Extract from ‘Trans-Uranic Elements: The Dark Side of Uranus”

Tom scanned the wooden floors, the roof beams, the empty glasses, the empty-headed numbskulls at the bar. He scanned a newspaper, a tin of beans and the police radio in New York. He noticed a group of Gnomes sitting in the corner, underneath the metal signs for shoe polish and soap, each sipping a glassContinue reading “Extract from ‘Trans-Uranic Elements: The Dark Side of Uranus””

Should You Self-Publish

When I took up creative writing in a more serious mode, I looked into getting a publishing deal. The whole thing about getting an Agent or going direct to the publishing company just seemed overwhelming. I found this article and tweaked it a little , as I think many people will have experienced the sameContinue reading “Should You Self-Publish”

Playing with words.

When writing I love to play with words. I always loved how the great, late Ronnie Barker could come up some of the best jokes by just playing with words and their meanings. There is nothing better than the famous ‘Four Candles’ sketch with Ronnie Corbert; ‘handles for forks’. He also said ” I wouldContinue reading “Playing with words.”

Creative writing and frustration.

Not many people are happy with the first draft. The first version of my Master’s thesis was so bad and in such juvenile language, that I just deleted it totally and started again from scratch. The second version had about 3 revisions before submission – it passed first time. With creative writing I still startContinue reading “Creative writing and frustration.”

Creativity, Mindfulness and Daydreaming

In Defense of the ‘Constant Chatter’ Mindfulness, presence, flow states and meditation are all popular concepts right now. In an age where we are constantly stressed, constantly distracted and always being pulled from one thing to another, the idea of calming the mind and being able to rise above the constant chatter is very appealing.Continue reading “Creativity, Mindfulness and Daydreaming”

Trans-Uranic Elements: The Dark Side of Uranus

This is the second outing for Fairy Hanny, after proving herself to be the heroine who helped to cure Peter The Pixy of his Piles. This time she is called in to help solve a problem in Time. She joins the company of Two Time Travellers and Two Elfs on the way to Witchland, thoughContinue reading “Trans-Uranic Elements: The Dark Side of Uranus”

The Monk’s advice to a bunch of Fairies.

They sat in a lovely Fairy Circle, with the Monk E at one corner, confusing the dimensions of the place. The Fairies had enjoyed the tale as far as the bit about the 4th and 5th dimensions, as they really could not visualise these two concepts. They had, however, discovered that the Monk E wasContinue reading “The Monk’s advice to a bunch of Fairies.”

The Dark Side of Uranus

Moving on tonight with Fairy Hanny and her crowd of weird friends. I created Lady Stuppence from an expressions used by my son Ben – it’s a bit rude… ” The Monk E.   “Dear luscious Maidens,” continued the Monk. “I see outrage turning to a glow as your blood begins to flow. I amContinue reading “The Dark Side of Uranus”

Daft Elves and Time Travellers

“You’re on the ball now!” Wayne adjusted his underwear and sat more comfortably. “Do you know about the Witch King?” enquired Wayne, with a slight look of pain in his eye; though it may just have been  a tear of sympathy at his former predicament; or maybe it was irritated by mushroom spores that wanderedContinue reading “Daft Elves and Time Travellers”