Drowning (A to Z Flash Fiction)

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Alone she lay underwater.
Bubbles rose to the surface.
Cold water engulfed her.
Death would arrive soon.
Every moment of life flashing by.
Fish startling as she thrashed.
Gone was hope of survival.
Holding her belly.
Infant inside she would never know.
Justice she hoped would come.
Killers deserve it more than most.
Lovers who lie maybe more so.
Murdering those they once loved.
No more after this would she suffer.
One last thing, couldn’t hurt to try.
Pray hard for a miracle.
Quiet, no response came.
Rope tethered to an anchor.
Secured round her waist.
Thrown away like garbage.
Underwater she would stay.
Very close was the end now.
Wished her friends well.
X’s and O’s to them all.
Years would pass without her.
Zero life she had left.

Djinn and Tonic (Flash Fiction)

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This is a short exchange between a Djinni and a character named Tonic. I’ve been kicking around an idea for a short story involving a Djinni for a while now but have been trouble developing the overall story arc. So while I let it percolate away in my subconscious, here’s a little bit of fun which doubles as a bonus blog entry for this week.

Djinn and Tonic

“Don’t you ever get bored?” Tonic asked the Djinni.

“Sometimes, I guess,” the Djinni mused. “I can become a bit of an asshole when I’m bored. I’ll start interpreting wishes literally.”

“Like how?” Read the rest of this entry »

Judging a Book by Its Cover

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As I mentioned in last week’s post I have finished the drafts of 2 WIPs I have been working on. I’ve now finished my edits of the first one – Finsbury Park – and on Sunday I dropped it off to my beta reader to take a look at. The editing process for this one took quite a bit of time. Apart from fixing the usual (typos, grammatical nonsense, etc) I changed the tense of the entire story.

I’ve always found I like writing in present tense, but after a lot of research I found I’m in the minority. Most people (it seems) dislike stories written in the present tense as it’s harder to suspend disbelief. Stories in the past tense paradoxically feel more immediate and real.

So when I figured I was going to have a hard enough time getting people to read my work anyway (given there are millions of indie authors doing the same), I caved to the pressures of society and changed it into past tense. In then end I’m glad I did as it improved it immensely. Read the rest of this entry »

2 WIPs – Drafts Completed

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I’ve just had quite the productive past few days. I’ve been making a concerted effort to finish the first drafts of the two works in progress (WIPs) I’ve been working now for a few months.

Three Orange Whips
Three Orange Whips?

Sorry John, just 2 WIPs.

Now they’re complete I need to start the fun task of going back over them looking for any plot holes or anything that doesn’t make sense, plus making sure it’s all grammatically correct.

After that I’ll need to get a copy to my recently appointed beta reader, and she can start tearing them apart! Read the rest of this entry »

Biggy Piggy on sale for the next 7 days

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For the next 7 days (until the 27th of March) the Kindle edition of Biggy Piggy is on sale at Amazon.com as part of a Kindle Countdown Promotion. During this time you can pick up Biggy Piggy for just $0.99 (normally $2.99). That’s a saving of about 67%.

Starting tomorrow it’ll be on sale at Amazon.co.uk for £0.99, which works out to be around 52% saving.

You can also get it for absolutely nothing when you buy the Paperback version thanks to Amazon’s MatchBook program!

Biggy Piggy


Bonus – Storm View Review

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Thought I’d post a bonus quick blog this week because I’ve received a fantastic first review of Storm View. All disclaimers in place, it was from my sister. But she’s not one to pull punches, so I don’t expect favourable reviews just because we’re related. If she thinks it’s shit she’d tell me in so many words.

So forgoing the pomp and ceremony here is the first review ever posted about Storm View! Read the rest of this entry »

Paperback Piggy Revisited

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A few days ago I received the proof copy of my first picture book – Biggy Piggy – in the mail. Its arrival, though expected, was still quite a surprise. When I placed the order CreateSpace said it’d take around six weeks to arrive. It landed on my doorstep after a little less than two weeks.

I must admit it’s quite exciting to hold a properly printed and bound copy and be able to read it to my daughters. Naturally, I immediately photographed myself with it for posterity and texted it to my family.


After making a few very minor tweaks to the layout, I clicked the “Publish” button and sat back fully pleased with myself. Read the rest of this entry »

The Swarm (Flash Fiction)

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The SwarmI wrote a piece of flash fiction while procrastinating instead of concentrating on my other works in progress.

I’d been having trouble with a particular scene, so to take my mind off it I started reading a lot of flash fiction online. After reading many great stories online I was impressed at how much information could be packed into so few words, so I sat down and started typing the first thing that came to mind in an attempt to create my own, and thus “The Swarm” was born.

Since it is flash fiction (about 4 pages in length, or a little over 1000 words), I’ve made it available to read for free here on my site.

Into the top 100

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Actually that’s a bit misleading.

Over the weekend I did a free giveaway of Storm View on Amazon. There hadn’t been much movement on it recently and thought a giveaway could get it into a few extra hands and maybe score a review. So far nobody has posted a review, but if they’re anything like me I’ll grab a book when I see it and it might sit in my “To Read” list for ages depending on how many I have in front of it. Hopefully I’ll get a couple of reviews eventually, if not well c’est la vie. Read the rest of this entry »

Paperback Piggy

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Over the past week I’ve been working on getting a paperback version of Biggy Piggy ready for printing. I’ve finished uploading the files to CreateSpace who are a print-on-demand service, so anyone who wants to buy a paperback copy of Biggy Piggy will soon be able to do so.

The paperback version is formatted slightly different to the Kindle edition. The Kindle edition is designed to be read in “landscape” (so any device with a rectangular screen) whereas the printed version will be the industry standard of 8.5″ x 8.5″ (22cm x 22cm) square. Read the rest of this entry »