The Machine That Knew Everything [excerpt]

Here’s an excerpt from a story I’m currently writing. It takes a few twists and turns from this fairly civilized opening to explore domestic violence and the trauma of ‘knowing’. Matted brushes press against grey membranes. Two round gaseous orbs resembling eyes suggest that alterity is endured. A wheezing comes through its little twisted voice…

Why my banana guard is a time machine…

I believe that my banana guard is a time machine. I’ve wanted make a case for this … case for a long time, but I’ve never had the … time. But perhaps if I had a lot of it on my hands, time that is, it might become a book that might read something like this.

the fear of phantoms: testing the experiential effects of terra sigillata

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With the secret comes the end…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Not for Thee.” “Once you know it, you can unlock everything. It’s the greatest advice you could ever be given. No, I’m not telling you.” Grandpa had it all: white hair, a wise old wrinkled face, a deep methodical voice. And of course when I was young…

Not all those who wonder are lost

[Intentional misquote for title] In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “An Extreme Tale.” “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Gina liked to recall quotes from novels while staring at the images and data gathered from the satellite telescope. To look at that vast expanse of space, pulled…

Chain-blog Gang

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Winning Streak.” The system has changed a lot. Used to be that you’d be given manual labour: clearing the land of rocks and roots so that new roads or railways could be built. But in the digital age, the labour is electronic. Some in the west wing…

The world is an organism, language is blood

Subtle Sci-fi 0005 Premise: Everyone gets to coin a word. Eyeleap /ʌɪliːp/ seeing something as if seeing it through the fingers It used to be the case that when you reached 60 years of age you could submit your word to the national register. For a previous generation there was a sense of ceremony about…

Grateful and Guilty

In response to Grateful and Guilty | The Daily Post Dear Writer or Producer of ‘Mugwhah’, I watched the first three pilot episodes of your programme . It lacked historical authenticity; the narrator was a bore; the main female protagonist – Mugwhah the witch – was underdeveloped and it generally conformed to cultural stereotypes. The…

An Interactive Story that needs your help…

A few weeks ago I began an interactive story called Mugwhah. It’s been fun to write, and I’ve enjoyed having to respond to people’s choices. But so far, not many folk have been voting. So this post is an attempt to get more people involved. Here’s the story so far: – William, the son of…

Resounding Irony

In response to Oh, The Irony | Daily Post “It was a resounding victory”, Terrance declared. For Victoria, who was right next to him at the large meeting table, this announcement was overly loud. And she gazed up at his face from an awkward position and narrowed her eyes in resentment at his choice of…

Mugwhah: the story determined by you… (part VI)

So the 1990s turned out to be a vivid hallucination brought on by an ancient earth tablet. And William finds himself back on Medieval terra ferma, at the mercy of vindictive coutriers. Meanwhile, Mugwhah, now branded a sympathiser with the devil, awaits execution. This story is determined by readers votes… If you want to read…