Monday, 25 July 2011

It's SUPPER TIME...Zombie adult fun at Chris Grant's EATEN ALIVE...

Over the last few weeks - in between regular sessions of crime novel writing - I've 'stretched' somewhat and penned a couple of flash fiction pieces, slightly away from my norm. The aforementioned Clarity of Night contest submission is a supernatural/paranormal crime story (see last post). Meanwhile, when A Twist Of Noir editor, Christopher Grant kindly invites you to write a zombie short for his new site, EATEN ALIVE, then you write one! SUPPER TIME is my somewhat naughty response. I hope you enjoy it here... feel free to let me know...

PS. Mum, this one's NOT for you! :-)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Clarity of Night Contest - read some crackin' entries, plus my 'adult flash'...!!!

If you missed it, The Clarity of Night Contest is run by American attorney and writer, Jason Evans. It's become a very popular competition, as the 100+ entries testify.  The photo (left) is the prompt, and it's fascinating how differently the entrants interpret it in the allotted 250 words.

There's a whole new writing community over there and a helluva lot of hidden gems. I spotted a couple of friends' stories too - belters from Jodi MacArthur and Chris Allinotte.   

Oh, 'n' my story's called TILL DEATH DO US PART... it's a bit naughty, but I enjoyed writing it as it stretched me from my norm. The first draft was nearly 500 words, so I had to cut, edit and tighten, which is all good practice.

I would really appreciate it if you'd take a look and maybe even leave a nice comment. Pretty please with sugar on top! :-)

BTW, the contest is now closed (sorry), but Jason will be running another later in the year. I'm gonna have a trawl through the list of the stories here.


Ps. Missed out, that my bud, Michael J. Solender, also has a crackin' entry too!

Monday, 18 July 2011

A 100 thank yous, a clingy dog 'n' finding balance... (dunt that just roll off the tongue?)

Great to see my 'followers' officially hit '100'. A heartfelt thanks to you all, including email subscribers and those who follow privately.

Since I'm editing at Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers a lot, I can't post here as much as I'd like. Especially as I'm endeavouring to write a crime novel series too. Add demanding full-time shift work, two children and a clingy dog to the mix (Riley's like my shadow, even follows me into the bathroom!), and you can probably appreciate I'm forever battling for that elusive 'balance'.

How do you find your balance? Or, like me, are you constantly striving for it?

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Crime novel by 26 authors... whadderyereckon...?

I know this has been done before, but in NO REST FOR THE DEAD, according to Guardian Online, each writer wrote a chapter not knowing what the previous one had written. Don't know about you, but I can't see how this could possibly work.

Quite a few 'names' have taken part, including: Peter James, Kathy Reichs, Faye Kellerman, Tess Gerritsen and Jeffery Deaver.  Lots of sarcasm and cynicism in the comments section of the article too. Have a nosey here, then kindly pop back and let me know what you think.

Cheers, Col

Sunday, 3 July 2011


  • The Brazilliant blog king extraordinaire, Paul D. Brazill has an exciting new ebook out, which is incredibly 'cheap as chips'! For more on 'DRUNK ON THE MOON' click here.
  • Over at cool American ezine, A Twist Of Noir, editor Christopher Grant has resumed the 600 to 700 Challenge
  • Geoff Eighinger has thankfully resurrected the sorely missed, Bullet Awards for best stories of the month on the net.  It's truly awesome to have this back, as it is to see David Barber's ever-growing Flash Fiction Offensive bagging TWO places in the top three!  Dave's doing a sterling job over there. Well done to all the winners - more here
  • Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers has yet more debuting writers, with some great flash fiction, including Thomas Pluck, Margaret D. Whittle and K.R. Helms, amongst others.
  • Crime thriller author of the popular Joe Hunter series, Matt Hilton, talks about the importance of libraries, and how they inspired him to write as a kid.  Listen to Matt's many variations of the word, 'Erm' (including, 'ehm' 'n' 'um') on BBC Radio Cumbria (fast forward to 2 hrs 18 secs). 
  • Oh, 'n' after some heavy research for my crime novel, I've decided to join horror writer Steven Chapman in the 'summer camp' at NaNoWriMo, where you commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in a month. What have I done? Cheers, Steve! If you need a bit of motivation to write, then it's not too late to join. Here's my profile page.  Obviously, I'll be aiming at the 90,000 word mark. But I'm a third of the way in already, so doing this is good for focus, in the busy life of a working dad!
Regards to all,