December 28, 2016 · 8:48 PM
It rained on our last night in New Orleans.
But it wasn’t the rain that stopped us going out.
Strong, stable, always-in-control Jay had finally let his emotional guard down. Hunched on the bed, his shoulders jerked with each silent sob. He cried for his dad, for the emptiness and regret that comes when someone close to you dies.
I looked through the window at the glistening street below. The neon pinks and blues reflected in a puddle and shattered when a large water drop fell from the awning above.
It was ever more beautiful than I could have imagined.
I’ve been selected as a finalist for the Newcastle Herald Short Story competition this year and my story was published today in print and online. It’s a 1000 word piece called Bloodstained about a bird and a woman who find they have a lot in common. Have a read here and tell me what you think!
Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle each week where writers from around the world post 100 word stories based on a common photo prompt. For more information, and to read other stories, visit Rochelle’s page here.
July 23, 2014 · 6:57 PM
The office was too small. They’d just employed a bunch of temps and crammed them into the corner by the window.
‘Check this out!’ shouted Jeremy, pointing outside. Everyone but Julia rushed to the window. She just rolled her eyes.
She never liked short men. Jeremy and his brother were only 6 inches tall. She had a good two inches over both of them.
But when Jeremy and Simon began clambering over the temps, Julia stretched her slender wooden body across the room to have a look.
‘Is that it? A bearded man? And he’s not even using a proper computer!’
Today’s Friday Fictioneers is a #replyfiction to Mr Binks’ The Bearded Giant. To understand my piece, you might like to go there first.
Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/25-july-2014/
May 18, 2014 · 7:50 PM
I’m in the backseat. And the car is surrounded by goats.
‘Mavis. Susie. Clementine.’ He acknowledges each of them as they pass.
‘Darl, look! It’s Josie. She’s just about to pop like you.’
I groan as another contraction reaches its peak.
He furrows his brow and mutters, ‘She seems to be handling it better though.’
‘Just. Get. Us. Moving! For God’s sake.’
‘Oh look, Darl! Josie’s coming to say hello.
The goat sticks her head through the open back window and bleats a loud ‘baaaaa’ right into my face.
I really shouldn’t have married a goat farmer.
Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: