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#fridayflash : Letters Home

#fridayflash, Writing By March 1, 2013 14 Comments

I fill letters home with tales of a happier me: a young woman sitting in the shade on her balcony, trying to read a children’s book in Greek, and nodding “Kalimera” at the neighbour opposite, who is hanging out her washing and admiring our tomato plants. There’s no place for the flatmate tending to his marijuana plants strategically placed between…

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Gunilla and the Deer

#fridayflash, Writing By November 16, 2012 Tags: , 16 Comments

When the first mist ribbon had snaked its way out of the forest and wrapped itself around their Saab on the road from Gothenburg, he understood how you could feel at home in a place for the first time in his life. Like being on one of those paths that only last for a limited time in fairy tales, before…

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Poem: ‘Time Capsule’

Poetry, Writing By July 4, 2012 Tags: , , 4 Comments

For writers’ group this month we had ‘time capsule’ as our prompt and this got me looking around my office and thinking about what I would choose to put into one. In the end, I decided that I’d want to put in the one thing you can’t always hold onto – MEMORIES – but that can come back to you…

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#fridayflash – Welcome to Potirissi

#fridayflash, Prose, Writing By May 18, 2012 Tags: , , 16 Comments

Efthalia noticed the changes on her walk to the market that day. The worst potholes in the road had been filled in with great clods of earth, grass, roots and all. She almost stumbled on its evenness. Cratered for as long as she could remember, she’d often found her way home through the ruts and swells of the road in…

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#fridayflash – The Man Who Was Eaten Away

#fridayflash, Prose, Writing By May 11, 2012 Tags: , , 13 Comments

“It’s over. I can’t see you anymore,” Lucy had said to him over the phone. “Not now it’s summer.” What does that have to do with anything?” he’d said to the dialling tone. He looked out of the window at the park opposite his flat and saw nothing but couples and families. He put his palm flat on the glass…

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#fridayflash – Doppelgänger

#fridayflash, Writing By May 4, 2012 Tags: , , 15 Comments

“Don’t I know you?” She’d heard him perfectly well but looked up and said, “I’m sorry?” He shifted in his seat. “I was just saying, I thought I knew you. You look familiar. I’m sure I’ve met you or seen you somewhere before…” She half-smiled, dipping her head down a fraction. “We have? You know, I can’t place you, sorry….

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Visiting Jim

#fridayflash, Writing By March 16, 2012 21 Comments

He dislikes lying to matron. She is, after all, a decent enough person. But if he told her the truth, she would never let him go. She would probably force him to join in more of the activities at the nursing home. He thinks activities a strange choice of word when the home only really has a dimly-lit television lounge,…

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Another Year, Another NaNoWriMo

Online writing resources, Writing By December 1, 2011 Tags: 9 Comments

I wasn’t going to do NaNoWriMo again this year. Right up until October 27th, I was firmly in the “Been there, Done that, Got the Winner 2010 Blog Badge” camp. And then I had an email exchange with a Twitter pal… …and, as you can tell from the shiny new blog badge, I decided to do NaNoWriMo again this year,…

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Guest Post: Author Sue Moorcroft

Authors, Writing By March 11, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , 7 Comments

All I’ve been thinking about for the past couple of weeks is the rewrites on my work novel, Love & Freedom, which comes out on 1 June 2011. Rewrites, rewrites, rewrites, REWRITES.

Rewrites or editing or polishing or revisions – they come under several titles but they’re an inevitable part of a writer’s life. As soon as your work comes under the scrutiny of a fresh pair of eyes, every scamped piece of research, saggy bit, hole in the plot or break in the continuity might as well be highlighted in neon pink. To the fresh pair of eyes, that is, not to you – or you’d put it right before you sent it in.

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Significant Other Blogfest

Writing By January 21, 2011 Tags: , , 29 Comments

Hello! It’s Squizzey here. I’m Kaff’s muse, pal, nutty special someone, a well cool dude, and head of the squirrel crew behind The Nut Press. I’m taking over the blog today as part of The Significant Other Blogfest. (Check out the link for everyone else taking part – I mean, obviously no one else has a Significant Other as cool…

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