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Sharing My World 2018 Week 28

July 15, 2018 12 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Hmm. Here are some options.

  • It Came, it Went, and Now I’m Dead (not actually dead obviously as I wrote the biography)
  • Nothing Much Happened
  • If I Could Do it All Again, I Probably Wouldn’t Bother

Which do you prefer – sweet, salty or buttery?
Well, they all have their pluses. Sometimes I really fancy something sweet, like my body’s telling me my sugar levels are low. And you can’t beat a good buttery croissant. But overall, salty I think. I tend towards the savoury.

What’s the finest education?
It depends on what sort of education you mean. Something well-rounded, which generally comes from living your life. A mixture of formal education, jobs and relationships. Until you’ve done those things, you’ll likely be rubbish at them 🙂

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FF – Devourers

July 11, 2018 72 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Liz Young.

This story comes with special exclusive bonus content!

Copyright Liz Young


Locked in a cage. Swathed in bandages, covering… best not look. A body become toxic waste, ravaged by… see those silken threads?… arachnids of alien origin.

They devour; flesh, bones, organs, brain liquified, not quickly, oh no! slow, painful, excruciating. Is that a house spider above your bed or a devourer of flesh? How to tell?

Or is the scene a student prank? Ill-conceived perhaps, yet ultimately harmless. We choose to believe this so that we may sleep at night, yet wilful ignorance will not save us.

They are coming. They are here. Our end is assured.


Spider General

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Sharing My World 2018 Week 27

July 8, 2018 16 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


Tell us about your first bicycle or car?
My first car was a 1985 light blue Ford Fiesta. That was back in the days when cars rusted so it generally needed a lot of welding. On the plus side, you could do your own maintenance without a diagnostic computer.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?
Somewhere with magic. I’d like to be able to twiddle my fingers and make stuff happen. Maybe Middle Earth, specifically Hobbiton. That looks like a lovely place to live. I’d be a Gandalf sort of fellow, but without all the Sauron-induced stress.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?
Since I’m an all-powerful magic user living in Hobbiton I wouldn’t really need a personal assistant. But if I did have one I’d have them do everything ‘cos that’s what I’m paying them for.

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FF – Party Time

July 4, 2018 67 comments

Here is my sorry excuse for a poem for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The photo was contributed by J Hardy Carroll.

All the rules of poetry are out the window, people! Imagine one of those open-mic clubs, chap sits on a stool onstage, hat and coat, growls this pseudo-poem into the microphone, thanks everyone, drops the mic on the stage and walks off.

Copyright J Hardy Carroll


What a night!
High as a kite
So much booze
How to choose?
So drink it all

What a mess
No way home
I’ve lost my phone
In a skip
What a trip
This is it
I think I’m gonna
Throw up

Daylight’s grace
On my face
Thumping head
Think I’m dead
Where’s my bed?

Not here
I fear


My head hurts
Off to work
To pay my way
Until tonight
The clock hits nine
Party time!


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Sharing My World 2018 Week 26

July 1, 2018 18 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go? (remember this is SYW, they are friendly aliens)
Hell yeah! I’ve always wanted to visit the N’Gret M’Nah Conglomeration. Did you know their empire incorporates three of the 7 million wonders of the galaxy?

Hang on – “take me home with them?” That sounds like a pet adoption.

I’ve changed my mind. No.

How tall are you? Are you satisfied with your height?
The last time I was measured, which was some years ago, I was around 173 cm. That’s a nice height. I wouldn’t want to tower over people, and it’s only a couple of cm below average height.

Do you think you could live without your smartphone (or other technology item) for 24 hours?
For sure, no problem.

I can keep the essentials, right? You know, TV, Netflix, PlayStation, Alexa for my tunes and to turn the lights on and off, computer… what do you mean, no?

I’ve changed my mind on this one as well. No.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?
I had the week off and visited the Japanese Gardens and Lanhydrock. Here’s a sneak preview 🙂


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FF – The Music of Life

June 27, 2018 68 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Rochelle as well!

I popped a little musical glossary at the end in case you know as little about music as me 🙂


Bran dropped the duster and stared at the instruments, seeing his life written in music. The ebb and flow of the melody, at times allegro, others adagio. His early years, the rise and swell of a rousing march. The loss of his parents, a slow, melancholy dirge in a minor key.

His adoption by the Maestro? What music represented such misery?

“Bran! Stop dreaming! Clean! Clean, you worthless idiot!”

The belt cracked across his back. He choked back the tears and eyed the tuba, gauging its weight. Truly a blunt instrument.

The music was about to get messily, violently fortissimo.



allegro: played very quickly
adagio: a slow passage
fortissimo: played very loud


Sharing My World 2018 Week 25

June 24, 2018 13 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Sushi? Scotch Tape?
Well, who needs an unlimited supply of sushi? And as for Scotch tape, I usually buy a different brand of sticky tape – Sellotape. I believe the answer here is money. Then I can buy an unlimited supply of everything 🙂

Teleportation or flying?
I’m assuming here that both of these are “self-powered”. Like superpowers. I’ll go for teleportation. There are superheroes flying around everywhere, it’s getting pretty crowded. The government is bound to introduce legislation soon, like they’re doing for drones. No flying near airfields, take a test etc.

I’d like to just “poomf” from one place to another.

Would you rather live where it only snows or the temperature never falls below 100 degrees?
I hope that’s 100 degrees using American temperatures, ‘cos that’s the boiling point of water 😦 According to Alexa that’s 37.8C. That’s still pretty hot. Mid twenties is the hottest I can really stand.

On the other hand, permanent snow? Yeek! What a choice. I suppose I’d get used to it, we’d have the right gear, snow tyres and so on. So I guess I choose the snow.

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