Day 4, story 4, and nastiness

Can we ever truly erase our computing history?

Short story, broken laptop.

What happens if you buy a second-hand laptop, and find it contains murderous secrets?

For today’s NaNo story, I’ve stayed firmly in the present day. It could have been a romance… But, no, that would be too easy. So I went for a psychological thriller instead.


Spanner in the Works

NaNoWriMo and day 3 of writing short stories

This one was more of a challenge. The task? To write a short story using dialogue only.

I cheated a little by turning it into a chat show interview, with an obnoxious host and a young lad who everyone believes is a hero… until he confesses all.

Another sci-fi theme. Need to find a different genre for the next one.

Day three of #30days30shorts.

Can I take my hamster into space?

NaNoWriMo day two, and a second short story is in the bag. Well, the first draft completed anyway. It needs more work before I allow anybody to read it!

I’m staying with the sci-fi theme, but this piece consists entirely of emails written by a harassed young graduate on a placement with Leicester I E Scheme (LIES). Continue reading “Can I take my hamster into space?”

NaNoWriMo 2016

ants30 Days and 30 Short Stories

This is my 6th year of participation in the annual frenzy of writing, called NaNoWriMo. And I’ve done pretty well so far.

  • 4 novels drafted
  • 1 novel (of the four) actually finished
  • 1 year of NaNo rebellion, when I drafted my non-fiction walking book
  • Publication of my non-fiction walking book, Walking the English Coast

Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2016”

The Shed

THE SHED - jpg thumbnailFour twisted stories…

At the end of September 2016 I independently published this 48-page booklet which contains four of my short stories.

Three of these stories had been published previously in journals and one of them – The Shed – won first prize in a Writing Magazine competition.

I asked the talented Lizzi Wakelin to illustrate the booklet and had the text professionally edited. The cover, including the typographical layout, I designed myself.

“Brilliant collection of short stories, expertly written. Ruth has a great sense of humour!”

The Shed is available as a paperback and as a Kindle verison, both on

Now all I need are some more reviews to boost sales!