It's time to take a look back at my 'sabbatical' as my friends keep calling it. In December 2022 I quit my job with nothing lined up. The plan was to take a year off, living on a very tight budget, and focus on personal projects such as finishing a novel. Also, I needed some time to get over burnout before I could even consider looking for a new job. So how did it go? I would say it took me a good four months or so to really get my motivation back. I finished five new short stories and the...
Particular Passages 3 is ready for preorders. My short story, For the Love of Gavin, about a man who has some difficulties with his neighbor's religion is in this collection, along with an eclectic mix of stories.
I thought I was done for the year, but I've had a couple of stories come out this week. The first is one of my favorites. Breath is about a girl who makes clockwork automatons, activated with a dying breath, and her sword-slinging girlfriend. And my climate change story about an old woman and her goat, Grass Still Grows has been collected in Little Blue Marble's anthology, Tipping Points available now as an e-book.
Stan had never given much thought to what shape his afterlife might take. Now that he was stuck haunting the rhubarb patch at the bottom of the garden, he wished he'd been more careful... My first ghost story, 'My Left Leg' and first UK publication comes out today in Monnath Books' Beyond the Grave anthology
If full length horror is too much for you, perhaps you should try micro fiction. The 666 Anthology serves up hundreds of delicious bleeding morsels of horror. You won't be able to stop at just one.... Oh, and I wrote a couple of them.
I've never really been sure if I believed in ghosts, but something happened a few days after my mother died that made me wonder. I wrote a short story about it: https://www.mumlifestories.com/happy-birthday-a-short-story/