Publications

‘Ello, ‘Ello, What’s All This Ear, Then?

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… is now published at Gloom Cupboard. This is quite possibly one of the silliest stories I’ve ever written. It started off as a flash during the 2007 Children in Need event, based on the prompt “I have sent you an ear”. I then expanded it a bit for last year’s VWC President’s Competition, where […]

Publications

Problems, Problems

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I’ve got another post up at Every Day Fiction‘s blog, Flash Fiction Chronicles, today. It’s all about how problems with your plot can lead you to interesting and fruitful places. Oh, and many thanks to Stu Sharp for his kind blog post here (thank you, Google Alerts). I’m very happy to return the compliment and […]

Acceptances

Gloom Cupboard

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The rather enigmatic literary e-zine Gloom Cupboard (“Our guidelines are deliberately vague because we have nothing worthwhile to say”) have accepted a daft piece of mine called “‘Ello, ‘Ello, What’s All This Ear, Then?” And if that somewhat cumbersome title has whet your appetite, you won’t have to wait long to read it, because it’s coming out […]

Publications

Professionalism

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My tribute to the bravery of librarians everywhere is now up at Every Day Poets. For those of you who are interested in this sort of thing, the inspiration was the weekly Café Doom Flash Challenge, and the word of the week was “Silence”.

The Publishing Industry

The T.E.Lawrence Approach to Editing

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Talking of Lawrence of Arabia (well, we were two posts ago – work with me here), my father recently had to move out of his house and I’ve been sorting through some of his old books. In the middle of this I came across an old two-volume hardback edition of Lawrence’s “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. […]

Publications

What Jesus Said

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Well, there’s an arresting title for a story, eh? And it’s now up at Residential Aliens. A curious little vignette of misguided religious obsession. Or something like that. I do like the camel they’ve used to illustrate it, by the way. I actually rode on one in Jordan last year, not far from where they […]

Reviews

Fifty-Two Stitches Reviewed

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The Fifty-Two Stitches Anthology isn’t even out yet, but it’s just had its first review, and it’s a good ‘un. Approximately 5.77% of the stories in it are mine, and loads of the others are by people that I know on the ‘net, so I’m rather pleased about this. Looking forward to getting my hands […]

Acceptances

Once More at Every Day Fiction

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Remember when I said that I’d been assigned “Preferred Author Status” at EDF? It was bound to happen, but it wasn’t long after this that I got my first rejection from them. I can understand why – it was a bit of a borderline piece – but the timing of it did amuse me. Still, […]

Publications

That Haiga

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Following on from yesterday’s fastest-ever acceptance, here is that haiga, now published for all to see at Ink, Sweat and Tears. The photo was actually taken at Brighton, nearly twenty-five years ago, not long after I’d met the adorable Mrs P. Olympus OM-1, Kodachrome 25, some aperture or other.