Monthly Archives: October 2016

Under the Hooked Cross – 9: Chemistry

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 “Oh Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” Silversmith kicked off a centrifuge to retrieve a bung that had floated out of a Buchner flask. Henkel floated in the doorway, looking bemused. He

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The Way it Was

Belinda put the handbrake on and turned to her father. “How does it feel to come back here?” Her father said nothing for a while. He sat and looked at the cottage she knew he’d left fifty years ago and

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Inspirations: A world of villainy

Actor Toby Jones narrated an hour-long podcast investigating the fictional villain. Villainous archetypes may be diluted over time in a ‘cycle of adjustment’. The performance of a particular actor may redefine a villain. A villain may be acting out a

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Under the Hooked Cross – 8: Beerkellar

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Henkel lingered for a moment, but Silversmith said no more. Henkel pulled himself out of the octagon and Silversmith allowed tension to ebb away. Could he remember a time when it

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Team Leader

If a smile could win over an audience, our manager would not have needed to say a word. No such luck. “Good morning and I hope you’ve had a good weekend,” he said in a tone that conveyed no concern

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Non-fiction Review: The Trigger by Tim Butcher

Sarajevo, 28th June 1914: a bullet passed through the jugular vein of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the empire of Austria-Hungary. A second bullet struck his wife, Duchess Sophie of Hoehnberg. She fell into his lap. He

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Under the Hooked Cross – 7: Henkel

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Henkel’s face was still pale, but Silversmith saw a brightness in his eyes that could have been excitement or welling tears. Henkel’s gaze turned away from the Reich and toward the pod

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Veterans

“She’s a beauty.” I pointed at the tug. “She’s filthy,” said Elizabeth. “She’s all black. She looks as if she’s wearing a gown of her own smoke.” My sister was two years older than me and when she didn’t have

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The but balance of critiquing

Most critiques take the format of positive-but-negative. Most critiquers make sure they include positive points even if they can’t find any. Different writers will give different amounts of attention to the positive and the negative. The writers that pays most

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Under the Hooked Cross – 6: Dublin and Jerusalem

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 Silversmith found his gaze drawn to a corner of the Mediterranean where sea met desert. A memory of his father’s voice echoed in his mind. May my tongue cleave the roof of my

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