Seeking short stories

Are you a fan of fiction? Do you crave crime? Are you flavoured by forensics? Do things have to appear sane in your membrane?
Yes? Then there is exciting news for you from our cosy corner of the world…
We are seeking submissions for our first collection of short stories (and chapter teases) written by authors and readers just like you…
Many are EconomyEdits clients, but everyone is welcome.
Already on board are Geraldine Evans, Iris Blobel, Tony Dews, Melissa Leibfritz, David A. Eddy, John Reti, Kat Bussell, myself and others.
If you are interested in hearing more, and/or want to be considered, please send me a query at:
We would love to hear from you.

3words January 1/30

Cue fanfare


Today’s 3words are: QUIT, FOG, SLEEP.

And the start of my story…


I screamed as my nuts exploded, catapulting me out of a FOGgy dream.

Someone squeaked and rolled away.

I curled into a ball, eyes closed, head pounding, tears streaming.

“The hell are you doing!” I gasped, writhing under the covers. “I’ve said a million times not to jump on the bed when I’m SLEEPing. Especially not there.”

I relaxed my hold and opened my eyes, peeking out from under the covers. The curtains were open and the sun inflamed my headache, forcing my eyes shut.

“Go find your sister.”

I heaved a sigh. Not the best day to QUIT drinking.


3words xmas 13/25

Today’s 3words are: Naughty, Pantomime, Pine.

And my ongoing story is…


Barry felt dizzy and sick as the room vibrated and span, cursing Noel to the NAUGHTY list if he was to blame. He certainly seemed to be aware of what was happening, and could be causing it.

But was blame even possible within this PANTOMIME of madness?

The swirling stopped and Barry opened his eyes, wiping them one last time, hoping he was back in his now, but he wasn’t.

It was still his home, but the PINE cone coloured wallpaper suggested the seventies. He pulled his arms to his chest and glanced at his guide. Surely he wouldn’t dare…


3words August – day 2 of ??

Today’s 3words are: NERVOUS – INNOCENT – EASY.

And my (just barely) ongoing story…


There were six suspects, all young girls, and each looking just as innocent and guilty as the next. And not one wanted to go first. I had half-hoped that five might, thereby incriminating the sixth. But I was starting to understand that nothing about this was going to be easy.

I studied the girls: Lucy was in a yellow dress, with matching bow; Hazel had faraway eyes beneath brown hair; Rose was blonde with captivating blue eyes; Annette clutched a book to her chest; Raven looked shy and nervous; while Jacqueline glared like it was all my fault.

Now what?



3words August – day 1 of ??

And so here we are. Well, I say ‘we’… 😉

Like I posted earlier, ‘we’ are going to be inspired by one or more of the girls on vickiedoodles’ site here:

Oh, and if you visit/link vickiedoodles’ site please keep everything appropriate. Thank you

Would you like a ‘rules’ reminder?

  • I post 3words every day for the duration of the story
  • ‘we’ write 100 words of an ongoing story each day
  • ‘we’ repeat these two steps until ‘we’ reach the final day

Simple. 🙂

Ok, so here are the day1 3words… CONFESSCIRCLECONTACT.

And part1 of my story…


“I know one of you did it, and I won’t stop till I find out which.”

I glared at each of the six girls in turn, forcing them into a moment’s direct eye contact, hoping one might look away, thereby confessing. But none did, and I knew I shouldn’t have expected it to be that easy.

They were sitting in a circle in the garden, while I paced around the outside of them, thinking that by forcing them to see the others it might also provoke a confession. But, again, I wasn’t confident.

“Okay,” I said. “Who wants to start?”



3words August… a headsup

I’m not focusing on this until later, but wanted to let you know what the inspiration behind this month’s story prompt will be…

Victoria da Silva has kindly allowed us to use one or more of her lovely girl doodles to be our inspiration. They can be found here:

So, please go have a look, choose one or more or them all, and prepare to begin your story. I’ll be back with the words in around 4-5 hours, as I usually focus on them after eight, after all the stuff I HAVE to do is done.

Also, be aware that Victoria has her own challenge, and would like you to share short stories about her doodles, be they part of your August 3words or something else stand alone. Please play along.

something for the weekend… 3words August

Oh, yes. 🙂

Be prepared.

Be spontaneous.

Be happy.

Be a participant.

More details on Friday, but you know how it works by now…

  • every day 3words are suggested
  • every day we include those in 100 words for our continuing story
  • we pick an end date and repeat until then



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