Character Sketches

I am surrounded by creative projects in various stages of completion. Here are some character sketches from an ambitious plan I had to write an illustrated novel. Our beautiful heroine has been captured…   By a mean and pompous vampire-hunter… And held captive in a terrifying prison, where the guards keep watch… Due to herContinue reading “Character Sketches”

Flash Fiction – The Old Man Under the Bridge

A new flash fiction for the New Year. *  *  *  * She ran fast through the city streets. The first fireworks were lighting up the sky. She found him under a floodlit bridge. He stood, hands in his pockets, gazing at the lights reflected on the flowing river. A ball of red and goldenContinue reading “Flash Fiction – The Old Man Under the Bridge”

Flash Fiction: The Undo Button

Flash Fiction returns! This week – what if life had an undo button?  *  *  *  * Jenny sighed as she accidentally deleted a paragraph in her document. She clicked the undo button and the text reappeared. If only life was that simple, she thought as she closed her laptop and headed for the coffeeContinue reading “Flash Fiction: The Undo Button”

Flash Fiction: An exercise in POV

Earlier this week, I had a post about describing places in your character’s words. Here is a mini-flash fiction from three POVs. The scenario, the summoning of three immortals, to a well-to-do house on a bay overlooking Sydney Harbour. *  *  *  * The door fell open as Alexander approached. He entered the hall, takingContinue reading “Flash Fiction: An exercise in POV”

That’s not my point of view! Keeping characters in character

In “The Alchemist of Paris”, my current work in progress, our intrepid young heroine is summoned to work as a maid for a mysterious master in Paris in 1820. As she arrives at the darkened house, she is filled with amazement as she gazes upon the baroque facade, the carved lintel over the door andContinue reading “That’s not my point of view! Keeping characters in character”

Flash Fiction – Hipsters versus Vampires

The vampire had seen many changes over the centuries. Born a human girl on the vast plains of Hungary in the last days of the Roman empire, she had survived the age of magic and superstition, observed the revival of Gothic architecture, been present at the birth of the renaissance and celebrated the triumph ofContinue reading “Flash Fiction – Hipsters versus Vampires”

Very Short Stories

I’ve been posting some of these Very Short Stories on Twitter. Here are five, based around the writerly life.   “Leave me alone!” he cried, but his muse had dragged him to the typewriter. *  *  *  *  * She closed her eyes, drained, exhausted, but alive. The novel was finished. *  *  *  * Continue reading “Very Short Stories”

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”

23. The Perfect Age

I had a Christmas story, but didn’t post it in time – I will have to post it next year. So for number 23 in the “Fiction by Numbers” series, here’s another short and sweet piece from the vampire underworld… *  *  *  *  * She’d read somewhere that twenty three was the perfect age.Continue reading “23. The Perfect Age”