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Guest Post on RAWrWords: Short story: Seagulls

RAWrWords.com is a new site that started only a few days ago. It is run by Darla Halyk of New World Moms. This is what she says about the site: As the founder of RAWrWords I hope to give writers a safe place to put their heart and soul into words, words that need to be read, words that deserve …

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One Side – A #1000Speak Forgiveness post.

Her eyes dart away, and her legs shake. She walks past him, slouched on the sofa. She looks away again, doesn’t look in his eyes. He grabs her wrist, and looks up. “Please, Shelley, I didn’t mean it. I’m so, so sorry. Forgive me, please.” His voice tails off, his head bows. “Please.” A whisper. She doesn’t look at him. …

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(Un)Helpful Advice For a Quiet Writer (and Some Other Stuff)

I am not exactly the world’s best at self-promoting or of pushing myself forward. It used to be shyness that stopped me, way back in teenage days. Shyness being a term to describe quiet people with noisy minds – minds that chatter away saying: “They won’t like you if you say that.” And, “You’ll look like a fool if you …

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Free today! “Looking For America” – Stories from Shetland

Ignore the date on the bottom of this post. I’m writing a new introduction for today the 19th of March and it’s my birthday so instead of asking you for gifts, I’m giving you one! I know many of my readers already have my ebook short story collection, Looking For America, but for anyone who doesn’t, it is free all …

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His Grandparents’ House (Extract)

This extract is from the story: His Grandparents’ House, found in my short story collection, Looking For America: Short stories from the Shetland Islands The story is about an old crofter (small farmer) and his elderly dog, named Lad, out in the fields during lambing time. The story was inspired by my father, who went on running a croft until …

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A Man Who Inspired

My lovely father died 12 days ago. As I mentioned in my last post, he had cancer for several years and we knew the end was near.  Yet when it came, it was sudden and a shock. In fact, we had been expecting him to go home from hospital that day or the next and to have a few more …