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”

City of Signs – Historical Fiction Tips

“My master, Monsieur Price, has asked me to go to the sign of the Three Hands again, although I dislike the place. He buys powders for his experiments there.” – Elise reflects on her strange instructions in ‘The Alchemist of Paris’ In an age when many people were illiterate, the most common way to navigateContinue reading “City of Signs – Historical Fiction Tips”

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”

“Midnight in Dublin” – new cover reveal

    Here is the amazing new cover for “Midnight in Dublin” created by Adriana Haganu at adipixdesign.com. “Midnight in Dublin” is a supernatural thriller with magical realism elements, set in Dublin, Ireland. Here is the plot: When Lizzy James flies to Dublin, all she wants is to forget her worries and have a relaxing weekend.Continue reading ““Midnight in Dublin” – new cover reveal”

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”

22. What will be, will be

This week’s flash fiction is a tale of destiny. Always trust the fortune cookie… *  *  *  *  * “Be watchful of the number 22, young woman, for it will change your life.” In the dim light of the restaurant, Helen stared at the fortune cookie message. All her friends had got the usual messagesContinue reading “22. What will be, will be”