Literally Stories – Week 36


There is a well-known truism you can take a horse to water but a pencil must be lead. I have waited an aeon  to find a suitable juncture to slot this witticism into a profound piece of writing, but alas, had to stick it in here instead.

Whilst this observation might seem bizarre, regular readers will know instantly it is merely a shameless contrivance by which to segue seamlessly into the first of this week’s homages to the short story.

LS newcomer Tom Sheehan knows a thing or two about whimsical, out-of-left-field, off-the-wall fare, judging by his quirky début on LS, Swan River Daisy.

A stern paddle wheel steamboat and a town council with more rules and regulations than an entire series of Parks and Recreation.

Welcome to Literally Stories Tom.


Yes Adam?

What do you call a medieval poet or singer and/or writer of lyric verses about courtly love – especially in parts of Europe between the 11th and 13th centuries and/or a US singer who performs while strolling, especially in a restaurant?


Tuesday saw Mr. Haglund on US soil invoking memories of the late John Denver.

Another LS newcomer, Nate Rush kept the momentum going Wednesday with tales of Unicorns and their love of Ritz crackers. I suspect he has known for sometime that his story How to Have Broken Her Heart would appear on LS on this particular day – that’s the beauty of time travel folks.

Welcome Nate and see you again last week.

What was I saying – something about, what was it? Memories? I forget.

Good job Hugh Cron’s protagonist, Dymphna, in his Utopian ode to all things Dystopia, Forgotten Memories, knew the time of day.

Elsbeth Allison might not know what century it is most days of the week but she hasn’t entirely lost her powers of perception in Irene Allison’s wonderfully sharp tale of failing mental capacity. Underneath the Rose.

What do you call a song about two boats in love – apart from unlikely?

The Boat Song?



Cue fanfare and associated trimmings including cheerleaders and street performers, fireworks, handshakes, podiums, tears and national anthems…

I give you Story of the Week – The Boat Song by everyone’s favourite Viking Mr. Tobias Haglund.

To put a stop to the Swedes cunning plan to extend his trophy cabinet vote for one of the following stories that is not called The Troubadour>>>>

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