Poised Pen Anthologies

Poised Pen are Out of their tiny Minds. Who knew?

This week saw the release on to Kindle for the first time the first two anthologies from the
Poised Pen writing group: 'News From Nowhere' and 'Out of Our Minds'.

These date back to a significant time in the group's history - a time when I wasn't a member and when certain members of the group thought the Kindle was going to be a quick fire fad that would never take off. The two books were released in paperback form, which of course is what we all like to see in reality, but the Kindle is great for just being able to download and dive straight in - whether it be on No.17 bus through Anfield or the subway beneath Manhattan.

I joined the group a couple of years ago and love the guys. It is good that there has been a consistent core of great writers but also that it is periodically refreshed by arriving newcomers (so much so I now seem to be an old hand-ish). These books were written before the Flash Dogs were conceived but have two dogs between the covers (if you have a Kindle cover that is). So, if you're browsing Amazon on or after Prime Day and can't decide on what faddy electronics to invest in why not just pop over to the Kindle books page and give your head a shake with the tales and poems of Poised Pen.

(of course the Third Anthology 'Half-Baked' which came out last year has always been available on Kindle and is still available too)

In short buy them all before we bombard you with reasons to buy Anthology Four, which is bound to be about before too long (and I dare say a Kindle version is quite likely from the off).



FlashDogs Artwork - Tam Rogers

The artwork being produced for the Flash Dogs Anthology Volume 2 (Solstice Light: Dark) is of the highest calibre and is again being produced by the wonderful and oh so multitalented Tam Rogers.

Hats off to Tam (again).
Flash Dogs 2 - TamR 400w

Please check her out on Twitter @tamrogers and her writing on the web at .

Anthology Fever Sweeping the World

Anthology fever is gripping Earth's nations once again - or is it just Fazakerley? Anyway, it's cranking up now as messages on Twitter are showing some of the authors are beginning to complete their stories. Complete. Stories; plural! So the pressure is rising.

On the positive side from my point I've finished the first initial preliminary early drafts of two stories and will be forwarding them on to my review partner over the weekend. Err, perhaps. Then I can get on with the other two (yep, aiming for four stories).

Just like to say, it is again great to be involved and loving the support and feel good banter that Twitter - the ancestral home of the Flash Dogs - is providing. The Dogs are a wonderful bunch and generally pretty friendly. Though there are a couple that bite - but I won't tell you which ones; you'll have to find out for yourselves.

Here's to the pressure. The story telling. The banter. The anthology (Vol.2). And the Flash Dogs!



Flash Dogs Anthology Volume 2

Dark and Light

The Flash Dogs are all heads down at the moment working on their pieces for Flash Dogs Anthology - Volume 2: 'Solstice Light: Solstice Dark'. Well, that's the theory anyway.

So far I've written 750 words for a story which I think I am going to redo. And then yesterday I wrote 15 words. That is a title for each of four stories. Not even sure if I'm totally happy with them, but I think that they will help with the momentum for the stories at any rate.

Hope to get at a couple down by early next week.


FlashDogs Anthology - Volume 2

The chatter and general barking has started to grow over the last week or so with regard to FlashDogs Anthology - Volume 2. The titles and pictures are abroad and we are all donning our thinking caps and getting excited. A month or so to get a few new stories together. A fabulous time!

I have been paired with another Andrew, based all the way down in that there Australia, and we will review each others work for the Anthology.

Watch this space on how this goes. It's going to be great.


Flash Dogs in Paperback!

Well blow me down with a feather, the Flash Dogs Anthology (Volume 1) is now available in paperback. Yes, an actual book, paper and ink bound together with a really cool cover. Flip! The guys and gals at Flash Dog HQ kept this very close to their respective chests and announced this on Saturday. Thanks FDHQ, mucho kudos.

For the princely sum of £7.99 you get 332 pages of actual paper. It'll look mighty fine on your bookshelf too.


Flash Dogs Anthology - It's Here!

Flash Dogs Anthology - Available NOW

Yes, I know there's been very little twitter notice about this has there? But after all the hard work from the guys and gals at
FlashDogs HQ the first Flash Dogs Anthology is now available on Amazon. How cool is that? Cooler than absolute zero. That's cool I tell you.

Treat yourself, and your Kindle, now.

FlashDogs Are Here

Click on my updated poster (incorporating @TamRogers wonderful cover art) to go straight through to to the Amazon (UK) page.

£1.53 for the book (less than 1.5p per story) and all proceeds go to IBBY -
the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)

FlashDogs Anthology - Volume 1

Flash Dogs Anthology - Volume #1

If you follow me at all on Twitter or on here then you can't help but have heard about it; the time is almost upon us. The first of many - well the first anyway - Anthology from Flash Dogs is to be issued on Amazon this weekend.

Everyone involved has been finding the whole thing a great fillip for their writing and general well being. We're all guaranteed 25% less likely to get flu this winter due to the glow we've all had over the last few weeks.

The FlashDogs have bloomed out of no-where like a big bang creation - which has produced a wonderfully bright Flash. It has shown the power of Twitter, without which this group and book would never have been possible.

The group comprises
34 authors from across the globe, hardly any of whom have met. The authors comprise 22 women and 12 men from the UK, USA, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, and Netherlands.

Over the last year or two we've been seeing each other regularly in the same Flash Fiction challenges, some of which are no longer with us, including:

  • Flash Fiction Friday,
  • Angry Hourglass,
  • Luminous Creatures,
  • Trifecta,
  • Race the Date,
  • Thursday Threads etc

As we've all been seeing each other so regularly across these sites it was only natural that a bond should develop and Twitter has been a fabulous tool for that - resulting in our wonderful Twitter club which we call the FlashDogs.

Tamara Rogers, one of the #FlashDogs, produced the great flyers and promos like this one below. The cover is absolutely - well I'll say it, top dog!
Flash Dogs Promo 250

The proceeds from the sales are all going to a great charity - the
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which is an international network not for profit organisation committed to bringing books and children together.

This is typical of this whole Flash Dog experience.
Professional: Creative: Giving: Wonderful.

The book will be available on Amazon for Kindle at the bargain price of £1.53. It has 110 stories from the 34 authors, which comes out at less than 1.5p a story! Being flash it is great to dip in and out of = perhaps with your short journeys - or visits to the small room.

FDcover 250W
The beautiful Flash Dogs - Volume 1 cover - another @tamrodgers product - check her out on Twitter

Much of the heavy work has been undertaken by four of the authors who our thanks go out to. These were at FDHQ -
Mark King and David Shakes (the King makers and shakers), Emily June Street being a fantastic and thorough editor. Tam's images have been beautiful and compelling, great for spreading the word.

A special mention must also go to
Natalie Bowers who won a prize in the very week of the Anthology coming out and donated her prize of $125 worth of book promotion to the cause of advertising it. Kudos!

The authors are all incredibly talented and you won't be disappointed. In fact I'm sure you'll be wondering when Volume 2 will be coming along.

In summary -
It's a great club and I'm proud to be a member!

After buying the book please follow us on:

@FlashDogs #FlashDogs


Sirens Call eZine

Sirens Call

Made up this morning to find that my first submission to the Sirens Call eZine has been accepted. No badge for that, but my piece will be in the next edition of Sirens Call. It is on the subject of death, which funnily enough - or not - is the subject of today's Finish That Thought.

The Sirens Call eZine features a fabulous selection of short stories, flash fiction, poetry and art work.

Check out previous editions on their website:

Sirens Call 250W copy
Sirens Call


Flash Dogs Anthology - 13 December 2014

Not long now then and all 34 of the Flash Dog pack are getting very excited. It's not up to @tamrogers standards, but I've done a little sketch in celebration! The FLASH DOGS ARE COMING! Huzzah!!

FlashDogs Are Coming
Flash Dogs Website

Luminous Creatures 2

Winter of Whimsy and Wyrdness - Week 5


Following a little success a couple of weeks ago (okay Week 2) of Luminous Creatures '
Winter of Whimsy & Wyrdness' I managed to be selected again in Week 5. Woo hoo - on a roll! Click on the links to read it and the other stories.

I got me another badge then, albeit one I already had. It has me in the mood to collect some new ones.

Didn't get selected for the
Flash Fiction Friday FLASHIVERSARY competition. Disappointed after getting into Top 10 last year. Onwards and Upwards! Good to see one of the Poised Pen group getting into the semi final though @fallintofiction

Also on the downside I've no sign of a new job yet. Still sending of the CVs for both career jobs and just job jobs. Fingers crossed folks.

Anthology-TASTIC! - Update

Flash Dogs and Poised Pen Anthologies

Loving the poster for the upcoming anthology from the Flash Dogs. It has been produced by @tamrogers who has been a star producing this and other pics for the anthology - check her out on Twitter.

Flash Dogs Promo (names)

Seeing everyone's names there - with mine hidden towards the back - it is going to be an absolutely amazing tome. Great thanks must go to the top dogs who have been putting in much of the effort in to produce this book, namely; Mark A. King, David Shakes, Emily June Street and Tam Rogers. Boss indeed!

The date for its debut on Amazon is expected to be
13th December and I really can't wait to get it on to my Kindle Paperwhite, next to the Poised Pen Anthology from earlier in the year and the Poised Pen Frightening Flash Fiction competition anthology.

Half Baked 200
Halloween Anthology 200
Frightening Flash Fiction available NOW on Amazon. Just 77p


Flash Dogs Anthology

Flash Dogs Anthology

All the stories are in apparently and the guys at Flash Dogs Head Quarters are doing lots of work. Really looking forward to seeing the first Flash Dogs Anthology. It is going to be boss.

Loving the various bits of art work that have been produced by the clever peeps involved within the Flash Dog pack. There's such a good lot of aceness about the group. Watch this space to see when the Flash Dogs Anthology is out.

Art from @tamrogers

Will be putting together the Poised Pen scary story competition anthology shortly too. Just waiting for a bit of information to complete it.

More anthologies than you can shake a stick at. Should you be a big stick shaker.


Luminous Creatures

Winter of Whimsy and Wyrdness - Week 2

Luminous Creatures are running a weekly challenge at the moment and I've been lucky enough to be chosen for a story I did in Week 2 called 'Potential Energy' and I will be published in their anthology. Yippee!

Some fabulous winners there including some Flash Dogs. The winners that week included; Mark A. King, Nancy Chenier and David Borrowdale.

LC medal

Poised Pen Anthology 2014 'Half Baked'

Half Baked

I am a member of a great little writing group in Liverpool called Poised Pen. Of course I am. Have been involved for just over a year now and it has been going from strength to strength.

New Cover (small)

One of this years highlights was always going to be having our anthology printed and it has been great to see. I was happy to be involved in the book, including the use of my photos for the cover. Of course that proved a double edge sword. Still, the cover was of the Fly in the Loaf pub sign, for it is here that we hold our meetings. Little did we know that between sending it to print and getting it back the pub would refit including getting rid of the sign. Never has a brand new book become outdated before it has even hit the streets!

I also endeavoured to get an electronic version up on Amazon too. That would be an e-book, or more precisely a Kindle ebook then. Boy it is not perfect, particularly a couple of the poems and I am sorry for that, but formatting for the kindle is not a matter of putting in tabs or spaces, more's the pity. But notwithstanding some of its limitations I must say I am very proud of the book our group has put together and seeing it on Amazon - out of date cover and all - is well boss!

If you fancy a copy, and a chance to read poems and short stories by 13 of our writers, then get thee to that there
evil behemoth with your 99p.