102 entries in this archive

Sunday 3 June, 2018

Smoke and Mirrors

This tale was written in response to a Writers’ Circus assignment to write about ‘an

unexpected meeting’.

As often happens with these assignments, my brain slopes off at a tangent.

And yes, it is semi-autobiographical, recording highlights of from the life of someone very like


Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Moving On (2,500 words, about 10 minutes to read)

This story is a confection based on a few facts. It was written for our Writers’ Circus

February 2018 meeting for which the topic was set as: “Love, in any of its many forms”.

Several years ago a nice chap from our golf club lost his wife to cancer.

He was lost, sad and lonely.

After a couple of years of moping around aimlessly, he ‘disappeared’.

Some reports said he had moved to Troon, others said Ayr. No one was sure.

Then, as if by a miracle, he appeared at our Hogmanay gathering two months ago.

He was with his new wife, a very pretty, chatty, slim lady.

It was clear to us all they were deeply in love.

They danced almost every dance, very proficiently.

Every time I glanced their way, they were smiling secretly to each other. True love.

Read on.

Tuesday 20 February, 2018

Purple Willi

What might one do when ‘trapped’ on a plane for over four hours on a homeward flight from

Gran Canaria?

Well, if you have a fully charge iPad and an idea comes which will not be ignored, tap it

out, why don’t you?

Here is a tale about a sloth called Willi and his adventures.

Friday 2 February, 2018

The Song Contest

This is read-to story for younger children or a self-reader for P2 and above.

It tells of a song contest between the Robin, the Song Thrush and the Blackbird.

Nearby the Skylark is listening to their efforts and she enters to contest uninvited.

If you wish to hear these birds singing, also download the MP3 file which is a compilation of

sound files provided courtesy of Auntie BBC.

Friday 2 February, 2018

Edinburgh Snapshots

This is a tale of our celebration weekend in Edinburgh, one of our favourite places now

made easily accessible directly from our local station at Hillfoot, a short walk from our front


There was no high drama, no contretemps, no hassles. Just boringly comfortable,

everything done at walking pace and very enjoyable it was too!

Had the weather been warmer, the sunshine brighter and the snell wind absent, it would

have been perfect.

But hey, it was the last weekend in January!

Thursday 11 January, 2018

The Magic Forest

This is a read-to story for pre-school and P1 boys and girls.

The story was told to me by my Ethan (age 4) who wanted to write a story for his big cousin Matthew (age 7) because Matthew had sent him a story called Fred the Seagull.

In this story you will meet a few familiar characters from fairy tales.

As usual the story is available to download as a PDF for your personal use.

For the first time there is also an MP3 version kindly read by Grandma Margaret.

Sunday 7 January, 2018

Piglets can Fly!

This is a wee tale of three little piglets who like to play hide and seek.

One little piglet has a magic wand.

Suitable as a ‘read-to story’ for under-5s.

Saturday 6 January, 2018

Matthew and the Zylonic Overlord

This story and its artwork came from Matthew Bonthron when he was newly 6 years old.

This story is about a brave and resourceful young man called Matthew MacMill. MacMill is the leader of a group of scientists and engineers who work at MacLabs where they invent clever devices for the benefit of mankind.

As a hobby, MacMill and his team of MRacers compete in the World Mountain Race (WorMRA) series, hoping to win the Platinum Salver.

Their main rivals are the Z-CARS, led by a Cyborg called ZED-ONE. The Cyborg is ruthless and will stop at nothing to win by adding illegal additives to his Z-PLAS fuel.

ZED-ONE never obeyed rules if they got in his way.

This fantasy tale is suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 9 to read alone or as a ‘read-to story’ for younger children.

It is a long story with over 12,000 words. It is divided into 12 chapters and is perhaps best enjoyed over several sessions.

Saturday 6 January, 2018

Matthew and the Mystery of the Nordsea Trench

This story and its artwork was developed from discussions with Matthew Bonthron who was nearly 6 years old when he had this adventure with his friend Dominic.

The boys are in charge of Ocean Mission Control and have been ordered by the Prime Minister to investigate the Mystery of the Nordsea Trench.

This tale contains scenes of necessary violence required to deal with the Rogue Giant Squids and their evil companions the Malevolent Mutant Orcas.

At around 7,000 words it will take about 30 minutes reading time for 7 to 9 year-olds or as a ‘read-to story’ for younger children.

Saturday 6 January, 2018

Matthew and the Amphibios

The story line for this tale was developed in discussion with Matthew Bonthron (age 7).

The scenes are drawn from reality, based on a short holiday at Hoburne Holiday Park during August 2017. Hoburne is set in the midst of hundreds of flooded gravel pits which comprise the greater Cotswolds Water Park area.

The weather was warm and humid and we witnessed several massive thunder storms which created ideal conditions for the strange people called the Amphibios who live in the depths of Mallard Lake.

This story is suitable for boys and girls aged 6 to 9 to read alone or as a ‘read-to story’ for younger children.

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