"The trick, my friend," The Illusionist once told me, "Is to always let them think they've seen you three times. They stop looking after that." Despite having been told this, I could never spot how he did it. I knew the Great Lafayette better than most and I could never tell the difference between the real… Continue reading The Final Illusion
'Twas the night before NaNoWriMo and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The writing desk by the window was tidied with care, In hopes that inspiration soon would be there; Characters were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of plotlines danced in their heads. The characters were so quiet,… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Eve
She got to the station at 11.58 PM. She realised as she blinked at the electronic clock on the wall that she hadn't even considered the possibility that there wouldn't be any trains running at this time of night. She'd just packed up and stormed out. There was nobody around for her to ask, the station was empty-… Continue reading Lunar Express
Throwback to an older post because I’m too tired and full of the cold to write a new one today.
He emerged from the shadows. A streetlight shone down on him, turning his blonde hair into a halo and forming a pool of ethereal light at his feet. His piercing green eyes spoke directly to her heart. She was instantly enamoured. Love at first sight.
He smiled and she felt warm. He beckoned her over, towards the light. She went without question, amazed he’d noticed her at all.
She stepped in to the light around him. His outstretched hand turned in to a claw. He scooped out her eyes. And love at first sight became the last thing she ever saw.
Read the first part here. Eliza was on her knees. Ash and dust blew in on the wind, falling like a dark and deadly snowfall that came to settle around her. She had taken refuge right in the centre, away from the flames, as the Shadow Kingdom had burned to nothing. The smoke had been so thick and… Continue reading Shadow Kingdom: Ashes and Dust
There is a city that can only be found by those who are truly lost. It starts in your soul, a tiny pin-prick of pain that you don't notice until it spreads through your veins in to your heart. Your body feels wrong and your thoughts are heavy, numb. Everything around you is hazy- like a dream-… Continue reading The Lost City
There's a parasite that lives behind mirrors. A detailed shadow that stares back at you when you clean your teeth or get caught in the dark screen between episodes of a Netflix show. It watches the way you walk past shop windows. It studies you from reflective surfaces at times when you think nobody is watching. It knows… Continue reading The Reflection of You
Read the first part here. Prince Charming had been searching for his missing sister for three weeks now. He had unknowingly followed many false paths in his determination to leave no stone unturned when it came to finding Eliza. It was almost midnight when he came across a high wall, covered in thorns that glowed… Continue reading Shadow Kingdom: Broken
Pictures sent back from early probes had only partially prepared her for how much the new planet looked like Earth. Well... how much it looked like Earth before they'd all fucked it up. Planet B had been hailed by many back home as a miracle. It had been discovered by an expedition that had run… Continue reading Planet B
Read the first part here. <Previous The night was young and Dyana was full of energy. The stars were bright tonight and she was so ludicrously happy that she thought she might float up to meet them. She led Eliza deep in to a wing of the castle that they had not been in the night… Continue reading Shadow Kingdom: King and Queen of the Night
Read the first part of the series here. <Previous Prince Charming watched from his window as a lone horse without a rider cantered towards the castle. He knew at once that it was his sister's. But where was Eliza? His heart leapt into his mouth. He ran out of the Kingdom to meet the horse without… Continue reading Shadow Kingdom: A Missing Princess