Love in the time of Corona

Love in the time of Corona

Positives did come when I had cancer.  Yes, it was painful and miserable and left me with life-changing consequences that still echo through me, even today.  But, it would be far too simplistic to say that all that awfulness only leads to bad things. What cancer did for me, was that it stripped me bare, [...]

Whale Song by Nicola Bourne

Whale Song  by Nicola Bourne

Originally published in The Stockholm Review of Literature, Issue 21 Something’s different. Approaching the beach I feel it immediately. There’s something unknown, like a song caught on a breeze that you can’t quite hear. The wind whips my hair, slapping me across my cheeks. Salt is thick in the air, it tastes as bitter as [...]

Sunday Six Word Story…

This Sunday Six Word Story is about women not allowing people to tell them to be quiet. To quote Lynzy Lab ‘it’s time for women to rise up, use our collective voice.’ Don’t ever let anyone silence you, your thoughts or your feelings because in doing so, they make you feel you aren’t worth hearing [...]

3 Spine-tingling Short Stories for Halloween

The cleverest part of short stories is how in very few words the author can fit so much in and still unsettle your nerves!  If this Halloween you fancy reading a little tale that's a bit spine-tingling-creepy, I have the perfect thing... 1. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson It seems incredible that this story was [...]

The Reality of Getting Ill After Cancer

The Reality of Getting Ill After Cancer

What do you do, when your favourite place is also your absolute worst?  When I remember having cancer I am always in one of two places.  One (as you would expect) is the hospital, the other is in bed at home.  Both were accompanied by dark emotions of fear, anxiety and discomfort -- physical and [...]

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Wow!  This book is claustrophobic, stunning and full of distorted truths.  It is beautifully written and even though it is based 'somewhere else' the imagery Mackintosh creates paints the most wonderful pictures and brings the whole place alive in your mind. What is even more crucial to this story is the relationships between the characters. [...]

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Stars don't die quietly they scream light into the blazing sky with Ares’ sword pointed towards themselves   spitting and burning the truth they splatter blinding supernovas into the black padding of the night   dying stars don’t wink at the moon but take pride in their indifference to Death and their Love of the [...]