Mirror, Mirror – Flash Fiction

‘Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the biggest loser of them all?’ The answer is clearly the single, unemployed 47-year-old, disguised as a drowned rat, staring back at me in the public toilet mirror. Clumps of hair stick to my forehead. One of my false eyelashes is missing. And my Zimmermann silk-chiffon dress clings to me like wet toilet paper.  …

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What I’m Reading: Catching Teller Crow By Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwamullina

I came across Catching Teller Crow as part of a research project looking for young adult fantasy novels set in small town Australia. Dealing with some hefty themes of grief, colonial history and violence – told mainly through the eyes of a girl who happens to be dead – this isn’t the kind of book I’d normally gravitate to. Also, …

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Made for Each Other – Flash Fiction

‘It’s over.’   It felt good saying it out loud and finally putting an end to the torture. At the same time I know it probably comes as a shock to you.   ‘Don’t get me wrong, we had a great run.’ It wasn’t a lie. We have shared so much together. We travelled the world. We had some serious adventures.   ‘Do …

The Frenemy – Flash Fiction

We all have one. You know, a frenemy. Mine was Natasha or Na-taaar-sha. The middle syllable is an elongated ‘ta’, as in ‘ta, ta, dahling,’ air kiss, air kiss. It’s not to be confused with the sound, ‘tash’, like ‘pash’, and you are to never call her just ‘Tash’. I called her that once in fourth grade and she ghosted …

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On the List – Flash Fiction

‘You’re on it!’ ‘Are you sure?’ My voice trembles and sweat clings to my palms.  I don’t have the guts to check the list myself, not after last year’s disappointment. ‘It says it right here, “Rose Adamson”.’ My best friend, Jill, jabs at the computer screen with her shellac nails, decorated with tiny Christmas trees. I dare to take a …

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It’s Just Common – Flash Fiction

‘Supervisor!’ The officious sounding voice rings out over the incessant dinging of the bell on the counter. I pop my head over the top of the cubicle, startled to find my shire council colleagues have vanished into thin air. ‘You there,’ the owner of the voice points at me. Other words follow at breakneck speed but they’re lost on me. …

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What I’m Reading: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is a magical masterpiece. Central to this story is a library, which alone makes it a must read in my “books” (see what I did there?). With a sprinkle of magic, some expertly drawn characters and beautiful words, I was hooked! About the Book Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is …

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What I’m Reading: The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird

I’m finally getting around to sharing more of my recent reads – another sublime book from Tabitha Bird. I had big expectations after reading the beautifully crafted “A Lifetime of Impossible Days” and was delighted that “The Emporium of Imagination” was equally good or perhaps better.  I’m in awe of Tabitha’s ability to bring magic, wonder and heart-warming characters to …

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Never Again – Flash Fiction

“An adventure into the unknown,” my friends said, “it will be fun”. They lied. I’m not sure why I agreed to it. I had lived all of my 41 years in the safety zone, always colouring inside the lines and never straying too far from my creature comforts of home. The riskiest thing I’d ever done was order my jungle …

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Get your FREE book – Seeds from the Story Tree

I recently decided I want to give my subscribers a thank you or welcome gift that was exclusive to them. The result is Seeds from the Story Tree – a FREE collection of award-winning speculative fiction stories and other short works. About Seeds from the Story Tree Bushfire and violence threatens the search for the next Storyteller and the survival of …