Friday, 20 July 2012

Love Your Park!

Wow, can you believe it? The weather forecast for this coming week is looking really promising - just as we’d about given up hope of having any kind of summer as well! I noticed yesterday while I was in my local supermarket that they’d slapped sale stickers on all the camping and BBQ equipment, and I’m pretty certain they were itching to replace the sorry-looking summer stock with snow shovels and tinsel just to have done with it, that’s how dreary things were looking. I’ve no doubt they’ll be peeling the sale stickers off those melamine plates and garden lanterns again now though, because people in their hordes will be loading their trolleys with disposable BBQs and crates of beer like there’s no tomorrow.

This long-anticipated weather front will very nicely coincide with National Love Parks Week - which, incidentally, starts tomorrow.
There’s nothing more therapeutic than for writers and readers alike to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors (unless you suffer from hayfever, of course, in which case you’d better load up on antihistamines and hankies). There’s something extremely liberating about sprawling out on a freshly mown lawn whilst reading a good book, or scribbling in a notepad away from the eye-ache of a laptop screen.

Love Parks Week is about celebrating public parks all over the country. It’s about indulging ducks in a gluttonous diet of your unwanted sandwich crusts, weighing up whether your adult-sized arse might still fit on the kiddies' swings or slide without becoming wedged, it’s about swatting away the abundance of wasps that pester the crap out of you when you crack open a can of pop or unwrap a sandwich from its clingfilm. It’s good to shake your travel rug loose and park yourself in a nice spot (preferably away from the sound of kids kicking balls around) and just unwind for a bit. So go on, embrace Love Parks Week and get out there!
…we’re counting on you Mr Sunshine, don’t let us down - please.

Oh and for a little outdoorsy summer read, here’s the link for a short horror story of mine called Church Fate - which is absolutely free to download. I wrote it last year in the midst of summer, my inspiration being a local church and vicar. When I drove my nana round to the church to make a donation for the roof repairs, I knew there was a story in there somewhere. Anyway, I had great fun writing it and I hope you have fun reading it J

Church Fate
Ramshead is a quite a boring little countryside village in the middle of nowhere, therefore absolutely nothing in the world could have prepared Trevor, the local vicar, for the bloody scene of hair-tearing madness at the church fete.

...seriously, nothing at all.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Friday 13th Freebie!

Ok so here it is - Friday 13th! Because I love all things scary, and because I wanted to share that love with everyone else, my short story Indefinite Fear is completely free to download for today only on Amazon. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download the story to read on your laptop/PC - it’s only 1700 words so won’t give you eye-ache.

Indefinite Fear
Some things in life deeply affect us – but just what is it that Janie’s so scared of?
A dark psychological/supernatural short story, Indefinite Fear is about a young woman who struggles with her own past and future when she finds out that her mother has terminal cancer.

I love to explore the darker side of the human mind, in that it can often be our own worst enemy, and I enjoy stories that don’t necessarily spell everything out for the reader. Monsters and ghosts are scary as hell, but the mind itself can be such a creepy place - so when you combine the two elements, which is scarier? You decide.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Friday 13th is looming...

Do you suffer from triskaidekaphobia, a fear of the number thirteen? If so, are you superstitious that bad things might happen this coming Friday?

It’s an interesting fact that so many people genuinely get their knickers in a twist about Friday 13th - but just what is it about this specific day that triggers a sense of bad luck?

Well, the answer is a bit sketchy at best - it would seem that nobody knows the real reason where it all stemmed from in the first place - but I discovered a few possibilities…

Thirteen certainly steps outside of the box in our date and time systems - there are twelve calendar months and twelve numbers around the clock - which is perhaps enough reason to make the neat and orderly amongst us feel uneasy. But then, there were thirteen guests around the table at the Last Supper so it’s a reasonable assumption that the superstition could have religious connotations. And, of course, hundreds of the Knights Templar were arrested on Friday 13th - so, maybe that has some bearing on it. Who knows, perhaps any one of the above, none of the above or all of the above apply when we look to Friday 13ths with a  sense of dread - or maybe, these days, it's because we automatically think about Jason donning his hockey mask...

I must admit I’m not a fan of the number thirteen myself, but, that said, I certainly don’t have a phobia - I’m just not all that fond of odd numbers in general, for which I have no rational explanation. I just don’t, so there.

What will you be doing this coming Friday? Cowering beneath your pillow in bed all day hoping the house won’t fall down on your head, going on as normal but cringing each time you cross a road or walk near scaffolding, or will you simply be going about your daily business with not even a second thought to all this superstitious talk?

I personally like nothing more than to watch a horror film or to read a scary book on Friday 13th - but then I like watching and reading scary things all year round so no change there. But I must admit, horror books and films do have extra appeal on Friday 13th - so perhaps, to a degree, I do get swept up in the whole thing.

Anyway whatever it is you plan to do on Friday I hope you have a lovely (and safe!) day. To mark the occasion I’ve decided to make my short story Indefinite Fear free on Kindle for that one day only. So please do spread the word and tell everyone about it!

Indefinite Fear is a coffee-break-read of around 1700 words -

Some things in life deeply affect us – but just what is it that Janie’s so scared of?
A dark psychological/supernatural short story, Indefinite Fear is about a young woman who struggles with her own past and future when she finds out that her mother has terminal cancer.

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I’ll send out a reminder on Friday when the giveaway goes live - and, of course, I’ll spare a thought for all you triskaidekaphobes out there!