‘No Animals …’ – the story behind the story

I had just started writing this when I saw that the author of Digging Deep, which followed mine on EDF, had done exactly the same thing. His account of the genesis of his story lets us into the history of it, the emotional drive, and also the subtext that, for better or for worse, is so often implied rather than exposed in very short fiction. Aaron Polson wrote in his blog about the intensity of feeling that underpinned Digging Deep because he wanted us to know, I imagine, how deeply he felt that connection. It is important to him and … Continue reading ‘No Animals …’ – the story behind the story

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‘No Arrests in 2039’: you might prefer to walk home …

Out on Every Day Fiction today. Suddenly, I want to know where my council tax goes! There is actually some science behind this piece of fiction. The Google research car has travelled thousands of miles without incident (see TED talk by Sebastian Thrun), and other vehicles have been driven remotely, including one by Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury in a race against an F1 driver. Both cars were live on the track. This set the scene, in my fevered mind at any rate, for a virtual cab company whose ‘drivers’ operate passenger pods from call centres. Then came the idea about what … Continue reading ‘No Arrests in 2039’: you might prefer to walk home …

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‘No Arrests in 2039’

Good old Every Day Fiction, they’re taking a chance with another of my tales. ‘No Arrests in 2039’, in which a local council gets inventive about its crime stats, will be unleashed on August 9th. Disclaimer: Dear Elected Representatives – No, this is not a way forward, you hear me? Update: EDF is offline at the moment while they move house to new servers. EDF reports progress, and will be back on August 15th. Affected stories will transfer to September. 09/08/11 Continue reading ‘No Arrests in 2039’

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‘Moonrise’

  Apparently it’s Blue Monday today – lousy weather, new year resolutions unresolved, and xmas chocolates out of the box and onto the bum. Not here though. Just had ‘Moonrise‘ delivered to my inbox, oh yes!   Bit of a hoot, this one; rather different from ‘Promotion’ but not unlike ‘Rory’s Tie’. Looking at these, I worry about what a psychologist might make of me. Oh, I am a psychologist.. Continue reading ‘Moonrise’

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Countdown to a flash

Well, at just over 300 words, it’s more of a flicker really. Every Day Fiction has seen fit to publish ‘Moonrise’ and will unleash it on the public on January 17th so better brace yourselves for a bit of pestering! The friend whose (mis)adventure triggered the FICTIONAL tale, approved it for publication but quite possibly did so on the assumption that there was as much chance of this as there was of the Lib Dems and the Conservatives forming a coalition government. Oh dear. Did I mention that it’s FICTIONAL? In a publication with FICTION in the title? That’s alright … Continue reading Countdown to a flash

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