Leaving Paris

Paris had never looked more beautiful than on that last run through the city. I had forgotten the squalor and smells of the narrow streets now and saw only the grandeur of the rooftops against the sky. Gerard guided me out of Le Marais and along the broad boulevards near the Louvre Palace. We ranContinue reading “Leaving Paris”

Leaving home

At twilight I slipped out of the convent and into the herb garden. Unlocking the gate, I strolled under the old stone arch to the fields beyond. The sky was blue violet, and a golden moon was rising over the hills. The air was sweet with the scent of the rustling grasses. Wildflowers, some bloomingContinue reading “Leaving home”

Flash Fiction – Social Media Anxiety

A sweet tale for this Valentine Day’s Month. *  *   *   *   * Tim wants to be your friend. Natasha sat before her computer. Sunlight peeked through the morning clouds outside her window. She sipped her coffee and stared at the screen. Tim was the cute boy she had met at theContinue reading “Flash Fiction – Social Media Anxiety”

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 – 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”

Flash fiction – Hipster Hunting

Betty didn’t want to go home without seeing a hipster. Betty had spent the previous week visiting Sydney with her husband Merv, seeing the sights and remarking on how much had changed since they had last visited the city. Before they returned to their retirement village on the Central Coast, Betty was determined to goContinue reading “Flash fiction – Hipster Hunting”

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”