Sunday, 22 April 2012


My first post for the 100 things challenge. I've decided to post 100 short pieces of fiction. Just small snapshots when inspiration hits. So today was a bit of an angsty morning and I vented it into this.

Notes: not a happy fic, mention of depression and suicide, first person POV of the loss of a partner.

We All Fall Down

Friday, 20 April 2012

Autism Awareness

A Fact About Autism:
More and more doctors and researchers are referring to autism as 'autisms', because each child’s case is different, as are each child’s causes and treatments.


Autism is a spectrum condition that covers a range of learning difficulties. Though it has not touched my family personally, with a job in education, I have come across the condition on numerous occasions. The moments I remember have ranged from amusing to disturbing, inspiring to upsetting. I could never imagine the amount of love, support and patience that is needed when the condition affects someone within a family unit. It's nice to be able to say that in such cases people do amaze me and I mean that in a positive way.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

100 Things

I thought this was pretty cool so I'm going to take part in the 100 Things Challenge. I'm going to try and make 100 posts of short fiction. There's no time limit so I'm hoping it's something I can make a good go of.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Silver Short: Home

This is my first story submitted for the Silver Shorts Free Reads

From the prompts we were given I chose:
I/He/She felt the earth move…
(Information on the other prompts/authors/link at the end of this post)

Home by Meredith Russell

"Did you feel that?" Leon pressed his hands to his lover's broad chest. It was four in the morning and he'd just got in on the red-eye from D.C. He was exhausted, but sleep wasn't an option. Marcus wanted to show him how much he'd missed him. "The earth moved."

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Movie Review: Stake Land

So, one thing you should know about me is that I am slightly obsessed with horror movies. I adore the genre, though I have to say I prefer movies where at least one of the main characters manages to survive to the end. That in mind and as my first solo book is a m/m, zombie, action, romance story I thought I'd share some brief reviews with you now and again of movies (not necessarily all horror) I've seen.

My first review is of Stake Land (2010)- a vampire, post-apocalyptic road trip. The first thing I'll say is, these vampires do not sparkle. More zombiesque in the grotesque, rotted manner they're presented in, they are pretty horrid. The atmosphere of the film is really well done, the environment and characters draw you in and the acting is pretty spot on. We have the grizzly and gruff hunter, the kid/protege he's taken under his wing, a nun, a marine, a pregnant chick and then the bad guy who is even more revolting than the bloodsucking freaks roaming the country. It's all pretty cool. The plot and the direction of the story drew me in, along with the characters who I did care whether they would manage to survive the harsh world they inhabited.

The actors were generally unknown to me though there were a couple I recognised. Kelly McGillis - I had to check I had the right woman in mind as she's certainly aged since Top Gun and not in a sexy Tom Cruise kind of way - and Danielle Harris - already a significant face as a scream queen from both the original Halloween series and the remakes.

Overall, if you're looking for a solid post-apocalypse style movie with bonus vampires then I would totally recommend this. It's a good looking film and it satisfies those of us that like a bit of blood and guts along with our drama and the ending was, I won't say happy, but it was one I was satisfied with.

I would happily watch this again so if I were to give it a score, I'd go with 3.5 / 5