The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 3

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter Three
(Catch up on Chapter One and Chapter Two here)

Frankie clambered out of the boat and stood at the edge of the quayside wrapped in her brother’s coat.  The summer wind lifted a strand of hair out of its hiding place under her cap.  She shoved it back under impatiently – she would have to go home at some point.  If she didn’t go soon, someone would be sent to fetch her, and that would be ten times worse.  The boats nodded up and down encouraging her, tied fast to their moorings on the inky black sea.  The tide was coming in and the water was starting to encroach upon the town. Continue reading

The Girl From the Sea – Chapter 2

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 2 (if you missed the first installment click here)

Frankie felt bad for lying to her mother, but there was no way on Earth that she was spending the holidays with Sissy.  She was going to have to leave as soon as possible without telling anyone.  She put the fish in the sink in a resigned manner.  She would have to pretend to go along with Ma’s plan until she could formulate an escape route.  She trailed upstairs and slumped on her bed.  She was always a constant disappointment to her mother: she wasn’t dainty or elegant or interested in baking or sewing; she hated dresses and hair ribbons. 
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Find A Muse in the Masters

Find A Muse in the Masters

I wrote this for a writing challenge as follows….Choose a scenario (or invent your own) and write a poem, a short story, a vignette, a scene, or flash fiction based on Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.  


The Nighthawks by Edward Hopper 1942: Public Domain

“You!   Whaddaya want?”  the bartender barked.   “Can’t ya see I’m busy here.” Continue reading

The Girl From the Sea – Chapter 1

Welcome to the first installment of The Girl from the Sea by me!  It’s the result of lots of inspiration going back several years; a couple of short stories; and a lot of hard writing!  It is a children’s adventure story based at 7 to 10 year olds and has a brilliant and courageous young heroine who witnesses a horrible crime. Her longing to escape to see lead her on a terrible and exciting adventure!  Tune in every Thursday for the next installment.  Continue reading

Exciting News!

I just wanted to mention to everyone that I’ve finished my first novel!  Yes it’s done (fist pump and celebratory dance!).  Absolutely blasted it out in about a month…I guess that once the idea came it just came. So I’m not laying myself open to criticism or anything like that but in the spirit of getting the words out there, I’ve decided to release a chapter a week to you lovely people on a Thursday.  Tune in next Thursday for the first instalment of “The Girl From the Sea”.  Pop your email in the box on my page to receive the notifications.  

A person with a very excited expression, holding her hands to her face in excitement

Bursting with excitement

(Photography by Carine Roberts)