Apparent Versatility

Many thanks to the lovely Sarah Remy for considering me versatile enough for this award!

Here are the rules of The Versatile Blogger Award, should you choose to accept it. You don’t have to accept if you don’t want to:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State seven things about yourself.
4. Nominate fifteen bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so they get notified by pingback.


Seven Eight things about me:

1. I hate peas.

2. If I had one wish, I would wish for a teleportation device.

3. Bumblebees are not just my favourite insect; they are in my top three favourite animals.

4. I can speak backwards fluently.

5. I have a superpower: I can tell when an otherwise healthy plant needs water just by looking at it. From the other side of a room.

6. I once got accidentally locked in a monkey house.

7. I loathe the number seven, so there will be Eight Things.

8. I can read music.


My nominees (six will have to do for now):

A Practical Crown – a talented writer and my good friend, Emma Osborne.

HeadShotWords – another great writer, Richard Ireland.

My Little Book Blog – a lovely blog devoted to book love.

Fi Michell – Fi’s blog is a recent discovery. A fellow writer worth checking out!

Fictigristle – home of James Beamon, fearless rejection-slayer.

The Green Pencil – I envy anyone who can draw well.

News from the Grindstone

My latest story is out! ‘Dark Keys, Light Keys’ has just been published online by Sorcerous Signals and its sister print publication, Mystic Signals. I originally wrote this story years ago and its various drafts along the way have included several serious rewrites. I was losing hope of it finding a home when Sorcerous Signals accepted it in January, so it’s great to see it finally out there.

It’s free to read online, so grab a steaming mug of liquorice tea and give it a gander. There’s a friendly little link to make a donation if you enjoy it, and the magazine divides up 75% of the proceeds as a royalty for us contributors. This is pretty unusual… not many magazines pay royalties. If you like what you see (there are ten more pieces in the current issue), consider chucking a few pennies in the pot.

In the meantime, I’ve got four other stories doing the rounds and I’m working on drafts of two more as well as Chapter Three of the novel. Plus, I’m under contract with Stupefying Stories for a piece they accepted last month. So it’s all go!

Dialogues with Talking Heads



I recently read ‘Dialogues with Talking Heads’, by James Beamon. He’s recently published the novelette on Amazon, and it’s a superb little read. If you’ve ever read any of his short stories, you’ll know he has a great knack for wit and humour, and this story is no exception. He’s managed to successfully combine detective noir and science fiction to create a fine blend of genres that work despite their seeming incongruity.

The story is based around futuristic technology that allows communication with the recently deceased. This idea is developed to the point where it’s completely believable, and creates some interesting emotional depth along the way. When a sudden death appears to be a locked-room murder, it’s the ability to speak to the dead that ultimately cracks the case, with some twists and turns along the way.

This one kinda has everything: murder mystery, romance, humour, poignance, and some darned good sci-fi. If you’re after a short, satisfying read, look no further.

Get hold of it here!