The First Story I Ever Wrote

Twenty-seven years ago I was thirty-five years old, with a young family of three children. It was 1993 and I had just been made redundant for the second time. Each morning I went through the adverts for jobs and applied … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 86 – Old Tuoni

Chapter 89 – Old Tuoni That evening as Tim walked home his head still spun from what he had done and everything he had learned. Even the street had looked different. The next day it was the same. The pavement, … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 85 – Inanna

Asklepios was gone. Unbidden, a tear welled in Banipal’s eye. He laughed at his own self-pity. Praise the Gods for the gifts they give, he chided himself. Don’t weep because you wanted more. He would go to the temples and … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousands Fathoms, Chapter 84 – Origin

An early draft of this story started with the question ‘Where does anything really begin?’ This weeks chapter offers at least one suggestion. It’s a longer read than in recent weeks, but there is quite a lot going on! Enjoy. … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 83 – A Ghost

Super busy this week, it’s good, but days feel a little breathless at the moment. I made it ! Here’s this week’s chapter. Hope life is good! Chapter 83 – A Ghost Banipal stretched out the ache in his back. … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 82 – Moving On

You’re probably not supposed to have favourite bits but this week’s chapter of the Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, is one of mine. I hope you like it too. Chapter 82 – Moving On Elsewhere in Brighton an overweight middle-aged … Continue reading

Writer not rich enough for a bursary.

Note: This is essentially the same as a recent Twitter thread I’ve posted. I decided to blog about it too because not everyone uses Twitter and it’s easier to cross-post from here to places like FB. Also, because I am … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 81 – To Sleep

An odd week. My life in most respects is ordinary, but this week has been strange. I’ve been deeply distracted but have managed to work hard, the main reason being the mutual support and encouragement of a couple of lovely … Continue reading

The Girld from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 80 – All She Needed

I really do need to pull my finger out and start prepping the print/e-book versions. With the edits all done, and new cover art I just need to do- everything else! Have great weekends, and I hope you like this … Continue reading

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Almost all stories have beginnings, middles, and ends. Not necessarily in that order, and sometimes there are more than one of each. Each one is as important as the other. Beginnings The vast majority of advice I received about novel … Continue reading