Short fiction: The path to enlightenment

Another Writer’s HQ Flash Fiction Face Off prompt inspired this story: this time the prompt was a photo of a Buddha statue on a windowsill. 500 words. Mark won’t even kiss me if the Buddha is in the room, so now it lives on the windowsill, facing out. ‘Its eyes creep me out babe,’ he … Continue reading Short fiction: The path to enlightenment

Short fiction: And on the seventh day she rose again

Every so often I take part in The Writer’s HQ Flash Fiction Face Off and this was inspired by their weekly prompt: sleep v wake Day 1 All seven of them stand beside the glass casket in the forest clearing. They cry: great, heaving sobs.  ‘She was as beauteous as the dawn.’ ‘As pure as … Continue reading Short fiction: And on the seventh day she rose again

Give Sorrow Words

I expect there should be content warnings, but recommend reading the essay Eileen wrote. Yes, of course I cried too.

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By Eileen Vorbach Collins

I have an essay that went live this week. I wrote it months ago and I’m happy that it’s found a good home. It’s a very personal piece that was a sucker-punch to write and, if not for my critique group, would have ended up yet another discarded half-finished thought in a drawer.

I read that piece last night and cried. Not just a little whimper but a good long lament with lots of tears and noise. Then I thought, What have I done? I already know this story. If it makes me weep, why the hell would anyone else want to read it? Who’d want to subject themselves to my pain?

These thoughts were fueled in part by my recent experience in two book clubs. In one, when it was my turn to choose the book, I picked a memoir. I’d wept when I…

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Review: Where There is A Will

By Michel Vimal Du Monteil (Hawkeye Books, Australia) I received an advanced copy from Hawkeye in exchange for an unbiased review Paul, originally French but settled for many years in Australia, is a wealthy, retired businessman. He reads that ‘a massive swell [is] about to hammer Sydney’s beaches' and sets off with his surfboard to … Continue reading Review: Where There is A Will