Oathbreaker

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Longlisted for The Wattys 2018 – 31 August 2018
* * * Shortlisted for The Wattys 2018 – 14 September 2018 * * *

Summary

Eleri, priestess of the Green Lady, has waited for so long to marry her tribe’s champion, Celyn. Finally, the date is set for Midsummer’s Eve, when the tribes have gathered in the valley to celebrate the longest day at the stone circle perched up on the hill. But nothing is as it seems…

A glimpse of a bird circling over the stones foretells of doom…and maybe even death.

An oath is made. An oath is broken. And Eleri’s life changes forever…

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Oathbreaker is a story inspired by ancient history, mythology, and the landscape. Set in the Iron Age, where there is no distinction between history and mythology, and where magic is as real as the ground beneath your feet, Oathbreaker charts the journey of Eleri, Priestess of the Green Lady, and the unusual quest she finds herself forced to make…

If you enjoy historical fiction, myths and legends, fantasy, adventure and romance, you might enjoy this too…

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Weekend Writing Prompt #111 – Translation

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Translation

Challenge

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!


* Whispers and Echoes – an online journal of short writing – is now open to submissions *
Check out the guidelines here

Weekend Writing Prompt Year 1 Anthology: Outcast and Other Words – Read for free here

 

Magical Mishappenings (Lyr #27)

This is Part 27 of an on-going serial I’m writing called, “Lyr the Enchanter”. To read the story from the beginning, you can find the story index, here.


When the world settled, I rounded on the leader of the Little Folk.

‘What just happened?’

He remained silent.

‘Where is my wife?’

He shrugged his shoulders. ‘It ain’t a problem though is it, her being missing. We’d heard you weren’t close.’

‘That’s not the point!’

‘All I’m trying to say is, every cloud has a silver lining.’

I aimed a glare at the diminutive man, and then stormed out of the building.

The front overlooked a steep hillside, covered with dense shrubbery. The back, I found out, looked out across rolling fields, terminating at the edge of a forest.

I walked a little way, and then stopped, glancing left, then right. I didn’t recognise the area. If I stayed, would the same magical occurrence happen again and return us to where we had come from, or would it take us some place new?

I was puzzled, perplexed, and had no idea what to do for the best.


Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #27 | Word count: 158 – I’m a little over the limit this time, but I could find nothing I was happy to cut out, so…

Have you been reading Whispers and Echoes?

For those that don’t know, Whispers and Echoes is the little lit journal that I run.  Started back in 2017, it’s recently been relaunched with a new look and a new home, and honestly, I can’t tell you how honoured I am when people send me their work for consideration.

I think the new look matches perfectly the short writing the journal focuses on – flash fiction in 100 words or less and poetry in 10 lines or under.  The simplicity and starkness of the colours on the site – all black and white and greyscale – goes well with the brevity and punchiness of the writing.

If you’ve yet to take a look, please do, and while you’re there, why not read the first few pieces that have already been posted.  Don’t forget to support the authors by liking and commenting, if you’re so moved.  And if you would like to submit to the journal, you can find all the information you need to do that too. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Glacial Geomorphology – a poem

temperatures dropped and
the glaciers grew
their fingers of ice
encroaching further and further

where glacier met stone
they fought and they battled
the ice triumphant
grinding the other to dust (2)

They brought with them erratics (3)
boulders carried great distances
which were allowed to wander
with the help of the ice

compositionally different to
the stone of the area
left behind to confuse (4)
when the glacier retreated

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  1. Glacial geomorphology – the study of the landscape, processes and features of glaciers
  2. this fine sediment is known as glacial milk or rock flour
  3. erratic – from the Latin errare meaning “to wander”: a rock often strikingly different to that of the local geology
  4. the presence of erratics were hard to explain, often attributed to ancient great floods, until scientists of the later 18th and 19th centuries made the connection to glaciers.

Written for Weekend Writing Prompt #110 – Glacial | word count 67 – 1 word over! Sigh…

Weekend Writing Prompt #110 – Glacial

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Glacial

Challenge

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!


* Whispers and Echoes – an online journal of short writing – is now open to submissions *
Check out the guidelines here

Weekend Writing Prompt Year 1 Anthology: Outcast and Other Words – Read for free here

 

In That Moment, The World Changed (Lyr #26)

This is Part 26 of an on-going serial I’m writing called, “Lyr the Enchanter”. To read the story from the beginning, you can find the story index, here.


‘Look,’ I shouted, hands on my hips like a nursemaid who meant business. ‘I want to know why I’m here, and I want to know now.’

That seemed to get everyone’s attention as the room quickly filled up.

‘You…you don’t know?’ the leader whispered.

I clenched my jaw, biting back a cutting remark.

‘But you’re supposed to tell us.’

I massaged my temples. Nothing was making any sense lately.

‘They said you’d know.’

‘Who said?’

‘Everyone says!’

I took comfort from knowing my kidnappers were as confused as I was. ‘I don’t even know what’s going on!’

A peel of thunder echoed overhead. Then the cottage disappeared. The forest and garden too. Everything cosy and homely about the house vanished, and in its place was an ugly, squat concrete construction perched on the edge of a steep hillside.

Of Adrastia there was no sign.


Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #26 | Word count – depends on who you ask.  WordPress says 144, I counted 145, while OpenOffice says 150

Weekend Writing Prompt #109 – Idyll

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Idyll

Challenge

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!


* Whispers and Echoes – an online journal of short writing – is now open to submissions *
Check out the guidelines here

Weekend Writing Prompt Year 1 Anthology: Outcast and Other Words – Read for free here