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Literally Stories – Week 48


I am listening to Icelandic Electronica/House giants GusGus 2011 album Arabian Horse.

It makes me wonder.

About all sorts.

But nothing to do with Week 48 at Literally Stories, I hear you say?

Not literally hear. And no Arabian Horse doesn’t have anything to do with Week 48. And yes I concede musical references are an unimaginative standby for producing out of thin air suitable talking points by which to segue seamlessly into this, that or the other. And no I shouldn’t make a habit of beginning my sentences with conjunctions lest I be hauled into custody by the Grammar Police.

Which leads me to the weakest of weak links: serial grammar felony is not an accusation you could level at any of Week 48’s authors.

Monday  made its expected return following the demise of Sunday and also witnessed the return of Christopher Dehon to Literally Stories.

Papi contrasted the parenting styles of two fathers and the feelings towards them of the child in their charge.

Short but decidedly not sweet, Papi’s unsavoury flavour is hard to ignore.

Not unlike Monday Tuesday refuses to be overshadowed by its neighbours and this week goes even further by declaring itself A Special Sort of Day. Or at least LS Editor Diane Dickson does.

Sand between your toes and a sea breeze blowing through your hair; what more could you ask for?

An ice cream? A donkey ride perhaps?

Well, we’ll see…

Wednesday made the middle of the week its own once again whilst playing host to LS newcomer, Martyn Clayton.

Welcome Martyn.

Before We Started Worrying continued the beach theme. Buckets and spades and jelly fish and children the colour of lobsters. Yes we are talking about a decade long before I was born. A time of garish colours, bad hairdo’s and even worse beach wear.

The 1970’s.

An unnerving take on an old debate Before We Started Worrying is worthy of a really saying something tag.

With only Friday barring its way Thursday made a determined push for the weekend.

Anniversary was the tale in question.

Part-time South African and full-time Welshman Nik Eveleigh was responsible for a bad smell. Well, you could not help but spot something was off and it wasn’t cheese,  a rarebit of

I apologise to all my readers.

Yes you three! Trying to combine Welsh and cheese with rarebit was one awful pun too many.

David Smith, Nik’s MC, was a dab hand in the kitchen though it remains to be seen if he is a leading contender in Bake-Off?

Excuse me, Nik, I think I have crumb stuck — that’s better — I managed to purge myself of unnecessary food matter by employing Friday’s offering, Purgare (if your spell-checker is getting snippy about it then it doesn’t do Latin.)

Someone who does is the week’s second LS débutante, Phil Temples.

Not only has Phil a command of Latin, but the ability to write an insightful, relevant, well-written satire in a first-rate storytelling style.

Messrs. Dick and Vonnegut would no doubt have nodded appreciatively at Phil’s daring speculative fiction.


Those of you who haven’t yet caught sight of a bunch of sky-blue widgets whizzing around Literally Stories with more zest than a Golden Snitch, look no further as here are two I trapped earlier.


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The anthology does not go on sale until15 November 2015 but is available now for pre-order.

What you cannot buy in the shops is a place in the LS Hall of Fame, known colloquially as Story of the Week. Someone who has found their way once again into the fabled  corridors of the said exalted place is none other than Tobias Haglund for his disturbing dystopia, Michael.

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Story of the Week is taking a well earned rest for the foreseeable future but be assured Week 49 will be back puns and all…

2 thoughts on “Literally Stories – Week 48”

  1. Your comment about the Grammar Police made me laugh. Did you know? Once you have a license in Creative Writing, so I am told, -you may still have to show your litigation insurance, and in the UK have an annual Punctuation Test Certificate – only then can you be considered as an expert, and free to subvert Grammar for ‘Art’s Sake.’


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