This week’s short-story challenge

This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of a Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor) on Paraparaumu beach near Wellington, New Zealand. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with… More This week’s short-story challenge

This week’s short-story challenge

This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of a curiously coloured stream about a kilometre from where Sir Peter Jackson filmed the Pelennor Field sequence from The Return of The King. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta… More This week’s short-story challenge

The incredible Ernest Eldridge and his adventures with Mephistopheles

Last week I was out for a pre-Christmas lads’ get-together – where we inevitably talk engineering or bloke stuff – and managed to mention somebody so obscure that several people reached for their phones and that old standby, Google. Has anybody heard of Ernest Eldridge and Mephistopheles? No? I’ll tell you. Ernest Arthur Douglas Eldridge was an English… More The incredible Ernest Eldridge and his adventures with Mephistopheles