My Writing

Posts about my books

A Year Before Christmas 

Witch Way 

The Godmother  Originally published here, The Godmother is now available from these outlets.

The Pond People  A revised Pond People is now available from these outlets.

Short stories and other ramblings

In reverse order of publication: most recent first

Bunny – Part one of a short story published in three posts

Windy Christmas – from aWhitlesey Wordsmiths’ Christmas anthology

Where does Santa Spend Christmas – a three-parter that follows on from Christmas Presence (re-posted as an intro).

Proverbial Wisdom – a plethora of proverbs

Bolt-cutter Blunder – discovery in an attic

Trick or Treat?   – flash fiction for Halloween

Christmas Presence (a story)  – earlier version published in a Following Wind and this version in Witch Way

Goodnight Eileen  – first published in Flash Fiction Magazine

Doors Closing   – a very short story

Mission – flash fiction

The Unwanted Gift – a very short story 

Leaving Us – the death of young Digger

Danny Boy – a story written in 24 hours (or less…)

Roome Bay – on holiday with our dogs



This is in order of publication: oldest first (just keeping you on your toes). I like to think it improves as it goes down – feel free to let me know.

Puzzling it Out – a verse about…  puzzles

Goblins and Trolls – a verse about abusive feedback

Fred’s Legacy – a verse about Fred’s campervan

A Year Before Christmas – the story of Emmie the Elf.  (see link above for updated links to Amazon in ‘About my books‘ ) 

My Call –  outsmarting the bigger guy

A Study in Red – editing

Comma Chorus – rethinking commas

Good Company – also ran

Into Each Life – falling rain

Default Mode – rhyming doggerel

The Humpty Verdict – a cautionary tale

Riding the Waterfall – a poem about mirlings

Hiatus – a villanelle

Pigs and Whistles – Tom’s career choice

Tigger’s Other Song – with aplogies to Disney

Drat! – another villanelle

Someone I Knew – ageing

Evolution – growing life

Now I am Old – with apologies to Jenny Joseph

Broken Blue – poetry challenge from a fellow-blogger

Fearless – new puppy

Boredom – another verse written for

But is it Poetry? – another verse on a monthly prompt

Christmas Wrapping – a seasonal verse

A Tale of Two Tails – seasonal schmaltz

Lockdown Christmas

Christmas in the Plague Year

Under My Feet (sung to the tune of Under My Thumb from the Rolling Stones)

Stand and Deliver – a comparison of rhyming and free verse (mine)

Diversion – sat-nav misdirection

Ekphrastic – yes, I had to look it up too.

Suburban Forest – A Forest i know well, in Autumn

Posts about The Pond People

Story chapters

Riding the Waterfall – a mirling poem

Editing the Pond People

Rethinking the Pond People

The Godmother

Story chapters

What is Commaful? (link to Barney)

Mirlings in Winter and  Day One (Commaful links: )

Together (Commaful link  in blog post)

Postcard from Malta (Commaful link in blog post)

Flash Fiction Magazine story (link to Goodnight Eileen)

Crystal (scroll down past poem for Commaful link)

Read all my illustrated flash contributions at


I also have stories and verse published in our writing group’s anthologies

Where the Wild Winds Blow  and A Following Wind from the Whittlesey Wordsmiths, available from Amazon

Click here for Eva Jordan’s review of Where the Wild Winds Blow