The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

This was a strange book with two distinct parts/”books”. The first part kind of baffles me, because the master and Margarita are barely mentioned at all. Indeed, the first half of the book does not concern them, but follows the series of events after the particularly gruesome death of a writer named Berlioz – decapitated … More The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

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