PictureCoconut Palms
I've just had a story, titled Foresight, accepted by Fiction Feast, a popular British magazine that publishes short stories. The readership base is largely female, so it was a pleasant surprise that my quirky supernatural tale got accepted.

The story involves tropical islands, food poisoning and Andy Murray - I told you it was quirky!

Anyhow, it's great that I've infiltrated another market, especially one so well known, and hopefully I'll be able to sell Fiction Feast some of my other work in future.

Fingers crossed.

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! 


 
 
PictureApple Tree Blues
My 'heartwarmer', Getting Neighbourly, has been published by That's Life! magazine in Australia.

The story revolves around a lonely man who takes umbrage at his neighbour's kids purloigning apples from his side of the garden fence.

Suffice to say, the woman next door (a single mum) soon discovers the reason behind the man's unneighbourly behaviour, leading almost to a romantic ending - almost! In fact, the ending took quite a bit of de-cheesing to make it less cheesy.

Let's hope I succeeded.

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 Book
My supernatural story The Book has been published in That's Life!, the weekly Australian magazine. Being as objective as I possibly can, I reckon this ranks in the top five short stories I've ever written - mind you, I do have a soft spot for ghost / supernatural tales.

The story concerns a man who finds what looks like a diary / journal on the train seat next to him, opens it out of curiosity and discovers it's written in his own handwriting....

Okay, that's enough spoilers. Suffice to say, I'm glad to have at last written a yarn that rivals my most successful short story A Tooth Fairy Calls which was more or less the first piece of short fiction I ever wrote.

Let's hope there are more to come.

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! 

 
 
PictureStranger Danger
Yep, it's true. My nine-year-old daughter has had her short story, Stranger Danger, published in Tempo, a monthly newsprint magazine found in the malls of Abu Dhabi.

I spotted the story in Hazel's English language notebook whilst I was helping her revise for her exams. I then asked her to type the story up on the computer, and we discussed possible edits to strengthen it. Hazel made the necessary changes and I sent the story off to the editor of Tempo.

Lo and behold, within an hour later the editor got back to me with news that Stranger Danger was in the queue for publication on Tempo's fiction page.

The story appeared in last month's (July's) hard copy of the magazine and is now available to read online:

http://tempoplanet.com/stranger-danger-hazel-e-freeman/

What a proud father I am.

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! 

 
 
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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!