A short story 500-ish words. The old lady ahead of Alec in the bus queue smelled of chocolate and old drawers. She squinted at him. “What?” Alec asked. “Do you want me to tell you where the bus goes?” she said. “No. I know where I’m going.” He was leaving home. Forever. He’d never be … Continue reading Boundaries
I'm taking a little nap from the site for a while. Back in May, 2021, unless I catch too many mice in my dreams. What I'm doing, in reality, is editing and writing and editing and writing and editing and writing ... I'll be back ...
A short story (500 words-ish) Same, but different. After all this time, all this distance, and only Innes remained the same ten-year-old she’d been then. Her best clothes now worn to rags, her feet bare since the sandals turned to scaly flakes. She was back at the place, but not the moment. The fishing market … Continue reading Slip
Stories are set somewhere. It's either background or part of the story in how it interacts with those who travel therein, or the character interacts with it in some way. We do not exist in white space. And yet I read stories where it's completely missing. There is nothing to visualise or imagine, no hint … Continue reading What do I see?
It's a new player in the field of putting authors and readers in the same game. What do they do? StoryOrigin has 4 fundamental types of assets that you can create: Reader Magnets, Universal Book Links, Direct Downloads, and Review Copies. There's other stuff, too, but these are the basics, the curtain openers. The above … Continue reading Do You Know StoryOrigin?
When writing essays and non-fiction, there are rules for what a paragraph is, what it does, what is presented for the beginning, middle and end (sounds a bit familiar, I'm thinking). In fiction, however, it seems the same rules don't work. They must not, or I wouldn't be reading (or trying to read) a story … Continue reading Easy-to-Understand Fiction paragraphing
A short story based on this prompt: from here. The walls are dry, dusty and cobbled with webs. My hands shake as I shove the torch to make a way through. How could such a large space not be noticed from the outside? The next step slopes down. More steps, darker and deeper, the moisture … Continue reading The Empty Wall
In a professional sense, this time. Something I've noticed recently is the lack of professional attitude in story characters. It's disappointing, even if I understand how much work goes into the story. The character can't be identifiable by a reader as a fraud, out of place/time, or using the wrong objects/words. A priest doesn't walk … Continue reading Being True to Character
Any reason to celebrate is a good reason ... ACHIEVEMENT Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!You registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago.Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging. Now, how shall I celebrate? Wine, music and dance? Burger, beer and dance? Barbie, bangers, and beer? Think I'll go the beer and bangers. Photo by Enric Cruz … Continue reading Five Year Anniversary
My books here What's on sale: One man, one woman, one diaballein; one lake, one bushfire, one desperate fight for life What is it we seek? A search for wonder, meaning, or more ... The Old Woman & the Mad Horse: A damaged ex-covert operative seeks the quiet life but has to deal with the … Continue reading Read an eBook Week Is Here!