Wild & Improbable Tales – Play On

The record had played itself out hours ago but it spun tunelessly on. The rhythmic scratch and bump of the needle a counter point to their slow and steady breathing, whispering through the quiet dark. No words passed their lips, no flitting shadow broke their gaze. Gentle fingers on warm skin was all the language [...]

Achieving the Impossible – The NaNo Adventure

With November fast approaching and another #preptober well underway, it occurred to me that I never did write anything about my experience of completing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) last year. I've watched from the sidelines for many years as writers all over the world took the plunge - I even create a NaNoWriMo account [...]

Today We Stand With Planet Earth

Today, people around the world are taking to the streets, joining in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and the thousands of young people who have been supporting Fridays For Future, to demand urgent action in response to the climate crisis. My workmates and I will be joining the march in Manchester - our company being one [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Drifting

We had been floating for days. The mainland long out of sight. With no power and scant amounts of food, people were starting to get desperate. We still didn't understand what had happened, why this little bit of land had just broken off and floated away. Pulled on an invisible current too...where? We still had [...]

What Would I Do Without You?

SometimesThe world seems to spin off its axisCrazy, out of controlAnd I can't get a handle on it,I don't know how to dealWith the resulting riptideOr the rising tsunamiWhich threatens to overwhelmEverything. I feel so small. And I call out,I reach and cry for youPull you close like a shieldTight like a blanketAnd trustThat - [...]

Watch.Read.Listen.Love. – Summer Edition

A little while ago, I signed up to received daily emails from The Good Trade. Ordinarily, I hate daily emails because I never get around to reading them, they're always too long and they clog up my inbox so I just end up unsubscribing. Not so with this one. The Daily Good is short, sweet [...]

Creative Spotlight – Morgan Harper Nichols

Back in March, a friend shared a post to their Instagram story that was so lovely I felt compelled to share it myself. I headed over to the artist's account and immediately discovered myself lost in a world of beautiful art and words that spoke eloquently to...well...life. Morgan Harper Nichols is a talented artist, writer [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Unseen

He passes, unseen, through the early morning market. Cloaked in shadow, slipping between the stalls, none mark him for what he is. Only the dead eyes of the morning's catch notice that he is more than shade - but their time for talking is long gone, and so it doesn't matter. Even he doesn't know [...]