Melbourne Noir Novel: Blackened Rose

Do you read noir? How about Contemporary Australian neo noir? Well, here it is. A bit earlier than planned, but there's this thing, StorytellerUK2021, and I was talked into publishing the story for that. It means it's only available on Amazon for the duration of the competition. Update: Free on Amazon Sept 3-5! Would you … Continue reading Melbourne Noir Novel: Blackened Rose

Pop-Ups on Litopia – It’s Today!

Yes, it really is today, at 5pm (or 1700 hrs) London time (you need to check the time for your zone, because for me, it's sometime after zero-dark-hundred and before sparrow-fart (around 0130 in the blessed apres midis)). Your Chance to see what professional writers, editors, publishers, agents have to say about submissions from authors. … Continue reading Pop-Ups on Litopia – It’s Today!

Conflict, suspense, and tension

(Okay, let's just pretend it's Friday and I'm doing my weekly update on the subject that came up several weeks ago) (The pic comes from Fandango and his Flash Fiction Challenge, except I'm not writing fiction -- or am I?) photo from Nicolae_Balt at Pixabay.com. Conflict: See that balloon? The conflict comes from the character … Continue reading Conflict, suspense, and tension

A Day Early

And still a dollar or so short ... But, here's the 500 word max story: Gran’s Last Diary Entry The big storm. That’s when it happened. Lightning and thunder scare the grumpkins outta the dog, and she patters around, panting and whining and fretting. Nobody sleeps. That’s why I was awake, why I saw it. … Continue reading A Day Early

Boundaries

A short story 500-ish words. The old lady ahead of Alec in the bus queue smelled of chocolate and old drawers. She squinted at him. “What?” Alec asked. “Do you want me to tell you where the bus goes?” she said. “No. I know where I’m going.” He was leaving home. Forever. He’d never be … Continue reading Boundaries