“The Picture of Dorian Gray”: Book Review

Famed for his plays and his controversial lifestyle, Oscar Wilde wrote only one novel in his lifetime, this being The Picture of Dorian Gray. Reflecting Victorian art movements and considering literary characters with such clearly defined personalities, this novel is one that surprised me. Renowned for its comments on bourgeois art styles, The Picture of Dorian Gray did not…

An Endless Cycle

It’s a pretty tricky photo prompt from Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers this week… or, if not tricky, it’s certainly thought provoking! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my little story. It’s tragic, really. We’re in an endless cycle, yet nobody seems to care – not enough to do anything about it, anyway….

Burnt Out

This short piece of writing is for the purposes of the competition at Ad Hoc Fiction. With only a 150 word count and a weekly word prompt, this week’s word being “burn”, this competition gives its winner free entry into the Bath Flash Fiction Award, for a chance to win £1000! The rain beats heavy against the…

Story Starters: A Collection

My biggest problem as a writer has always been sticking to one story after I create the initial opening; it’s too tempting to move onto something new and more exciting! Here’s three story starters, varying in length, that I’ve, at some point, abandoned. 1) This opening story sentence is for the purposes of the writing…

Lost in the Magic

This is a short story from a while ago, inspired from the prompt word: “oils”. Marie sat alone in the depths of the dusty attic, her legs crossed and hands tucked neatly away inside her lap. A flickering candle stood before her, the only light to half illuminate her pale features. She was no stranger…