Oh the joy of slicing through the water driven by the thrust of your legs, your arms, your back, the only sounds being the slap of waves against the hull and the rhythmic creaking of the oarlocks as you row. That he’d had to give it all up for this dingy cabin which reeked of diesel was unbearable.… Read more
A flash fiction about a chance encounter full of ambiguity and unspoken dialogue.
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
“Madame,” she said, as she reined in the fluffy enthusiasm of her dog that was eager to get in its own wet-nosed hello.… Read more
A flash fiction about the impossibility of magic and the possible transgression of trying to make magic work in reality.
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
“Magic is the eruption of the impossible in the domain of the possible,” the old professor said, leaning forward and lowering his voice as if he were part of a conspiracy.… Read more
The difficulties and questioning of an earnest young man who doesn’t fit in society, revealed in a chance meeting while out walking.
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
The young man came striding across the expanse of wild grasses in my direction, one hand raised in salut, his shoulder-length hair framing an ardent expression animating an otherwise gaunt face.… Read more
The Boy in a Book, as the name suggests, is a novel about moving in and out of books and all the challenges that involves, not to mention having to handle the dangers that ill-intentioned adults represent. The following short exchange was inspired by the novel but is completely separate from it.… Read more
The local boys are toying with their guns down at the shooting range, their pot shots echoing like whip cracks off the hills around. They’ve been let out for the first time since the pandemic had them rushing for cover. Overcome by an urge to celebrate, they’re firing off a round or ten.… Read more
I have just recorded an audio version of my flash fiction, Oratorio for a Wreck. Inspired by the work of Dirk Maggs who directed and crafted the sound of the BBC radio production of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere as well as Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, I tried experimenting with multilevel soundscapes.… Read more
Read my new flash fiction: Umbrella People. Here’s a brief extract:
Rain patters on the flagstones that pave the square. Rivulets of water converge forming ever growing puddles, till the place resembles an immense lagoon bordered by a forest of pillars curving upwards, arching protective over tables huddled like bedraggled lambs.… Read more