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This is my blog about running when I’m meant to be writing.

Also contains fiction.

 

COVID-19: where to start?

March 29, 2020

Uncertainty is a void. Nature is beautiful. Beautiful does not mean kind. We are human. [Read more]

Fiction

February 2, 2020

A return to fiction [Read more]

National Trust: I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year (Poetry Collections)

January 24, 2020

A nature poem for every day of the year. [Read more]

Pan’s Labyrinth (in Spanish)

January 18, 2020

Beautifully written and produced but shocking. [Read more]

January Running Distance Challenge

January 5, 2020

I should not be allowed “oooh” moments on the internet. [Read more]

It’s New Year’s Resolution time

December 31, 2019

That’ll do. [Read more]

Writing to music

December 23, 2019

Here’s a post I’ll get round to finishing one day maybe. (I won’t.) [Read more]

Day of ruined runs

December 21, 2019

Ruined. [Read more]

Eden half-marathon (my first!)

October 14, 2019

I can’t believe how lucky I am that this was my first half-marathon. [Read more]

Life, Dog

October 8, 2019

life coach [Read more]

When to give up?

September 29, 2019

Ridiculous, but. [Read more]

Bookmarking the moment (a running update)

September 26, 2019

EXCELLENT. [Read more]

SNUGGLES at 101 Fiction

September 14, 2019

100-word horror at 101 Fiction. [Read more]

Scafell Pike in a gale (and soggy pillows)

September 6, 2019

The classic British camping experience. [Read more]

Reading: The Choice by Edith Eger

August 22, 2019

Inspiring and demanding book. [Read more]

Inspirations

August 13, 2019

Inspirations. [Read more]

Old homes

August 7, 2019

An old life revisited. [Read more]

Tryfan, of course (Bwlch, not summit)

July 29, 2019

You can’t stay long. [Read more]

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Ranger path with 3 children

July 26, 2019

Relaxing and pretty all the way down. [Read more]

Not the Rhyd Ddu path: hiking in the mountains while injured (Llyn Idwal)

July 25, 2019

Silent, staring, muddy, sweaty, bug-eyed mass of monosyllables. [Read more]

Pop the cork! The importance of celebrating the good times

July 22, 2019

Pop. The. Cork. [Read more]

Review: the everrumble by Michelle Elvy

June 24, 2019

This is the best book I’ve read in a decade. [Read more]

The terrible, dreaded TBR pile

June 12, 2019

My TBR is a monster of many parts. [Read more]

Race for Life 2019 (Penzance)

June 6, 2019

Possibly the most fun group run I’ve ever done.  [Read more]

Magic

May 18, 2019

Grey heron. [Read more]

Going up Pen Y Gogarth – The Great Orme

May 15, 2019

Fabulous. Fun. Funny. Beautiful. Easy. Gorgeous. [Read more]

Places that find me

May 14, 2019

When I don’t know where to turn, this is where I end up. [Read more]

Running up Godolphin Hill (Godolphin Trust 10)

April 28, 2019

Very pretty little organised trail run, options on 5km or 10km. [Read more]

Walking up Mount Vesuvius – vulcano e vino

April 18, 2019

I was the mother who sprinted down a volcano, trailing three kids and clutching a bottle of Lacryma Christi. Always a good look. [Read more]

BEST MICROFICTION 2019

April 17, 2019

Best Microfiction 2019. [Read more]

Children’s book review: Mole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis

March 6, 2019

Age 3-7y: an understated story about friendship and inclusion, and playing to abilities rather than disabilities.  [Read more]

Each Peach Pear Plum and the comfort of mum-hugs

February 11, 2019

I threw out the old board books with their torn-off flaps and chewed corners… [Read more]

Clearing out junk and listening to author interviews

January 29, 2019

Authors making a difference in the world through their stories and projects [Read more]

Where are the quiet, male heroes in children’s literature?

January 25, 2019

Where, in children’s literature, do we reward simple, enduring decency with a prize that children might actually want?  [Read more]

Book review – The Only Child by Guojing

January 17, 2019

Gorgeous illustrated, wordless children’s book. ‘I need another book now,’ said my son, ‘to read until my throat is OK.’  [Read more]

Brown Willy: the hill of swallows

January 13, 2019

Love Brown Willy. [Read more]

Christmas holiday reading list

December 30, 2018

This is 2019. Bottoms up. [Read more]

Two great kids’ outdoor craft books: The Little Book of Whittling by Chris Lubkemann and Rock Art by Denise Scicluna

December 30, 2018

A couple of lovely craft books for kids. [Read more]

House, Parlour, Pigsty, Petty – Merry Christmas

December 22, 2018

In the land of strong tea and chiming clocks. [Read more]

Happy Solstice

December 21, 2018

Solstice wildness and new starts. [Read more]

Moonpoop and friends: lost stories and childhood memories

December 17, 2018

I grew up with her! [Read more]

Running with 500 people – Remembrance Day 2018

November 11, 2018

Running till your legs give way beneath you teaches you a lot about your legs. [Read more]

On reading with your own child in school

November 8, 2018

Reading with your child in school can show you a very different reader. [Read more]

Running up waterfalls

November 5, 2018

Let’s run up a waterfall, swim where the mythical stag swam, and peer out over the valleys from the lake up near the sky.  [Read more]

Only in English

October 27, 2018

Back from Barcelona. [Read more]

Failure and rejection

October 16, 2018

Rejection makes me want to pull my chin fat right up over my head, and hide inside my own bubble until everyone has gone away [Read more]

Smiles and miles: a few tips for taking small children up mountains

October 14, 2018

‘Mum, Mum, Mum, can you look after my rock parrot, please?’  [Read more]

Planning to read Romany and Raq with my children (wildlife and night walks)

October 7, 2018

A series of wildlife books (and radio series) written and presented by the Rev. George Bramwell Evens (1884–1943). [Read more]

Reading with seven-year-olds (turn, turn, turn)

September 25, 2018

If only. [Read more]

A note to my children in defiance of all things illness-related

September 15, 2018

I know the best place in the world to play catch. [Read more]

Autumn… fall… the season of spiders

September 4, 2018

The ceiling corners have filled up with spiders: it must be time to write. [Read more]

I ran a race and I liked it

September 2, 2018

Didn’t die, all good. [Read more]

It’s Not A Race

August 27, 2018

Things I will do for beer. [Read more]

Cader Idris and a lot of fog

August 23, 2018

Sitting at the very top of a mountain in thick fog with two exhausted children gave me a moment’s reflection. [Read more]

Taking the kids shopping in HAY ON WYE

August 19, 2018

Books, books, books, books, books (and ice-cream). [Read more]

Fan y Big (it’s a hill!)

August 18, 2018

Lovely, child-friendly walk (in good weather). [Read more]

Corn Du and Pen y Fan (easy walk for children)

August 16, 2018

A quick hello from South Wales. [Read more]

Swim for Logan 2018

August 6, 2018

By the last 300 yards, I’m feeling proper floppy. [Read more]

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Miners’ path with 3 children (and I fall in love with Glaslyn)

August 4, 2018

Absolutely, completely brilliant. [Read more]

Hurling jellyfish

July 17, 2018

Broken is not the same as beaten. [Read more]

A tea party from The Magic Faraway Tree (and taking fiction back into real life)

June 29, 2018

Sweet book — think Narnia for younger kids. Fantastic for seven-year-olds, and mums. [Read more]

In the Kingdom of Overwhelm (writing about chronic illness)

June 25, 2018

Overwhelm is a place. [Read more]

PLUM SKIN — in RIPENING, NFFD Anthology 2018

June 10, 2018

NFFD anthology available to order, and Flash Flood open for submissions until Wednesday. [Read more]

Race for Life

June 7, 2018

Very sweet little fun run. [Read more]

THERE WILL BE NO LACE — Flashback Fiction

May 14, 2018

Historical microfiction up at Flashback Fiction. [Read more]

THE WHALE – Necessary Fiction

April 4, 2018

Flash fiction published. [Read more]

If I won the lottery, I’d build a reading garden

March 20, 2018

Little life goals. [Read more]

What do children like to read?

March 19, 2018

There’s only one way to find out whether a book will be read and enjoyed, or not. [Read more]

I read The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

March 18, 2018

The Lost Words, a “modern spell book” about wildlife, written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. [Read more]

Mother’s Day

March 11, 2018

Peace. [Read more]

Reading Born To Run: The Hidden Tribe, The Ultra-Runners, and The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

February 14, 2018

Exhilarating. [Read more]

2018 Reads to recommend

February 6, 2018

A few things I’ve read recently. [Read more]

Reading Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series for children (and could we survive in the wild?)

February 3, 2018

Love these. [Read more]

Christmas: season of joy or giant overwhelm?

December 20, 2017

Every year. [Read more]

Back down from the mountain

September 18, 2017

In which I run like a gazelle. Or something. [Read more]

Llyn Idwal — a mountain lake swim and an ideal walk for a six-year-old

August 24, 2017

Beautiful. [Read more]

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 3: The Llanberis path and Hafod Eryri

August 23, 2017

This, perhaps, was happiness. [Read more]

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 2: the prep and clobber involved in taking children up hills (and my kit list)

August 22, 2017

Sort of ready. [Read more]

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 1: do I take my children up?

August 21, 2017

Trying to decide whether to take my children up their first mountain. [Read more]

Adventuring again

August 20, 2017

Eeeee-aiiii-addddio… [Read more]

Swim for Logan charity swim for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

August 6, 2017

Yes to life. [Read more]

Wearing the sea

July 22, 2017

I love it. [Read more]

A story of ten women and the NHS

July 13, 2017

The NHS: pain vs. not. [Read more]

Reading Roxane Gay and talking about fat

July 6, 2017

A book that made me go on a bit about fat. [Read more]

The story of Mr B

July 5, 2017

What right do you have to be here? [Read more]

Short short short stories (adult and child writers)

June 29, 2017

A couple of tiny story competitions (25 – 100 words). [Read more]

Watching a few episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale (TV adaptation)

June 12, 2017

File category: things that rattled me. [Read more]

Holes by Louis Sachar

May 7, 2017

Book = great, film = also great. [Read more]

My copy of The Bell Jar

April 10, 2017

It’s a quirky book and it belongs with me. [Read more]

250-word challenge #storygym

March 29, 2017

Write a 250-word story without using the letter “e”. [Read more]

The school librarian

March 6, 2017

‘Come here, look! Look!’ [Read more]

Writing opportunities for children

February 23, 2017

When children write, who reads their work? [Read more]

OCCASIONALLY — Bath Flash Fiction anthology, To Carry Her Home

February 20, 2017

I have a piece in the Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology. [Read more]

Halfway through that brilliant new project that no longer looks like such a great idea

February 8, 2017

I distinctly remember the pits of the wee small hours when I thought, damn, I hate this. [Read more]

Looking back to the lost pieces

January 12, 2017

The other day I found a handful of old, published micro-fictions that I’d forgotten about. [Read more]

On short stories in which nothing happens (writing with children)

January 4, 2017

With short stories, is it OK if nothing happens? [Read more]

Hello, 2017

January 1, 2017

Cassiopeia. [Read more]

The last day of 2016

December 31, 2016

Goodnight, 2016. [Read more]

The battle of Christmas tree vs. 2016

December 22, 2016

Needles, mud, water, baubles flying, a child’s finger trapped between buckets (retrieved intact), and shouts of “Too heavyyyy!” [Read more]

The freelancer versus employee debate — Who wants to be Whale 52?

December 21, 2016

I need to decide what I value more: belonging or freedom?  [Read more]

Please can we keep Father Christmas under control?

December 14, 2016

Let Mum and Dad dish out the expensive gear? [Read more]

Quirky books: The Times Concise History of the World

December 7, 2016

Welcome to the Library of Odd. [Read more]

Best reference books for children aged 3 to 12 years?

December 5, 2016

What are the best non-fiction books for children aged 3-12y? Did you have a reference book that you loved as much as a novel? [Read more]

To the music

November 2, 2016

Transplants me. Forgets to put me back. [Read more]

Shortlisted — Bath Flash Fiction Award

October 31, 2016

Bath Flash Fiction Award news and lists. [Read more]

SMILE up at 101 Fiction – Hallowe’en issue

October 30, 2016

New microfiction up at 101 Fiction. [Read more]

Hummingbirds

October 23, 2016

Community cringe. [Read more]

Which are the most beautiful (or weird/furry/ugly) children’s books?

October 20, 2016

Bring me your beautiful, ugly, weird, and furry books. [Read more]

2016 School library update

October 11, 2016

I’m trying to help build a kids’ library — looking for brilliant book ideas. [Read more]

On The Color Purple by Alice Walker

October 4, 2016

My favourite book. [Read more]

Jump!

October 3, 2016

This summer I took up pier jumping. [Read more]

After ten years of volunteering in school

September 27, 2016

I’d rather yank out my own stitches than miss a chance to read with children, but I also need to belong. [Read more]

The landscapes that dwarf us

September 22, 2016

It feels permanent; we hope it is. [Read more]

Wild storytelling with Grendalilly and Two Shoes

September 7, 2016

After days of trekking, paddling and swimming, when it was too dark to read and I was almost too tired to speak, I got the… [Read more]

Guardian Witness

September 6, 2016

A little creative outlet if you like photos and captions. [Read more]

Review: ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

September 4, 2016

This book took me places I haven’t been for a long time. I felt it. [Read more]

BARE REALITY: 100 WOMEN, THEIR BREASTS, THEIR STORIES by Laura Dodsworth.

August 29, 2016

A review. [Read more]

EVERYTHING LOVE IS by Claire King (@ckingwriter)

July 28, 2016

Claire King’s second novel, EVERYTHING LOVE IS, is out this week, and I recommend it. [Read more]

Summer updates and two summer reads

July 21, 2016

It’s been a horrible year but hey, it’s summer and that means READING. Plus I love Lari Don’s new book. [Read more]

The Chree

June 14, 2016

I couldn’t love you more. [Read more]

Boys, boys, boys

June 10, 2016

Our boys are fully capable of imagination, empathy, interest, and spectacular writing of their own. They need to choose what they read unhindered by adult… [Read more]

Sheep

May 25, 2016

Free imaginary sheep. [Read more]

The Grammatical Kittens and other SPaGs

May 10, 2016

Grammar and kittens. [Read more]

Reading The Hobbit aloud to children

March 8, 2016

‘Is it a pill you take before you get married?’ [Read more]

THE STONE BABY — Blue Five Notebook

February 29, 2016

THE STONE BABY is published at Blue Five Notebook, with author commentary about the lithopedion. [Read more]

And so I read SKELLIG

February 24, 2016

Not just for children. [Read more]

WHEN JANEY SEES CATS — The Pygmy Giant

February 22, 2016

Microfiction at The Pygmy Giant. [Read more]

Real-life narratives — staying safe

February 17, 2016

My children’s childhoods — what kind of narrative am I building? [Read more]

Creative nonfiction: should we write about the people we know?

February 13, 2016

We might be writers, but not all stories are ours to tell. [Read more]

After, again, and any road

February 7, 2016

What are you after? [Read more]

Children’s books — my 2016 reading list

January 12, 2016

This year, I’m going to read Skellig and about a hundred others. Watch this space. [Read more]

Going off-topic: how does it feel to not eat for two days?

January 10, 2016

How does it feel to not eat for a couple of days? [Read more]

The rain bird

November 25, 2015

The yaffle, or rain bird, plays beside my house. [Read more]

It’s been twenty years since I wrote a love letter

November 18, 2015

Love letters represent a brazen courage. [Read more]

Words that should exist: Smugnome

November 15, 2015

More smug than gnome. [Read more]

Bridport 2015 shortlist

October 17, 2015

The Bridport 2015 results are out. [Read more]

Empurple

October 7, 2015

Nothing like a bit of purple. [Read more]

Morrab Library book sale and a copy of AMBIT

September 27, 2015

How gorgeous is this? [Read more]

Another 100 books — comment on the @TES top 100 books for primary children

August 4, 2015

Some surprising omissions. [Read more]

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee — erm, is it supposed to look like that?

July 17, 2015

Oops. [Read more]

Books for children — which titles would you buy?

July 16, 2015

What are your three favourite books for children aged 4-11? [Read more]

MR STINK at Penlee Theatre

July 12, 2015

Brilliant. [Read more]

Little Fest stories and poetry at Penlee Theatre

July 11, 2015

Well done Penzance Litfest for laying on such a lovely afternoon. [Read more]

LONDON — in LANDMARKS, NFFD Anthology 2015

June 16, 2015

Sodium rain. Pre-bomb Victoria. Crowd sweating burgers and perfume. [Read more]

WIND SPINNER on the Fictionaut blog

May 26, 2015

The clink of metal on metal does not disturb her. [Read more]

Shortlisted (Queensferry Press, Best Small Fictions 2015)

April 8, 2015

Listed, yey! [Read more]

Writing Short Stories (nice surprises and new starts)

January 21, 2015

Love this. [Read more]

MAYBE A FOX — Ink Sweat and Tears

January 13, 2015

Flash fiction, online at Ink Sweat and Tears. [Read more]

So who is Father Christmas?

December 15, 2014

“Who is Father Christmas?” [Read more]

Just this

November 28, 2014

sadness and dreams of rising from ashes :: yes, metazen is dead.— frank hinton (@frankhinton) November 24, 2014 metazen (now some horrible non-lit site). 2016… [Read more]

The perfect writing competition?

October 25, 2014

Stories have been read. [Read more]

Does anyone know where I can find the anchoress story, please?

October 6, 2014

A few years ago, I read a story about an anchoress. [Read more]

If I could change one thing about my writing career…

September 22, 2014

I’d have a writing buddy. One who likes big, wet rocks overlooking the sea, and who doesn’t mind embarrassing dogs. [Read more]

The Rogue Theatre Summer Ball

August 28, 2014

If you want to see short stories in the wild, before we tame them or trap them in books, you need to head over to… [Read more]

Stories that I tell my children #1 The Bookcase and the Boy

August 11, 2014

The story with no name that I promised my son. [Read more]

Review: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

August 6, 2014

I just read A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride. [Read more]

Forty-four (Eighty-eight)

July 27, 2014

I’m going to live until I’m eighty-eight. [Read more]

Morrab Library

July 19, 2014

Filed under ‘cultural pearls’. [Read more]

June

June 30, 2014

In which someone new asked me how my writing was going. [Read more]

Metazen?

June 25, 2014

Nooooooo! [Read more]

Website design & how I started blogging @TheThemeFoundry

June 24, 2014

Cheers m’dears! [Read more]

VINEGAR in EATING MY WORDS — NFFD Anthology 2014

June 6, 2014

Flash fiction in the National Flash Fiction Day anthology, 2014. [Read more]

#bookadayuk — June 2014

June 5, 2014

Books, every day. [Read more]

The abandoned things

May 20, 2014

They beckon. [Read more]

My submissions diary

May 12, 2014

Here are my playgrounds. [Read more]

Small social deaths: the literary gaffe (and a literary sofa, and a literary giant)

May 9, 2014

I have not used the word ‘dollop’ since. [Read more]

So who puts mahoosive porkies on their writing CV?

April 23, 2014

I’m Queen…? [Read more]

Love this: nickname

March 21, 2014

Late middle English, OBVIOUSLY. [Read more]

Oak-aged

March 15, 2014

The other day I looked at my grey hair and receding gums and thought, I’m sure I was about twenty last time I checked. Or… [Read more]

Lost lands and old stories

February 24, 2014

Beautiful doesn’t, however, mean safe. [Read more]

Plots, pants, etc

January 20, 2014

I’ve heard a lot about ‘plotters and pantsers’ — there are enough articles (sss, ssss), and obviously my favourite would be this one, but that’s not… [Read more]

THE SUGAR-FREE SCENT OF TODAY at Metazen

December 17, 2013

Flash fiction online at Metazen. [Read more]

LITTLE HANDS OF HAPPINESS — Mslexia

December 8, 2013

How I carry on writing (200 words, online at Mslexia). [Read more]

I have moved!

December 5, 2013

I sit in a puddle of my own making, frightened and alone- [Read more]

Northwrite — collaborative fiction

November 1, 2013

Comment on collaborative fiction, online at Northwrite. [Read more]

Working for free

October 14, 2013

“Why would you start on a career if it’s not just impossible, but improper, to expect payment?” [Read more]

Gravity spine poems

August 18, 2013

Making poems out of the titles of books. [Read more]

An alternative writer’s retreat? Adventuring in the Scillies

August 17, 2013

We shook the plaster dust out of our hair, stepped onto a little boat, and sailed to the Scillies. [Read more]

The World’s Fastest Flower by Charlotte Simmonds

August 3, 2013

I received an absolutely gorgeous surprise this morning; a package containing THE WORLD’S FASTEST FLOWER by Charlotte Simmonds, a beautiful and evocative book of poems… [Read more]

Forays: Madron Well

July 28, 2013

Yes! Seen it! (2017 update.) [Read more]

A few competition links

July 4, 2013

Open now. [Read more]

A COIN, TWO COINS — What The Dickens? ‘The Busker’ Anthology

June 23, 2013

Flash fiction, available on Kindle. [Read more]

Heads up on flash fiction

June 21, 2013

Yesterday was International Flash Fiction Day — an incredible global outpouring of tiny pieces of fiction, including Flash Mob and National Flash Fiction Day, which… [Read more]

Flash Mob ’13: Lots of groovy flash (and… me)

June 20, 2013

So, you know that scene in Bridget Jones when she turns up to a party dressed as a bunny girl? I’m one of those people.… [Read more]

ROSE PETAL EYES in SCRAPS — NFFD Anthology 2013

June 15, 2013

Flash fiction in the NFFD 2013 anthology, SCRAPS. Available as Kindle or print copy. [Read more]

ALL PROUD — Flash Mob 2013

June 10, 2013

Flash fiction, highly commended in Flash Mob 2013, available to read online. [Read more]

NFFD 2013

June 4, 2013

The NFFD 2013 anthology acceptances have been announced. [Read more]

A most excellent book dedication

June 4, 2013

I have been sorting through our book archives, and finding pearls. [Read more]

Being compar’d

May 26, 2013

Sixty or seventy years after she absorbed Macbeth, I did the same, and we underlined the same words. [Read more]

On Goodreads

May 23, 2013

I’ve joined Goodreads — I’m here (do get in touch!), and I’ll try to hook up to my reviews when I post them. I’ve always felt… [Read more]

Flowery prose

May 5, 2013

I’ve dropped some flowers onto the blog. [Read more]

From the sublime…

May 1, 2013

The deadline was midnight. [Read more]

Thank YOU, World Book Day — for making us cry

March 7, 2013

World Book Day just made my children cry. Great. [Read more]

One man’s meat: Which writing competitions should you enter?

February 15, 2013

The gist was, “I’m only entering small competitions because I’m not good enough to enter the big ones.” [Read more]

What’s a typical debut novel advance?

February 11, 2013

A one-book deal might produce about £5,000. Maybe. Or nothing. Or a million. [Read more]

Reading: The Night Rainbow by Claire King

February 4, 2013

Review. [Read more]

Reading: Mother America by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

December 27, 2012

Mother America by Nuala Ní Chonchúir. [Read more]

The Next Big Thing

December 17, 2012

Unpublishable. [Read more]

Other people’s shorts

December 6, 2012

Other people’s shorts [Read more]

Conversations with S. Teri O’Type by Christopher Allen

September 14, 2012

“And where’s your dog?” Teri asks. “I don’t have one? Where’s yours?” “Cary Grant’s getting his nails done.” [Read more]

Why I have not bought a Kindle

July 12, 2012

I love Kindle — I’ve used it (far) more than hard copy this year — but what I don’t need is another device. [Read more]

The books we read (versus the books we expect to read)

June 30, 2012

Hands up, who’s failed to read a literary “must”? You know the one, the book with the gold-plated reviews, the one with its own stand in… [Read more]

Are you about to peak — or are you past your writing prime?

June 23, 2012

In terms of writing, I don’t believe that age limits… anything at all. [Read more]

Housewife with a Half-Life — Author interview with A. B. Wells

June 18, 2012

Author interview with AB Wells. [Read more]

At 2am

June 11, 2012

Tell me a dream, a good dream. [Read more]

All About Flash — NZ

May 31, 2012

Some lovely definitions of flash fiction up at All About Flash on the National Flash fiction Day NZ website. [Read more]

Wet kennings

May 22, 2012

We watched a bumble bee fly out to sea and I asked him to explain how the bumble bee flies and he cracked a joke. [Read more]

FIRST PERSON and WRAPPED in JAWBREAKERS — NFFD anthology

May 15, 2012

Flash fiction anthology. [Read more]

Groovy radio moment

May 15, 2012

groovy [Read more]

RIPENING and ALMOST in KISSING FRANKENSTEIN AND OTHER STORIES

May 9, 2012

My microfiction Ripening and nanofiction Almost are published in Flash Fiction Southwest’s anthology for National Flash Fiction Day: Kissing Frankenstein and Other Stories. Thanks to… [Read more]

THE COWARD’S TALE and author interview with Vanessa Gebbie

April 22, 2012

A. N. Wilson voted it his book of the year, it’s been compared to work by Dylan Thomas and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and on 28… [Read more]

Highly commended in 2012

March 12, 2012

A big thank you to Writers’ Forum Magazine for shortlisting/highly commending my stories in Issue #122 (January 2012), Issue #126 (May 2012) and Issue #135 (Jan… [Read more]

Why do we write (letters)?

January 28, 2012

I will never throw away those letters, even though the senders are now in their forties and would laugh hysterically if I were to show… [Read more]

The Normblog Profile 401: Martha Williams

December 23, 2011

The Normblog profile 401: Martha Williams. [Read more]

Too young to write, too old to count

November 22, 2011

While experience provides a wealth of stories to be mined, there is definitely a place for the brave, the idealistic… the clear, strong voice of… [Read more]

Are you a hermit?

October 7, 2011

In 1994, aged twenty-three, I stood in front of several hundred delegates in a hotel in South Kensington, and tried not to pee myself. [Read more]

Jonathan Pinnock, Proxima Books, and Tentacles — It’s Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens!

September 25, 2011

This post has been transferred in from a previous blog.  My thanks to  all who contributed or commented.  Jonathan, huge congratulations on the publication of… [Read more]

Words for Breakfast (and why we love longlists and Tania Hershman)

April 22, 2011

This post has been transferred in from a previous blog. Thanks to  all who contributed or commented.  The munching noise you hear… the slurping, the… [Read more]

PAY ATTENTION: A RIVER OF STONES (two mindful nano pieces)

February 16, 2011

Two mindful nano pieces. [Read more]

JOSHUA’S HAND – Cazart Flash Fiction

September 1, 2010

JOSHUA’S HAND won runner-up prize in the Cazart Flash Fiction competition and was included in the Jul-Sep 2010 Winners and Runners Up anthology (p.28 – read online… [Read more]

Welcome

February 24, 2009

Hi, welcome to my new blog — things will be trickling in slowly (but steadily). Do come in and have a rummage. [Read more]

My early TV career

February 29, 2000

Fashion GURU [Read more]