Monthly Archives: May 2016

Flash Fiction Friday 176: latest batch of 6-word stories

Managed to get a couple in this week, a very interesting and thought-encouraging exercise

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Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the one hundred and seventy-sixth piece in this series. This week’s is the thirty-third bunch of 6-word stories by a variety of authors, together with their 6-word biographies!

6-word stories

1 overflowby Bob Fairfield Bob, small name but big ideas

  • My cup overfloweth, spilt that wrong.
  • His open hands held no surprises.
  • The dead ignored the trumpet call.
  • Silence was all we could hear.

by Chong Teck SIM – aspiring Singaporean writer

  • Funeral wake. Weeping mourners. Unaffected widow.
  • Hungry mosquitoes. Raging party: all-you-can-eat buffet.
  • Out of anger, I bite him.
  • 2 twins - WARRIORS 5Campfire: five guys telling ghost stories.
  • Seven-year itch: please continue to scratch.
  • With difficulty, she repaid her debts.
  • He challenges his late father’s will.
  • Before surrendering, he visited his children.
  • Two women. Identical evening gowns. Chaos!
  • Intrepid explorers. Cave bottom. Hidden treasure.

by Geoff Linder, wheelchair enthusiast and liar

  • 3 Mayfly IMG_0319Mayfly seeks similar, no time…

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Blog Tip: How to do a ping back. It’s more than you think.

This is one of the most confusing things I have ever read and I believe am quite experienced in the use of the English Language, having used it for many years. Heedless to say there will continue to be no ping back to my next Haiku attempt.


Ping backs.

A lot of blogs talk about ‘put a ping back to my blog’.

How in the frilly froo froo do . . . you . . .  do . . .  a . . .  ping . . .  back?

A video clip of actor Judd Nelson as John Bender from the movie the Breakfast Club.

For one thing, I am not sure how you spell froo froo, but I figured y’all would get what I was saying. Secondly, why do they make pasting a copy of the POST URL sound like some strange technical mumbo jumbo? Thirdly, reread the ‘For one thing‘ and the ‘Secondly‘ because you were distracted by Bender conniptioning with the statue up there.

That’s right. All a ping back is, is you copy the URL of an actual post, not the main URL for the blog or a page that is actually a category page, into your post. It can be a link in the…

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Five of the Best Books about Poetry

Glad Stephen Fry was included, this book is the definitive introduction to both common and obscure verse forms and should be on every aspiring poets shelf or those who just love the art

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Five great introductions to English poetry

If you’re studying poetry at school or university, or are simply a fan of the world of verse, it’s useful to have some handy guides standing by to assist with the terminology and to shed light on the various poetic forms used by poets, and the sometimes challenging language of poetry. In our experience, the following five books are among the greatest books about poetry out there (though there are, needless to say, many more helpful books on the market) and all five books will help the poetry fan to understand and appreciate poetry to a greater degree.

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Five Fascinating Facts about Patrick Hamilton

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Interesting facts about a neglected novelist and playwright

1. Patrick Hamilton’s famous fans and champions have included Doris Lessing and Graham Greene. The playwright and author J. B. Priestley was also an admirer of Hamilton’s work, much of which focuses on working-class British life. In 1968, future Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing lamented: ‘Hamilton was a marvellous novelist who’s grossly neglected.’ More recently, Fever Pitch author Nick Hornby has expressed admiration for Hamilton’s novels, declaring Hamilton ‘my new best friend’ when he first encountered his work.

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Write a Bristol Flash

An inspired way to help the power of mental imagery enhance the wonder and beauty of this magical part of the historic city


Bristol Millennium Square
As part of the National Flash-Fiction Day celebrations on 25th June 2016, we are plotting a special story walk, and your words can be part of it.

To be in with a chance of being included, all you need to do is send us a piece of flash fiction (between 40 and 400 words), inspired by Bristol’s harbourside area.

The walk will begin at 10.30am outside the main entrance to the Bristol Central Library, ending at Corn Street close to St Nick’s Market, and taking in Millennium Square, Pero’s Bridge, Queen Square and Broad Quay along the way. Selected stories will be shared by trained actors, hopefully capturing the spirit of the location and stirring our imaginations!

The walk will take between an hour and an hour and a half.

Your flashes may be on any theme, and in any genre, as long as they are short. Comedies, tales…

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Life, Love and Mortality

Sounds like a pleasant evening in aid of a cause quite close to my heart, unfortunately not close to my present home but for those over that way it should be good.


St-John-in-the-Wall-photo-credit-Andy-MarshallTaking place in the atmospheric setting of St John on the Wall, the literary event Life, Love and Mortality will be an evening of thought-provoking tales, poetry and music. From 7pm to 10.30pm on Thursday 9th June, performers will share literary works and music inspired by the setting and by the themes life, love and mortality.

The event will offer the chance to spend an evening in one of Bristol’s hidden buildings, cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust, whilst listening to short fiction, poetry and music.

Featuring the words of Judy Darley, Paul Deaton, Louise Gethin, Harriet Kline, Mike Manson, Helen Sheppard, and Claire Williamson, plus the music of Joanna Butler and Paul Bradley, this will be an evening focused on the things that can stop us in our tracks, and spur us on to achieve our dreams.

A bar will be available.

Proceeds will go to

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Five Fascinating Facts about John Lydgate

A generally unknown poet who could put many of us to shame with his massive output. Perhaps overshadowed by that other medieval literary master, Geoffrey Chaucer.

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A short biography of a medieval poet

1. John Lydgate wrote one of the first true epic poems in the English language. Lydgate’s Troy Book runs to a whopping 30,000 lines, making it one of the longest poems in the English literature (as well as one of the earliest Lydgate was born in around 1370 and died in about 1451). To put that in perspective, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, itself not exactly a short work, is just over 17,000 lines. In other words, Lydgate’s Troy Book is big. (Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene is 35,000 lines long, and so beats Lydgate’s poem. And The Faerie Queene is a gargantuan epic.)

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Sensory Call-Out from The A3 Review


A3 Issue 5 RGBWriting contests continue in May for issue #5 of The A3 Review, the literary magazine that behaves like a map. This time we want your best work on the theme of the Five Senses – smell, taste, touch, sound and sight.

Guest editor and award-winning writer KM Elkes will choose two winners from the contest to go into Issue 5 of The A3 Review. All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while the three overall winners in each issue receive cash prizes worth £275.

We’re looking for pieces that send our senses into overdrive, so think about relationships between the senses, about situations like a meal, a journey, a kiss or a dangerous meeting where senses are heightened. Maybe a character is forced to undergo sensory deprivation, or regains a sense they thought long-lost. Think how the senses can trigger evocative memories. Or about animals and…

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Progress Report

This could be an interesting blog to follow. The problems encountered and the solution or not will give cause for thought and invite suggestions from those who have also suffered from the same and cured them or together find remedies.

Courtney Hines

Every month, I plan to write a Progress Update, detailing the goings-on of my writing life.  They will include some of the struggles, victories, and lessons I’ve learned during that month of writing.  I thought it would be appropriate to start my blog with the very first of these to get you more acquainted with me and where I am in writing.

I am currently in the process of writing my third fiction book.  The first two go together, and I am only waiting until my second book is polished before I plan to begin the publishing process of book 1.  As of right now, I plan to self-publish using Amazon’s CreateSpace.  I am looking forward to riding that rollercoaster with you all, sharing what I learn along the way.

I only recently began my third book.  Last week in fact.  I’ve enjoyed it so far, although it’s been a…

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