I’m coming to the conclusion that I don’t have time for wholeass novels that don’t pass the Bechdel test. I get that you might have a harder time making it happen if you’re writing a first person narrative with a male narrator, but… no, actually that’s not an excuse. Have a scene in which the … Continue reading Savage reviews: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
OK people, I’m back. Inktober didn’t kill me. Actually I’ve been asked so many times now to self-publish my Inktober flash fic ramblings that I’m looking to do that. But I don’t want to charge money for a very small book that only contains things that are freely available on my blog, so I’m working … Continue reading What’s long, hard and full of crude?
The first time the children came to Ethel’s door, she was confused. Then she was irritated, partly at having to haul her aching bones out of her comfortable chair, and partly because she suspected the children had seen her confusion and misinterpreted it. “Harvest festival!” they chimed. “I’m sorry? What is this? Did you want … Continue reading Inktober 31/10/19: Ripe
Call me Mr Fuzzybutt. Some time ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no kibble in my bowl, and with many hours before dusk, I thought I would explore the skirting boards in the kitchen, for whatever small beasts might lurk in the shadowy parts. It was there that I met … Continue reading Inktober 30/10/19: Catch
(It's okay to have mixed feelings about this one. I do myself, which is why I'm adding a little clarification here for those who don't know me well. This is fiction which does not represent my own views. I am not an antivaxxer. I think they are 100% wrong about the facts. But I do … Continue reading Inktober 29/10/19: Injured
Are YOU a wandering adventurer who likes to slaughter goblins? Perhaps YOU are a great warrior, out to avenge the death of your brother and claim the throne of some kingdom nobody cares about! Are YOU a badass freaking wizard who needs to show up at unpredictable moments to reveal important information? Are you frustrated … Continue reading Inktober 28/10/19: Ride
(This flash fiction won't make a lot of sense if you've not read my novel I'm afraid.) Dear Kelsen, I am returning the coat you left with me this past lacuna. I congratulate you on your agility in getting away without it: it's a trick I usually watch out for. Crunch is a good little … Continue reading Inktober 27/10/19: Coat