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Sound Inspiration

Edinburgh is once more packed to bursting with festival-laden delight. August’s annual Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe make for easily the most exciting month to live in this fair city. Yes it takes about twice as long to travel anywhere,

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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,

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Flash Fiction Series: Crimson Sky

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

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Flash fiction series: Why?

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

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Short story competitions. Early 2016 edition.

Short story competitions for early 2016.

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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

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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!?”

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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.

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The Toilet Who Cried

It’s been a busy week of editing, more editing and then trying not to cry at all the badly used capitals this week.  It’s mostly Annabel doing the crying as she hunches over mistakes that she’s surely seen before.  So

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A Writers Life : Rejection

Rejection. Such a difficult thing. As I sit and ponder the end of a long wait, having had a story short listed only to find out that I missed out, I can’t hep but consider this beast that stalks me

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