The creak of the barn door excites him as much as it did four years ago. Echoes of "weirdo", "misfit", "oddball" fade as he sees the shimmer of gold shell,the faint fissure crack, the ooze within.Just a few more months.He inches closer to the eggpen,pats the straw, wipes the struts of protective wire. Hiding in … Continue reading Two eggs – a folk tale
An early prompt on Staying in and writing it out was to create a piece of dystopian flash fiction. I have a reputation for being slightly contrary, and found myself writing a sort of dystopian rom com called Bread and Roses instead. Have a read and, if you fancy, leave some comments about it, (or … Continue reading New poems, new short story and a bunch of thoughts
Amateur comes from the Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’ – one who does something for love. The modern definition is less wonderful, describing an amateur as a person who is incompetent or inept at a particular activity. Curious how it is no longer enough to do something just because you love to do it. The response I … Continue reading On being an amateur
Self imposed isolation for almost a month (I’m not on an official list but getting a simple cold puts me out of action for weeks, so I’m taking no chances for fear of relapse). My brain has thought of nothing beyond how terrified I am for everyone and being utterly obsessed with making sure everyone … Continue reading Writing is happening (thank goodness)
I hated Record Breakers. It was incredibly dull (except for the domino challenges), and all that wholesome patience grated on me. It still does, even more so now I know it's true. Getting work published takes a long time. The first step is research. Which journal is most likely to like my work? Where's open … Continue reading Dedication
Lots and lots of submissions sent today, it's a funny mix of happy excitement (they might accept) and nervous negativity (they might not) but the good far outweighs the bad. Having work accepted for publication validates it somehow; it moves beyond just being liked by kind friends, and into something that is valued by people … Continue reading I submit…
The long and the short of it….. I’m on a longlist….for the uninitiated, that means a competition judge (in this case it was the Fish Publishing Short Story prize) had read my submission, and put in their “read again” pile. It’s not as cool as being able to say “I won” or “I’m on the … Continue reading The long and the short of it…
......this writing lark. The more I do the more I want to do and the more my brain pesters me with ideas and random sparks of sentences. I'm obsessive by nature, and easily become fixated on things. Sometimes my brain actually hurts (you're allowed to think of the Gumbies) and that is when I have … Continue reading It’s kind of like a drug…..
My favourite pieces to produce are the ones I just write. These are the ones that come out in a big old rush of emotion, driven by anger or sadness or even joy. These are the times when I have a feeling of having to write something, rather than working towards a prompt or structure.These … Continue reading Being bold
Two good weeks in a row ? How can it be ? Whilst my health has been a little tricksy this week ( I had to cancel my outing to Wenlock Books and being upright has been less than consistent) I have had a positive week. To an outsider thinking positively when you have a … Continue reading More good things…….