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Now on Sale – Chroma

11 Dec

Looking for a stocking filler, here is the link for Chroma Magazine, which is now available to order online.

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A Little Bit of Success, but Just a Little Bit

7 Dec

As you know, I fairly regularly write posts here inspired by Creative Writing Ink prompts. What you maybe don’t know is that they also run monthly, free-to-enter, short story competitions. I’ve won a couple of times in the past, and this month I made it onto the shortlist. You can find the link to the winner at Creative Writing Ink Journal.
I also got a very nice knock back from a journal who liked my work, it just didn’t fit with their theme for that issue. Nevermind. I have seen the proofs for Chroma, where I did fit the theme, but more of that next time.

Woodland Farewell

24 Nov

Died of cancer, he did. Wanted a woodland burial, like the smell he said, reminded him of when he was a kid and could run about without getting out of puff. Packet of fags and a lighter in there, you know. Just in case I need to burn my way out, or give the lungs another blast, and die again, happy.

 

This piece was inspired by a photo prompt at Creative Writing Ink

Chroma Magazine

10 Nov

Very excited to be appearing in the first edition of Chroma Magazine 

I was asked to write creative non-fiction, and I thought it was the first time I’ve really done this, but then I remembered that the first thing I ever submitted was an essay in 1990 on the theme of imagining Glasgow 2000. I won the competition, and thought my writing life would be a breeze from there on in. Ha, Ha, Ha.

Nice to speckle the years with the odd publication and prize though, and haven’t given up hope of the big break.

Bridge

10 Oct

I’m pretty sure I’m not a witch, though Mum tells me not to cross the bridge. Water runs fast below it; trees grow tall beyond it; birds fly overhead and nest there. We can find all we need here, Mum says, as she adds eye of newt to the cauldron.

 

This piece was inspired by the theme Bridge on the Scottish Book Trust’s 50 words section for September.

Write Well Anthology 2017

15 Sep

Delighted to be included in the Write Well Anthology  2017   Silver Pen Writers collect together previously published material and brings it together in one place – now available to buy (international author that I now am). My story All the Rest is Silence, which was first published in Structo Magazine along with the great story by my pal Paula Hunter 3 for 2, which was in the same magazine.

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Toro Bravo

28 Jul

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Flamenco comes from the heart ­ the blood pulsating around your body, twisting your arms, contorting your hands. Toro Bravo, the bull, the flashing red skirts of MariePaz, we dance our battle.

The rhythm makes its way unfiltered to my feet as they stamp the beat on the ground, and to my hands as they clap in syncopation. I can feel the veins in my neck, my forehead. I look at MariePaz ­ she is absorbed in the dance. The passion she once felt for me, and I for her, now expended solely in the performance.

The music stops, and we hold our final pose. Our all-inclusive audience clap as I mop my brow.

 

Inspired by the above photographic prompt at Creative Writing Ink

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