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Between the tides

Toes in the sea, heels on land, she watches the horizon curve, flat grey sliding below flat grey, emptiness. A step forward, wondering if she’d take another, taking two. Knee deep, feet unseen and sinking. Her skirts rise around her as she counts to seven and everything below her waist is water. Nine and ten and the cold rises to her heart. Left hand to right shoulder, right hand to left, holding herself, ready. Sighing her breath away into air, she hears song, looks back. A lad writes a line along the shore, he’s seeing her, waving his cap, calling to her. She’s drawn, away and toward. A gull laughs, another too. She waves back. First published in Ad Hoc Fiction

On pertinacity

'Spending all that time writing, nothing coming of it, must get you down.' So said a People to me this week. Instead of changing the subject, which I did so politely that People knew I was cross, here’s how I should have replied... True, the novels I’ve written are, right now, loved only by me and my one-man fan club. It's also true that, however much I believe in them, and whichever route I take, they may never be read by many. Writing is like that. Yes, I own fewer shiny things than once I did. I’m no longer sure I’ll see all the faraway places. Life is riskier than it was, my future less secure. Writing is like that too. But, you're wrong to suppose I’ve gained nothing from writing. It br


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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