The Wish

“What are you in for?” “Corrective surgery for spina bifida. What about you?” “Leukaemia.” “Bugger, that’s a bummer. Will your hair grow back?” “Yeah, it’ll grow back; it’s just the chemo that makes it fall out.” “Are you going to be okay? I mean, you’re not going to die, are you?” “Jeez, I hope not!… Continue reading The Wish

Uncle Gregory

Photo credit: Seonmi - my South Korean friend Uncle Gregory He had come to cut me down. I watched him approach. Weighed down by more than the chain saw he shouldered, his force evaporated space in front of him. Yet, I could see gravity taking its toll, grinding him closer to the ground, the sky… Continue reading Uncle Gregory

Blogger Man and Comment Dog take on the Twisted Twitter Woman

Part Three I walked Comment Dog to the nearest subway. He took the lead; he always does that! “Are you thinking what I’m thinking,” I asked? He stared at me, said nothing. “Yep…” I thought. “Do your poochie pal’s still play all night poker at ‘Shifty Sal’s?” Comment Dog nodded. “Well, let’s see if Bunny… Continue reading Blogger Man and Comment Dog take on the Twisted Twitter Woman

Return of the Legends

The Return of the Legends! Six years ago, I toyed around with the idea of a comical serialisation. I’ve always enjoyed comics and crime stories (as well as the ridiculous, of course). So, I thought it would be cool to develop a couple of characters – hence Blogger Man and Comment Dog Man. At the… Continue reading Return of the Legends

An audience with the Pope

From Runanga to Rome is a bloody long way! Especially when you’re a wet-behind-the-ears, twenty-four-year-old priest about to embark on three more years of theology studies. From the moment I flew over the beach before landing jet lagged at Leonardo da Vinci Airport, I felt like a fish out of water. Just as I had… Continue reading An audience with the Pope

The Super Killers Ball

In these awful days of Delta Covid, I thought it timely to reprise a story written in January. Is this how it started...? The Super Killers Ball I picked up the envelope by the front step. It stunk, looked and felt grimy. I wasn’t expecting anything and wondered if I should take it down to… Continue reading The Super Killers Ball

Farmyard Parable

Felix the Field Mouse Farmyard Parable Felix the Fieldmouse was lying in the corner of the Hayshed. It was afternoon, and he was enjoying the warming rays of the sun stealing through the gaps and holes of a rusty corrugated iron wall. With a belly full of grain, he was kicking back, taking a break.… Continue reading Farmyard Parable

Disappointment

A 100 word story Disappointment Her hand is warm, her skin soft. She shrugs her shoulder, her hair dances. Over my shoulder, I hear violins shredding the night. “Not tonight,” she says, is that okay?” “Of course,’ I lied, knowing tomorrow will never come. “Thanks for your time; I appreciated it.” “I did too. Will… Continue reading Disappointment

He rā ki tua

Better times are coming - a 300 word story “I remember the day the men from the North came. My friend was in the army, and like all the others, he was dead twenty minutes after the invasion started.” “C’mon, tell me more about the North men, like you did last night.” “I’m not sure… Continue reading He rā ki tua

Great Publishing News!

mock-up of 2021 Narrative Imperative Book My short story Evelyn's Garden will be published within a collection of writing focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I received the following email this week. Mōrena,We hope you’re having a lovely week.Firstly, thank you so much for putting in so much effort since voting opened -… Continue reading Great Publishing News!

P.I.A.

Pilferers International Association Seb looked around the room. It was a drab, grey, rectangular box without windows. The only light was from a single bulb dangling on a frayed wire from a twelve-foot-high ceiling. Two men sat opposite him—an old fat one, a guy with a moustache, the good cop! And a tall, young, skinny… Continue reading P.I.A.

Return of the Water Deer

https://videopress.com/v/DrGDaJIN?resizeToParent=true&preloadContent=metadata Return of the Water Deer Check out Return of the Water Deer - the exciting sequel to The cry of the Kuaka. Now available at: Amazon: Return of the Water Deer (The Iju Tilogy Book 2) - Kindle edition by Andrews, Roly . Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. Smashwords: Smashwords – Return… Continue reading Return of the Water Deer

Time Flies

Here's an oldie - but a goody! Time Flies Fly rotated and tilted its bulbous head. It was looking at me. I was too mangled to shoo or wave it away, in too much pain to really care. “Do you want to die?” Fly asked. “Fuck off,” I spat. “You might linger for hours .… Continue reading Time Flies

A world of traffic

I've been to China, but I wouldn't want to live there! Just look at the traffic! When I lived in England, I nearly pooped myself when I accidentally came across the 'Magic Roundabout' in Colchester! Then I giggled all the way back to London. What an utterly and perfectly absurd creation of civil engineering! And then,… Continue reading A world of traffic