Mary Bradford, a mother and an expert in hugging, is a published writer of short stories in magazines, newspapers and anthologies both in Ireland and internationally, mainly in the United States. Her novel 'My Husband's Sin', contemporary fiction, is with Tirgearr Publishing. She writes historical westerns and adult romance also. Mary too, writes plays and has seen her work both short-listed and performed.
As a short story writer
myself, it was great to get the opportunity to read another writers work and review it. A canadian writer, Michela Pasquali's
collection 'I Don't Want To Be Famous' is a varied mix of people, from children to grandmothers and lovers
in between. Her ability to create these characters is terrific. Each story is
wrapped in warmth and her description of the worlds her characters’ inhabit is
realistic to the point I could feel the apprehension Henry had while waiting
for his brother in Dragon’s and Sailing
Ships. The soft silence of a snow covered landscape made me shiver as I
travelled with Hiroshi to meet his loved one in Snow. I think this is my favourite story, then again, the chanting
and noise in The Oracle Temple had me
closing my eyes and picturing the vibrant and busy temple.
Michela’s writing style is that of a natural
storyteller. She enjoys her craft and this comes across in her stories. Her
attention to detail aids the setting so that all senses are satisfied, ‘the
swallows flying in gentle arcs’, ‘the laundry flapping in the wind’ and ‘the
bottoms of his feet burning and bubbling’.
This collection of seven stories
is a treat to read. The length of each story, just over 700 words, allows the
reader to dip in and out when having a coffee or travelling to ease the journey
to or from work. Michela is a talented writer who treats her characters with the
care and attention they crave and so their stories are delivered to us in a way
that leaves us, the reader longing for more. ‘I Don’t Want To Be Famous’ is a must for all readers of good
stories. Looking forward to the next collection from Michela Pasquali, I hope
it is soon.
This is me having a lousy day! As it is pointed out to me below very nicely I got the prompt wrong. It is angles not angels as I read it. Sorry Lillie, sorry everyone. I'm sure angel's will come up sometime though :)
I got a chance today to take part in www.lilliemcferrin.com 5 sentence fiction for this week. Check out the site for other entrants for the challenge. Below is my mini piece.
His head was throbbing
with pain. He needed to get some space so he decided to step out for a few
minutes. The choir of angels' were in full practise mode for the next arrival.
“I must be getting old,” St. Peter muttered
quietly. Standing outside the
Pearly Gates, he rubbed his forehead for relief.
Bob wanted to be part
of the gang. But he wasn’t street smart enough for them and they soon left him
behind. Now alone and hungry, he walked the often scary streets. Nearing a
bridge he settled for the night. The concrete was hard and cold but he curled
up and tried to disappear. Not drawing attention to him was important because
he could get hassled and even hurt. Bob thought his family would have put up
posters, pleading for his return. Bob cried from loneliness. He longed to go
home; a lost dog might never again be found.
In an earlier post in
Feb 2013, I promised to share some interesting facts that not everyone knows
about me. The idea came from a course that I attended at The Big Smoke Writing
Factory (www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com ) led by Vanessa O’Loughlin. I shall tell you
about 3 facts that I thought of when I finally sat down to do this exercise.
More shall follow in another post I promise.
I hold a CC from
Toastmasters International (www.toastmasters.org ). CC stands for Competent Communicator; it is achieved after
completing a programme that involves giving 10 public speeches at Toastmasters
meetings. I was a member of the Fáilte club in Charleville for many years. I
have represented my club in competitions in different areas and I must say I
enjoyed it. Being able to speak in public with confidence is a great asset for
any writer. Reading your work out at workshops or in groups is not a big deal
when you have experience in public speaking. This is where Toastmasters
International is excellent. I have started an advanced course as in
Toastmasters there are many challenges for members to set themselves. Go join
your nearest club now, you won’t regret it.
Since leaving my
parent’s home when I was 18 yrs old (and then marrying my hubby), I have moved
home 4 times. That is a lot of packing and unpacking. It is true that moving
house is stressful plus we did this with 4 young children thrown into the mix!
I’m a bit of a collector so each time I moved there was more and more stuff to
take with me. I even had boxes marked ‘new attic’ and that’s exactly where they
went, from my old attic to the new one. Would I move again? One should never
I had open-heart
surgery on May 30th in 2008, I was in my forties. There is so much to say about
this that I really don’t know where to begin. I have had viral meningitis when
I was 19 yrs old and I had shoulder surgery since my heart op too. When I was
7/8 yrs old, I tried to jump over a roll of linoleum, my Dad was going to lay
on our kitchen floor, while wearing roller-skates that I received for my
birthday 2 days before. I ended up dislocating my right shoulder and also
managed to turn my arm backwards. I was wearing a sling for a long, long time.
I’ve fallen out of trees, anything that ends in ‘itis’ I’ve had, health has
been varied to say the least.