Earth to Earth

Image by mitsuecligsx from Pixabay

Not everything that I write is successful. ‘Earth to Earth’ was unplaced in Microcosms Flash Fiction competition – Microcosms 169 – on 30/09/2019.  I thought that it was a reasonable little poem but the judge favoured other entries. That’s how it goes sometimes. You can’t win them all.

The rules required a story in no more than 300 words in response to the following prompts: Character – Coloniser / Location- A”New World” / Genre – Poem or Character – Pilot / Location – Space, Another Planet / Genre – Sci-fi/Fantasy. The story had to be written and submitted within a two day deadline.

VSS 365 Anthology – release date

#VSS 365 Anthology release date.

Mark A. King (Editor) says

‘I’ve been working day and night to get the anthology ready.

Thank you to all those that responded while we were performing author checks. Reading the stories, communicating with the authors (and those that contribute each day) has reaffirmed what an incredible pool of talent we have and what a genuinely charming and beautiful bunch of people are in the community. It’s heartwarming and makes all the effort worthwhile.

So, thanks to some very long days and nights, the book is ready much earlier than I anticipated. I have given it a release date of 23rd Sept.

Go to Amazon in your country and search for “vss365 anthology”

The KDP (Kindle) account has been set up so that all the royalties go directly to the children’s literacy charity, The Book Bus.’

The Acrostics Distraction Technique

Background Image by Peter H from Pixabay
Background Image by Peter H from Pixabay

I just knew that all that acrostics practice on #vss365 and #davidlpogson on Twitter  would pay off one day.  I now have my short story ‘The Acrostics Distraction Technique’ winning the Judge’s Pick of the Microcosms Flash Fiction competition – Microcosms 167 – on 17/08/2019.  The rules required a story in no more than 300 words in response to the following prompts.

Character – Prisoner/ Location – Jailhouse/ Genre – Comedy

The story had to be written and submitted within a two day deadline. ‘The Acrostics Distraction Technique’ was the Judge’s choice as the winner. Read it for free by clicking on ‘The Acrostics Distraction Technique’ or Microcosms 167.

‘Ancient’ in the 2019 #VSS365 Anthology

My very short story entry for 1 June 2019 on #vss365 on Twitter was chosen out of thousands of entries for publication in Volume 1 of the 2019 #VSS365 Anthology. Entry was via a 280 character Tweet. The prompt word changed every day. I based my entry on the prompt word ‘Ancient’. I like to combine my stories with an acrostic. I’ll post a link when the Anthology is published.

Awaiting the Death of Spin

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

My poem ‘Awaiting the Death of Spin’ will published in Issue 6 of Lucent Dreaming after the end of July 2019 and can only be read there. I will post again when it is released. The theme is ‘Sedition’ reflecting on ‘the relationship between people and power’. So it’s not fake news, but it’s about fake news.

The Brigadier

LRGS CCF Record Card
LRGS CCF Record Card

I’m pleased to say that my short storyThe Brigadier’ was published in the General Nonfiction Section of the Storyhouse Writers Showcase by The Preservation Foundation on 3 July 2019.  The story intertwines two events  nearly forty years apart, revealing true character and determination. Read it for free by clicking on the highlighted link. 

Graveyard Shift – published

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I’m pleased to say that my flash fiction short story ‘Graveyard Shift’ has been published by Sirens Call Publications in its freely downloadable eZine ‘The Sirens Call’ Issue 45 just released.  The theme was ‘Distant Screams’. Read it for free by downloading the eZine at Sirens Call PublicationsJust Click on the highlighted link. It’s on page 101 (not Room 101).