Nice combination of topics tonight, I think!  Different certainly…

Facebook – General

What are your characters’ worst nightmares and what are the foundations for them? Is there any chance of them coming true and, if so, how do your characters handle this?

One of my nightmares is being trapped on a seemingly endless train journey, crammed in and not able to write. The temperature on board is rising, I think, as I am unable to tell if it IS that or if I’m having a really inconveniently timed hot flush (as you do! ). I do know I wonder if I’ll ever get home.

Sadly mine came true yesterday with a horrendous journey home from London Waterloo. (There was a circuit failure, meaning almost all trains in and out were delayed and of course that led to many cancellations. People weren’t happy – surprise, surprise!)

But it led me to wonder when nightmares do happen, what are the consequences for the characters and their stories? How does the course of the story change (as I suspect it must do)?

Shakespeare had his quill, modern writers have their laptops. Image via Pixabay.

Working out changes to the storyline perhaps? Image via Pixabay.

Blogging via diaries and tablets - ancient and modern technology! Image via Pixabay.

All good to go for the next story! Image via Pixabay.

Facebook – From Light to Dark and Back Again

One of the reasons I love writing flash fiction is it can be a great vehicle for humorous pieces that are too short for a standard length short story but which are self-contained in their own right.

One of my favourite lighter stories from From Light to Dark and Back Again is Helping Out, which is the story of a fairy and a witch teaming up so they can avoid the usual fate imposed on them by their magical world. (Think Gladiator here. Forced to fight to the death).

The story gives you enough information about their world and a good idea of what these two are like in about 400 words. (From my viewpoint, one of my longer flash fiction stories!).

It was fun to write but the length of this story is exactly right for what it needs to convey. I can over-write (as I suspect most writers do) but that is where good editing is a lifeline. And it is always better to cut so people might want to know more rather than have “padding” and people think she should have cut that!



Stories are the gateways to other worlds whether they are flash fiction, standard length fiction or novels.  Image via Pixabay.


I could spend many a happy hour here - the library at Prague. Image via Pixabay.

Now here is a place to lose yourself in wonderful stories and books – the library at Prague. Image via Pixabay.



Books really are the gatekeepers BUT they can also be investigators as Westminster Bones clearly is. Image via Pixabay.


Apologies for the no-show last night.  An annoying bug caused technical problems – not with the computer but with me!!!  Technically I couldn’t have wielded a pen last night yet alone focused on a screen.  Still back to normal now…  (or what passes for normal in these parts anyway).


Helping Out is the title of my story in the Bridge House Publishing anthology Baubles.  They are sharing 24 extracts/author interviews from the 24 writers in the book for the period 1st December to 24th December.  A book-like Advent Calendar (minus the chocolate, though!).  Naturally, Murphy’s Law intervened and my slot came up yesterday and I missed it!  Still, I’ve found the link and share it on my web page here.


In Author Interviews, I share what I like about these.  My Bridge House spot included an interview section and I link to that (and my story) in This World.  It was huge fun being interviewed and I loved writing the story.  I hope that shows through.  (Generally, I think you can tell when a writer really enjoyed their work).


My next post (hopefully due to appear tomorrow night) will be my Top 10 Film Themes.  More details when up on site.


Again I discuss my story, Helping Out, and share the links with the Bridge House blog spot.

Love the cover for this. Image supplied by Bridge House Publishing.

Love the cover for this. Image supplied by Bridge House Publishing.