My writing, Writing

Flash Fiction June 2016 – “Glaucus”

One of my 100-word stories has been published today by John Xero in Issue 12 of 101fiction.com . The theme of this issue is "underwater". I love reading the other stories published at 101fiction; the quality is very high, so if you like reading bite size horror, Sci-Fi, fantasy and surreal tales, please check it out.… Continue reading Flash Fiction June 2016 – “Glaucus”

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing

My Research Trip to Belfast for “And The Buntings Flew”

I've just returned from a  three-day break to Northern Ireland; the trip was definitely a mix of pleasure and writing research - the first thing I did after checking in at the wonderful Europa Hotel (the most bombed hotel in Europe) was to head for the Belfast Central Library Newspaper archive. And The Buntings Flew, the… Continue reading My Research Trip to Belfast for “And The Buntings Flew”

My writing, Writing

Flash Fiction April 2016 – “The Expedition”

Today I've had a piece of flash fiction published at Ad Hoc Fiction, a Bath Flash Fiction Award project. The title of my story is "The Expedition" - it was published in the 27/4/16 weekly edition, but if you have difficulty locating it in the Flash eBook format, I've saved a copy for your perusal here! As with much… Continue reading Flash Fiction April 2016 – “The Expedition”

My writing, Writing

Flash Fiction March 2016 Part III – “A True Story”

Woohoo! Three pieces of flash fiction published in one month, my all time best! Today I have a new story published on Tim Sevenhuysen's fantastic  fiftywordstories.com, it's called A True Story, and it is in fact based on an event in my childhood. Please have a read of my story, and check out the other great… Continue reading Flash Fiction March 2016 Part III – “A True Story”

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing

Flash Fiction March 2016 Part II- “The Poke”

https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/531917405970359273/ This is just a quick night post to proudly announce that one of my flash fiction stories has been published by Richard Hearn at Paragraph Planet, a brilliant creative writing site that has published one 75-word story every day since 2008. I'm very pleased to have my story featured as the  27th March entry!… Continue reading Flash Fiction March 2016 Part II- “The Poke”

Writing

My New Flash Fiction site – Strippedlit500.com

My day job has just got a lot busier; I'm involved in business readiness for a large transformation IT project at work for the next few months. So what do I do? I create a new writing website! My timing seems atrocious, but I think under the surface I am becoming more confident in my… Continue reading My New Flash Fiction site – Strippedlit500.com

My writing, Publishing and Self Publishing, Writing

Flash Fiction March 2016 – “Wireless”

This is just a quick post to proudly announce that one of my 100-word stories has been published by John Xero at 101fiction.com. Please check the site out, now in its sixth year online, it has some fantastic flash fiction. My story's title is "Wireless" and it is published in the March 2016 issue. The… Continue reading Flash Fiction March 2016 – “Wireless”

Vegetable Roll, courtesy of McCartneys of Moira
And The Buntings Flew, Food, Reading and Books, Writing

8 Foods of Ulster featured in “And The Buntings Flew”

I recently read a great article in the Guardian Food in Books series by blogger Kate at The Little Library Cafe; - you can read the latest article here. Kate writes about the food that features in some of her favourite books, and she often recreates recipes for foods as described in such classics as To… Continue reading 8 Foods of Ulster featured in “And The Buntings Flew”

"Banshee" by W.H. Brooke - http://www.archive.org/details/fairylegendstrad00crokrich. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banshee.jpg#/media/File:Banshee.jpg
And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing, Writing Tools

Banshees, Birds and Synchronicity in the Creative Process

I try to ensure I always have the means of making a note close to hand; Evernote on my phone and tablet, a notebook and pen in my bag, a voice record option on my phone. Post-it note pads everywhere. You never know when a great idea will spring to mind! But sometimes circumstances prevent me… Continue reading Banshees, Birds and Synchronicity in the Creative Process

Cesare Maccari [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Reading and Books

Robert Harris Goodreads Q&A January ’16

Would an enormously clever and talented, but relatively humble orator like Cicero rise to the top echelons of government today, or as in the time of the Roman republic, would that require huge financial backing? Has much changed?