Less than perfect weather in Scotland at present, which may have influenced the following haiku…
A boot’s impression
Set fast under setting sun.
Feathered frost creeping.
Ditches choked with mulch and muck.
Run-off, trapped, eddies.
Things I’ve read this week…
I came across a brilliant drabble a few weeks ago called ‘Russian Penicillin‘ by David Stewart. I’ve made the mistake in the past of trying to lever too much research into a piece of historical fiction, leaving the piece lumpen and leaving readers cold. David Stewart’s piece is a perfect example of how to thread knowledge through fiction; the research never feels levered-in and the narrative is the focus. As such, the history in the story feels more authentic.
‘Woman of the Sea‘ by Linda Lee Lyburg is a wonderfully cosy tale of the mysterious sea set in the Isle of Man. It really is feel-good fiction with Manx cat, thatched cottage, and maritime mystery, all for the reader’s delectation. I enjoyed this a great deal.
Matthew Richardson is a writer of short stories. His work has featured in Gold Dust magazine, Literally Stories, Near to the Knuckle, McStorytellers, Penny Shorts, Soft Cartel, Whatever Keeps the Lights On, Flashback Fiction, and Shooter magazine. He is a doctoral student at the University of Dundee, a lucky husband, and a proud father.
Not necessarily in that order.