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My 'Lost' Canterbury Tales got a rip-roaring endorsement from Publishers Weekly (excerpt below):

"The short story is alive and well in England, judging by this Crime Writers’ Association anthology (Guilty Parties) assembled by Edwards. A few of the 23 selections are exceptional, notably Paul Freeman’s “The Franklin’s Second Tale,” a brief Chaucerian fable in verse that’s fun to read."

As you can imagine, I'm still preening myself.

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy Writing! 


 
 
PictureBruce, the Genie
My humorous short story, When Jenny Met Bruce, has just been published in the Winter 2014 issue of the Australian magazine That's Life! Fast Fiction (it's winter in Australia, by the way).

The story concerns a girl, Jenny, in the Australian outback who discovers a magic lamp. The genie that emerges, Bruce, who is desperately trying to fit in with his new surroundings, grants the habitual three wishes.

Of course all doesn't go as planned!

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:


http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy Writing!


 
 
PictureGuilty Parties - The 4th CWA Anthology
I finally found a high-ish resolution pic of the cover of Guilty Parties (the Crime Writers' Association's 4th anthology published by Severn House). Those with eagle eyes will see my name on the top handcuff - twice, no less!

The anthology includes my 'Lost' Canterbury Tale, titled The Franklin's Second Tale which I wrote on a bus which crashed and down the pub.

Below is Severn House's blurb about Guilty Parties:

"Severn House is proud to be publishing a collection of new stories from the glittering talent of the members of the Crime Writers' Association: FRANCES BRODY N.J. COOPER BERNIE CROSTHWAITE CAROL ANNE DAVIS MARTIN EDWARDS KATE ELLIS JANE FINNIS CHRISTOPHER FOWLER PAUL FREEMAN JOHN HARVEY PAUL JOHNSTON RAGNAR JONASSON PETER LOVESEY PHIL LOVESEY CHRISTINE POULSON KATE RHODES CHRIS SIMMS CALLY TAYLOR ALINE TEMPLETON RICKI THOMAS L.C. TYLER YVONNE EVE WALUS LAURA WILSON"

'Glittering talent'! I love it! Time to polish my laurels!

http://www.severnhouse.com/book/Guilty+Parties/8352

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guilty-Parties-Martin-Edwards/dp/0727883879/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398920254&sr=1-1&keywords=Guilty+Parties

The book was published yesterday (April 30) in hardcover in the UK, and will be published in the US on August 1st.

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy Writing!

 
 
PictureThe Manciple
First things first: 'A manciple /ˈmænsɨpəl/ is a person in charge of the purchase and storage of food at an institution such as a college, monastery, or court of law.' So says Wikipedia. So I hope that's all cleared up.

Well, I haven't yet got a horror 'Lost' Canterbury Tale, so hopefully The Manciple's Second Tale will fill that gap. The story involves a group of vicious 'Medieval Ghostbusters' who act on behalf of the church as witchfinders / hunters of monsters. So far I've finished the introduction, though instead of iambic pentameters and rhyming couplets, I'm experimenting with quatrains. The rhyming scheme is ABCB and each two lines contain fourteen syllables. To make it clearer, the opening two stanzas are below:

Sir Leonard of Slovakia (A)
Was known throughout the lands (B)
Of Christendom, made famous (C)
By the blood upon his hands. (B)

With Papal Rome this mercenary (A)
Bartered and conspired (B)
To terminate God’s enemies, (C)
Whoe’er the Pope desired. (B)

So far, so good. I've finished Part One and will start on the main story tomorrow. Let's hope it lives up to my expectations.

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy writing!

 
 
PictureGone Fishing
My supernatural short story Gone Fishing was published this week in Australia's quarterly magazine Fast Fiction.

This was an unusual piece since it's more a ghost story (leaving much to the imagination) than a horror story (with everything spelled out) and was therefore less likely to hit the spot with a popular magazine.

Although I'm not writing much original fiction these days, I'm finding that those stories I do write are better thought out and more likely to get picked up by one market or another - which is a good thing, I suppose!

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy writing!


 
 
PictureJenny Jones Celebrates
So Jenny Jones won Britain's first ever medal on snow in a winter Olympics - a bronze for snowboarding.

The news was somewhat overshadowed though by the media's obsession with JJ's age. At 33, she's apparently the oldest ever medal winner at a winter Olympics.

To celebrate JJ's achievement, I wrote the limerick below which, *ahem*, was published in the Daily Mail on February 12th:

Said Jenny, “Third place! What a thrill!
To snowboard in Sochi was brill.
And at age thirty-three,
You’ll have to agree,
I’ve proved I’m not over the hill.”

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy writing!

 
 
PictureHarry Potter Saga
I read in an article recently that JK Rowling is - in hindsight - dissatisfied with the pairing off of Hermione and Ron at the end of the Harry Potter series, and wishes she'd paired Hermione with Harry.

This led to me wondering if JK Rowling was perhaps about to write an 'alternative' ending to the saga, and what other changes she might make - all of which resulted in the limerick below:

Said JK: “You might well have read
that Ron and Miss Granger got wed.
In the re-write I’ll marry
off Granger to Harry,
and maybe I won’t kill off Fred.

Occasionally, when I write such a topical limerick, I send it off to The Daily Mail's 'Peterborough' columnist. Until two days ago, no joy with publication - then, to my amazement, I was sent an email from a lady on the Peterborough column telling me the limerick had been published.

Well, that's my first piece of published work in a national UK newspaper - let's see if I can get some more.

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy writing!

 
 
PictureBlue Diamond
Well, four new limericks actually, so not quite 'Galore' as in the title.

Just before Christrmas (and after), Miley Cyrus was in the news with her 'lewd' gyrations and her tongue lolling out like a hound dog with two whatevers. Anyhow, that was the inspiration for the limerick below:

Said Miley: “I’ve many a quirk,
and some say I act like a jerk.
But between you and me
the fans like to see
a tongue hanging out and a twerk.”

Not to be undone, Miley's evil twin, Justin Beiber was also in the news. First off he 'egged' his neighbours house (allegedly), and when the police turned up, they spotted drugs inside JB's abode:

Said Justin: “I had such a ball
throwing eggs at my neighbour’s front wall.
But when the cops found
drugs were lying around
in my house, someone else took the fall.”

Then, taking a well-earned rest in Aspen, Colorado, JB hit the news again by writing his initials in the snow - if you know what I mean:

Said Justin: “I just had to go,
so I unzipped to pee in the snow.
Then using my wee,
I wrote out ‘JB’
By swinging my $@%> to and fro.”

Moving away from celebrity brats, there was an interesting story the other day about the discovery of a large 'blue' diamond in a South African mine. That led to the gem below - 'gem', geddit!

The miner felt bitter and glum
for the diamond was worth quite a sum.
But what use if you dig
up a diamond so big
if it can’t be concealed up your ...

That's it for this week, folks!

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy writing!


 
 
PictureOld Bookshop
One of my previously published stories, More Books Upstairs, was published last month in the Australian magazine Fiction Feast. It was first published several years back in the Weekly News during the run-up to Christmas.

What with the demise of so many small bookshops across the UK, this story is now positively nostalgic, harking back as it does to what seems like a bygone era.

The story takes place in a bookshop - based on one I used to often visit in Uxbridge in England  where our MC is buying Christmas presents before being, metaphorically, transported 'down the rabbit hole' for a rip-roaring adventure.

Re-reading the story a couple of months back, I was reminded of why one critic believed Sherlock Holmes stories became so popular during Edwardian times. They reminded people of an era, not long before, when there were no cars on the streets and where genuine horsepower (unless travelling by train) was the predominant means of transportation if you weren't on foot.

Anyhow, not unsurprisingly, I say 'long live the bookshop!' - even if the game's afoot.

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy writing!


 
 
PictureThe Franklin
I got some pretty fantastic news last Friday. The Franklin's Second Tale, one of my 'Lost' Canterbury Tales has been accepted for publication in the 2014 Crime Writers' Association anthology.

The anthology is to be published by Severn House Publishers and will be titled Guilty Parties.

The Franklin's Second Tale is one of my shorter Tales and was originally written up as a prose piece. I wrote it on a bus that got involved in a traffic accident, and while we were waiting for the police to arrive on the scene I finished it off. The following day I wrote it out as a 40-line abridged Tale and the day after that fleshed it out to a lean 66 lines.

When the editor of the CWA anthology contacted me, I got down to writing a brief prologue and epilogue, so that it could boast it to be a fully-fledged Canterbury Tale. The editor liked the addition, so Bob's your uncle.

That's a third 'Lost' Tale either accepted for publication or already published. Hopefully in the next couple of months I'll have another success to boast of.

Below are links to my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment, my most recent Global Short Story Competition winner, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi's, annual short story competition and a story that appeared on the Every Day Fiction site - where you can leave a comment:

http://chaucers-uncle.weebly.com/index.html

http://www.inscribemedia.co.uk/assets/october-ebook.pdf

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/short-story-a-day-for-decisiveness

http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-d-day-diorama-by-paul-a-freeman/#comments

Happy writing!