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A cat memory

From the moment we inherited her from my wife’s sister, who was moving somewhere with a ban on pets, “Sushi” was my wife’s friend. I was tolerated as her servant. She was an attractive cat with black in most places, … Continue reading

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You can’t turn a silk purse into a sow’s ear

My very new wife and I arrived at a barbecue. Sitting in place of honour was a toilet bowl on the grass, with wonderful floral drawings on the outside. When I had a look, the decorations were inside as well, … Continue reading

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Social connectedness

Ernest Dempsey and I live on different continents (poor thing, being on the wrong side of the world), and we have never met. All the same, we are connected in a project. He has just posted the next extract from … Continue reading

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Feedback please: an off-earth scene

I will be grateful for your reaction to this part-chapter. Does it make sense? Have I lost you anywhere? Any suggestions for improvement? Thank you! Bob 2. The planet Magog, in another Universe Using mental force to block the pain … Continue reading

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Even villains are apprentice Buddhas

Rhobin Courtright’s homework for her faithful followers is: “Have any of your villainous characters reached redemption for their actions? How did you go about it?” Last century, my answer would have had to be no. Rather, naughty people got punished … Continue reading

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I am currently editing a lovely book for Loving Healing Press, in which a mother and a gifted music teacher give their account of a Down syndrome boy who puts the gift of love in everyone’s heart. Synchronicity? I have … Continue reading

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Rescue with side benefits

“Greg, welcome to the family,” Mum said. “I’m looking forward to becoming a grandmother!” His glance at me said, “You tell her!” “Um… Mum, we decided we won’t have kids.” “What? Marcie, that’s… Why on earth?” “That’s why.” Greg rubbed … Continue reading

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“I can’t breathe!” It was the merest gasp. I looked at Jake. His lips were blue. Only three days ago, he’d dismissed it as “Just a flu, mate.” For two years now, his opinion was, “That COVID thing is a … Continue reading

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My formidable neighbour

My neighbour couple lives under my eaves. She is ten times his size. Both decorate their living space with little balls: memorials to past meals. She acknowledges me with a look each time I say hallo, as she awaits the … Continue reading

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The opening scene of Maraglindi

This is the opening scene of Maraglindi: Guardian spirit. I am posting it as an illustration of how you can have a prologue without calling it a prologue. You see, research shows that nearly half of otherwise intelligent readers skip … Continue reading

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