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Places that tell stories

‘You see, there is something called the spirit of a place.’ Peter Ackroyd. A photo of the abandoned factory. I think I see a man's face, watching us from a broken window. Looking closer, he's reflected the wing mirror of the rusting bus, bearded, scowling, becoming uncanny. I have the sense that I could rationalise him into light and shade. But, weeks after I refused to enter the place, I'm still freaked out by it, by the sense that only bad stuff happens there. I hold Peter Ackroyd partly responsible. His novels* convinced me, when I hadn’t been around much, that certain streets or parishes have a character, the fundamentals of which go unchanged through the centuries, be they painted ove

Not being afraid

'Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.' Rudyard Kipling There are many things to fear in this world. We generally ignore those until they happen. If, like me, you come up with loads of other things to be scared about, all the time, take heart: you can’t be brave unless you’ve been afraid first. Some people have an inner critic, mine buddies up with my inner doomsayer. Together they can make me dread myself and almost everything else. They make really stupid suggestions. Here's a small sample of stuff I shouldn't have been scared of but was/am: Spontaneous combustion (lying still in bed so that I didn’t create friction, too scared to sleep). The creation of a r

How to make a daydream

Daydreaming is my favourite hobby and my default state. I’ve always done it. What better, when the real world insists on being stupid, than to pop somewhere else? If you’re wondering what’s in a daydream, based only on my experience, it’ll be a really cool version of you in a made-up or re-imagined scenario, with fictional or redrafted other people/ animals/ aliens/ ghosts/ talking tech. You do whatever cool-you would do in that situation, possibly backing up and trying again if that doesn’t work out so well. It feels like a good habit, one that limbers up my creativity. Apparently, by which I mean, Mr Google says, The Science backs me up on this, it also says daydreaming: Beefs up my proble

 
 
 
About

Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.

 

You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

 
 
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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

 
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