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June 2014 Blog Posts (12)

Free Poetry Book Weekend

FREE Poetry Book Weekend

Three titles free until 23rd June from Pagan Publications Ireland





Added by Steve Downes on June 19, 2014 at 19:38 — No Comments

Return of the Stone--Chap 1 (3222 words)



"Open, public, crowded with people... Did you ask to meet me here in the park so I couldn't kill you?" Nicholas Grant asked as he tossed his stress ball from hand to hand. Beth frowned and brushed snow from the bench arm next to her. 

"No," she pouted, "I just didn't want to get yelled at. And, honestly, I thought mom would have told you already." 

"So Margot knows, too?" Nick focused on the little green ball…


Added by Angie_Fayre on June 19, 2014 at 12:41 — No Comments

The Woman With Nine Lives

Resilient and resolute, she snubbed death time and again...

The first time she might have died came at age 17, when a saddle horse reared and threw her, breaking her back.

Over the years, she survived many more life-threatening events, each worse than the last: Guillain-Barré syndrome and its accompanying complete – if temporary – paralysis, pneumonia, spinal stenosis requiring two surgeries, an aneurysm (two more operations, and yes, they were brain surgery), a…


Added by Maggie Rascal on June 17, 2014 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Planning vs Patience

Part of me genuinely wants to turn one of my short stories into a larger book. BUT another part of me wants to keep it simple, with the story as is, to turn it into a kid's book as intended. I'm not sure if it's my own frustration trying to expand it or impatience that wants me to do that.

Any thoughts?

Added by Daniel Hale on June 17, 2014 at 2:20 — No Comments

Free Poetry Book Weekend

There will be a FREE Poetry Book Weekend starting on the 20th June, 3 books for free, watch this space for further details

Added by Steve Downes on June 13, 2014 at 15:46 — No Comments

Coming Soon

Coming Soon: The Temporal Tome … sequel to


more details to follow on my Twitter Feed…


Added by Steve Downes on June 11, 2014 at 15:17 — No Comments

There's an Apocalypse

There’s an apocalypse outside the window.

Ruined concrete squats in ragged pillars like some cheap acropolis

Among mountains all of mud and rubble rising behind the razor wire.

Piles of strewn planks, blocks and branches,

Urban driftwood.

Weeds and stinging nettles make a forest of themselves on and between the hills.

Rusted lattices of iron lie abandoned where they fell.

Mud-encrusted, useless plastic containers.

Pipes connected to…


Added by Rob Coker on June 10, 2014 at 19:50 — 2 Comments

One Man Went to Mow

With shears glinting, he went to mow

He went to mow a meadow

In a field of russet, blonde and red

He went to mow a meadow

Of tresses fine and tangle-weaved

He threshed the walking meadow

Cut and reaped the fallen strands…


Added by Steph Ellis on June 9, 2014 at 19:34 — No Comments

A Coveter's Indignation (very old poem)

Within my hands I held a precious gift

that I neither owned nor could I return.

I stole it from a heart that dared not shift

and give in to the passions I did yearn.

I thought myself deserving of the prize

because her joy was in another's clasp.

So I stared down into dilating eyes

wide with fear as I steeled my heavy grasp.

We whispered words that'd gone too long unsaid;

I through gritted teeth and will…


Added by Angie_Fayre on June 2, 2014 at 3:09 — No Comments

Her Vengeance (very old poem)

Hear the whirring of the grinder

as it whines against death's dull blade.

Your rushed moaning's hushed reminder,

falling feeble in the spark's cascade.

I test the sharpness to a thumb,

nodding with a satisfied air.

You sit silent as the dumb;

staring wildly, nostrils flared.

I loom in triumph, steeling fears;

pausing in innocence's light.

You tremble beneath heavy tears,

pulling restraints like day…


Added by Angie_Fayre on June 2, 2014 at 3:02 — No Comments

Night of the First (very old poem)

On silent soles I slithered quite softly,

stalking my objective with soundless grace.

She sauntered in slack ease as I advanced,

unawares someone summed her growing pace.

I curb morals with dark motives, yearning

to steel my senses in their solid strengths.

The deed spread ill before my sanity

with my soul split stiffly in its grave lengths.

Suddenly, where I'd stood within the light,

I now settled in an alley's…


Added by Angie_Fayre on June 2, 2014 at 2:56 — No Comments

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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

Blog Posts

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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