The Mountain

The wind was not kidding around up here. It roared all around her, whipping long loose hair into mayhem. It pelted at such force that tears welled in her eyes and she couldn’t blink them away. Seated as she was, on a rock, she felt steady enough, but knew that as soon as she stood … More The Mountain

Break point

When Marceline entered the kitchen with mud caked down the front of her new white dress and face, Mum flipped her lid. Actually, that’s an understatement. Just moments before, she’d been bustling around the kitchen fixing tea for us kids and nagging me about my homework, while I sat perched at the bench making a … More Break point

The Helper

I guess I just wrote this 99-word story for a writing challenge. So I’ll just leave this here… The Helper   It hadn’t always been blue, Ellie was sure of it. She held the crumpled, sopping shirt by the cuff, trying to remember him wearing it. Strong arms wrapped around her, face pressed into the … More The Helper

In my pyjamas

I’ve been up since 5am. I am so tired and so uncomfortable. There’s a change of clothes in my little carry-on suitcase, but I know that if I change into them now, I’ll sweat all over them and have nothing to wear to work tomorrow. It always seems to be a few degrees hotter than … More In my pyjamas

The Turning Point

This is another of the super-short stories I wrote in my Creative Writing course a few weeks ago. I didn’t know I wanted to write this, in fact I’d been trying to repress it. But some things you can’t keep down. (Disclaimer: this the work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products … More The Turning Point

The Houseboat

As previously mentioned, I completed a short Creative Writing course recently. During the course, I wrote a few really short stories. It was great to be put on the spot, and force something to come out. It has also given me heaps of great ideas and new writing techniques. So I’ll share some of these … More The Houseboat

The Origin Secret

I get the call on a Thursday afternoon. At first I think it’s the media. Maybe a magazine wanting to do a feature piece. “Mr Judd, I heard about you in the news a few years back, and I’ve been following your career…” Perhaps it’s another devastated and desperate family member without the money for … More The Origin Secret