Summer 2017 Site Update

What a bother. In May 2017 an error in WordPress caused my site to overwrite itself with a backup from early November 2016, instantly destroying over 6 months of work. Most of the work was otherwise saved elsewhere (sometimes in the oddest places), and I have now tracked most of it down and backed it Read More

Crossing

I have seen people crossing the river; some have reached the far bank, some began to cross a while after I started, but everyone crosses the river. For many people the river is wide, and their journey across is a long one. A few people cross where the river is narrow, and reach the other Read More

Another Life (Home is Elsewhere)

‘Hero, you are our last hope against the evils of tyranny.’ Next. ‘The forces of Dark Sorcerer Xashar have descended on our peaceful realm, murdering our village folk and sapping this land of its natural resources.’ Next. ‘Will you lend us your strength and help vanquish this villain that holds dominion over us?’ Accept. ‘Thank Read More

Two People

You’re an okay, let’s go. You’re an I’ve got to know. You’re an I want to wisen. You’re a chase that horizon. I’m a let’s take it slow. I’m a maybe and no. I’m a steadily planned it. I’m a can’t understand it. You’re a clubs and two bars. You’re a dancing on stars. You’re Read More

Imperfections

There were imperfections.

 

The eyelashes were too uniform, and a heavier grade than the hair. It shouldn’t have bothered him, but he spent so much of his time seeing them up close. The eyes, however, were perfect. Expensive. Worth every cent. The fabricated recreation was, to him, breathtaking. Breath. Read More

The dream of us on the hill

You’ll never know the ‘me’ I came to be – my mind, minutiae and filigree – we’ll never share a witty repartee or get to stand in solidarity.   Your being there was not a guarantee, such is the way of our reality; dependency, and then an absentee, but here we are inside my memory. Read More

Prime Numbers

Happy    living    in    ignorance.    A    strange    material    has    enveloped    the world,    cradling    and    blinding    humanity.    What    I    sadly    am    referring to    is    a    remarkable    dependence    on    technology    and    material    possessions. Girl    ignores    teacher.    Driver    ignores    pedestrian.    Baby    ignored    by    parent. We    supposedly    are    at    the    zenith,    living    with    the    assistance of    objects,    in    gratitude    and Read More

It is Dark

I thought I would have a go at a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure gimmick, using the infinitely enjoyable Microsoft PowerPoint. I stuck to the most traditional tropes of the genre; dark cave fantasy, brimming with consequence and peril. There is a way out, and the path to failure is littered with clues and advice for an eventual success (and escape!) Read More

Charlie’s Magical Reading Time

The prompt was “Insect, Dinosaur, Bird”. We all laughed as the random words were pulled out of the hat, and seemingly willed us to write Jurassic Park fanfiction. Having the names of three creatures put me in mind of those fun picturebooks that some children have, where you can mix-and-match the body parts of existing creatures to make myriad new freakish things. Oh, what fun could be had… Read More

The Warrior and the Wyvern

The goal was to create any short piece, and the prompt was ‘Double’. I was inspired by this prompt to revisit a previous challenge (writing something from two perspectives), and create a short piece between two characters, then send one version to the group, but read out the other perspective version during our session.

I have emulated this below by including the other character’s voice in the hover text of the first character’s voice! So hover your mouse over the italicised coloured text, and enjoy… Read More

Parasite

“Ready, babe?” The words left his lips unconsciously; he didn’t need to pay attention to a question -even one he was asking- when he wasn’t going to care about the answer.   She saw this and didn’t break eye contact.   That must have been a yes, because the very next moment he was all Read More

Smash Mouth All Star

The brief was to produce 500 words of creative writing based on a pop song. I decided to challenge myself by taking Smash Mouth’s “All Star”, pulling it apart word-by-word, and then piecing it back together to form a new narrative. I had to alter the punctuation to fit the new piece, but not a single letter was deleted, only moved somewhere else. Only a small few lines remain perfectly in-tact. Read More

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