Stories in Short #6 (Daily Prompt)

Daily Prompt: Anticipation There was a study conducted that suggests dogs know when their owner is coming home. A psychic link between owner and owned. I feel like a dog now, at the window, waiting for you. Only I know you’re coming, because you told me so. My heart is hiccuping. I can’t stop my fingers…

found poetry

Now he’s developing his own personality, you know. It’s sort of there. It’s not really a blokey thing. She carried him around for nine months, you know.   What’s the difference? My lips get chapped in the winter. I have Vaseline in the car. This is better, my lips get so chapped. Yeah, but I…

Stories in Short #5 (Daily Prompt)

Daily Prompt: Elicit Not this time, no, I won’t allow it this time, she said, and slammed the door in my face. I’d been up to Yuri’s house already this week. The first two times the visit had been clean, smooth, rounded like the heel of a small girl. Not a problem with Yuri, or…

Tryfan, Wales 2016

Tryfan Mountain is in the Snowdon mountain range. We climbed on a foggy day. The experience was ethereal. This photo was taken very close to the top, almost 900m, or 3,000ft.

REDESIGN: THANKS, MISS STEIN.

  I thought I’d try and take this blog in a different direction. It was linked too closely to me, personally, and I wanted it to be something more wide-ranging and general. A Seal and Matches is a quote from a Gertrude Stein poem in her seminal work, Tender Buttons. This book has always stood out…

no one has turned on the jukebox

  To the girl on the train, we are not thinking about fucking you. We aren’t superstars. Instead, to fall in love, buy better shoes.   Following the drunks from pub to pub. Receding hair leaning on the bar. No one has turned on the jukebox. Who’s mum fucking died in here?   Sniff. He goes to…

FABRIC: TEST MY DRUGS, PLEASE

Islington Council’s decision to allow the iconic club Fabric to re-open is of course monumental for London’s clubbing scene. It’s a move by Sadiq Khan which could prove to be representative of his term as Mayor of London: a focus on culture, both reviving the scenes which have been shut down by mass gentrification and…

Stories in Short #4 (Daily Prompt)

Daily Prompt: Aromatic His favourite smell was damp towels. I’d walk into the bathroom and see him with his face pressed against the towel rack, where the red-and-white polka dot towels hung after someone had showered. “Not smelly towels,” he said, “just these towels.” On the landing at the top of the stairs there was a…

Stories in Short #3

I am an injectionist. I work in a small clinic in an industrial estate down a country lane that doesn’t have a footpath. My daughter runs the desk and chit chats with the children I make scream and cry. Except, now my daughter is dead, and the children and I cry together. I am at…