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October 2014 Blog Posts (13)

Safe to Knock (Flash500 - 499 words)

“You don’t want to go in there, mate.”

I raised an eyebrow.

“She’s a monster.”

The postman carried a parcel that needed signing for.  He walked quickly up the garden path, dropped the package and returned to my side.

“You didn’t knock,” I…

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Added by Steph Ellis on October 29, 2014 at 11:03 — 1 Comment

The Career Plan (Flash 500 - 498 words)

“Hey, Mikey.  What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I want to be a ghost, Mummy,” he had said.

“Why?” she had laughed.

“’Cos then I can be invisible and make people jump.  Boo!”

He had told his playfellows at school the same thing and they too…

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Added by Steph Ellis on October 27, 2014 at 15:39 — 2 Comments

Claimed (350 words)

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Added by Mark Cassell on October 26, 2014 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Fiction: You Hope...

You don’t really believe they’re going to let the world come to an end, do you?

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\uap>By ‘they’ I mean the elite, the rich and the powerful, the intelligentsia; the ten percent of the population who own ninety percent of the world’s wealth, resources and power. Of… Continue

Added by Paul Jameson on October 24, 2014 at 14:35 — 8 Comments

Urbania ...free poetry book this weekend

Urbania #poetry book #Urban #Modern #Poetry available #FREE this weekend … enjoy and kindly share

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Added by Steve Downes on October 24, 2014 at 13:02 — No Comments

HEART AND LUNG MACHINE (497 Words)

Mark awoke, blinking back a light in his left eye, then his right.

"Good," a man said, cheerily, "Everything's working." Mark didn't know the man's face but felt familiarity in the coat.

"You're a doctor?" he attempted to ask, but produced no sound. "Am I okay?" he tested. Silence. The man nodded.

"I'm a doctor," he said, "Doctor Sergei Mengele—no actual relation. And you're fine. Mostly. Certainly doing better than I'd expected." Mark tried to feel reassured, but…

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Added by Angie_Fayre on October 21, 2014 at 22:48 — 4 Comments

THE MISER'S FUTAKUCHI-ONNA (493 Words)

It was after midnight when Michael made his way upstairs to prepare for bed. His wife had turned in earlier due to her migraines, so she was already asleep—or so he'd thought. But when he emerged from the bathroom later she was gone.

"Silvie?" he called into the hallway. A dingy light shined up from the stairwell like a yellow beacon. Sounds of smacking, dish clanging and an eerily manly nom, nom, nom echoed up like sound effects out of a cartoon. Michael scowled.

Night-eating.…

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Added by Angie_Fayre on October 21, 2014 at 22:20 — 5 Comments

Part of Her

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…

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Added by Rob Coker on October 21, 2014 at 18:22 — No Comments

Phantoms on the Midnight Highway - Flash500 Horror

A crisp night, moonlit silver. A light breeze shifts restless leaves across the blacktop.

A curve in the road - not the best place to catch a lift but there she stands.

An unlikely time for cars to be passing; an unlikely place for them to stop.…

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Added by Shakes on October 19, 2014 at 11:30 — 6 Comments

Talk

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…

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Added by Rob Coker on October 16, 2014 at 19:21 — No Comments

Botolf Reviews

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



“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,…

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Added by Steve Downes on October 16, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Empathy

Empathy

Ellen's Eyes Met Karen's, noticing her white Doctors coat. 

What you did, is serious Ellen. Cutting your own skin, trying to take you own life. What you're feeling is serious. I would like to help you understand it” said Karen kindly.…

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Added by Elliot Black on October 14, 2014 at 12:11 — 7 Comments

Empathy, Horror?

I thought a lot about entering this. I've had it in various forms for 5 months or so. I think it is horror, I think were moving away from werewolves and demons, and this piece is meant to explore the horror of humanity. 

I'll let you judge for yourselves. 

Added by Elliot Black on October 14, 2014 at 12:05 — 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,…

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A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

\uap style="text-align: center;">A Memory Resides In Soho

\uap>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… Continue

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. 

Premonition

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments

\uap align="center">Premonition

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\uap>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… Continue

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