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The First Time - VisDare #69

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 22:00 0 Comments

The First Time

She huddled in the lea of the stone angel, hiding from the wind, and she wept.

It had not been how she had imagined, nor the beautiful, peaceful moment they had promised. Not at all. It had been messy and violent and…


Shilling My Wares

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 20:51 0 Comments

Hi Everyone!

A really quick note to say that I have taken the big leap into semi-self publishing and compiled 21 of my best recent tales into a handy pdf which I'm selling as a pay-what-you-want charity fundraiser here:


Any donation will get you an email with a link to the download page, where you can grab some prize winners (Liverpool's WOWFest, 99 Fiction,…


The Golden Years

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 20:31 3 Comments

(Note: This was originally written as a horror story competition entry a few years back, but was excluded by the organisers as they felt that it had the potential to disturb and shock some of the readers. It has never seen the light of day before, so if you don't mind being disturbed and shocked, then have at it...)

The old girl looked half dead already. Standing in the darkened room, watching her skinny chest rise and fall, taking an age between breaths, I wondered if it was…


Motorcycle Girls - VisDare #59

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:06 4 Comments

Gwen loved her as soon as she saw her.


More; she was obsessed. Intoxicated.


She wanted to know her name, her story, where she rode in from and where she was headed.


She agonized over how to speak to her, which questions to ask, without sounding foolish and young.


She was Gwen’s first thought on rising, her…


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At 19:57 on March 9, 2014, Shakes said…

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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

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Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…


A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing red and black flowery dress. They were in the heart of the…


Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 


Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments


Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde hair fell over her face. Scarlet lips whispered to him,…


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