Don’t walk home alone, not at this time of night, my friends say, waving at me from a table of empty cocktail glasses, flapping like a gaggle of geese. I’ll be fine, I say, I’ll text you when I’m home. Are you sure? they ask, but it’s more a way of allaying their own fears. Yes, I’ll be fine. I walk out of the bar, keys in hand, each one pushed between my fingers — a miniature Edward Scissorhands — EarPods in, mobile phone clutched in the other hand. I wore flats, because that’s what you do when you might need to run. It’s normal, except that it’s not. Normal is wearing what you like, not thinking about when you might need to run or who you would need to call, it’s not turning the music down in case there’s a Come over here, Love. Oi. You. I’m talking to you.
The guide ushers us through rooms with a sweeping arm movement. You see a windmill. She points to a Rembrandt and a Picasso as though they are the same. Her crimson lipstick has left its mark on her upper tooth, reminds you of a girl you used to take salsa classes with, until she vanished. … Continue reading Sacred Halos
WordPress sent me a notification this week to say that I’d published 200 posts, and they think this is worth celebrating. 200 posts! It sounds a lot, but it’s been built up over time, much like the rest of my writing. Sometimes the task of writing a novel or putting a short story, flash fiction … Continue reading Blogging as a Writer: Why It’s Worthwhile and How to Build Up Over Time
I’m thrilled to share the news that my quirky little story, This is the Year I Learn to Float, which began to form at a SmokeLong Quarterly workshop, with editors, Helen Rye and Christopher Allen, will be published by National Flash Fiction Day in their Flash Flood journal at around on 26 June for National … Continue reading National Flash Fiction Day
I've recently updated my Amazon Author Central page. It's important to keep websites, bios and pages like Amazon Author Central up to date, but why create an Amazon Author Central page at all? Is it worth it? In a word, yes. It pulls all of your work together in to one place, if you link … Continue reading Writing an author bio and making use of Amazon Author Central