Just Another Friday Evening…


I can’t believe it was November 2014 when I last posted on here..very bad. No excuses but I was away for Christmas and I have been working on other writing projects, so not been entirely lazy. I did post on www.olivespastavino (once) but think I need to get another post on that blog soon.

Happy New Year to all.  I hope you enjoy this very short story which began life because of a post on Helen Yendall’s blogaboutwriting  I took up the challenge and wrote this piece.  I was thinking of developing it further but then figured that with a little tweaking….it could do just as it is for my short story pod.

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Angela Breaks Free


This little story began life once again on write-invite but it wasn’t shortlisted. I then revamped it and it was chosen as one of the very short stories featured during the 24 hours of National Flash Fiction day in 2014. Having had five children I can sympathise with Angela. I loved every minute of being a mother but still craved more education and a career.  I knew that it was possible to have both…although at times it was exhausting!

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Dial M for Mugger

Mobile Phone

I wrote this very short story a couple of weeks ago on write-invite…It didn’t win but it did come in the top ten (there were probably only eleven entries!) Write-Invite is an online writing competition and at 5.30 UK time on most Saturdays throughout the year you can log on and see what the three choices of themes are for the week. Choose one and start writing. Only 30 minutes is allowed before the entry has to be submitted so it’s hard going. Total concentration is needed.  I think it’s great practice for writers and if the story doesn’t do well if can often be edited afterwards, expanded and then used for another competition or sent to a magazine for publication.  This story has only had a small edit so is almost exactly the same as the one submitted to write-invite on the 27th September 2014.  I chose the theme ‘mobile’ and just took it from there. Hope you enjoy listening to it.

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The White Lace Umbrella

The White Lace Umbrella


Before I started this blog I never realised how difficult it would be to record a short story. I think I tried at least twenty times to get this particular track down so if you notice any mistakes I don’t want to know! I hope the next one won’t take so long.

I wrote this little story quite some time ago and it’s been edited, altered, chopped and there are several ‘final’ versions on my desktop.   I’ve read it so many times now I think I know it off by heart.

Punting on the river has been an activity enjoyed by many during their Oxbridge university days…


photo thanks to www.virtualtourist.com

photo thanks to http://www.virtualtourist.com

Anyone know the name of the river that flows through Oxford? I know now but I had to ‘google’ it.


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I wrote this story when given the prompt of ‘photograph’ I had fun with the ending, hope you enjoy listening to it.



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Weekend Break

Rain in Australian Rainforest


I was inspired to write this story last weekend when I woke up to a grey rainy morning. From this little seed a story grew but when I began I didn’t really know where it was going.

I’ve been in England for the week and the weather (since last weekend) has been sunny and wonderful.  I often don’t know where my stories are heading when they start out but for me that’s part of the enjoyment of writing them.

Trail in Temperate Rainforest




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Sweet Dreams

One of my first short stories was written sometime ago and it won the weekly write-invite competition in January 2013. I was thrilled and it spurred me on to keep writing. I hope you enjoy listening to it now.


Various Truffles

Array of Cream Filled Cupcakes




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