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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The Ascendant

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Ben receives his first pay cheque in 'The Ascendant' and it's a whopper! How did he ever get so far? Best catch-up with some of his inside secrets : )
dandydilettante commented on Synthpop for Life!

@OllieRedfern I'm still struggling to process it all lol

There seems to be a hefty hint of rave, ample androgyny/80s exuberance along with 90s brashness: nice little tune that after the 'first day back at work' trauma I've presently succumbed to : )

Something Dickon Edwards would well relate to, I gather, from his profile in the coffee table compilation 'I am Dandy' (although nothing to say about his musical accomplishments).
dandydilettante commented on Synthpop for Life!

I'm really glad you asked actually : )

I've recently been reading about the rise and demise of the original New Romantics but Romo's more or less a new one on me: it seems to have been confined to the unspiritual heartlands of their forerunners (London's Soho and Camden Town) whilst not really reaching 80s veterans who had mostly stopped buying music mags; that compilation cd in a single issue of Melody Maker (mentioned in Wikipedia) would have been about the only real portal to a world like Romo before we were all blessed with YouTube : /

And so, I very much look forward to fully investigating the phenomenon : D

(There was a pretty good band groomed by Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley, slightly later ~ 'The Vanities' whose gigs I'd always get to in Cardiff while just about every other 30-something was busy being married, mortgaged and babied to life it seemed ; )

Also, I'd heard of Orlando from checking out this 'interview' with dandy Dickon Edwards lol 


And it's interesting to note that the keyboardist from Placebo is a veteran of the scene: always liked them a lot : )

No idea what to make of DexDexTer or Sexus from initial investigations but Plastic Fantastic?

Hey, what's not to like : D