Hello and welcome to my ‘flash fiction’ blog, To Cut a Short Story Short! My name is Simon J. Wood and, unless I clearly indicate that a post is a guest post or a quote from another writer, I am the author of all stories and articles on this website.
The blog went public on Monday 22nd August 2016, and was intended for 100-1000 word stories I’d written since September 2015, after taking up writing again for the first time since leaving school over 30 years ago!
Since its genesis I’ve added a lot of new stories, in all genres, and some longer ones too, up to 2000 words, as well as articles on self-publishing and how I write the stories etc.
If you enjoy the stories and articles (and I hope you will!) then please ‘like’ them, and feel free to subscribe to my blog by clicking the blue ‘follower’ button in the sidebar – I publish a new story/article every Monday – so you won’t miss any new posts.
Also, why not share stories/articles that you enjoy with your friends? I’ve currently enabled e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus share buttons on every post/page, and further options are available via the ‘More’ button, so it’s very simple and quick to do! There’s also a ‘Print’ option if you’d like a ‘hard copy.’
Also, PLEASE rate the stories/articles. It’s as simple as clicking on the star rating below the title and just takes a second!
As I mention below, I’ve recently published two books – a collection of the best stories on my blog, updated and revised, and with a ‘bonus’ much-longer story (not on my blog). That book has 254 pages, and I also published the longest story previously on my blog (7600 words) as a separate book of 42 pages. Both books have wonderful covers and the paper quality is lovely. Highly recommended, and they make the perfect gift too! 🙂
[8th Nov 2017] I’m very pleased to announce that an audiobook of To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories is now completed and available on Audible and Amazon! Shortly it’ll be on iTunes too, just in time for Christmas! Angus Freathy’s ‘voices’ really bring the stories to life!
Also, I’m excited to announce that Angus Freathy is also producing Bound in Morocco as an audiobook. It’ll be released mid-November and promises to be a thrilling rendition!
Incidentally, the dates on the posts prior to 22nd August 2016 are the dates they were ‘published’ to writing groups etc. One group was TASWG, The Tetford and Salmonby Writers’ Group, and I decided to post the work I did for them, as it may be of interest. I’ve put a note about the assignments with the stories/articles. Also, a big ‘thank you’ to Shirley Muirhead (‘Jane Muir‘) for founding the group and encouraging my writing!
This site is optimized for tablet and mobile view, perfect for viewing in bed or on the train or bus, so I hope you may enjoy the convenience of viewing the site on those platforms too. Whatever, I sincerely hope you will find some stories you enjoy!
Also, I’m very pleased to announce that ‘the best of my blog,’ To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories, and a short story, Bound in Morocco, are now both available as paperbacks and Kindle eBooks. Please see Shop in the menu above for full details.
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Best Wishes, Simon.