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August 2014 Blog Posts (15)

Love in Venice

Two English friends were sitting in a cafe on St Marc's Square in Venice.

She, was beautiful, with bushy curly hair and olive eyes, Denise.

He, was truly English, white skin, kind of gold hair, lilac eyes with a serious and selfish look, James.

It was early evening and a street singer was signing one of his enchated romantic songs about eternal love.

- Oh, I hate all this talk about love, - said James. -What is it all about? People are just obsessed with it, why?… Continue

Added by Victoria Cahill on August 31, 2014 at 14:44 — No Comments

Book Reviews

Reviews of the Botolf Chronicles (part I & II) on Amazon.com

“A real (and hilarious) roller-coaster ride of multiple characters and incidents and invention, leaping between worlds, time periods and storylines till you wonder how on earth(s) this author is going to pull it all together - and then, amazingly, it all clicks into place with one more rip-roaring invention.”

 “Intelligent humour, wit and sarcasm.  ”

“This book is clever, amusing, entertaining and treads…


Added by Steve Downes on August 29, 2014 at 12:13 — No Comments

Snippet #5 from Temporal Tome

#comedy #fantasy

            There is no sure-fire way of getting Botolf-almost-Oxford students into a lecture. Many methods have been and are employed, creatively shall we say, by the teaching staff of the college over the years. 

The Head of Megalithic Scrutiny, for example, resorted to ambushing his prey (students) in their dorm rooms, making sure to lock the doors, bar the windows and block the chimneys (in an operation that took as much time and…


Added by Steve Downes on August 27, 2014 at 16:29 — No Comments

We Saw the City Disappear

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,’…


Added by Rob Coker on August 19, 2014 at 20:38 — 2 Comments

Ramble of Life

     This is all I will ever need. A blank page to leave my mark on the world. Yet, to leave not even a mere scratch upon the surface barely dented by all others whom have wished to do the same. Everything on this earth is merely temporary, as am I, as are the trees, the grass, the thickets... The galaxies far beyond our comprehensive bounds. Immortality is simply an idea, perhaps, a wish...? A foolish theory at most. Nothing lives forever. It will die, and if not, there will always be…


Added by Jamie Simon on August 18, 2014 at 19:53 — No Comments

TwinLions Marvelous Horrorscopes

Leo Leonelli, TwinLions’ web publisher of daily horoscopes, discovered that “futures” could be enhanced by introducing vivid warnings of negative outlooks directly to cell phones and other mobile computing devices.   For real-time service, he charged one cent per “horrorscope.”  Leo’s service caught fire.  Within eight weeks TwinLions had…


Added by WILSON F. ENGEL III on August 17, 2014 at 22:54 — No Comments

3Maggie Unleashed

3Maggie’s long, small hand remained to guide The Dweeb out of the crowd and the gas.…


Added by WILSON F. ENGEL III on August 17, 2014 at 5:39 — No Comments

Love's Transformation

Molly may not have been the ugliest woman alive.  Ben did not care one way or the other.  He believed that a woman with goodness inside her could be transformed externally through the power of love.  He dated Molly for five weeks in college.  Ben’s attentions brought Molly self confidence and care.  Molly afterwards dressed, talked and walked differently.  A sparkle awakened in Mollly’s green eyes.  Molly was noticed by other men.  When she began to date around, Ben withdrew quietly.  Molly…


Added by WILSON F. ENGEL III on August 17, 2014 at 5:24 — No Comments

Snippet #4 from Temporal Tome

Snippet from Temporal Tome

Part II of the Botolf Chronicles


#Fantasy #Comedy #Novel   


            The Witch had much of what she needed for her spell already gathered in the house. The rest she could find in Sainsbury’s fruit and veg, and the last ingredient she located growing in a neighbour’s garden.

“Is it ready?” asked a Voice from nowhere.

“Almost,” replied the witch, “it takes an exact amount of stirring to prepare the brew, so…


Added by Steve Downes on August 15, 2014 at 13:22 — No Comments

Storyteller Professions: Theme Park Design

I have something of an obsession with theme parks and their ilk. I feel they can be the ultimate ground for immersing people in a story, transporting them outside their everyday life and into another world in a way that movies, video games and even books cannot quit manage.

What do you think?

Added by Daniel Hale on August 14, 2014 at 1:56 — No Comments


Hello my friends my name is Liam Kennedy and I am a mental health sufferer who has been ill for seven years and I managed to come through the worst ten week period of my life when I was going through a horrendous breakdown.

I found out that I had strengths I didn’t even know I was capable of or thought was possible, I refused to throw in the towel even though the option of giving up was on a plate for me.

All I had to do was let go and succumb to the illness which had… Continue

Added by liam kennedy on August 13, 2014 at 15:40 — No Comments

Sample Chapter: Temporal Tome

Chapter 1


            The Prime Minister of Great Britain was not a man given to rash decisions or indeed any decisions.  After all, that was how he was chosen to be Prime Minister. The Civil Service felt safe in the knowledge that he would never make any real decisions for himself and certainly never consider a rash one. 


            “Are you sure this is the right thing to say?” asked the PM.  Deep…


Added by Steve Downes on August 12, 2014 at 14:21 — No Comments

Battle plan

I wake up and start my day I'm prepared

I'm brave, I'm courageous I am not scared

I have a plan, a routine this keeps me alive

Each day is hard but I must survive

Seven years ive been ill but it seems longer

I've passed countless tests and I've become so much stronger

I've developed skills, picked up tips and advice

All of this information will be enough to suffice

I'm battle hardened there will be no submission

I was meant to… Continue

Added by liam kennedy on August 10, 2014 at 20:30 — No Comments

long dark teatime of the soul

did you ever just have one of 'those' days?

Added by Steve Downes on August 6, 2014 at 21:54 — No Comments

The Botolf Chronicles

The Botolf Chronicles: part 1 Cosmogonic Marbles (last day FREE today) & part 2 Temporal Tome (released this week)

"Mr Downes doesn't do mainstream and it is this that makes Cosmogonic Marbles worth reading. An instant classic? Well more like the snarling rage of Johnny Rotten wrapped up in quirky sense of humour."

Amazon Review of Cosmogonic Marbles




Added by Steve Downes on August 1, 2014 at 15:30 — 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…


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…


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