reblog from John Spiers, whose posts don't have a 'Reblog' button. Click this link for the post from his blog mylifewithgracie.com which gives links to two websites: one to assess your poems and another to assess your song lyrics. As those who follow my poetic efforts will be aware, … Continue reading Measuring Up
Things we find funny change as we get older. Small children laugh at clowns. Richard Hearne OBE 1908-1979: As a tweenager, I recall reading a library book my mother had just finished ― one of Leslie Charteris’s “Saint” stories. I was moved to hysteria over a comment made by Simon Templar to his sidekick, Hoppy. … Continue reading Timeless Truths
Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels.com I've mentioned before on this blog the website 101 words that publishes stories of exactly 101-words. That post was to highlight how useful the ideal title can be when words are limited. This post is in awe at the ability to fit an actual story, – with beginning, middle … Continue reading Tiny stories