The Old Ways

by Nic Steven Amanda heard the doorbell. She had been told not to answer but was feeling rebellious. Her parents had left her alone on Samhain to work at a nearby standing stone. They said they trusted her. Well fine, but she was bored.  A girl, roughly her age stood in a black cloak and […]

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Storytime Blog Hop – July

The Pooka Plays Pool  by Nic Steven The pooka was playing his favourite game and his team were losing. This was of course far from impossible, but his pub side were top of the pool league in the town and their opponents sat near the bottom. They had a new player and looking at the […]

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Collateral Damage by Nic Steven

APRIL STORYTIME BLOG HOP Collateral Damage by Nic Steven Dijark the terminator activated his search screens. He would be the one to activate the solution to our problem. I was just the ship’s captain, the transport driver if you like. The preparatory work had been going on for a few years. The seed agents had […]

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January Blog HOP

It’s that time again, where a group of Speculative fiction writers join post a flash length story to go live at the same time. My contribution is below, followed by links to the others.  Syrojax lends a claw by Nic Steven Syrojax the dragon was woken by a loud noise outside his cave. Reluctantly he […]

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Indie authors’ advent calendar

I have a story maybe two in the above calendar. Also a story or two in the bonus material (available at the end, if you sign up for alerts). It starts on Sunday 1st December 2019 so take a look at the website. The theme is ‘Dragons’. in the bonus material there will be […]

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What is Twitfic or Twitter Fiction? It is a form of micro-fiction where the writer tries to tell a complete story within the confines of a tweet (280 characters. One example of this came long before Twitter was thought of. From memory, it was Ernest Hemingway – For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn. My little […]

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REview. penric and the shaman

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold  5 Stars The second of five novellas involving Penric, the youngest son of a minor noble family, and the demon he calls, Desdemona. This is a mini-series, set within the larger series of the World of the Five Gods. Penric is continuing his studies of sorcery while […]

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