Hoist the Birthday Flag!

Glittering cracker jacks shock the sky. Red silk banners. Rippling in reply. Hands raised on deck. Cheering. Celebrating. Champagne corks burst. Froth and sparkle. Music booms. Dancers sway. Happy faces. The Indigo Spider sets sail. Ahoy! This short story was inspired by Indigo Spider’s Sunday Picture Press – a challenge to write between 50 and…

Honesty Box

“Lies are the devils way of tormenting the soul.” That’s what my Gram used to say. “You keep spinning that web of lies and sooner or later it’ll wrap itself around your spirit and bleed you raw until you cry from the pain.” When I was a lad I thought it was just an old…

Footsteps

Footsteps The Goonies The stabbing pain behind my eyes pierced my brain like frozen spears. The painkillers were a joke. Take two every four hours. Do not exceed the dose. Blah blah blah. After three days my living room floor was a waste ground of crumpled boxes and cracked squares of white and silver popped…

Arcane Insane – Part 3

7.       The Deal “I am older than the trees, older than the mountains but not nearly as wise. My time is coming to an end in this world and I do not seek to wither away like a dying tree. I deserve to face my end on terms set only by me and no other,…

Straight Shooter

“Come on! Move that shit-heap will ya? You’re holding up the traffic, lady!” Greg Mason was not known for keeping his opinions to himself. He’d stopped counting the number of friends lost because he spoke his mind. His therapist explained how he needed to let his inner voice police his tongue. He must try and…

Top 10 Bad Advice for Fiction Writing

I’m not an expert on fiction writing, heck, my dreams of seeing my book in bookshops are yet to be realised, but I have learned some interesting things whilst honing my craft and I would like to share them with you, dear blog reader. There will always be those ready and willing to impart their…

Arcane Insane – Part 2

5.     Clickety Clack The train tracks glinted in the moonlight as they stretched out from the Arcane Town and into the dark countryside. They reminded Janey of long threads of spiders silk laid out to trap unwary day people. But when the clouds shrouded the Moon the tracks just looked old and tired. No one…