Barefoot Prayers: Doing Justice and On Hearing the News – A Response

‘The prophet said, ‘Do Justice!’ And I cried, ‘Which Justice?’ Criminal justice. Social justice. Economic justice. Retributive justice. Restorative justice. Generational justice. I want to do justice to the prophet’s words. I want to do justice to justice. Where shall I begin?’ From Doing Justice by Stephen Cherry (Barefoot Prayers: A Meditation a Day for […]

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1000Words: Now on ShortStops

1000Words, the online flash-fiction magazine I run, is now listed at ShortStops, a site curated by short story writer Tania Hershman. ShortStops is the place to go to find out about what’s going on in the world of short stories. There, you’ll find a growing list of places that publish short fiction as well as […]

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Book Review: ‘The Grandmaster’ by Calum Kerr

If, like me, you love television crime drama, the odds are you’ll love this book. The Grandmaster is the latest offering from Calum Kerr (writer of the flash-fiction collections Braking Distance, Lost Property and 31) and consists of 31 very short chapters which tell the story of crime-scene cleaner Mike Chambers and DC James Worth’s […]

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Barefoot Prayers: Disappointment – A Response

Disappoint: to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of. to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate. Resilience: the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy. Tenacity: holding fast; […]

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New Food: Slow-Cooked Hungarian Beef Goulash

It’s Tuesday night, which means it’s Slow-Cooker Night. Our slow-cooker and it’s accompanying recipe book will be 16 years old on Friday … as will our marriage. I think we’ve done pretty well at looking after our wedding presents. We’ve still got the slow-cooker, the dinner service, the cutlery, the pots and pans, an electric […]

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Writing: My New Office

About a month ago, I decided I was going to give myself the next two years to make something of this writing malarky. (After that, my youngest will be at secondary school and I’ll have to get a proper job!) So, I signed up for another course – Literary Short and Flash Fiction – and […]

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