#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 [...]

Here & Now

Outside my window… the sky is a bruised grey and sends down a smattering of rain - the first in a few days. Everything seems sleepy. My own reluctance to leave my cosy bed echoed in the world outside. I am thinking… about how different life has been these last couple of months and how [...]

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 [...]

Stonecrop Review and Reconnecting With Nature

Yesterday, I started reading Stonecrop Review: a journal of urban nature writing, art and photography. I'm only about halfway through the journal but it's prompted such reflection that I felt compelled to write about it. It is a wonderfully thought out publication: the writing is insightful, the illustrations immersive, and the overall aesthetic so clean [...]

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 [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Taste and Remember

The memory of that taste was the only happy thing he had left. The tang, the mellow creaminess. He remembered his mother standing at the makeshift worktop in their sparse kitchenette; he remembered the cracked, red fingers of her gentle hands unwrapping the wax paper as though she were opening a parcel of the finest [...]