Results of the Whale/Kidney Random Word Competition

As a change from writing short stories and entering competitions, I recently read the short list of a competition and picked the winner.

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Here are the results of the random word/flash fiction competition – at last – and I can reveal that the ‘secret judge’ was Patsy Collins.

Patsy, is, I’m sure, known to many of you. She runs the womagwriter blog, which focuses on writing for the (sadly, rapidly shrinking) women’s magazine short story markets, as well as her own blog which has regular links to free-to-enter writing competitions.

Patsy is also co-author of From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible guide to writing fiction, which is available in paperback and on Kindle (and PS – she’s too modest to tell you this herself, but as she’s a novelist and had over 500 stories published, I reckon she probably knows what she’s talking about!).

Thank you very much to Patsy for agreeing to judge the shortlist, well done to the winners (I’ll be in touch about your prizes) and thank…

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Slightly Spooky Stories

I’ve just released a new collection of short stories – Slightly Spooky Stories 1. You’ll have gathered from the title that it contains ghost stories and the like, plus the fact that I intend it to be the first in the series.


Ghosts, sixth sense and things not of this world aren’t always scary, though they can be. Some help or warn, frighten or comfort those who perceive them. Others are here for their own purposes, waiting for a chance to move on. We might see, hear or feel them, perhaps they’ll only reach us through our subconscious.

Are ghosts memories and echoes of the past, contacts from another time and place, or figments of our imagination? Whether you believe in them or not, ghosts, spirits and mysterious spooking happenings all provide stories. This collection contains 25 of them.

An update

Have you missed hearing about my writing? If so, this video will be of interest. It’s pretty much my entire (writing related) life story, told by my friend Anne Rainbow.

btw, I do have a good reason for the lack of updates here – I’ve been travelling in the Outer Hebrides.

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