Friday, 31 October 2014

Brace! Brace! Brace!

You can have up to three goes at this flash fiction competition with a $50 prize. Each should be between 50 and 750 words.

Friday Freebie - You can find free downloads here. Appropriately for today there's a ghost story.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


A crag is a steep or rugged rock. Craggy can refer to a human face or the landscape and means rugged or rough textured. There are other versions of the word, for example in Scotland* the scenery got craggier as we approched the highlands, it was craggiest on Skye where the landscape is craggily magnificent.

Btw the pictures are all to illustrate craggy landscapes. It's purely coincidental that the same photographer just happens to be in all of them not long after remarking on the size of my bum.

*yes I have been to Scotland. I have some pictures if you'd like to see them ...

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Mystery solved?

For those of you wondering what this was, you can get a much better view of it here. Even closer up and not covered by the sea it's still difficult to identify, but luckily there's a written description.

Pictures may paint a thousand words, but sometimes they're not the right words.

Monday, 27 October 2014

What happens next?

This unusual competition is perfect for those whose mind goes blank when told they can write about anything. The character and beginning of the plot are provided.

Entrants do have to agree to their story (or stories as you can send three) being used in an anthology, but you couldn't sub a story that's only partly yours eleswhere anyway. As far as I can make out publication and publicity are the only prize.

As a break from my photos of Scotland here's one I took in Dorest (which is where you send your entries so it's kind of relevant)

Saturday, 25 October 2014


Fancy having a go at Sci-fi? There's £200 on offer for the winner of this competition. The competition is intended to highlight new, unprofessional writers (check the rules as it means new sci-fi writers. Sales in other areas probably won't make you ineligible)

Do you know what the photo is of? As a clue, I took it on our trip to Scotland. 103 points to anyone who gets it right.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Are you serious?

I'm not really a very serious person in general (had you noticed?) but I'm serious about my writing and do have plans and ambitions. How about you? Do you take parts of your life seriously?

Those who have serious writing ambitions and have had at least one story published can try this competition. The prize is £1,000.

Here's me with my dad's puppy Willow. She's seriously cute and hasn't she grown? The other dog is Bramble and she belongs to my step mum. Bramble isn't a pup (although she thinks she is).

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Crenellations of Tantallon

You might have known that crenellation is the uppy downy bits on battlements. You can have a point if you did. To crenallate is to provide a castle or tower with crenellation.

Did you know the uppy downy parts also have proper names? The gaps are crenels or crenelles. The bits between are merlons. Here's a sign to prove I don't just make all this stuff up.

And here's a picture of a castle, showing crenallation, which was taken on our recent trip and is obviously the entire reason for choosing today's word of a week. It's called Tantallon - isn't that a fantastic name for a castle?

We got there early and had the place to ourselves for the first half hour. I really must work it into a story.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

You knew already

I've been interviewed by Creative Frontiers. My answers perhaps make me seem a little odd, but if you've been following this blog you'll be used to that.

Here's an old, but date appropriate, picture of me pretending to be left handed.

And here's a competition for those of you who have real life experiences which would make a good story.

Sally has details of a competition which involves writing by hand. I can do the writing part, finding anyone who can read it is much harder.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Day Death Wore Boots

This spookily good collection of short stories is available from Amazon and the publishers as an ebook or paperback.

Good cover isn't it?