Summer is gone! It ran its glorious course all too quickly and now the kids are back at school. There is a hint of frost in the air that suggests the weather is starting to change. In some places the leaves are painting the horizon with spectacular  displays. Crops are being brought in and pumpkins are starting to appear. Yes something is definitely in the air.

Try standing in a cornfield during the full moon and watch for fleeting glimpses of figures mounted on brooms flash cross the sky. Or perhaps you may sense a presence just at the edge of your vision, and no matter how fast you turn, you never see what it was. The things in the night are starting to go “bump”. Yep, my time of the year!

“Cosplay Sugar Sugar Rune” by Florian Fromentin (Flickr)

I have always loved this season. You could almost say that I take de”fright’ in it all. Perhaps it’s the muse of a dear friend that has whispered in my ear as of late, but the stories that fill my head have taken a darker turn. I try to fight the darkness, but each happy tale soon comes to a bitter end. I see haunts in the shadows and will-of -the wisps in the night air. So casting “happily ever after” to the wind and the fell beasties, I welcome you to Octo”Boo”er here at the fictional campfire!

I am looking for several guess writers to join my celebration. Here is your chance to write that spooky little tale that keeps asking to be let out. So if you feel up to a walk on the darker side of the street let me know! Not up for that? Then perhaps one of the two, month-long challenges will be something you can sink you teeth into. Any which way, I’m hoping everybody will have a howling good time!

The calendar may still show a few days left in September, but I hear-by declare Octo”Boo”er has begun! I’m hoping to get the word out to all the boys and ghouls who like to write, so if you could be so kind as to pass the word along through the social channels. Watch for the twitter hash tag #Octobooer. Welcome to the happily never after!

“Happy Halloween!” by Schub@ (Flickr)


A little story about me!

(Pause to allow gasps of surprise at a new post!)

Once upon a time there was a young(ish) man who thought that one day he might like to write out all the wild stories and characters that inhabited his slightly peculiar mind. After many half-attempts, he finally managed to build an imaginary campfire where he (and others) could go to share stories. Life was good!

But like all stories, you know that the hero can not simply find the treasure, get the girl and stroll off to happily ever after. There must be challenges and dragons along the way. It is these interruptions that make the a story lifelike, and force the hero to push that bit harder the reach his goals. It is that journey, and not the words “The End” that we love read.

“dragon slayer” by mugley (Flickr)

Similar to my fictional hero, I now find myself standing up to one of these unexpected dragons. In this case; a new job. After several years of hard work, I managed to win a promotion. So I bid driving goodbye and took up the position of dispatcher. While I was sure that it would be hard work for a while, I figured that I would master it (my dragon) in short order. Sadly that is/was not the case. Seems that the dragon was actually MUCH bigger than I imagined it was. Now six weeks later I’m still locked in mortal combat!. I have no doubt that being “pure of heart” (plus the help of the other dispatchers) I will overcome the beast and prevail in the end.

I’m just not so sure when that may be! The dragon often requires that I fight it 12 hours a day, so lately most of the time I seem to be either working or sleeping. While the stories still are safely stored in my imagination, I would seem that it will be a while before I get back to word smithing them out, so please have some patience.

In closing I would like to thank my writing friends. It was your support, friendship and advice that started me on the road to “happily ever after”. I do miss you guys.

Many thanks!


PS – In the next couple of days there is a surprise of sorts coming, so keep watch!

Breaking News

Hi all,

Just popped in to share this with you all. I’m very pleased to announce that for the very first time, I am a guest writer. My blogging friend (and talented writer) Billie Jo Woods  asked if I would write something for her blog while she enjoys a few days at the Sea Side.

I have been thinking that I should move to England. Everybody there is always going on about this wonderful place. I have to be missing something. Mind you, as my oldest son points out, since England in surrounded by water, a large percentage of it is going to be “Sea Side”! Something to ponder there.

Sorry, got distracted there. Back to it then. I have to thank Billie for letting me guest for her this week, (I’m just one of several writers, so you should check their stories out as well) it is a great honour and I’m truly touched by it. Thank you!

If you’re up to it, have a peek HERE.

With the school year quickly drawing to a close, I hope to be back at it again soon. Until then… “Cheers”!

The Big Push

To my friends,

Sorry, but this is for my sanity. If you have hung around here for a while, you’ll know that I’m a busy guy. (This is not a complaint!) Driving a school bus full-time, trying to write here when possible, and I volunteer with Scouting too.

Late May and all of June is even more crazier than normal for me. Both the school and Scouting years are closing quickly to an end, and this is putting a higher than normal demand on my time. While this happens ever year, (and I’ve learned to deal with it) it is the first time that I’ve tried to write as well (come next year I will better prepared, promise) . Sadly something has to give.


For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to ease up on the writing. Not stop, just slow down a bit. The past month or so has been kind of break through for me, I’m finding story ideas in most everything I see, so the very last thing I want to do is stop. I just need to budget my time. There are so many flash fiction challenges being run by my blogging friends, I feel that I could write all day and still never be out of stories inspired by these individuals. I’ll try to take part where I can, but I’m sure that I’ll end up not taking part in at least a few of them. Sorry!

Likewise I’m going to change Sunday Snap a bit as well. I will be posting that information later tonight.

As for the “Campfire”. It will still be here, burning brightly during the big push.