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Most Precious Book You Have Read

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Downes Aug 25, 2014. 9 Replies

My most precious read was a Jack London anthology. Grandpa's gift for my tenth birthday. Overnight, bedtime was Alaska time. Lampside, I lost myself. Lonely wolves sang to the moon. Cutthroat…Continue

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The Man In The Barren Land

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 16:14 1 Comment

Have I to ponder and write stuff here? Is this my blog? Just done writing for today. My brain's fizzy.

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At 17:31 on April 17, 2013, Jem (Admin) said…

Hi Michael, it's great you landed!! Exciting news about your new novel!! Has it a title and what's it about?

At 17:56 on April 17, 2013, Michael Crossan said…
I live in a village on Scotland's west coast. I swim in the sea. Tarzan miles. I wear a wetsuit. One July day, the ferry horn-blasted me. I had swam too close. I was far-out to sea, between Seamill and Arran.

I write full time.

I'm a fortunate man. In a past life I was an industrial photographer. I invested in property. Now I write full time.

My life is sedate. I write and walk and cycle and swim. Weekends, I get together with family. Wine and dine Saturdays. Fireside talk Sundays.

My novel is written. Three years work. I'm on the final edit. Regal publishing folk have read and loved it. They await it. Exciting avenues beckon.

I have been writing stories since boyhood. Thanks to Jack London, aged ten, I wrote my first story. I have since written many stories.

I was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2011.

December 2012, I was a Glimmer Train Open Fiction Top-25 Finalist.

Glimmer Train is regarded one of the top three literary journals in the universe. Along with The Paris Review and The New Yorker. The Open Fiction Prize is for established published and unpublished authors. Unknown writers go head to head with the biggies.

When I heared my story - Bone Dirt - was a Top-25 Finalist, I was happy as Santa.

My novel is literary fiction. Regards the story, think esoteric Twin Peaks.

Favourite authors: Flannery O'Connor; Shirley Jackson; Cormac McCarthy.

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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...?

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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. 


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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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