Whilst Turning to Bone

Long-listed for the TSS Quartery 2000 prize.   She remembered the look on people’s faces when she had said that she didn’t understand what the protest was about. The flags made it obvious, didn’t they? The marching flute bands, the uniforms? This was a group of people who felt that their culture was being threatened…

An Interactive story that you _____________ .

At first it was a frivolous medieval farce; then ‘Mugwhah’ was recast as a television show. With this meta-fictional twist Susan entered the frame. An astute writer, she began scrutinising the political potential of the ‘Mugwhah’ narrative. Could she transform an ailing, kitsch, erotic drama about a witch and a hapless courtier into something worthwhile?…

All colours black…

In response to the Local Colour | Daily Prompt . He pushed the little box towards me through the thick dusty air. The patterned surface was various shades of grey, like everything else around us. His ashen face, covered in soot, had a wry grin smeared across it. We were both having to make every…

Mugwhah: The story determined by you… (Part IV)

Following reader votes, Mugwhah takes a leap through the genres to become a TV show in the 1990s. If you want to pick up the story from the beginning visit the Mugwhah Page, otherwise dive in and determine how the story goes… *** As the credits role in Susan presses her finger tips into her…

Calling all followers to participate…

Dear Followers, I’ve been running an interactive story from my blog for the last few weeks. It’s updated every Sunday. BUT HERE’S THE THING… If no one votes on what happens next, well, nothing happens next. So, please take a look and cast your vote by visiting the Mugwhah page, here. I’d welcome your own…

Mugwhah: the contuining story determined by you… (12 Oct)

This story is determined by readers’ votes. If you’d like to start from the beginning then please click here. Otherwise, dive right in and decide what happens next… *** “Earth tablets, or terra sigillata, are ancient remedies. The most coveted were drawn from the Lemnos, a holy Greek island. Earth from this area had a…

Change the course of (t)history…

The next part of the interactive saga Mugwhah will be released today… For a chance to change the course of events click here and vote!

Certain investment

Daily Prompt | Humble Pie: Tell us about a time you found out after the fact that you’d been mistaken and you had to eat a serving of humble pie. “I can tell you emphatically, Mr Lewis, there is no problem here. It is a very straight forward case and the checks and balances we…

Blog as Sketchbook

The next Subtle Sci-fi story will be out soon. In the meantime you may want to catch up with the following: For posts relating to the development of the  next Subtle Sci-fi story, 0005: Help, I’m writing a wedding farce! The wonderful Emma Harrison Initial ideas for 0005 To read finished stories in the series…

Haiku: The road to the North

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! What about a murder mystery in 5 haikus? *** Pale dead body Grayling is finally cold His eyes stare North *** A weeping widow Wails about her love for him They met when nineteen *** Police Inspector Sees shadows across the grounds Her dark story forms *** With a long sharp…