An Announcement

Dearest readers,
Recently, I have been reading a book by Douglas Coupland called “Life After God”. It is a collection of very short stories, told in, quite often, single paragraphs. They are about life, observations, the feelings and thoughts and emotions of the narrator. I love the style of Douglas Coupland anyway, but these stories have really touched something within me.
So – for the next little while, I’m taking a break from the poetry, and this blog will become a place for me to try this sort of writing. Some posts will be very short, some maybe a little longer, but they will all try and follow the same style and idea of snap-shots of life. Important note – they will all be fictional. I will not be writing about my own life. Some of the things that come out may seem quite sad, or fraught, or painful – but though they may be coloured by my own past (anyone who writes, their words are always shaded by a life that has been lived) they will all be fiction.

So – I do hope those of you who still read this blog stick with me, and find the things I am going to (attempt to) write will hold your interest. I will not be stopping the poetry altogether, for although my poetic muse has taken an extended leave of absence recently, I know she will be back and those words will flow again.

Thank you, whoever you are, for reading this, and for any and all support you’ve given me in the past. Here’s to a new adventure in language and literature.

Much love,



8 Responses to An Announcement

  1. A new direction is exciting! I read a number of blogs whose authors focus on snapshots of life whether they are fiction or non-fiction. One of the things they have in common – for me anyway, I always feel, after reading – is the ability to make me think about some aspect of life told and seen from a perspective I might not otherwise have thought of. Or indeed encapsulates some aspect I have thought of but expressed in such a way as to make me think more or differently.

    Some of my most treasured books are collections of short stories – although I haven’t read any Douglas Copeland that I’m aware of. They’re the kind of books I know I can dip into, much as I can with poetry.

    I’ll look forward to reading your new work, knowing that, from previously reading other stories of yours here, they will be well-written and will engage. Best of luck on this new endeavour. πŸ™‚

    • Simon says:

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback. It’s not that big a deal really, but I know from experience that I have these pictures that form in my mind. I am no artist, so cannot use visual media to get my images across, and they don’t quite fit with poetry, so I thought I would try this. If they give just one person a new feeling, as my poems have done (allegedly!) then I will be happy. Thanks again πŸ™‚

      • There’s no allegedly to feelings elicited from your poetry. I would personally testify to being moved by yours and many other poets here on WP and elsewhere. It’s the beauty of language and a testament to the skill of the author that such a thing is possible.

        Having now read your first post in this venture I’m confident on your behalf that you will continue to do so. ‘Rain’ has already taken me back in time and recalled for me a number of snapshots where the memory of the moment is almost dependent on the backdrop and a sensory awareness only apparent on reflection. I’d say you’ve already done, with this first one, exactly what any author could hope for.

      • Simon says:

        Wow. Just… wow. Thank you so much. Are you available for hire as my publicist and all round ego booster??

      • πŸ™‚ For a fee? Scots blood, don’tcha know! I always try to call it as I see it. Otherwise, I don’t comment. No, that’s not true. Sometimes I don’t comment because time. Then a like has to suffice. But, rest assured, I won’t praise falsely. What’s the point in that?! πŸ˜›

      • Simon says:

        Well thank you, I stand by what I have said more than once in the past – if just one person reads my words out of choice, never mind likes it or takes the time to comment, it means I am a happy man. The fact you give me such support and encouragement makes me feel a very lucky man.

  2. trevwashere says:

    Very short fiction is awesome. I write in little fragments, snippets.

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