145 entries in this archive

Monday 8 March, 2021

Miriam’s secret (1,000 words, a five minute read)

This piece was written for a Writers’ Circus challenge (March 2021) on the theme of ‘a fairy story’.

A few weeks before writing it, one of our dearest friends died of heart failure. This followed a bad fall in October 2020. Her brave struggle to recover was hampered by several underlying medical conditions.

These events played out against a backdrop of Covid and its restrictions.

Following a relapse in February 2021, she was admitted to hospital and died two days later.

Two months earlier, her twin sister had also died of weak heart.

I think these tragic events have imbued this story with a tinge of melancholy.

Monday 8 March, 2021

My dear, dear boys

This is a story written in response to the Writers’ Circus challenge for February 2021 on the theme of “a secret”.

The story came easily because it is based on fact, an experience recounted to us by close friends shortly after it happened to them, while events were fresh in their minds.

Of course I have done what tellers of such tales often do, I have extemporised to spin you a confection.

Although not my original intention, I think this story offers an insight of tenement living in a posh ‘wallie” close in Glasgow’s West End of that time.

(wallie = ornately tiled)

Thursday 4 March, 2021

Still the Night - around 5 mins to read.

In our Mackintosh Choir Zoom meetings we are asked to nominate a particular song or piece of music which we like and choose a YouTube version to share with those attending.

We are also required to explain our choices.

On 16 December 2020 I chose Still the Night.

This rather prosaic tale recounts my words of introduction.

Saturday 6 February, 2021

Cherish the lassies

This piece is a record of the “Toast to the Lassies” address I gave to the Mackintosh Choir Zoom Burns Supper on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

It is offered as a ‘written’ version in a PDF which is a slightly expanded version of the ‘spoken’ version included as an MP3 file.

This address was confected from a variety of Wikipedia entries and yes, I am able to say I am regular supporter of Wikipedia which, with all its many faults, is a wonderful resource.

Wednesday 13 January, 2021

Wilson and Sandy (2,000 words, 15 minutes to read)

This was written for a Writers’ Circus challenge in October 2020.

The topic was “a tenth birthday story”.

It is a bit odd but I hope gives a reasonably accurate insight into the lives of those who are born to a live of ease and those who serve them.

Is there such a thing as a life of ease? Perhaps a story for another day.

Wednesday 13 January, 2021

Stuck! (4,000 words, about 15 minutes to read)

This is a story written for our grandson Ethan (7) and Drew (5) who are both gifted young artists.

Ethan has recently made a start on is own story writing career which you can find here by searching for
Spy Fox or clicking on Updates and scrolling down.

The story was developed with the boys, as explained in the preface.

Suitable as a read to for younger children of as a self-reader for P£3 and upwards.

Wednesday 13 January, 2021

Paw Patrol (5,000 words about 20 minutes to read)

This tale arose from an Writers’ Circus challenge to write about “her heart leapt into her throat/mouth”.

A work of fiction, the main character is loosely based on our local lollipop lady, a true stalwart in our community.

Those of you who live near me will quickly identify characteristics of the main FICTIONAL character and

FICTIONAL location of the main action.

I particularly wanted to be sure this wonderful lady got her place in my archive as she is one of my most

loyal readers.

Wednesday 13 January, 2021

Birthday Boy Bonanza (1,000 words,five minute to read)

This little confection is based on a series of events which happened to friends shortly after they

moved to live in a luxury flat.

Yes, I confess: as written it is an exaggeration of the original but I hope it might make you smile

over morning coffee.

Wednesday 13 January, 2021

Brechstein and Son (around 11,000 words about 30 mins read time)

This is a Christmas story of a kind, an off-beat take on the Twelve Days of Christmas, the challenge
set for our December meeting of Writers’ Circus.

It recounts the lives of two odd, lonely people.

For Glasgow readers, there are many familiar references.

Give it a go, you never know, you might get into it!

Wednesday 18 November, 2020

Spy Fox by Ethan Bonthron, age 7

Our grandson Ethan is in primary 3 and was asked to write a story about a spy, as an exercise in

creative writing.

Here is his story, complete with his own illustrations.

About a year ago, Ethan got the reading bug and has become a voracious reader.

At school a few weeks before this story, he began a project about The Vikings.

When the topic was first introduced, Ethan was already well informed. Invited to tell the class what he knew about The Vikings, he launched into a ‘lecture’ which prompted his teacher to say,

“Well, if anyone needs to know anything about The Vikings, just ask Ethan”.

Thank you Ethan for giving me permission to publish your story on my website.

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