Bags and bags and bags

Bag – Upload – Cheese


The task?
To weave these three words into a story:
1) bag
2) upload
3) cheese

I don’t like shopping, so collecting handbags has no appeal for me, but I read a newspaper article about a woman who went on a shoplifting spree and stole hundreds of designer bags, which she then put up for sale on the Internet. Turning this into a fiction piece allowed me to use two of the words above. Continue reading “Bags and bags and bags”

Day 13 and it better be WATERTIGHT

A romantic trip in a small boat is a strange choice, when your wife can’t swim.

Just another drowning in paradise

Ruth Livingstone writes another short story about MurderThis was yesterday’s NaNoWriMo piece and it’s set on a Caribbean island where Mr Palmer-Smith is taking his wife out in a small boat for a romantic picnic.

It’s a strange choice, since his wife is afraid of water because she can’t swim.

This is another one of those stories that’s been simmering in my head for some time. There were a number of different ways I could have told it. Continue reading “Day 13 and it better be WATERTIGHT”


An unreliable narrator and stolen money…

unreliable narrators in a short story, Ruth LivingstoneOh yes, there is nothing more intriguing than a narrator who leads you up the garden path.

Or, in this case, down to Ward 4, where cash is mysteriously going missing.

This was one of those short stories where I started out with a voice in my head and a vague idea that it would involve theft in a medical setting. I started writing, and the story simply wrote itself. Continue reading “Unreliable”

Blood sample

Horror story with a medical themeblood donating - writing a horror story

You are a penniless student, desperately in debt, and, just when you think things couldn’t get worse, your landlord threatens you with eviction.

What do you do?

You sell your blood to a private clinic, of course.

But, if an offer seems far too good to be true… it probably isn’t a good idea to take it up. Continue reading “Blood sample”

10 ways to get a girlfriend?

Time for some light relief…

Yoga forms the basis of this short story by Ruth LivingstoneIt’s day ten of NaNoWriMo and #30days30shorts of story writing. (And, yes, I should have posted this yesterday.)

Question: What do you do if you realise you’re too boring to attract a girlfriend?

Answer: Find some new hobbies, the sort women enjoy.

So far, the main love of Jimmy’s  life has been football, but on Valentine’s Day he decides it’s time to find a girlfriend. So he consults his friend, Monica, who advises Jimmy to take up new hobbies to attract girls. Continue reading “10 ways to get a girlfriend?”