Blog Archives

Short Story Competitions: Summer 2017

Summer is here. I’ve got salty palm prints on my laptop to prove it. Given I live in Scotland, it’s probably only due to last a few days, thank goodness. Sunshine might make it harder to discipline myself towards writing,

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Amwriting, Short Stories, writing opportunities

Flash Fiction Series: Crimson Sky

The second part of my flash fiction series. This week it’s Crimson Sky.  

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Amwriting, Short Stories, Writing

Flash fiction series: Why?

It’s time for some horror, with some terrifying microfiction.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Amwriting, Short Stories, Writing

Short story competitions. Early 2016 edition.

Short story competitions for early 2016.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Amwriting, Short Stories, Writing

Gelato and the Ancients.

I am returned from Rome, fat with gelato and smug with cheese contentment. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much dairy in so few days. “So did you have an Ice Cream?” my mother asked me, upon the mandatory

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Travel, Writing

Subverting Expectations

As a writer, subverting expectations is the holy grail of narrative trickery. Nobody likes a smart arse, so running with a plot that suddenly turns round and slaps the reader in the chops with a big pile of twisty “what!?”

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Writing

My Bravest Hour

It was the most primal of days. Man vs beast. The ancient contest to see who would look like an idiot. I’d first caught site of the monster the day before. There he was, a wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie.

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Broken Sunlight, Writing