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Part of Her

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 18:22 0 Comments

I seen her from a distance; just the back of her, but I knew her shape, her mannerisms. I ran, calling her name.

She turned and smiled, threw her arms around me as she wondered how long it had been.

We ate and drank in the plazas, sunset blazing off the villas, before she took me back to her apartment, where we kissed. Partly masticated food passed into my mouth from hers, but I was so infatuated, so excited, I didn't care. I swallowed, wanting all the dirty parts of her. They…



Posted on October 16, 2014 at 19:21 0 Comments

There’s talk of nothing in particular. Young men quote Jack Black in School of Rock like it’s a new thing.

There’s talk of a room available somewhere. The old landlady would like the company.

There’s talk about a resolution to the civil war – but that’s ephemeral, taboo.

There’s talk of what to do over afternoon cider. One says it’s too early and orders coffee – black.

There’s talk of football and talk of cars: about engine size and torque and the best…


We Saw the City Disappear

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 20:38 2 Comments

It appeared in an otherwise clear, cobalt sky at exactly 05:30 in mid-July. The first pictures went on the internet minutes later.

Astronauts, as they passed aboard the ISS, amazed, added their own pictures by 05:49.

By 06:00, they were trending worldwide.

Cameras of all kinds were aimed upward.

Conjectures arose: ‘Aliens’; ‘A sign from God’; ‘Abnormal coastal activity, augmented by mild climactic shifts in wind speed and temperature’.

‘It’s just a cloud,’…


Two More Moons

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 13:45 0 Comments

‘I’m fed up of moons. Haven’t set foot on a planet in years.’

‘There was Ceres,’ Kane says. Mars in her visor blurring her pale face red.

‘Doesn’t count.’ Why should it? It’s just as dull and dusty as this potato.

‘Keep your voice down. You’ll hurt its feelings.’

Kane has a soft spot for Ceres, or, more accurately, for the view of Jupiter from there.

We were assigned to the first manned mission to Europa, five years from now. So here we are, back on Phobos…


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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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