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Thoughts and Merry Christmas…..

*blows cobwebs away from around the blog*

Merry Christmas...

So, it’s been a while since my last blog post. Time isn’t always kind and this year has flown by. It’s not exactly been a great year for our family, after my wife lost first her step-father and then her real father within a month of each other.

My dad has recently been in hospital again after having a mild heart attack. It was found that he’d already had one and is now on more medication (which they hope will help avoid by-pass surgery). The bloke is indestructible! Thought we were going to lose him 2 years ago after a massive stroke but he’s fighter.

Friends have lost family members and loved ones, which I suppose is just part of this life we’re living. Other friends have had they’re bad luck in other ways, too.

Life is hard and trying but we’ve just got to knuckle down and get on with it. We’re only given one chance at it so we should make the most out of every situation we’re given or put in. Things happen for a reason and they make us stronger. No, I’m not going to start quoting from the bible or any other scripture, I’m just going to say…..

I SINCERELY WISH EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE VERY BEST FOR 2014.

I’ll leave you with a 74 word story I wrote a while ago. Have a fantastic Christmas.

A Christmas Mistake.

I thought I’d broken her neck but I hadn’t.  She was a tough one.  Her skin had seen better days but she had good, firm breasts and great legs, just how I liked them.

She lay on the table, unblinking eyes staring up at me.  I raised the cleaver and brought the steel down on her throat.  Blood spurted across the surface.

It was all over.

Next Christmas I’m buying a frozen turkey.

(Don’t forget to check out the great stories over at my magazine – Thrills, Kills ‘n’ Chaos!)

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Photo-Finish Friday.

It’s good to be back doing a bit of blogging.

For me, this IS Brit Grit.

I took this photo last year at a well known pub, The Drovers Inn, not far from Loch Lomond.  Two classic British motors.  The Ford Cortina and Ford Capri.  They were in mint condition and were a throwback straight to the days of The Sweeney!

Brit Grit!

Photo-Finish Friday is the creation of Leah J. Utas.

Have a great weekend, people!

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Photo-Finish Friday.

Here’re are a couple of photos, 2 days apart.  Believe it or not, the 1st one was taken mid afternoon on Wednesday and an hour or so later we had snow.  The 2nd one was taken late this afternoon and tonight we have a totally clear and star strewn sky.

Hope you like…

PFF is the creation of Leah J. Utas.  Please stop by her blog.

Later!

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Sunday Musings and The Maltese Falcon.

I thought I’d do a little post and let you know what I’ve been up to. I’ve not done a personal post for a long time now, mainly using this blog to post my 100 word episodes of The Package.

I’ve been getting some good writing done just lately but I have a feeling that’s going to quieten down as my work schedule starts picking up again. I have promised to manage my time better this year, so…hopefully…writing will still be on the agenda.

I’ve been working on my novel and I’m also looking at putting a short story collection together but they will mostly be new stories — that need finishing up. Not sure when that will happen, though, as I have no idea how Kindle Direct Publishing works. I’m sure it’ll be straight forward enough when I actually come to do it.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading.

I didn’t start ‘serious’ reading until I was, say 18-19. I can still remember that it was a rainy day on holiday in Majorca and it was a Jack Higgins novel. I finished it in a couple of days and thought to myself, “What have I been missing out on?” Since then I always have a book on the go…sometimes 3 or 4.

I’m currently reading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.

I read it years ago and originally watched the film years before. It has to be said that they made films in those days the way the book was written.  I decided to watch the film in segments, and only watch what I’d read of the novel.  Apart from the obvious little fillers, and, I have to say, there aren’t that many, the film is absolutely true to the story.  Dialogue wise, you can almost read along to the film.

Hammett was a fantastic writer, his ability to set a scene within a couple of sentences a major strong point.  I will certainly be getting hold of his other novels.  It just shows how your mind and appreciation of fine writing never stops learning.  As I’ve mentioned, I read The Maltese Falcon years ago.  Then, I probably read it and never really thought that much about it.  Now, though, and probably due to my love of writing, it certainly is a thing of beauty.  Well written is an understatement.

Sam Spade is a wonderful character and through the terrific writing you certainly get  to know and love him instantly.  Humphrey Bogart plays Spade to a tee.  His steely expression and his ability to smile whilst frowning was faultless.  It almost feels as though the character was created for Bogart to play, although George Raft was originally cast to play Spade but turned it down because he didn’t want to work with a ‘rookie’ director – John Huston.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I’ve not seen the original 1931 version, starring Ricardo Cortez, but I don’t think anyone could have played Spade better than Bogart.  I just hope that, in this current trend of Hollywood re-makes, nobody ever tries to beat Bogart.  To try and re-make this classic would be a travesty.

I cannot speak any more highly about this novel/movie and I urge anyone trying to improve their writing and their love of the craft to read The Maltese Falcon.  It’s a must!

Well, that’s me for a few days.  Enjoy your Sunday, my friends.

Later!

P.s.  Pop back later in the week for part 7 of The Package.  Catch up with it here.

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A Short Story – The Package, Part 6.

Here’s the next 100 word instalment of my short story, The Package.

As this story seems to be taking off, I’ve decided to give it its own page.  I will add each episode to it so you only have one link to click to catch up on earlier episodes.

The Package.

OK, the words that had to be included were: mandarin, spume and assemble.

As ever, this idea is inspired by my good friend Lily Childs’.

Hope you enjoy.

The Package, Part 6.

“What’s happened?” he asked, chewing on a segment of mandarin.
“She got away. Spencer beat…”
“NO!” he screamed, spume and pith spilling over his lips. “I want my stones back.”
“I’ll assemble my best men. We’ll get your stones. What are we to do with Venus?” Frankie Jones asked.
“Kill her.”
“Sir, she’s your dau…”
“No, she’s nothing to me. She’s a bastard child to an affair my bitch wife had.”
Ralph Henderson ended the call.  He looked at the photo on his desk and smashed it, glass cutting into his fist.

Blood dripped onto the smiling face of Venus.


…to be continued.


As usual, all comments/feedback are very much appreciated.


Thanks.

Later!!

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A Short Story – The Package, Part 5.

Here’s the next 100 word instalment of my short story, The Package. If you missed earlier episodes, click on the links to catch up.

The words that had to be included were: riddle, hook and Venus.

Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.
Part 4.

This experiment is inspired by Lily Childs’ and her Friday Prediction.

Hope you enjoy…..

The Package, Part 5.

Venus stepped from the train and followed the throng of commuters. Rail workers were shouting orders, some being obeyed.

“Sir,” one guard said, “That way means ‘THAT WAY’! It’s not a riddle. Now go!” he finished, pointing to an exit.

Venus walked past the guard, concern etched across her face.

“Miss, are you OK?”

“I…I…I’m being…” Venus stopped talking and stared straight ahead.

“Miss?”

* * *

Frankie Jones’s henchman is standing at the other end of the station. Then I see her, push past commuters and hook an arm around hers.

“You want to live, come with me.”

…to be continued.

All comments and feedback will be greatly received.

Thanks.

Later, peeps!

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A Short Story – The Package, Part 4.

Here’s the next 100 word instalment of my short story, The Package.  If you missed earlier episodes, click on the links to catch up.

The words that had to be included were: crucify, hare and conserve.

Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.

This experiment is inspired by Lily Childs’ and her Friday Prediction.

Hope you enjoy…..

The Package, Part 4.

Driving to the train station I had time to think.
I knew who’d been behind the earlier ambush.  Frankie Jones was a bad man.  I’d seen him crucify a man once.  Literally, the whole shebang: nails through the hands and feet, even a crown of thorns.  He was a nasty bloke.
Nearing the station the traffic got heavier.  My call must have worked.  I swung my Audi into the Hare and Hounds car park.
I checked my gun again, a habit I had even though I knew it was loaded.

“Conserve the package. She’s worth more than the gem stones.”

…to be continued.

Feedback is appreciated.

Thanks!

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