The cost of doing (shady) business

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:
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Updating the Cats

Well, I’ve finished reading all the submissions for the Book a Break Short Story competition, and I must admit I’m both very glad not to have to pick a winner myself and correspondingly… Continue reading

Pens down!

  Well, the deadline is over, folks! And many thanks to all of you who sent in an incredible 75 entries for the Book a Break Short Story competition! I had not the… Continue reading

One more week!

A few more days before the short story competition deadline. Hopefully you’re not still in the whatever zone. And it’s best to avoid the panic zone entirely. It’s OK to shed a few tears… Continue reading

Yours Curtisly

Click ====> When I first did a newsletter, it wasn’t a newsletter at all. I called it The Gazette, and each issue had two or three short stories totalling 10,000 words or more.… Continue reading

Bill and Ben, The Sandwich Men

Click on the sandwich board! Eh, Bill, how long have we been standing in that there widget on the side? Dunno, Ben, couple of months maybe? Why? Don’t you reckon it’s enough? What… Continue reading

Cheese in the Roots

Have you ever read a roman de terroir? Or even better, written one? How do you even translate that? There’s no English equivalent for terroir, which is why you come across so many… Continue reading

Now where shall I kill?

15 keys to One Green Bottle. N° 5: The killer’s criteria. The only thing the victims appeared to have in common was that they lived in remote areas. She hadn’t visited Wallenheim, where… Continue reading

Channillo So Far

As is well known, Dickens’s novels first appeared in weekly or monthly instalments, a practice largely abandoned today but which, according to Hillary Kelly of the Washington Post, could usefully be revived. One attempt… Continue reading

A Word from the Judge

  As promised in my last post, below is a short text by Atthys Gage, who will be judging the Book a Break Short Story Competition (deadline 15th February). The short story form,… Continue reading

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