Story on Demand: The Secret of the Ooze

It’s that time of the week again — give me an idea, and I’ll write a story.

It’s magical!

Remember, ideas are better than plots — my best pieces have come from one or two-word suggestions.

Drop it in the comments, and I’ll pick one tomorrow.

My main focus is fantasy — but don’t feel bound to that. You can suggest a genre too, if you like!


Story on Demand: A humble plea.

I’ve had a great time doing these every weekend — you guys are nefarious idea-mancers, flinging white-hot bolts of creative inspiration at me, which I’ve done a yeoman’s job lobbing back over the net.


This week, could I humbly request — well, something a little more vague? The past few weeks people have given me extremely specific prompts, and I’ve had to sort of push it around my plate with a fork for a while.

One of the best prompts I’ve received was “music as weapon” and I had a freaking blast with that one, and am quite proud of the results. [Thanks again, HTBS!]

Glass Dogs. [ Go ahead — read it again!]

So, I think what I’m asking for is for you to give me an idea — not a plot.  Make with the vague!

Forgive the presumption! FORGIVE IT, OR THE WEASELS.

[The weasels are bad.]

Drop your lovely ideas in the comments, and I’ll churn out a story for the shiniest.



And, there’s the last chunk of Another Story.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it, or at least it hasn’t caused your eyeballs to spontaneously implode.

I’ve collected the entire story into one tidy page, accessible from the Short Stories dropdown menu up top. Thanks to the kind comments, and one sharp-eyed editor I’ve corrected some tense issue – making the tale a bit more palatable. I’ve been a writer a long time, even working a brief stint as an English teacher — so I always welcome constructive criticism. I’m a big boy, I can take it. I crave feedback.

Tomorrow, I’ve queued up a bit of micro-fiction, The Parable of the Stone Viper. I actually entered that one into a contest on, and it’s available as a free epub if that’s your fancy.

The next few weeks are very hectic for me, so I have a large amount of old material queued up. Most of it is scenes from a much longer piece, just so I don’t wear you out – and push you into TLDR-land.  Let me know if you see a scene or a character you like, and I’ll try to oblige you with some more targeted content.

What’s keeping me so busy? SECRET PROJECT.

[It is totally secret.]