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The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series


The Eleventh Film VII Ministers rushed to anoint these visitors with a sacred hue. Channelling their embrace for global purposes. The world’s biggest stadia were filled with their expectant flock, desperate for an embrocation. The angels moved among like the wary wolves they were. Dismantling. Rupturing. Destroying. It’s too easy to say that this should not have happened. Perhaps the world needed to listen less to demagogues and more to the Earth itself. In any case, all points were moot now. It just got cold. And that was that.   Ever more. Original link
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Characters and colour.


Early one morning my husband and I were chatting in bed overa cup of tea (it’s the sort of activity we get up to now we’ve been marriednearly 40 years). ‘Have you ever considered,’ I said, ‘that colours are always used negatively in relation to a character’s character in books? Can you think of any that are used positively?’ Then, because he wasn’t really awake and not yet ready to engage his brain, I proceeded to list some. Blue – low mood, crude. Yellow – cowardly, sickly Red – anger, embarrassment. White – fear Black – mood, temper. Green – envy (though I suppose having green fingers is morea plus than a negative). Brown – study, dull. He interrupted then, maybe just to shut me up, to off...
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Another great read from K. C. Sprayberry


BlazeA Team Omega Thriller is an excitingpsychological thriller from best-selling author, K.C. Sprayberry. Thisparticular story has been in her ‘to be completed’ files for sixteen years. Theconcept was always a group of Elementals – individuals capable of manipulatingearth, wind, water, and air to control wildfires, working together andsometimes against each other. It wasn’t until she noticed a trend of brush firesin California, blazes which seemed almost unnatural, that she came up with thethrilling adventure this tale is now. Firesravage California for eight long years. Into the fray of taming these beastscomes a group of people with the power to control the elements of fire, water,wind, a...
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The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series


The Eleventh Film VII Some thought it had to be negligence. Others proffered chance as an explanation. A by-product of progress. An unforeseen response to technological change. It was all of naught. There was no suitable analysis. The cosmic die had been cast. They were among us now. Summoned by the Eleventh Film. It was now simply as if they had always been here. Original link
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Meet author Dawn Bolton


Dawn Bolton taught law and economics in Higher Education. After leaving formal education she started a tutorial agency. She still tutors adults and children in English, Maths, Creative Writing and French. Recently she has started writing stories and novels. She writes historical romances under the name of Alexie Bolton and romances/suspense/crime under the name of Toni Bolton. She is an enthusiastic artist and illustrates her own children’s stories. She enjoys renovating houses and has renovated a pub which she now runs as a guesthouse. She enjoys skiing, yoga and going to the gym. She shares the house with her husband and her cats Angel and Louie. What is the title of your latest book? Inno...
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Vegan veto – a cock and bull story.


Welcome to 2019 – I hope you had a good Christmas, enjoyed your turkey with all the trimmings, your ‘pigs in blankets,’ or your nut loaf. Talking of food, there was an interesting story in the news during the run up to Christmas. An academic in Swansea University, Shareema Hamzah was reported to have predicted in an article (How the rise of veganism may tenderise fictional language) that meat based idioms, like ‘bringing home the bacon’ should be banned. This caused outrage in some of the British papers – ‘Vegan war on animal phrases’ (The Star). ‘English phrases could be scrapped over fears they offend vegans.’ (The Express). ‘War on Words – bringing home the bacon could be banned to stop v...
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The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series

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The Eleventh Film Part VI At the start the world thought that their presence was something of vital import. Something founded on their notions of variation. In the shifts in quality evident in the images. The tones and lacks and blurs and blemishes. The filters and the fragments. The spaces between as well. The joins. The fissures. The friction. But they danced before us here and not here. There and not quite there. We were never able to properly overcome their liminality. Original link
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

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The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series


The Eleventh Film Part VI It was Georges Méliès who first saw the angels. With his love of trick and smoke and conjuring. Méliès felt their presence. He understood their mission. He began to chart their flight as they flew like sainted bees. Gathering evidence for a sceptical world. He tried to speak with them. But how do you talk to bees? What do you even say? And then everything he had managed to gather was lost in a studio fire. And so it was their presence simply became the natural way of things. Original link
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Season’s Greetings

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Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog, shared my posts, followed me on Twitter, connected on LinkedIn, liked my page on Facebook and read the VIRO series. I wish you all peace and prosperity at this time of year and hope that 2019 is everything you could ever want it to be. Original link
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The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series


The Eleventh Film Part V The world’s first public film screening was held in Paris on December 28th 1895. Eleven short films were on the bill that night. Only ten films are listed for posterity. The eleventh film had no name. It was the night sky. There was a meteor shower. The film ran for five eighths of a second. The audience didn’t notice. There are no explanations. No knowing how it happened. What went wrong. How it was made? It is simply the case that this was the moment when the terrible truth got told to the world. And what was this truth? That everything will end. Original link
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Writing Games for Christmas.


As well as the religious significance of the festival, Christmas is a time for present giving and receiving, drinking and eating, friends and family, hearty walks and slumping in front of the TV. Yes it can all get a bit much, especially for writerly types who find everything going on around them too distracting to be able to settle down and just write. And it gets worse when the new presents start to pall (or break), the over -indulgence takes its toll on your digestive system, and all around you show every sign of getting really, really fed up with each other. Pens to the rescue! Why not push aside the meal left overs, and gather everybody round the table for a few word based games. Never ...
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Christmas Teen Reads


On with the shameless self promotion! If you are still looking for books for your teen-age friends and family members, I have two you might be interested in. Both deal with serious contemporary ‘ishoos’ (alcohol, anorexia, absent parents, acne, abduction – and that is just some of the ‘a’s) in fast-paced stories that will make you smile if not burst out laughing. Both are available from Amazon as e-books or print copies, and from independent bookshops if you happen to be in the Coventry Kenilworth area. And Alex Still Has Acne – The blurb: Life for fourteen year old Alex is OK most of the time. He enjoys school, has a best friend Sam, and a pretty and only mildly irritating younger sister, N...
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The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series


The Eleventh Film – Part IV A city at night. A man’s face. Then she conjured a loop of words. Amaranthine. Continual. Illimitable. Perdurable.   Unlimited. Original link
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Christmas Presents? Why not try a collection of short stories.


Just in case you are wondering what to buy for some of your friends or family for Christmas, and just in case you were thinking you might by them a book, and just in case your preference is for a collection of short stories that might – just might – show you to be a thoughtful, almost erudite, and witty present giver, may I suggest CAST OFF, my collection of short stories based on some of the female characters in plays by Shakespeare? Here’s what it says on the back cover: “Have you ever thought what a Shakespeare character might be thinking or doing when she’s not on stage? Does she like the role that’s been created for her? Would she prefer a different plot? Or love interest? How does she ...
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Fantastic Reads for 11 December 2018

Fantastic Reads  is a newsletter by author Amber Morant. Amber has kindly agreed to feature Mystic Evermore in the 11 December 2018 mailing. You can read Amber's newsletter at the following web address and also browse back issues. https://mailchi.mp/4ac3d9bfe847/fantastic-reads-for-12-november-1551605 Original link
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The Woodsman – a story for a winter evening.


            It had been a convivial evening. The young couple were pleasant, if the girl was a bit giggly and the young man rather ponderous. They said they were new teachers and were walking Hadrian’s Wall, at the start of the winter holiday. Arthur met them whilst out collecting firewood, got chatting, and invited them back to have supper with him and his wife. They didn’t get many visitors to their isolated cottage at this time of year, he said. He and Martha would love to have a bit of company.             Martha’s stew easily stretched to four helpings, along with the loaf of homemade bread. They opened a couple of cans of Strongbow, and then whilst they chatted about the history and ge...
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The Eleventh Film – Horror/Science Fiction Flash Fiction Series


  The Eleventh Film – Part III There once was a looped fragment. The image of a word. Now there is only nothing. And any thoughts that still remain are those she had about the end of all things. Original link
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A Word about Holly


There is a small holly tree in my garden that has never had berries. Thanks to an article I read recently I now know why. You can have male or female holly trees and only the female has the berries. My rather weedy specimen is obviously a male and its value as an adornment for Christmas wreaths and flower arrangements is thus sadly reduced. Holly, like ivy, has a particular relationship with Christmas. In some regions it is also known as prickly Christmas, or the Christmas thorn. But it is also associated with other parts of the Christian calendar albeit the seasons are a bit out of kilter: The white flowers in spring represent the purity of the winter virgin birth we are soon to celebrate, ...
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Getting Festive


December already and almost time to be thinking of buying presents, the Christmas card list, Christmas day lunch and putting up the decorations. Plenty of households around me have got all this in hand – to judge from the number of twinkling lights in the front room windows. I haven’t got further than pointing out to my husband that my favourite scent is running out. If you need to kick start you Christmas spirit, why not download Festive Treats. It’s free (which might explain why it has been an Amazon best seller continuously since its publication two years ago), and it’s full of quirky, good humoured, not to say humorous, short stories about the Christmas period. (Declaration of interest, ...
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