Spindrift: Story Background

It has been suggested that I ought to do background posts on all of my stories that have been accepted (in venues other than here, obviously). Partly because it gives readers an insight into my thinking and partly because the person who suggested it is a completist.

So, without further ado, here’s some background on Spindrift, a short story in my New Dryas world.

Publishing Details

Spindrift was published … Continue reading

The Ally-Ally-Oh: Story Background

It has been suggested that I ought to do background posts on all of my stories that have been accepted (in venues other than here, obviously). Partly because it gives readers an insight into my thinking and partly because the person who suggested it is a completist.

So, without further ado, here’s some background on The Ally-Ally-Oh, a short story in my New Dryas world.

Publishing Details

The Ally-Ally-Oh … Continue reading

Three Little Pigs & Gone Fishing: Story Background

This is a little background on the thinking behind Three Little Pigs (published back in April 2010) and Gone Fishing (published tomorrow, 30th April 2014). More precisely, I’m going to have a bit of a look at the world building as specific to these two stories.

Publishing Details

Three Little Pigs was published by Crossed Genres [External Link] in issue 17 of their original run. This issue is no longer available.

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A Tale of Two Themes

I thought I’d post Shelter from The Storm up for two reasons: because it fits quite well with Going Home; because otherwise it’s sat on my computer doing nothing. It’s been in existence for some time – it shows in the writing and, I flatter myself, I have improved since the last edit sweep on it in 2009 – and it was one of my … Continue reading

Shelter From The Storm (Short)

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Elaine tried to surreptitiously tighten her coat around herself and her rumbling stomach as she waited at the door. The first sprinkling of snow had settled against the base of the house walls. Snow in October.

She shook her head. What had happened to the global warming? Had it faded somehow between now and her student days, when people could talk of nothing else? Had it been … Continue reading

New Dryas: A World History

A rough guide to how the world is fitting together. This is all subject to change as it gets ret-conned nearly every time I have a new idea and the dates are vague in order to prevent too much of such tinkering. It is also very Brit-centric. I am British, after all!

In fictional time-line / chronological order, the works set in this world are:

  • Shelter From The Storm (Short play)
  • The Longest Night (idea)
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