Flash Fiction: Twelve Years

“Father, what is there?” Adrei asked. Costin did not need to look around to know where his son was pointing. He took a swig from the half-empty bottle. “Nothing,” he said, liquor thick on his breath. “A staircase.” “Let us go see!” Costin glanced around. Oh how he wished cameras were here, but he knewContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Twelve Years”

Flash Fiction: A Crown of Grey and Red

“If you could even begin to comprehend where I’ve come from, you would be terrified of me.” I took in the grey-haired woman in front of me. All in greens and browns she was dressed, but wore a cloak of ox blood red. Her hair was entwined with holly berries; a crown of red aboveContinue reading “Flash Fiction: A Crown of Grey and Red”

Writing Update: August 2017 – Part 2

Writing (and finishing) The Box of Secrets During my week off, I finished part 6 of The Box of Secrets, and made a good dent in part seven (part eight will be the final instalment). I have also had to do quite a bit more worldbuilding for part six than I had initially thought. ThisContinue reading “Writing Update: August 2017 – Part 2”

Writing Update and Goals — August 2017

Starting The Box of Secrets Parts 6 and 7 Good news! You can now read The Box of Secrets parts one to four on Patreon (for free). I posted part five for my Patrons last week — at last! — and have now started on the final parts of The Box of Secrets. I’ve plottedContinue reading “Writing Update and Goals — August 2017”

Writing Update – On a roll again

After I (at last) wrote The Scene I spoke of in a previous post, it seems that my writing is flowing again. This means that I will most probably reach my goal of 10K words for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve now posted part five of The Box of Secrets on Patreon! You can start readingContinue reading “Writing Update – On a roll again”

Flash Fiction: Last words

This story was written for last week’s Microcsms flash fiction competition. Last Words “We could barely speak each other’s languages, you know. Barely understand them.” James’ hand shook as he drank his tea, his eyes focused on a far-off memory of one of the battles of XP-269 – the colony before it even had aContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Last words”

Writing That Scene You Fear

I knew he was going to die. I’ve known it for months and with each month and each word the death scene crept closer and closer. Then it arrived. And I did not want to write it. Those who have read a lot of my fiction know that it is hardly all unicorns and rainbowsContinue reading “Writing That Scene You Fear”

Camp NaNoWriMo: Update 1

In which I write, outline, and knit and crochet a lot All right, I’ll admit it, it is a bit late in the month for an “update 1”, but bear with me. If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that the past month has been quite a whirlwind of happenings. The first happening TheContinue reading “Camp NaNoWriMo: Update 1”

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 – Before I Start

Who else can’t wait for Camp NaNoWriMo to begin? (And is glad that 1 July falls on a weekend…) This weekend I will be (word) sprinting from morning to evening, hoping to burn as much calories as jelly beans contain. Jelly beans — the snack of champions. Before I start scribbling away at my 40Continue reading “Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 – Before I Start”