Delighted to have one of my stories featured on Spillwords. https://spillwords.com/the-absence-of-grace/
Dear Followers. I have started work on a novel and I would very much appreciate your feedback on Chapter 1. The idea I am wanting to explore is what happens when a man who has tried to isolate himself late in life starts to lose track of what is real and what is recalled and … Continue reading Disappearing Act – Chapter 1 – Feedback please.
Hi, all Looking for an allegedly funny last minute stocking filler? Check out my latest (actually first) book on Amazon. All the best and thank you for your support for my literary endeavors. Regards Doug
In my late teens and early twenties I was a roadie for several largely forgettable rock bands and, along the way, I had experiences that varied from the joyous to the pits but largely mundane, as with most jobs. This is one of the tales of that time. This was a new band I was … Continue reading Tales from the roadie – You learn to smell it
‘Stretch’ and ‘Alfred’ were a concentrated patch of weirdness in our run-of the-mill outer suburban high school. Stretch, as his nickname implied, was a beanpole with a shock of jet-black hair and a permanently impending moustache who towered at least six inches over the rest of us. Alfred’s nickname derived from his remarkable resemblance to … Continue reading Suburban lunacy
Having the world's largest and ugliest potato named after you is a crime against my humanity and I intend to take legal redress (or even potato salad dressing). https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-04/doug-the-ugly-new-zealand-potato-could-be-world-s-biggest/100596064
My apologies to all for any difficulties accessing my site during the recent WP unpleasantness, when my menu wasn't linking to my posts. WP have now helped me fix the problem and hopefully all is now well.
This 99 word piece was written in response to the Carrot Ranch's weekly challenge with the prompt of ' write a story about an open door'. My immediate thoughts went to this experience. Earlier this week, my wife and I visited my 99-year-old Dad in a nursing home interstate because they’d advised us that his time … Continue reading Not on my shift
I'm re-blogging this piece from Jim Webster, a very wise and very funny farmer and blogger from England. If you thought carbon sinks created by planting trees was the answer to global warming, think again. https://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/2021/08/06/how-many-trees-can-you-eat/
Recently I experimented with two mutual feedback writing sites: Scribophile and Critique Circle. My main motivation was to receive feedback from other writers without having to pay for it, which is what you have to do on most publishing and competition sites. The principles for each are similar i.e. critique a lot of other people's … Continue reading Occasional Ravings: Never mind the jabberwocky, there are worse critters out there.