Publications

#VSS Anthology Volume 01

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Just remembered I haven’t blogged about this yet. Not long after I went on Twitter, I came across a call for submissions to an anthology of very short stories, where “very short” meant short enough to fit in a tweet – in other words less than 140 characters. Such stories tend to be published on […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Forty-Seven

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This episode is actually quite disturbing if you think too hard about what probably happened last night. So I felt I ought to leaven it a little by bringing in the one Bennet sister that we haven’t yet met, Kitty. I felt that she would probably be the kind of person who wouldn’t bother answering […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Forty-Six

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Mary Ann tells all at last and Wickham learns the truth about Mr Darcy. Or at least some of the truth, because as we saw in episode forty-five, things are not quite always as they seem. [Technical note: on the day that this episode appeared, I had to go into London for the day job […]

Writing

Swiss Toni’s Guide to Writing Short Stories

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I was recently very honoured to be given the job of editing the Verulam Writers’ Circle‘s first anthology for getting on for twenty years, and – quite reasonably – one of our number, the über-talented Jenny Barden –  has posed the question of what I am actually looking for. I did try to write an […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Forty-Five

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In which the mysterious stranger with no name (or at least a name that he’s temporarily mislaid for the time being) takes part in a game of cards. Incidentally, the rules of Portugese Six-Card Wazzock may be found all over the web, although there are a considerable number of variants. “Hapsburg rules” is sadly very […]

Competitions

Bristol Short Story Prize Longlist

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As any writer will tell you, things should always happen in threes. Today has definitely followed that rule. Two of them arrived in the post this morning:  my £100 prize-winner’s cheque from JBWB and a copy of Litro 95, including my story “Piss and Patchouli”. But I had to wait until this afternoon before the […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Forty-Four

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Today’s episode is my bid for the steampunk market, although thinking about it, I probably should have thrown in a dirigible for good measure. Something for a future episode, perhaps. When I was writing this, I was casting around for a suitably stupid steampunk pun, and after discarding the alternatives (steamfunk, steamdrunk, etc.) I settled […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Forty-Three

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It is a truth universally etc etc that any sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” worth its salt must have a Ball somewhere in it, and this one is no exception. This particular Ball is scheduled to start around the halfway stage, which – much to my amazement – we seem to be approaching. But before […]

Publications

Piss and Patchouli

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I’m very pleased indeed to be making my second appearance in the hallowed pages of Litro, this time with “Piss and Patchouli” – described in the editorial as “a tale about a burned-out artist”. Don’t you just love it when someone else points out your own unconscious metaphor? It hadn’t even occurred to me, but […]

Acceptances

Hazard Cat

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Thanks to @kaolinfire on Twitter I found a new market last night, called Hazard Cat. As the name suggests, they specialise in cat-related material, and as it happens I had a cat poem ready to roll. It’s a mildly satirical piece called “fat cat”, and they accepted it just over two hours after submission. Not […]