The Chairman

Everyone hoped he’d make some changes, do the right thing because Jacinta was one of the 30%: tall, attractive, well-educated and highly motivated. ‘Jacinta handled her promotion exceptionally well,’ he said finally.  ‘She did exactly what we asked. Pruned the  inefficient members of her team without too big a stir. Shifted three more staff into different […]

Sparks

At first only sparks, fragments of light that died and died again. Finally, despite her shuddering hands, a flicker, a glint of flame that swung wildly, spluttered then settled into something more. ‘Minuscule flame,’ she intoned , ‘stay alive, stay alive…’ A sound from beyond the night: familiar footsteps, the flood of stamping feet dislodging […]

On Fulfilling a Challenge

Have you ever set yourself a challenge? Something long-term and personally meaningful, something that, when completed, surprised, delighted and satisfied you? Back on the 4th July 2015, around the time I decided to retire, I set myself such a challenge. I had another five months of classes to prepare and teach, but I was eager […]

Muses, Metaphors and Sunlight.

‘It started with a flash but will end with …’ What sort of prompt is that?  This is so boring, like swimming towards a lifeboat while fighting for your last breath. Hardly boring; more like survival. It might be futile but she’ll never give up. She lives on hope and she has a manuscript. A half baked, self indulgent, weirdly […]

On Haibun and Markets

As well as flash or hint fiction, I’ve been studying and writing haibun, contradictory snippets of descriptive narrative (i.e. flash or hint fiction containing poetic images and heightened language, or an an unabashed, self declared  prose poem) accompanied by a haiku. Sometimes wry, often serious, always finely crafted, haibun is a blend of image and observation that appeals to […]