On Writing, reblogs

The Benefits of Taking a Break From Novel Writing to Craft Short Stories #SundayBlogShare #Writer #ShortStories — BlondeWriteMore

You have been working at the literary coalface for months. Your second draft has taken far longer than you expected. At times working on your second draft has felt more like going to war than embarking on a wonderful journey of creative discovery. You know far too much about your characters and after spending an […]… Continue reading The Benefits of Taking a Break From Novel Writing to Craft Short Stories #SundayBlogShare #Writer #ShortStories — BlondeWriteMore

Short Stories

Human to Hind

Crikey, has it really been two years since I last posted a short story on this website? I've been working a lot on my novels, reviews and a career in that time but, by some small miracle, I got this done and I've sent it around to several science fiction magazines. All of them rejected… Continue reading Human to Hind

Novels, On Writing, Short Stories

Milestone reached!

As of this Friday, the fourth draft of my first novel is complete! That doesn't mean to suggest that the novel is anywhere near publication. A few ideas I had while writing means I'll have to go back and completely rethink the beginning. And, then there's the small matter of checking and redrafting. Not just… Continue reading Milestone reached!

Extracts from Novels, Novels, On Writing, Short Stories, Weekly Updates

Weekly Update (26.03.2017) Of Short Stories and Sickness

Currently reading: Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan Novel Weekly Word Count: 3905 Short Story Weekly Word Count: 464 Review Word Count: 566 Fanfiction Word Count: 717 As you can see, I've decided to add a few more word counts to my weekly updates to give both you and me a better idea of what… Continue reading Weekly Update (26.03.2017) Of Short Stories and Sickness


This is a great story to read and to listen to. The words are utterly entrancing. https://www.youtube.com/embed/WiHcVmJdh7E?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent From the crypts of memory by Clark Ashton Smith Aeons of aeons ago, in an epoch whose marvelous worlds have crumbled, and whose mighty suns are less than shadow, I dwelt in a star whose course, decadent from… Continue reading

competitions, On Writing, Short Stories

Weekly Update (12.12.2016)

Currently reading: The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry edited by Sean Wallace Weekly Word Count: 2141 Sorry this is late. I've been on holiday to Strasbourg for most of last week and, while I got some time in between adoring the Christmas markets to write, I didn't have much time yesterday to do an… Continue reading Weekly Update (12.12.2016)

Short Stories

Stealth Experiment No. 35

Here's a flash fiction I wrote for Writer's Forum Flash Fiction Competition. The prompt was to begin and end the story with 'when he looked again, it was gone'. Here's the beginning: 'When he looked, it wasn’t there. Very good. Mr (not doctor, never doctor) Bluewell turned back to look at the door again. If… Continue reading Stealth Experiment No. 35

Novels, On Writing, Reviews, Short Stories

Weekly Update (25/09/2016)

Currently (re)reading: Blood and Ice by Robert Masello Weekly Word Count: 1790 Review Weekly Word Count: 2141 You might have noticed that my review word count is a lot higher than my fiction word count. That was because, seeing as I don't want to cut it fine with my reviews like I did last time,… Continue reading Weekly Update (25/09/2016)