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Wacky, witty, over-wrought, Scottish short stories

Recent highlights

Confidence – a teenager’s rebellion goes far deeper than she realises, starting at part 1/3

Topiary – short fiction about caring, sharing, nurturing family values riddled with smut

Are You Finished? – a short story about a relationship right on the knife-edge of being workable or not, starting at part 1/4 

Lochinvar, Later – celebrating my blog’s 10 year anniversary with a mangled Scottish literary classic

Tall Tales – a series of very short stories, particularly Hospital Junction, Vicarious Virtuality, Nightwatch, Changing Room


Eco-fiction, scripts, essays

Life’s Work – short fiction where animal research subjects show more cultural development than the researchers

Russet Nutter – short essay on the inclusivity needed in conservation

Collateral Animals – surreal short story about noticing the animal products and the inherent suffering all around us

Ink & Incidental – short eco-flavoured story in which Bourdon, a man with a deep pitch, and Kern, a woman with a tightly-packed character, find creative inspiration from a cliff

Intersection – an ecocentric short story for the solstice, about a few intersecting lives during one lunchtime

Companion Animals, Angry Buzz, Arachnophoria – short comic episodes of small-scale communal living

Ghost-fishing – a brief Call My Bluff-style brain-teaser

Animal Emancipation – an ecocentric essay looking back from the future

Magic Circles – a short fairy-tale about fellow creatures and freedom

Pigs – a short story with animal liberation taking a grisly turn; a revised and improved version is published by the Ecological Citizen journal issue 5.1 – right at the end, curiously enough in the Fiction section

Teeth – a short story of wide-eyed innocent enchantment

Less Than Stories – scripted short legal interview challenging inter-species perceptions

Felix – short story about an edge-dweller teetering on the boundary between accepted relationships and transgression, in 2 parts or 1 abridged version

Night on the Tiles – elegy for one death in an infinity

The Santa Hat – daft thought process indulging my seasonal hyper-consumerism dysphoria

Flickering Shades – fictionalised report of three plants at different stages of extinction

Mythofaun – edgy short story about a wise woman’s apprentice and a mythical creature

Isolates – dialogue, abstraction and narrative forming a short story about separation and changing perception



The Romantic Miscommunications Of Yesteryear – a brief comic dialogue about mistaken connections

Using My Dictaphone, and Other Transcription Errors – I am often misunderstood, not just by people; a short miscellany of crossed wires, followed by a second ‘helping’ at Using My Dictaphone, and other Transcription Errors, cont’d

In Two Acts – a short audio play, layering misdirection without losing direction, hopefully

Defrosting – a 45 minute audio mystery drama about melting ice cracking open a woman’s life

Festive and Midwinter collection

Longer Reads for Lammas collection – since 2017, annual, serialised stories:

  • One Week with Mr Broadwood 2021 – an inept revenge farce of approx. 21,000 words, serialised in seven parts, starting at MONDAY – You should never go back to school.
  • Vanishing Mythnight 2020 – a short farce where an anachronistic entitled young hero unravels his inheritance and unleashes mythical world salvation – begins at part 1/3
  • Neohaguich 2019– a resourceful crone plunges into a whimsical netherworld to find a lost lover. Begins at part 1 of 11
  • Wratislaw 2018 – a drily hyperbolic, humorous short story: a pianist with a passion for Janáček’s music finds the composer’s unrequited infatuation is part of the bargain. Begins at part 1 of 10
  • Cold Call 2017 – series of telephone conversations where truth comes away in layers

Overdue – a tightly-woven two-part short story set in an utterly self-indulgent parallel universe

To Mount and Highbrow Raising – two comic essays—well, brief plunges into techy-smut and intellectual-smut

Parathought – a very short, timeless fantasy for the solstice 

Grandparent File Download – short radio drama script where an IT support call grows arms and legs, virtually

Eye of the Storm – a wry, wide-toothed comb through a relationship defined by extreme weather events – a four part short story

The Tool, Parabola Hyperbolae and BBC Bureaucracy – my Truthache series staggers on with more searing instalments of petty neighbourhood vengeance

In the Dark – short radio drama scripts revelling in radio’s capacity for misdirection

Fossoway Flora – satirical fairy tale where paganism meets gaming, with a longer sequel for the masochistic, and most recently a radio-scripted diversion into a Tolstoian psychoanalyst surreality

Night Ride and Sunrise – summer solstice short story and sequel inspired by Sibelius’ rich journey (sans alliteration, mostly)

Truthache – series of wacky, paranoid, revenge fantasy morsels

The Fly and the Mountain – satirical distillation of my irritation with ‘spiritual superiority’

The Lassie and the Legume – wacky, whimsical, multi-part short story extending the fairytale The Princess and The Pea in a world of fantasy and illusion

Ruin – short swipe at the heady enchantment of late summer verdure

What You Wish For – Jane Austen science fiction; a feature-length screenplay about a woman seeking in another time the man she can’t have in the present

Glen Tosied – darkly humorous multi-part short story around maladjusted characters trying to find a meaningful life in dystopia


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