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I Challenge You To…

Ester Chilton is running a challenge in which she asks her readers to write a poem, limerick or short story on the subject of love. You can find my contribution below together with those of other participants.


This week’s challenge is to write a story, limerick or poem on the subject of:


Last week’s challenge was to write about lies. You sent in some strong pieces. Here are a few:

As always, Keith Channing gets in first with something witty:

The greatest of sins is mendacity,
Far better to stick to veracity.
But don’t feign surprise
If you catch me in lies;
I mean well, but lack the capacity.

I’m thrilled to see EDC Writing joining in this week:

To be sucked in
you cross a line
left best a fool
at worst ignored
let conscience air
not skewed desire
step back save face
no mirror lies.

Kevin is up next with a powerful poem:

A secret fire.
Their desire
In lust.

They can not shout
Their passion, for Pretty Eyes
Is another guy’s
Special one.

Truth has gone
And soon people…

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#AtoZChallenge A Drabble for a Tag: Nightmare

Lovely Curses

I can’t seem to break free. From these cuffs. From my nightmare…

In my dream I was running. Running from a man whose face I couldn’t see. I didn’t know why, or what he would do once he caught me. All I knew was to run. As fast as I could. As far as I could.

In the end, I ran straight into his arms…

I gave up trying to get out of the handcuffs. I never dialed 9-1-1. (My phone is still in my lap when he returns, a smirk on his face.)

Somehow, I think he knew I wouldn’t.


The A to Z Challenge is back, and this year, I’m giving you 26 drabbles (100-word stories) using some of my favorite unused or underused tags.

Today’s tag is “nightmare.”

Stay tuned for “O” tomorrow!

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I Challenge You To…

Ester Chilton has been kind enough to reproduce several of my limericks in the below post.
I particularly enjoyed Keith Channing’s limerick on the subject of lies (which can be found below).


This week’s challenge is to write a story, limerick or poem on the subject of:


Last week’s challenge was to write about cake. You sent in some great pieces. Here are a few:

First up is the brilliant Keith Channing:

When my daughter came home with her beau
He asked, “Have you any gâteau?”
I said, “We ain’t posh
And we don’t have much dosh.
You could even say we knead the dough.”

Here are two from the talented Kevin:

There was a young man called Blake
Who was extremely fond of cake.
He went out on a date
With a girl named Kate,
Who went and ate all the cake!

There was a young lady named Leigh
Who invited me round for tea.
We ate lots of cake
But when I tried to partake
She kicked me out at three!

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How to Create Your Own Personal ‘Writing Bubble’

Much of my writing takes place in my spare room, which I dignify with the name of study. I have also written in my mum’s garden, in Liverpool and in my lunch hour while in the office. My favourite “bubble” is my study, in my home in Upper Norwood, high up on a hill.

Novelty Revisions

What comes to mind when someone asks your go-to writing spot? How about your ideal writing environment? Do you thrive beneath the flow of conversation, or alone in a noiseless room? Do you have a designated table? Perhaps a favorite room?

I’m lucky enough to have an office with a door that I can close in the evenings and on Saturdays. It’s a lot easier to separate work from play when there’s a physical threshold to step over. But even then, I need my phone on silent and flipped facedown. I either need complete silence or a podcast, depending on the type of writing I’m doing. I need my cat to be fed and a mug of coffee next to me. Maybe a snack.

This is my bubble. Only writing can happen here. I don’t text or read, I (usually) don’t check Facebook. Whether there’s quiet or background noise, once…

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Free to enter poetry and prose competition for under-represented writers


chemistryFounded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers in the UK.

Is this poetry and short fiction competition for you? Creative Future defines under-represented writers as people who feel their opportunities are limited as a result of:

  • having a mental health issue

  • having a physical disability

  • having a long-term limiting illness

  • having a learning disability/ASD/ADHD

  • having a sensory impairment

  • having a substance misuse issue

  • being homeless or in temporary accommodation

  • being a survivor of abuse

  • being a care leaver

  • being long term unemployed

  • being a carer

  • being an offender or ex-offender

  • being part of the BMER/Traveller commuunity

  • being part of the LGBTQ+ community

  • being an older person (65+)

If you have any questions or concerns about whether you are eligible, Creative Future are keen for you to get in touch. Call on 01273 234 780 or email

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25 FREE Codes Available for my New Audio Book on

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

Family drama/ psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ is now available as an audio book.  I have been given 25 free codes to use at the checkout on,  and I am currently waiting to hear back from ACX to find out if I’m eligible for any UK codes as well.

If you would like a code, please email me at  and put ‘Audio Book’ in the subject box.  Thank you.

Plagued by a troubled upbringing, Paul McAdam wakes to find a mysterious woman in his bed, but has no memory of how she came to be there. Cat Taylor worms her way into his life and eventually moves into his Edinburgh flat. This arrangement suits Paul quite well until he meets Anita Fairfax. Wishing to marry, Paul tells Cat she has to go, something she does not do easily. Then, Cat is found dead in Paul’s apartment. Despite little…

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