Category Archives: Fiction

Homeward Bound: The Answer to a Riddle

Yesterday I posted ‘Homeward Bound’, a riddle in short story form. Here, as promised, is the answer. The narrator of my story – and the answer to my riddle – is a very special book: the Textus Roffensis. Written in … Continue reading

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Homeward Bound

I am sleepy now. It’s quiet in here. They still treat me with reverence and speak in hushed voices; just as they did in my old home. But there, I had more visitors. Now, I may not see anyone for … Continue reading

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Writing Tips 3: Editing

This is the most underestimated element of the writer’s art. But it is absolutely necessary. To be a good writer, you must also be a good editor. Train yourself to edit and you will greatly enhance the quality of your … Continue reading

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Writing Tips 2: Getting Started

Once you have an idea about what you want to write, try to find a shortcut into your chosen subject or theme. Think of it as a portal into the imagination. It can be a picture, music, photographs or written … Continue reading

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Writing Tips 1 – Get in the Mood

When setting a scene, you need to create a convincing world for your reader. As a writer, you need to be able to see, hear and smell the location. While that is largely a matter of imagination, you can prompt … Continue reading

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Shroud-eaters, vampires and plague doctors

In 2007, rare evidence of a ‘vampire burial’ was discovered near Venice. A 16th century skeleton was found, lying on its back, with a brick firmly wedged between its jaws. The skeleton was identified as that of a 60-year old … Continue reading

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