Caught up in the mellow drama

The other night I was watching a TV programme about murder in fiction; it was good except for one annoying aspect. The presenter talked about melodrama but insisted on pronouncing it “mellow drama”. As if the sinister was fine. Like: “Hey man, let’s do a murder.” “Mellow drama” It spoiled the effect really. “Mellow drama”Continue reading “Caught up in the mellow drama”

Having A Wild Time.

Here is a piece I entered for the Writers Talkback Forum ‘One Word Challenge’: a 200 word story inspired by a one word prompt. The word? Wild. The result? I was judged to have won. Talk about having your cake… —————————————————————————————————– Having A Wild Time. If there was ever a place not to lose it,Continue reading “Having A Wild Time.”

Such a Lovely Place

The last time they’d tried to escape they’d got as far as the lobby. Glen Eagle, his wife and young daughter had made the mistake of taking their suitcases. They looked like a family about to leave, and with good reason. This hotel was the worst: the dirty rooms smelled, the beds were lumpy andContinue reading “Such a Lovely Place”

A New Vision

‘Hello, New Age Opticians…’ ‘Oh hi, I’m having trouble with the contact lens you supplied me this morning.’ ‘I thought we’d sorted this out?’ ‘It’s still not right.’ ‘So what seems to be the problem now?’ ‘It’s making my eye water. A lot.’ ‘I see…’ ‘No actually, it’s more of an ocean. In fact there’sContinue reading “A New Vision”

The Blur of Celebrity

‘Have you done a lot of these?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘This is my first, as a stand-alone out-of-focus person.’ ‘It’s ‘background artiste’.’ ‘Do you ever get recognised?’ ‘No, I’m a professional.’ ‘Oh. Easy job though, isn’t it? Just stand at the back and look fuzzy.’ ‘Hardly! This isn’t crowd work, my dear.’ ‘No, you’re right. I usedContinue reading “The Blur of Celebrity”

Message received

‘I see they’ve had a reshuffle at Mount Olympus.’ ‘Have they?’ ‘Yes, they’ve gone all modern. Embracing new technology.’ ‘About time, so who’s gone where?’ ‘Well, Zeus is still tops but remember that wood-nymph, Skype?’ ‘In charge of the toadstools?’ ‘That’s the one, she’s been promoted, part of visual communications now; but here’s the shock:Continue reading “Message received”

Having to make cuts…

I’ve had this short story for a couple of weeks now and don’t know what to do with it. I was aiming for ultra-short fiction but at 36 words this piece seems a little bloated somewhere around the middle. However, owing to the nature of the subject matter, I’m a little hesitant to cut anyContinue reading “Having to make cuts…”

Bang and the dirt is gone…

There was a challenge on a writing forum to produce a 50-word story that had to end with the phrase ‘With that – she shot him!’ I don’t advocate the use of handguns nor exclamation marks but here is my effort. ———————————————————————————– ‘The .44 Magnum, one of the most powerful handguns, delivers a large, heavyContinue reading “Bang and the dirt is gone…”