Other Writing

Many years ago, in the early swirling mists of the blogosphere, I used to post very, very short stories each week on my blog. Here are some of the most popular.

Falling to Bits

A child’s wisdom solves a strange phenomenon. Read more.

The Week Away

Do muses take holidays? Read more.

Missed Days

Can Grace stop time rushing away? Read more.

1. Muse

He first saw her in the middle of the city and he knew at once that she was the one. A dreamy girl with a sweet smile, eyes meeting his just as she disappeared into the crowds. He searched for her in vain. He was late for university that day. He saw her again overContinue reading “1. Muse”

7. Goblin Cabs

“If you had the chance to change your life, would you?” It was a strange question to hear on a street corner and the guy who said it was a strange-looking guy. He wore jeans, a sweatshirt and grubby sneakers, but his eyes shone brightly and his expression was impish. “You don’t look so happyContinue reading “7. Goblin Cabs”

14. Time Travel

This week, a lighthearted tale… *  *  *  *  * “Do you want a seat?” the guy sitting by the bus window asked. “Sure,” Janey had been happy to stand, but now she saw the seat was free. The guy moved over and she perched next to him. He had a slide phone. Janey hadn’tContinue reading “14. Time Travel”

24. New Years Eve

On an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, not far from the international dateline, a young man was sitting on a white sandy beach. He shielded his eyes as a tall slender girl walked across the sand toward him. “So how are you feeling?” she said, sitting down. “I keep thinking I couldContinue reading “24. New Years Eve”

16. The Gulls

Another urban paranormal tale… *  *  *  *  * Seagulls normally flew ashore when there was a storm at sea, but that morning was fine and sunny. As Ed walked across the square in front of Circular Quay, he was amazed by the number of crisp white wings fluttering in the sky and then soaringContinue reading “16. The Gulls”

13. The Underworld

This week a short urban supernatural story….! The boy was taller than the other people walking through the tunnels to the railway, and moved with a swagger that set him apart from the crowd. His hair was black as a raven. His coat was long and slightly dirty, although he did not look homeless. HisContinue reading “13. The Underworld”

Two Sentence Fiction

Two sentence stories exploring the pain of the writerly life. Sally had a file full of articles on blogging, a date planner with a blog schedule, a master to-do list, a top priority to-do list, a micro to-do list, a thumbnail to-do list and a motivational poster above her desk. But the only way sheContinue reading “Two Sentence Fiction”

Flash Fiction 14. Showdown

  “He is here,” Grabiel declared, staring across the bombed-out rubble of what had once been Brisbane, Australia. Grabiel swung around, twelve feet tall, reptilian skin, 600 pounds of pure fighter. With a reputation as alarming as his appearance, he was the highest ranking security official in the Earth Occupation Force. Raising his weapon toContinue reading “Flash Fiction 14. Showdown”

Flash Fiction 10 – Ghosts

“Tell me again about this ghost.” Brenda looked up from her magazine. The earnest young man who had checked in that afternoon was leaning over the hotel counter.  She sighed. Tourists to this part of south-west England were always fascinated by the supernatural. “They say she’s the ghost of a mysterious woman who came toContinue reading “Flash Fiction 10 – Ghosts”