Published last year by Zouch magazine, This short piece of phunny physics was a finalist in the Lascaux Short Fiction competition 2014 and is now in the anthology. Lots of other lovely stuff to read there too; I am very honoured. Continue reading Puddles like Pillows
Another somewhat sinister piece in the Lascaux Flash competition today. Think I might be pushing my luck now. Continue reading Five things that are true and six that are not
Finalist in the 2013 Lascaux Short Story competition. ‘Puddles like Pillows’, is a little piece of speculative fiction in which gravity suddenly reverses its influence. Published byZouch Magazine, August 28th, 2013, it is still on the Editors Choice list today. After a while, with the streets and parks getting less cluttered, it started to look as if some cosmic recycler had dropped by to tidy us up. So then people stopped using the bins and just hung about with their cameras waiting for their banana skin or whatever to take off. Just a little bit pleased. Continue reading Puddles Like Pillows – Lascaux Finalist
There are at least two stories on any one page: the one the reader generates in the reading of it and the one in the writer generates in the writing. This is the writer’s version. Hive insects have queens whose only function is to produce the next generation. Humans have formalised this process for many animals in zoos, on farms, and in our own homes, and so we have brood mares, stud cats – or dogs or goats or horses or bulls – and ‘breeding stock’ of all kinds. We also breed our royalty so that both our kings and … Continue reading The Spider and the Wire Wool Madness: what’s that all about then?
Anyone who has experienced entrapment might find a resonance with this tale. The genders of the victim and the perpetrator are deliberately undefined. Lascaux Flash Continue reading The Spider and the Wire Wool Madness
Every two years in the UK, madness breaks out. We stick on red clown noses, sit in baths of baked beans, and shave our heads. Well, not all of us, obviously, but enough to prompt the rest of us to cough up cash to help disadvantaged people here and abroad. Comic Relief is the uncontained, arsey version of Children in Need and even our senior politicians feel obliged to take part. My bit is easy – I’m asking you to flex your muscles while I sit here and wait. There are eleven comments on my little bit of … Continue reading Comic Relief
And coming in at Number One, it’s All the Birthdays by Moi! Ok, so it’s just that it’s the first up but admit it, you’d milk that Top Spot too wouldn’t you? Go and have a look – only 245-ish words so no time at all. And it’s a bit of a shocker. You’ll like that. Continue reading All the Birthdays – Lascaux flash competition
‘All the Birthdays’ is my entry for this year’s Lascaux flash competition. Submissions will start appearing on March 6th so if you fancy a jolly good wallow in loads of quick reads, or indeed popping in a bit of your own flash, that’s the place to go. ‘Doomcha Doof‘ was my 2012 entry and seemed to be judged pretty but baffling. Or maybe just pretty baffling. I’ve aimed this time for more clarity but will settle for better quality bafflement as a good second! Continue reading All the Birthdays