On 15 August, the day I'd planned to release the new story, I'll be crying. My fool's dream crashed around my ears. Melodrama! This time I used an editor, well, two editors. The first editor did the big-picture plough-through (that's plow-through, not ploff-troff), and I got it back and spent A Long Time reworking, reshaping, … Continue reading A Fool’s Dream
A Short Story from Seeking ... approx. 2k words. The Nullabor Plain – Eva’s number-one preferred route because there were no trees to spread black tendrils of shadowy menace, no long branches to scribble evil designs into the bright beams of her headlights. Second preference would be the Devil’s Gate stretch along the Hay Plain, … Continue reading Night Driver
Is this the time to make excuses? No, I didn't think so. Instead of trying to write up a post, I'm going to give you a potpourri of tips and tricks from other, well-known, writers. At the end, I'll give mine. Preparation ... Anton Chekhov - Six Principles of a good story: Absence of lengthy … Continue reading Maintain the Posture
Or a Weekly Wee Or a Monthly monster? Not at all what you think, of course, but how would I know what you think? My psychic abilities were abandoned to the blue garden fairy when she got lost. Like most of those folk, she didn't think I wanted it back ... What am I talking … Continue reading A Daily Dribble
The storm came that night, that's how I remember it. Lightning and thunder scare the grumpkins outta the dog, and she patters around, panting and whining and fretting. I gotta get up, do stuff, turn the kettle on, make noise. Otherwise, she freaks out all night and nobody sleeps. the storm comes The storm? Oh, … Continue reading The Old Bones
Did you know I'm a writer? It's true. Sort of. I write stories, and when they're finished I check them - I call it RRR for Review, Revise, Rewrite. Part of that process includes checking for things that need approval from someone, somewhere. Those things get noted and requests get sent. And I wait. Sometimes, … Continue reading Hold That Thought!
(of the Wees in Pee, is what I means) Try saying that five times! Yes, it's update time. For what? For this: What on earth is that? look to the link below: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/02/27/8-reasons-to-love-a-ninny-rhino/ And I have to be honest, because the only person I'd be lying to is myself, so here it is, the evidence … Continue reading The Soggy, Squishy, Centre Sag Syndrome
Do you know what it is? I mentioned it in a story, and for some reason, people who saw it don't seem to know what it is. Ever seen one of the hula-dancing girls on the dash of a car? Or the dog? I tried to find a picture of one, but couldn't find a … Continue reading The Noddy Dog
Some stories are a moment in time, captured and played out like a piece of music. An introduction (maybe), a central section where all the notes are dispersed into the world, and into the finale, the wind-down. There may be no other structure to a MOT story, but they are usually well understood. A mother … Continue reading A Moment in Time
That's Review, Revise, Rewrite (not the aaaaaarrrrrrsss you were thinking!). This is the last day (a bit hopeful there, but always the optimist) of that stage for the new story - Picquet. It always takes a while - in the beginning, it was about a week (or two), now it's down to three days. Yep … Continue reading Three R’s And a New —–!