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'Scraps' the National Flash-Fiction 2013 Anthology arrived in the post today. My story 'Penitence' is in it. I'm still amazed it was included with the other 64 stories. I like my stories , send them off to competitions but truly never think they are winners :) Is this normal to think this way? :)
For the rest of today and the whole of tomorrow my debut collection of flash fictions 'Threshold' is free on anything that reads an ebook - Kindles, iPhones, PCs, tablets, whatever jiggery pokery you might have.
Features the following thirteen stories:
Threshold - about a next door neighbour's garden
Hinterland - about some weird future
Fingerthief - one sentence demonics
The Golden Silence - an eve of war story about spaceship fighter…Continue
I'm a skeletal vessel -
Bone-bleached and weathered,
Colour a distant memory.…Continue
I expect everyone is getting fed up with me blowing my own literary trumpet but it doesn't happen often. Today my flash fiction 'Salsa' is on 1000words, it may win a prize but after reading some of the others I'm just pleased it got included. Some great stories, a new one each day.
My story 'Penitence' has gone to the printers with the other stories included in SCRAPS the NFFD 2013 Anthology and to be honest I'm so surprised. Everyone else's stories seem so good and my two are…Continue
After a discussion with Shakes about writing in the first person I thought it might be fun to try something written in the second person. At least what I assume is second person. I don't know if it's right or how common it is to write in this form
So what are you going to do now then? Come on, there’s no point just sitting there moping, you need to get up off your arse and keep searching.Of course you haven’t…Continue
I made this short piece as part of a writing prompt a while ago. I figured to that (just for the heck of it) I'd post it here for you to read. Feel free to give pointers/feedback/criticism, I always appreciate it.
The girl in the mirror.
Zoey stared at herself in the mirror. But she didn’t see the reflection of the young woman she was supposed to be. Instead she saw the little girl with watery eyes. Today was the date,…Continue
Let me ask you a question.
Do you have any idea what it is like to be an identical twin?
No, of course you don’t. How can you? Unless you are one too.
Sure you know something about it, because you’re an intelligent person, someone who likes to read; likes to keep themselves abreast of things, and ‘in the know’.
So tell me though, do you ever wonder what it would actually be like, to be an identical twin? Growing up…Continue
Stop me if you've heard this one before but I'm finding a lot of reviews of (mostly) films for children include the phrase "and there's something for the adults here". It's a phrase I am finding increasingly troublesome.
On the back of the incredible stories brought to us by Pixar through Toy Story, Finding Nemo and the like there has a been a boom in animated stories which are markedly different to those found in the song-happy corridors of Disney. Pixar delivered films which were…Continue
The blind mailman taps his cane down the street and I lock the door. If I'm still not feeling paranoid tomorrow, I'll call a doctor. I used to be a conspiracy writer. Conspiracies are good money. I wrote big tell-alls about secret societies and cults back when people joined cults. I knew people would never stop looking for good stories. Humans are kind of a race of storytellers. That's why the sickness is bad. Don't get me wrong, it worked great for us before. Then we found out we…Continue
I've just posted my first ever short story (beyond 99 words) over on my blog. It's in the feed on my page. If you get a chance I'd love the feedback - what works, what doesn't - bin the lot?
Hope links work on here?
Added by Shakes on June 9, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments
‘He doesn’t like the rain, but we’re out anyway!’ Bess said as they wandered across the damp field.
‘He’s more interested in your companion than a few drops of rain,’ Mitch replied good-humouredly, ‘look at the way he’s sniffing around her. I’m embarrassed!’
‘Oh, she doesn’t mind one bit. She gets fractious if we don’t walk at this time. I’d swear it’s just so…Continue
Added by Shakes on June 7, 2013 at 12:02 — No Comments
Mary had been told not to open the jar before midnight on the last day of January. The closer it got to that faithful night, the more difficult it had become; it was as if time had slowed. She would often stand close to the jar but closer still to the edge of the mantle on which it sat, where she could see her breath moving the slight bit of ash that collected there despite her careful dusting. The whole thing had begun when Marcus had left her for that terrible Bonner girl from the…Continue
So here I am, writing away by listening reasonably attentively to the voice inside my head who keeps me thinking - even late at night when I'd rather not. The voice is pretty good. It tells me not to listen to flattery and to judge myself against the best writers out there. It does its best to help me with that and forces me to rewrite even when I'd rather not. Yet all the while I'm also wondering whether I need another voice, one not in my head but in someone else's.
I should probably explain the title of this post first. A 99 is an ice-cream cone in the UK - one that comes with half a flake chocolate bar inserted and is then liberally doused in a viscous red syrup (nice!)
Why is it called a 99? I don't know - but will google it once I've made this post.
99 fiction is why I started writing. I turned 40 and had always wanted to write. I thought even I could find the time to pop down 99 words. In the end I wrote 6 stories with…Continue
This year I have decided to take my writing more seriously. Not that writing isn't usually Serious Business anyway, it's just that this year, I promised I would do it properly, whatever the hell that means.
So far, I've finished the first draft of last year's NaNoWriMo novel, written the first draft of a romance novel and I'm currently working on the end of the first draft of my camp NaNoWriMo novel from April.
Seems all I'm doing is generating more writing.
Added by Chrissie M on June 2, 2013 at 2:12 — No Comments