Category Archives: Short Stories

Taking a Knife to Short Story Endings

Almost exactly a year ago (in my 18th March ‘Keeping Perky’ post), I wrote: everything’s gone a bit weird, hasn’t it? And 12 months later, it’s still weird. Although, hopefully, with vaccines being dished out (here at least), quicker than … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! I meant to post before the end of the year but time got away with me, so here I am on a cold and rainy January 1st, feeling glad – as I’m sure you … Continue reading

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R.I.P WWFS

Look at that title. Yet more abbreviations! It’s like I’m writing in code these days. OK, if you haven’t worked it out, it stands for ‘Rest in Peace, Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special’, for it has just been announced that the … Continue reading

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We Have Visitors….

As I write, Him Indoors is actually outdoors… sitting in his car on the drive. I know! WHAT is he doing? Have I finally driven him to distraction with my non-stop singing of ‘The Baked Potato’ song? Has he locked … Continue reading

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Hello, from #Lockdown (week 3? is it?)

I seem to be quite busy (sorry if you’ve emailed me and I haven’t replied yet. I will!). Today I’ve played table tennis, walked the dog, had two on-line chats, taken part in a virtual quiz and tonight I’m running … Continue reading

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‘Women’s Prize for Fiction’ Longlist – How Many Have You Read?

Random Word Competition … coming soon! Some of you (Keith!?) may be wondering, now that I’ve hit the 1000 mark (1000 ‘followers’, which always sounds like a cult), whether I’ll be running another of my ‘random word’ story competitions and … Continue reading

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Another On-Line Column from My Personal Website

NaNo A quick NaNoWriMo update: I am still on target but as we’re not even half way through November yet, there’s plenty of time for it all to go terribly wrong! Yesterday, I didn’t know what to write. Yes, I … Continue reading

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A Confession

As you may remember, I left you on something of a cliff-hanger in my last post: I had a novel submission to get off to the RNA by midnight last Friday and I still had to prepare my 4 workshops … Continue reading

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Judging Short Stories (and Happy Endings….)

Now that Evesham Festival is over and the names of the winners of the short story competition have been announced, I can give you some feedback on my experience as a judge. Another reader and I read all 126 stories … Continue reading

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Do Story Titles Matter?

Good evening, Happy Mother’s Day (to ALL the ladies) and hopefully you’ve remembered to put your clocks forward. Remember last time I mentioned ‘750words’? Amazingly, I have completed my 750 words (which only takes me 11 minutes! I am a … Continue reading

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