Category Archives: short story

A Truth Universally Acknowledged

This month’s #blogbattle prompt is the word ‘Tender’. I’ve based this on a short story I wrote a while ago, though it’s quite different ‘So, have you managed to clean the tender?’ ‘Er, no, chief. He’s still sitting on it.’ … Continue reading

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A Hit And A Miss #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is Darcy Sprangle’s career as a hitman had been unexpectedly unexciting, until now. His career’s interview at school had ended inconclusively: the woman with the abrasive nose and grating vowels had suggested ‘something manual’ and given … Continue reading

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A King-sized Cleaning Bill

‘Hello, are you…?’ Jemima Preston took a step back. ‘Are you…?’ The bald, smiling man nodded, ‘William. You were expecting me?’ ‘Not exactly.’ Jemima felt her knees flex and she stumbled forward. As he caught her, she apologised. ‘No sweat. … Continue reading

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An Opening For Garfield Popsicle #shortfiction

It was the sort of day when nothing happened. Not that Garfield Popsicle minded days when nothing happened. No, what he really didn’t like were those days when, having not happened, nothing continued to happen. Because that meant it was … Continue reading

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When Gratitude Is Hard To Come By

I mentioned I had written a short story for this month’s Marsha Ingrao’s Story Chat series. In case you’ve not seen it, here it is. Hope you enjoy it. The Ealing Invincibles are a wandering Sunday soccer team, formed in … Continue reading

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Keeping Mum #shortstory

This little piece was written as a guest post for Esther Chilton’s blog. Esther, among her many other talents, is my editor for all my books. If you’ve read any of my books and been delighted not to be distracted … Continue reading

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A Talking Cow Goes Into A Church…

I’m planning on a few days away from blogging after tomorrow, so this is a penultimate short story. I can’t really explain this one… The Reverend Whilman Wontee felt so tired it was a miracle he was able to focus … Continue reading

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The Advent Calendar #shortstory

This is the second part of my short story, first published last year Gilly looked awful at breakfast. ‘I had the weirdest dreams, about you and me and chocolate.’ ‘Shouldn’t eat cheese late at night, Mum.’ Emily forced a smile … Continue reading

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The Advent Calendar #short story

This is a Christmas story in two parts that I wrote last year but enjoyed so much, I thought it worthy of a repeat. Part 2 tomorrow ‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, fourteen, looked up from her book. Gilly, … Continue reading

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Eileen Pentangle And The EcoWarriors, Part Two

Part two… The previous hex called on by the denizens of Broadstairs involved the eradication of certain antisocial types, mostly those who avoided the tennis club and drank instant coffee. It was a significant cull, put down by the authorities … Continue reading

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