A Baker’s Dozen of Favourites


Here's a list of personal favourites from my book To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories. Some are long, some are very short, some have been very popular with readers, others not, but they're ones that, for whatever reason, I find I'm generally still happy to read.  A Friend in Need  A Merry … Continue reading A Baker’s Dozen of Favourites

One Year of My Blog: 20 Useful Tips!


  (4750 words approx.) Well, my blog has been going publicly for exactly one year today, August 22nd! It’s been an interesting and thrilling journey, with huge thanks to all those who have read and/or liked and/or commented on my posts, and/or followed To Cut a Short Story Short! When I started I never imagined … Continue reading One Year of My Blog: 20 Useful Tips!

Contents – To Cut a Short Story Short – 20th Mar 2017


Here the stories are listed according to the categories in the menu, namely 100 word stories, 200 word stories, 300-600 word stories, longer stories, TASWG, excerpts and blog (links open in new window/tab).lilnks open in nw  100 Word Stories 1 Don’t Mind the Police! 30th Nov 2015 2 Dream of a Stone Horse 30th Apr … Continue reading Contents – To Cut a Short Story Short – 20th Mar 2017

Story Index – 27th Nov 2016


If you are interested in joining a fortnightly 300 word story group please contact me and I’ll send details. UPDATED TO 11TH DECEMBER (Links open in new window/tab) To see these stories listed under categories please see my new contents page    title publication’ date no. of words 1 A Controlling Interest 10th Jul 2016 … Continue reading Story Index – 27th Nov 2016

Story Index – 20th Oct 2016


If you are interested in joining a fortnightly 300 word story group please contact me and I’ll send details.  title ‘publication’ date no. of words 1 A Controlling Interest 10th Jul 2016 200 2 A Dartmoor Childhood 15th Nov 2015 200 3 A Design for Death 3rd Apr 2016 200 4 A Friend in Need … Continue reading Story Index – 20th Oct 2016

Violets are Violet, Letters are Read


- 20 (more) little extracts from my new blog. (links open in new window/tab) - Deeply absorbed in my lunch at Olive’s, I heard my smartphone buzz with a message. ‘Please bring October figures to the Saudi meeting. Vernon.’ Damn! I’d forgotten it’d been rescheduled; I had just ten minutes! I ran outside to a … Continue reading Violets are Violet, Letters are Read

Story Index – Tue 20th Sep 2016


       title ‘publication’ date no. of words 1 A Controlling Interest 10th Jul 2016 200 2 A Dartmoor Childhood 15th Nov 2015 200 3 A Design for Death 3rd Apr 2016 200 4 A Friend in Need 24th Jan 2016 200 5 A Merry Dance 29th Dec 2016 1000 6 A Night on … Continue reading Story Index – Tue 20th Sep 2016

Tiny Yellow Kites


- Twenty little extracts from my new blog. (links open in new window/tab) - She awoke, realising she’d drifted off. The room was dark and cold, the fire almost out. The radio was hissing loudly. Against the hiss a voice was speaking, faint, distant in time and space, as though from another planet. - Voices from the … Continue reading Tiny Yellow Kites

This Post is Dedicated to You, Dear Reader.


Blogging Fundamentals: Day 4 - A post addressed to my 'dream reader'. (in 500 words) What happened to Day Three you may ask? Well, that task was to go to the Reader and find five blogs to follow. There were so many interesting ones though, I'm still undecided. So WIP on that one! If you are also … Continue reading This Post is Dedicated to You, Dear Reader.

Titillating Titles and Tantalizing Taglines.


Blogging Fundamentals: Day 2 - 'Take control of your title and tagline' (in 300 words) - Well, day two’s assignment of Learning the Fundamentals was to pick a new title and tagline. Hmm, not something I’d given much thought to, merely using my name and what the blog is about, namely ‘flash fiction’ i.e. short/very … Continue reading Titillating Titles and Tantalizing Taglines.