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Literally Stories – Week 43


Scouting locations for the 2015 Literally Stories Editors team-building weekend — or jolly as the vernacular would have it, is as you would imagine a thankless task, especially when the phrase ‘shoestring budget’ overstates the resources at your disposal.

A three-man ridge tent (for five) with en-suite latrine in the second week in December is hardly Glamping but should at least concentrate the literary mind.

Abii. Vidi. Unde digressus sum.

I went. I saw. I digressed.

Monday has a habit of following in Sunday’s tailwind and once again found itself pausing on the cusp of Tuesday’s calm.

Like the first day of the literary week here at LS, Tom Sheehan needs no introduction.

Tom’s stories bear a stamp that simply says ‘populated  by a colourful cast.’

The Mount Carmel Raid, a poker game story set amidst the excitement (and sadness) of VJ night is no exception.

Beginning his LS oeuvre is Chris Milam.

Welcome Chris.

We tried his Peppermint Fresh and found it much to our liking.

Here’s a taster:

And my ego needed Gloria. She was the walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth. She was the only answer to a one question quiz.’


“I admire your enthusiasm, but your fears are misplaced. Geomagnetic polarity isn’t your field. Stick to the parameters of your chosen  discipline, mammal extinction.”

So said Professor Plotnik to Madeline McEwen’s protagonist Jane Birk in Wednesday’s futuristic tale, Switching Allegiance. And I said to my fellow LS Editor Mr. Eveleigh, ‘You reckon the batty old professor has lost the plot Nik?’

Before I leave that lame gag where it belongs, in orthopaedics, I would like to extend another LS welcome to Madeline McEwen.

Welcome Madeline.

Literally Stories Editor, Hugh Cron wrote He Stood and Stared. Thursday’s story.

One might have put one’s last penny on Mr. Cron’s tale not being lightweight, not having a happy ending, and being  littered with expletives. Not quite a treble then as the latter assertion is not true. It’s a joke. A moment of merriment, mirth and mockery. The first two assertions are not jokes.

To sum up then He Stood and Stared is a dark tale. Bereft of humour. With no swearing.

%$*% %*& Hugh!

Friday’s author, LS newcomer, GJ Hart, struck chords perfectly, both  high and low in a dark-whimsy entitled The Plane That Flew Forever.

The final warm welcome of the week to GJ.

‘Mr and Mrs Greenhill stepped out into a cold morning and without a backwards glance, strode down to where the plane lulled, camouflaged beneath knotweed and nettles.’

Are the Greenhills about to depart on a flight of fancy I wonder?

Well I know the answer to that actually as I read the story, so I am being rhetorical and all that…


An announcement: Tobias Haglund did not win this week’s Story of the Week competition. He came second. That is fine. He understands he won’t win every week especially next week when he doesn’t have a story scheduled.

He assures us Stockholm will not, in protest, withdraw their UK/SA ambassadors. Shares in  a well-known (okay I’ll say it – IKEA) furniture store, will not dive faster than a Swedish football player on a handsome win bonus. Sales of smorgasbord will continue to flourish.

It was Louis Hunter who laid claim to more space in the LS trophy cabinet this week with his curious incident of the girl in the night-time tale also known as Your Scheduled Recording.

Congratulations Louis!

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