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When plot goes pear-shaped

Word after word, sentence by sentence you fly through your imagined world, hand in hand with your made-up friend, soaring cause to effect towards the perfect ending, just beyond the horizon, over that glorious rise. Wait. It’s flat. Where are we? No, not that word, but this. What were you saying? But, why? You fall off the end of an unfinished sentence, alone, through colourless nothing. There’s only you and the blinking cursor. That’s how it feels to me, messing up a a story, no longer knowing it, all doubt. It’s always a horrible surprise. It really shouldn’t be, by now. But, I swear and stomp up and down, until I remember doing so many times before. Then, I make a fresh cup of tea, pull u

A Writer's Robot

Any minute now, we’ll all have robots in our homes. Hoorah! Even better, we won’t have to go to the office, because another robot will be doing our job - with greater reliability, less resentment, no swearing, or taking a suspiciously long time to make tea, or maintaining circular discussions of 80s pop lyrics with its coworkers. I’ll be able to write all day. Whoop! Which robot do I want to help me with that? C3P0 talks too much. Bender would drink all my booze. Marvin the Paranoid Android may have a brain the size of a planet, but all his million ideas point to certain death. ‘Don't you call me a mindless philosopher you overweight glob of grease!’ C3PO, Star Wars ‘My story is a lot like y

 
 
 
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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