It recently dawned on me (at 43) that one way or another, I’ve been writing most of my life and may as well become better at it.

I've been getting to grips with short storytelling over the past year. Most of my tales have benefited from the critiques of 'Writers Forum' competition judges whose sound advice, I've even implemented here and there. Eventually, I hope to adopt a more literary style of storytelling which would allow for all sorts of clever-clever themes, imagery, similes and suchlike ...

Meanwhile, I'm more interested in the shape of story itself. Or rather its strength: as received through just about any form of entertainment (apart from rugby commentary of course - the dark side of life in Wales!).

My favourite authors are George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell and Noel Coward. I particularly like their letters and generally admire their work for its lucidity: a quality which I’m striving towards in my short stories. I’m also keen on the style of newspaper columnists who usually seek to be understood and keep me from retreating too far away from the 21st century!

As should Wattpad – although it's easy to spend too much time around here rather than focus on ways of improving one's craft and appreciating the work of ... well, proper authors (9 times out of 10) let's face it! 

And yet how enjoyable, it surely is, to overlook the shameless typos of a texted tale which seizes the storytelling moment; than to indulge so many a published author peddling the same sorry dross, year after year.

And so with that plainly jaundiced and none-too-novel rant, I now present to you my own selection of disparate tales (of woe, mainly) laced with humour (here and there) which may prove enriching in some worthy way ... my lovely trickle of readers!

Till next time or other,


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"Clothes are not mere affectations encrusted upon your public image; they're a way of stripping yourself of everything apart from your true self. You can only judge the style by the content and you can only reach the content through the style. 'Clothes' are not just clothes, you're wearing your thoughts, your attitudes towards life."

Sebastian Horsley (1962-2010)

*sighs* that time of life when you start to relate to the 'somewhat advanced' Duke of the tale rather than the dashing young Earl lol

Anyhow! That aside, there's a pleasing pace to the way events have taken an unsettling turn with a subtle mingling of emotion from Ardith's POV.

A little bit cinematic actually.
dandydilettante commented on The @NSWERS - The dream is fun and easy

Did you ever watch the first series of The Apprentice?

In a follow-up feature, one of the more slippery snakes was asked by a schoolboy at a sports event, 'have you ever won any medals?'

His reply: 'I've never lost any medals.'

Although I think you're right to place 'failures' within inverted commas: intuitional experiment is essential to any success path. Even if I'll always be fond of something Ricky Gervais advised: 'If at first you don't succeeded, destroy all evidence that you ever tried!'
dandydilettante commented on I Got Tagged!

I really like the clarity and 'certain energy' behind your humour : ))

#4 Everyone needs their bubble popped from time to time: feel free to drop by and dispense a jab whenever I least expect it ..!

#3, #5 & #16 That's the second time you've mentioned guns ... oh well, I should be out of range in the event of saying anything stupid I suppose ; )

#18 I've always wanted some ... they sound sweet from what I've been hearing from other minion-keepers.