An Unexpected Event

“Hi mum… yeah… yeah, I’m just on my way to work… Yes, I’m coming for tea on Saturday…. No, I’m fine, I’m just -” I sigh, “I just have a weird feeling about today… No it’s not something I ate. It just feels like somethings going to… happen… Okay… okay. Alright, mum, I gotta go, tunnel!”

The connection cuts off abruptly. As it always does when my mother always calls me in the morning and always asks if I’m on my way to work. One of these days I’ll tell her I’m on a plane to China, really throw her off her guard.

I set my head against the hard seat and let the rattle of the train lull me into a trance. On autopilot now, I sense more than see that I’m at my stop. I step off the carriage, nodding at a couple more zombie-like commuters who also get this train every day, of every week, of every month. We have some strange, silent truce not to burden each other with small talk. Continue reading “An Unexpected Event”

The furthest I’ve been from home

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The furthest? Well, it’s hard to say.

I’ve been to the ends of the earth and back. Beyond, in fact: I’ve been to space more times than I can remember.

I’ve crossed oceans and mountains and centuries. I’ve witnessed legends born, kingdoms risen and empires crumbled.

I’ve seen all of human history – the main bits anyway. From Kings of England to the land of the free. I’ve seen revolution in France, Russia, China…

I’ve watched as technology infiltrated our modern lives, and consumed us… destroyed us. I’ve seen the future… maybe. A thousand possible futures… certainly. Continue reading “The furthest I’ve been from home”

*New* Daily Challenge & *New* Short Story!

Hey.

HEY!

Yes, it’s me!

It’s been a while, huh?

Did you miss me? Fear not, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I’ve just had stuff going on. A lot of busy weeks, even busier weekends and what seemed like just not enough hours in the day.

But now I’m properly settling into a my new job and a new (much quicker) workout regimen so it’s time to get back on the ol’ fictional horse. And what better way than…

* Trumpets *

a thirty day challenge! Continue reading “*New* Daily Challenge & *New* Short Story!”

I made it!

I ran my 5k for charity and I survived!

It was very muddy, and I’ll be honest I didn’t run the whole way. Then after I went straight to McDonald’s for fries…

Then as a (second) reward I got to hang out with these sweeties:


For the blog this means my Seven Wonders of the World series is finished, you can view the whole collection here: Series: Seven Wonders of the World.

I’m going to take a week or two off Series Saturday and focus on bringing you more regular, stand-alone content, perhaps with some sequels thrown in for Midweek Cereal.

I’ve talked before on this blog about a novel I’ve been working on and progress on that has really slowed down. I still love the premise and the world and the characters. They’re not leaving me anytime soon but I’m starting to feel like the book is too big to be my debut novel. It’s complex and intricate and I feel like I need a simpler story to tell that will just flow out of me.

You might have seen my last post about my short story published in Book Loot. It’s a story that really did just flow out. I opened the floodgates and I’m very much still swept up by it. The Sirens’ story is far from over and so I think I’m going to put my other idea on the backburner and turn My Sister, the Siren into a full-blown novel.

Between story posts I’ll keep you up to date with progress 🙂

And plenty more kitten pictures, of course.

An Ordinary Man [Series Saturday]

Holy crap, here it is. The final installment in my Seven Wonders of the World Story! And while I’m really happy with how the collection has turned out overall, I’m also scared because Week 7 of the challenge means only 1 week until I’m running a 5k and guys… I’ve done no training. Nada. It’s going to be longest 5k of my life!

Anyway, without further ado, we have the final story based on the Colossus of Rhodes. This is the wonder I’ve been most looking forward to, which is why I left it ’til last. I’ve been playing a lot of The Witcher series recently and I really wanted to write something in that sort of vein, but the way this story turned out it’s more of a Greek mythology meets Braavos meets Batman kind of thing… Stay with me! I promise it’s good…

Continue reading “An Ordinary Man [Series Saturday]”