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My stories have been read 54170 times and 91 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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My ghost story 'The Light Left' (under the name Jane Ayrie) can be found in the anthology 'Cold Iron', published by Iron Press::

A short piece of science fiction, 'Madness Not To' (under the name Jane Roberts) is on the Terra 2 website here: :

My ABC blog, including life at Castle Pillock, is here:   There are also some previous Castle Pillock episodes in the named collection below.

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I don’t associate cats with beaches. Dogs, yes, flappy ears and flappy paws, chasing balls and sticks, challenging the waves to a duel. But a...
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International Purple Day - Epilepsy Awareness

Tomorrow is Purple Day! My lovely daughter has learned to live with her epilepsy, but we have also learned that there is a lot to be done in terms of research and awareness. This is written with her permission. Purple Day logo used with permission of Purple Day UK.
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What Goes Around (IP)

You can't miss what you've never had. Unless you've had it before. Picture: Pixabay Creative Commons


Not very seasonal, but one I made earlier and have been tinkering with. Photo CC0 via Pixabay

Postcard from Upstairs (IP)

Don't say anything to Leonard. Picture:


230 of my comments have received 233 Great Feedback votes

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More than one journey is

Posted on Sun, 04 Dec 2016

More than one journey is explored in this wonderful exploration of pain and hope.  That's why it's our Facebook and Twitter Pick of the Day!

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Posted in Journey to Minneapolis

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Some very striking imagery -

Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2015

Some very striking imagery - the one that stood out for me was the passage comparing Joanie's voice to a shotgun, 'her words repeating until the cartridge emptied, until her words were simple, hollow clicks.'  I wasn't too sure about some of the...

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Posted in Buried Secrets

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You've got it all in there

Posted on Sat, 02 May 2015

You've got it all in there really - the self justification and the detachment, and the powerful images of what that leads to.  This is chilling and heartbreaking.

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Posted in Culpable

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I came late to this so I don

Posted on Tue, 17 Jul 2018

I came late to this so I don't know if the last line in question is the existing last line or a previous last line?  Just checking, before I place my bid.  

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Posted in Distance

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Into the valley of death... 

Posted on Wed, 18 Jul 2018

Into the valley of death...  really made me laugh.  Reminded me of all those times we were horrid to new young teachers, just because we could be.  Children are nasty little beasts.

Would it be possible to have a couple of quick thumbnail...

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Posted in I'm Not Disappointed, I'm Just Angry Chapter 3

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An entire novel caught in

Posted on Sun, 15 Jul 2018

An entire novel caught in this poem.  You brilliantly portray the tension that comes from waiting, those moments when all you can do is nothing.  

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Posted in Going Out For Cigarettes

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Past and present whispering

Posted on Sat, 14 Jul 2018

Past and present whispering to each other.  Really evocative and the rhythm conveys the journey.  Very much enjoyed reading this.

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Posted in Along a Roman Road

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Manages to be both sad and

Posted on Wed, 11 Jul 2018

Manages to be both sad and optimistic, and to convey the vulnerability and strength of the narrator.  There's a whole novel's worth of story in this.  I bet there's lots of similar tales in that repressive little community.  

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Posted in The Return (Part 2 of 2)

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Very thoughtful poem.  It

Posted on Thu, 05 Jul 2018

Very thoughtful poem.  It does us good to walk in others' shoes.  It is a victory for those in power if we turn on each other.  

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Posted in Conversation with a Feminist

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Absolutely lovely.  My dad

Posted on Tue, 03 Jul 2018

Absolutely lovely.  My dad had a load of 78rpm vinyl - I could hear every one of them even though I couldn't play them.  Eventually I was able to let go of them.  The image of the coat is particularly poignant.  

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Posted in Remnants