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 [...]

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 [...]

#WriteUpJuly – Week 4 (and a bit)

I can't quite believe July has been and gone (where is the year disappearing to?!). Before I share my final round up post for week 4 (and a bit) of the #writeupjuly challenge I want to give a huge shout out to the lovely Emily Morgan of Write Up for hosting it. It's been a brilliant challenge to [...]

#WriteUpJuly – Week 3

It’s time for my (slightly delayed) week 3 round up of the #writeupjuly challenge I’m taking part in a over on Instagram, hosted by the lovely Emily Morgan of Write Up. The challenge – #writeupjuly – gives writers the chance to introduce themselves and their current works in progress to the Instagram writing community (which, by the way, is just [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Ticket to Nowhere

Thumbing the dog-eared corner of her passport she regarded the departures board. There were no blank pages left: every inch of space was layered with stamps from every corner of the globe. And yet...and still...she longed to keep going. To find some undiscovered corner. To get lost. Utterly lost in thought, she didn't see the [...]

#WriteUpJuly – Week 2

It's time for my week 2 round up of the #writeupjuly challenge I’m taking part in a over on Instagram, hosted by the lovely Emily Morgan of Write Up. The challenge – #writeupjuly – gives writers the chance to introduce themselves and their current works in progress to the Instagram writing community (which, by the way, is just the best [...]

#WriteUpJuly – Week 1

This month I’m taking part in a challenge over on Instagram hosted by the lovely Emily Morgan of Write Up. The challenge - #writeupjuly - gives writers the chance to introduce themselves and their current works in progress to the Instagram writing community (which, by the way, is just the best place) and to engage [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – In The Lamplight

All was in darkness and silence. Only the feeble glow of the lamp provided any relief. It was in the cone fo that yellow light that I observed him: the little daemon at the foot of my bed. He perched there, unmoving except for the slow blink of his black eyes, and regarded me with [...]

Dragon Harp

The harp, it was said, summoned dragons. No one in town really held with that kind of nonsense; dragons, along with faeries and elves, had been consigned to legend. Even so, there was an air of suspicion around the fine gold instrument for, though it had stood encased in glass for centuries, it still gleamed [...]