Well it’s been a long time since I actually had anything published and I have to admit it is from a severe lack of trying. I’ve written a few flashes for the WriteWords challenges, but I’ve made no attempt to polish them up and give them a home. I blame life, generally, just for getting in the way.
However, I decided one of my stories got such a reaction, I couldn’t just leave it tucked away on my harddrive. So I gave it a tweak and sent it on its way. The wonderful people at Microhorror offered it a home.
I hope to carry on the trend, but I’m not sure I’ll have the time at the moment. I’ll try and blog more, but it probably won’t be about successful stories.
Anyway, the story is called Birthday Present and can be found here.
Another story published today and again it was at Microhorror.
The story is based on a true life experience. A few weeks ago, there was a bird waking me up around 6am every morning with an annoying song. Unlike the one in the story, this song was not sweet and lovely, it was off-key and grating. One night I dreamt that it flew down and landed on my hand, digging its claws in so hard it couldn’t fly away again.
The next day I wrote this story. A few days later the bird stopped singing outside my bedroom window.I presume it finally accomplished what it was singing for and is doing something else with its life now – maybe a backing vocalist for someone.
Anyway, the story is called “Ma Petite Piaf” and can be found here.
Another one published! Again, it’s another horror – I think a trend is being revealed. It’s strange really because I hate watching horror films.
The story is up at Microhorror, which is rapidly becoming my favourite website.
The story is called Teacher Knows Best.
Just a little back story for those interested. This story went through three stages of evolution: ‘Absolute Rubbish’, ‘Better But I Can Do More’ and ‘That’s More Like It’. Annoyingly I put the “Absolute Rubbish’ version up on WriteWords because I rushed it. I learnt a lesson that day – when you write a story, leave it overnight, then read it again. If you don’t understand what you’ve written, throw it out.
That lesson goes second in my list, below “Don’t write when steaming drunk.”
Anyway, enjoy the story.
Another story has been successfully accepted, this time on a site called 5 Minute Fiction.
The guys there were quick to respond and currently offer a £10 Amazon gift voucher for stories published. That makes this story officially the first one I’ve been paid for, which is splendid. Other members of WriteWords have had stories published there, which is how I heard about the site.
The story is called “Opposites Attract” and is quite a sad one.
A competition was held recently, at Microhorror. The challenge – to write a horror exactly 100 words long (no more, no less). I submitted three stories. The competition ended a week ago.
All three stories are up on their website. The winner hasn’t been chosen yet, but there are many very good stories up, all of which can be found on their website. Several are from Writewords members, which is excellent to see.
My stories are:
What’s in a name?
Beauty is skin deep
I think I’m starting to like writing horror and darker fiction. I find it more interesting to get into the mind of someone doing something bad, or even just thinking of doing something bad. Whether logical or illogical, there’s always some reason why and it’s a lovely challenged to try and get behind that.
That’s why I wrote the story linked below. Why would a family man do something so terrible, so suddenly? What exactly does go on behind some closed doors?
I hope you enjoy the story.
Best Laid Plans
I’ve had a few flash fiction stories accepted already. I’ve been in The Pygmy Giant, Daily Love and Microhorror. The stories are linked below.
The Early-Bird Special
The Pale Green Horse
If You Sprinkle
As more are accepted, I will post links of them up. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the stories above.