Happy Birthday Memory

The year I turned ten my mother was doing a cake decorating course. We endured fruit cakes encrusted in thick icing and embellished with fancy edible figurines.

I discovered that a boy could only eat so much sugar. Continue reading “Happy Birthday Memory”

Quick crime

He watched them walk to the bus stop and catch a bus into the city.

They would not be back for hours.

He entered the yard by the side gate. There was one large window in the rear wall of the house. It was shut. A gentle slide with his gloved hand revealed that it was not locked. The window opened into an open-plan kitchen. He stepped through into a cool interior, saturated with the smell of the bacon and eggs they’d shared for breakfast.

key-408559_640The keys were on the counter.

He backed their car into the street.

Too easy.


Thanks for dropping by, Peter.

The letter

I walked to the bus stop and there it was – on the ground, under the seat. An envelope with her name on it, torn along the long edge, with a letter inside. Unresisting, I extracted the paper and read his words to her.

What a jerk, I thought. He didn’t even have the courage to confront her and confess his reasons for desertion.

When I’d read his excuses for leaving her to bring up their kids, I understood why she had discarded the letter or not exercised sufficient care to keep it safe.

I obliterated his lies with my lighter.

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Unlock the mind

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Before you can unlock the mind you need to acknowledge that it might be locked. And, how do you find out if it is locked?

The secret is to notice what you think. Continue reading “Unlock the mind”

Unsolved murders

holmesprofile2If you’re anything like me, you prefer a murder mystery to be solved by the time you get to the end of the book. Even if the sleuth doesn’t work it out, you expect the author to reveal who did the deed and why.

We just don’t like being left hanging, not knowing. Continue reading “Unsolved murders”

10 positive aspects of blogging

  1. It’s fun
  2. Allows you to showcase your writing on a range of topics
  3. It’s inexpensive
  4. Reader comments
  5. Provides worldwide exposure for your books
  6. Requires learning a new skill set
  7. It’s an outlet for your artistic creativity
  8. Enables you to promote the work of others
  9. Vehicle for articulating your perspective on the world
  10. It’s a great way for connecting with other people.

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Free ebook fantasy

ebook_penguinDo you download free ebooks?

Do you actually read the free ebooks you download?

Do you write reviews of those same free ebooks?

Do you buy any of that author’s other books? Continue reading “Free ebook fantasy”

Writing murder

Most of us do not commit murder, except in our fantasies.

It’s okay, you can admit to those murderous thoughts you’ve had about killing your boss, your spouse, that idiot that cut you off in traffic, or the one that got the promotion you know belonged to you. Continue reading “Writing murder”

Using language

IMG_0493Do you remember this guy? Yes, that’s right, he’s that teacher who insisted that you follow the grammar rules, every last one of them.

You don’t see him much these days but he’s still around. Continue reading “Using language”

Living alone – sanity savers

imageI’m writing Sanity Savers, a third book for the Living Alone series, to provide men, living alone after the end of a long-term relationship, with a range of options to help them maintain their sanity. Continue reading “Living alone – sanity savers”