Venus, Vs, and Books and winegums

How long is a story? Although there are guidelines, it varies by genre and even the experts don’t always agree. You might say 50,000 words or a certain number of pages, but then there are Drabbles, exactly 100 words excluding the title, ones using 33 words, and a myriad of other forms.   Add to …

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Love Notes and illiteracy

The ability to read and write is often taken for granted, but have you ever stopped to consider what it must be like? Over the years I've know several people who for various reasons were illiterate, and it's helped me understand a little of the daily trials they face. Do you want to know which train …

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Making Memories

When my wife, died loneliness set in and the days stretched endlessly before me. It was  not easy getting old, but I decided to write my memoirs before it was too late. Apart from the odd touch of arthritis I was in good health for my age, but recently had tended to forget things. Merely the …

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Stage Directions

Anyone  who reads my stories will know I do like a bit of silliness. Add in some Unicorns and you've got the perfect prompt.  😁 ‘Line up everyone. Take your places. ‘Petunia will you PLEASE remember you are in the second row, not the first. ‘Igor, I’m sorry but you’re just too big for this production, …

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Don’t give up the night job

A very short story this week, (which could be described as 'flash' fiction 😀 ), as I am working to meet deadlines for the books I am hoping to release by the Spring. This story might not be suitable for children.  It was a struggle earning enough to pay the bills, find the rent and …

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Cupcake adventure

As often happens when I'm chatting to fellow authors, I got encouraged to extend two throw-away lines into a short story. Obviously cupcakes lead to exciting adventures so this was the result. In case you're wondering, I was told I had to include 'sausages.'  ‘You know what? I’m tired of working here; I think it’s …

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Dance to the end of Love

Hearing this old song was the inspiration for the short story.    For old times’ sake I decided to pay one last visit to the small taverna where we had first met. It was when I was young and experiencing my first taste of freedom without parental control. Five girls, full of life, seduced by …

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