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Week Twenty: 2022

This week has been garden based, mostly, much to Dog’s frustration. A bit of lawn maintenance, a fair bit of planting and weeding and general this and thatery. Beyond the garden and walking Dog, I spend a fair amount of … Continue reading

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Life Sentences, The Art of Spirit Capture and beyond

Last year I published The Art of Spirit Capture, which has received some lovely comments. Here’s one such review. ‘Jason Hales loses his job and simultaneously learns that he and his brother Peter have inherited the estate of his Aunt … Continue reading

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The Sweet Art Of Taking Criticism – Learning To Roll With The Punches

When I was in the second form (what is now year 8 in English schools), my English master, Mr Doubleday*, asked us to start writing a book. That was the gist of his challenge though how he set it up … Continue reading

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Quantum Writing – The Physics Of Stories #poem #poetry

I sit at my table, solid, present. It’s very existence comforts. I tap it; my knuckles resonate with it. I push it; my fingers bend against it, Defeated by its inertia. My laptop sits snug on the supportive surface, Stolidly … Continue reading

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The Writing Is On…

It’s rare that I write anything by hand these days, at least not so as it matters. I had to write a cheque which is in itself a rare treat. But it had to be readable to serve its purpose … Continue reading

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Musings From The Kitchen #prompt #shortfiction

Diana Peach at Myths Of The Mirror has prompted us to write about our muse. But what if… It had been a heck of a day. So many interruptions, but finally I’d settled down to write. That’s when the door … Continue reading

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That Knock #carrotranch #99words

Jem hated his left foot. Clubbed, they called it. ‘It’s okay, son,’ they said. ‘You’re useful. Post has got to be delivered.’ He’d got at white feather, too, from the woman he’d given the telegram to. ‘We’re sorry to inform … Continue reading

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The History Of Fairy Tales

Fairy tales often stem from real life. Jack and his bean stalk, for instance, has its roots in the battle between Prince Savipattugak and his brother, Giantanaparan.  ‘Gak’ raised an army to defeat Giantanaparan’s forces but the cost was borne … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead #writephoto

Sue’s prompt for #writephoto this week is  ‘Can I bring the meeting to order?’ The Lord Chamberlain, Rodney Putupon straightened his papers and cast a jaundiced eye around the table. No one met his gaze. They wouldn’t, of course. The … Continue reading

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Choosing Isn’t Easy

I hosted a small writers’ retreat this weekend gone. Each of us was at a different stage in production of our latest work. In my case I’ve been editing the sequel to my first book. That edit finished on Sunday … Continue reading

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