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Snippet Stories: Gods and Men

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Times of quiet were few and far between.

Times when they would simply sit; his father, himself, and Jonathan; usually Jonathan would strategically place himself somewhere where he was within easy reach of his father. They would sit together, sometimes they would talk and other times they would be quiet. It was such a simple thing and yet he had always known that it was something that would only be shared between the three of them. There was always a front put on for the others, Walker would always be the God while Jonathan would always be the eldest, the strongest and most deserving of Walkers children.

Stanton knew he was the only other person who ever saw just the men they were.

When plans go astray.

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I had a personal epiphany this week.

Anyone who knows me or has read this blog before will probably have picked up on the fact that I am a planner. I love planning, I love knowing what the next 897,345 steps are in the process and when those steps should be made. It gives me a feeling of security and a zen-like sense of peace when I have a plan to follow. For me a good plan is better than the coldest beer on the hottest day or the biggest bar of chocolate, or …. I’m sure you get the idea.

But what happens when your plan’s go astray, or when life drops an insurmountable roadblock right in the middle of your plan.

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Submission Checklist

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This year I’m going to submit more of my short stories to magazines, websites, and blogs. you name it if they accept my genre then I want to find and submit to them.

Obviously, it is my goal to have as many of those submissions accepted as possible, with that in mind I’ve been researching the best ways to go about that and have created my own little checklist, which I want to share with you below.

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Why I Love Horror and You Should Too


The horror genre is something that I’ve always been in love with. Ever since I was little, and my mum read me ‘The Thief of Time’ by Clive Barker as a bedtime story (If you haven’t read this book then you really need to, it’s amazing). I loved the eerie setting, the creepy feeling it gave me and the fact that parts of this book genuinely had me afraid. It was my introduction to the world of horror and I’ve never looked back.

The Love of Being Afraid.

As a species, we seem to genuinely enjoy being frightened. It sounds odd when put into simple words, but the truth of the matter is obvious. The horror genre is incredibly popular, with books, movies, even theme park rides filled to bursting with the creepy and the macabre. When I visited Thorpe Park last year I was blown away by the SAW ride (and the queues to get on it) and bitterly disappointed that Darren Brown’s Ghost Train wasn’t open yet. I’ve seen bookshelves fit to burst with the likes of Stephen King, Cristopher Pike, H.P Lovecraft and of course Clive Barker. Film night arguments with friends usually involve titles like Dark Water, Premonition (the original Japanese version), The Thing and Carrie.

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Why I Write

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Back in October 2016 I was lucky enough to write a guest post on the wonderful blog of Kathy Cecala! A fantastic blog full of wit, wisdom and humour.

I think that it is safe to say that today there are more writers than at any other time in history. Between free blogging sites, and self-publishing sites it seems that you can’t swing a cat these days without hitting a writer of some kind and that is wonderful.

The sharing of ideas and opinions helps us all grow as people and as a society. Whether you write stories, opinion pieces or factual ‘how to’ manuals there has never been a better time to get your words out to such a wide and varied audience.

The only thing that hasn’t gotten easier has been finding motivation or inclination to write.

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2018 The Year of the Short Story

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Here we are at the start of another year.

I’m feeling optimistic and excited to get started. Although, I will confess that after heading straight back to work for a couple of days after traveling back from visiting family for the holiday season has actually left me feeling shattered.

Excited and optimistically shattered, mind you.

I’m really excited about the projects that I’m working on this year, both writing and in my working/day job and personal life.

I considered doing the traditional ‘first of the year’ blog where I talk about my plans, resolutions and the efforts that I’m going to make to try and make 2018 the best year ever. But to be honest, I’m getting a little tired of those blogs. They’re not that interesting for you to read and after writing one every single year for the last however-many years I’m getting fed up writing them as well.

But I still want to talk about something I’m excited about this year, and that is my plan to get more of my short stories published!  I managed to get a few published in 2017 and I want to get more written and published in 2018.

I love writing short stories, and here’s why.

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What Motivates You?

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A hot topic among writers is motivation. There are hundreds upon hundreds of articles out there with tips and tricks for writers on how to keep yourself motivated or how to rekindle lost motivation. I have read a lot of them over the years and some of them speak to me on a personal level and really help me keep my mojo up.

I have an odd relationship with motivation. I love it when it’s around, it makes my life easier and keeps my energy levels up. On days when I’m motivated I can come home after a particularly exhausting day at the office and all but skip into my home office and write into the wee hours.

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