Sea Magic

The waves sparkled in the sunlight, glimmering, glittering and glistening as if each crest was crowned with silver-white gemstones.  The sea looked magical.

We had been on the boat for a few hours when I noticed that there were creatures in the water, following us. But they never broke the surface. At least, not when anyone was watching.

“What are they?”

“Seals.  Dolphins,” the captain grunted, annoyed at being disturbed.

“They don’t look like seals or dolphins to me,” I mumbled.

Overhearing, a crew-mate replied, “He’s hardly going to admit to a stranger that he believes in mermaids, is he?”

Written for Day 11 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: Write a story in 100 words or less set in the ocean.

The Old Man of Winter


My poem, The Old Man of Winter, can be found in Issue 10 of Three Drops from a Cauldron’s web journal, alongside some amazing poetry and flash fiction.

If you have a moment, I hope you check it out – I would love to hear what you think to my poem.  It can be found on the Three Drops from a Cauldron website:

Three Drops from a Cauldron: Issue Ten

The Water Wytch – my first piece in print!

Elemental foundations cover

I am still in shock, I think…

Back in the middle of April I submitted a short story to a print anthology.  It was my first attempt at doing so.  Fear and nerves were largely responsible for not trying before hand.  But for once, instead of giving into the fear, I pushed on through and submitted anyway…

And look what happened.  I got a short story published – in print!  I admit, I waited until the day my contributors copy of the book arrived (yesterday) before I dared to believe it really happened, spending the weeks in between waiting to be told there had been some kind of mistake.  But, it’s here, in black and white…The Water Wytch

It came with a pretty bookmark too, placed on the first page of my story.  What a lovely touch.  Those people at Zimbell House Publishing are great.elemental foundations bookmark

I still can’t believe it.  I can’t wait to read the other eight tales of elemental magic, next to which my own sits humbly, but no less proud.  Dreams really can come true…

Some useful Elemental Foundation links:

 Elemental Foundations on the publishers website | Smashwords | Amazon