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

Christmas Ramblings

This blog post contains no advice, offers or ‘value’ (a key concept in the blog guru’s toolkit ) ...merely a wish that your Christmas is all that you hope it to be. Feel free to stop reading there if you’re busy (and, aren’t we all?). I’d intended to post a couple of paragraphs but, like … Continue reading Christmas Ramblings

Danny Boy

As previously reported, I entered the recent 24-hour short story contest run by Angela Hoy's Writer's Weekly. com  (https://24hourshortstorycontest.com/ ) – just to see if I could. Thinking up stories on the hop isn't my strong point. As promised in my earlier post, the story is reproduced below. On the date of the contest, (around 6pm … Continue reading Danny Boy

Fred’s Legacy

We bought a pre-loved camper-van. We’d travelled up by train. The owner’s dog had crept inside and wouldn’t come out again. The lady planned to emigrate. She’d shown us both around, watched carefully by Algernon, an indeterminate hound. . Embarrassed, she said, ‘Take him too.  ‘He won’t cost much to feed. ‘He can’t come when … Continue reading Fred’s Legacy

Inspiration Perspiration

My biggest writing challenge is thinking up stories. I read blogs and comments from writers with stories springing like weeds in their heads, jostling to be told. My head is a cerebral wasteland where few shoots flourish. After decades of neglect, my imagination seems to have withered. Advice from bloggers and magazine articles includes keeping … Continue reading Inspiration Perspiration