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X on a Corner Square

When Mum told me Grandma was moving in, she taught me how to play Scrabble. I didn’t think it was much fun, having to make the words you could, rather than the words you liked. It was not that sort of a game, Mum said, it was not really a game at all. When Grandma came, she turned me into a hologram. I was seen but not heard, not speaking until spoken to, so not speaking much at all. The sofa wasn’t my launchpad any more, it was her planet. I was stuck in orbit, sitting on the floor, where fidgeting was not allowed, no matter how quiet it was. I learned the pattern of the carpet off-by-heart, made up new words for all the browns, hoping Mum would ask me. Mum wasn’t talking much, probably bec

When stories find you

Logic says that mostly writing has made me more alert to stories waiting to be written, so that I seem to stumble across them more and more often. Gonzo, my creative brain, is telling me that, on the contrary, stories sense writers, lure us to their hiding places, hoping to tease and woo and hopefully obsess us. She’s using a trip to Hastings as evidence. Me, Gonzo and Mr G went there to learn one story, only to be importuned by several others. We didn’t go looking for the 1066 story that Hastings might remind you of, that lives up the road. We went with Trevor Hopper’s fascinating guide, to follow the secretive writer Robert Tressell to the places and events which influenced the writing of

How to become a fictional character

Having loved poor old January , here’s my idea for improving February: become fictional. Characters in novels aren’t mooching, bored, or apathetic - unless they’ve accidentally wandered into modernist lit and/or they’re a bit French. Fictional folks have adventures, intense experiences, they grow and learn. First things first: I wannabe the main character. Otherwise I’ll only have one defining feature, won’t get to say much all month, and will disappear for days or weeks at a time. Becoming an antihero is tempting, a few weeks of moral dubiety, but as its my first time being fictional I’ll play it safe and plump for being a hero. Second things second: some genres are out. I’m too squeamish

 
 
 
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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