Lockdown Antics

Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Six – Once Upon A Time

For however long the lockdown continues (in the UK at least), I am throwing out weekly writing exercises/prompts for anyone and everyone to respond to. Here’s how it works: I’ll post a prompt on Fridays and you just let your imagination take over from there. When you have a story you’re happy with, post it… Continue reading Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Six – Once Upon A Time

Short Stories


Introduction This will be my last After Ever After story for a little while. This one I have taken one of my own favourite fairy tales as the jumping-off point – Sleeping Beauty. Disney comes under a lot of scrutiny for the lack of agency given to its early princesses. This is particularly the case… Continue reading Insomnia

Short Stories

The Spinster Queen

Introduction Please note that ‘Spinster’ in the title is using the original meaning of the word, i.e. a woman who spins, rather than the modern meaning of an unmarried woman. This is the third story that I wrote for Christmas 2018, this one for my mum. The story she chose as the jumping off point… Continue reading The Spinster Queen

Short Stories

Goldilocks and the Three Bairns

Introduction This short story was written for my sister, after she nominated Brave as her fairy tale/Disney film of choice. If you didn’t catch last week’s post, in Christmas 2018 I asked my family to pick a fairy tale/Disney film for me to use as stimulus for a short story. The ones my parents nominated… Continue reading Goldilocks and the Three Bairns

Short Stories

After Ever After

Introduction For Christmas 2018, I asked my family to name their favourite fairy tale or Disney film, and from their answers I wrote a short story for each of them looking at what happened after “Happily Ever After” had been uttered. Well, I did for the stories based on my parents’ choices. The one for… Continue reading After Ever After