Short Stories

The Bullet in the Box

This story is based on a family event.  The very basic facts are true, the rest is fiction.

Cannonball’s Run

Very Scottish, this one. It’s really two anecdotes from my student days stitched together to make a story.

The Collection

The writers’ group I attend twice a month set a theme for a short story –  “Man walks into library and meets a woman.” This is my take on that.

4 responses to “Short Stories

  1. Love the look of your blog! Very nice! 😀

  2. Douglas Spainhower

    There’s no better way to practice the art of writing than to write a few poems and short stories. Have you ever tried your hand at them? It’s surprising the number of writers that have never done this. Instead they jump straight in with their first novel. `

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  3. Annette

    Stuart, the story Bullet in the Box is amazing! It nearly made me cry. It is a wonderful lesson about how we need to remember that the old were young once and had all the same intensity of feeling and might still have. How would you live on, after having loved such a man and lost him in such a way? Vivienne is such a strong, determined, vivid character – her name fits perfectly. I just wish she had had the guts to keep her baby. Davie is great, too, the way he is sensitive about his grans’ story and supports her in her decisions. He has just had his lifelong image of her stripped away and yet responds with understanding and tact.

    I think your descriptions are superb; they are very, very precise, evocative and oftentimes witty. I liked the other stories as well (though having to get over the shock of seeing my ex-boss use crude language…) What a hair-raising story about the bus ride, did that really happen to you? I enjoyed the humour in that, for example the angel dealing in “miracles of junction management,” or that the narrator wanted to say “ta-da” when the cutlery drawer fell out. As for the alien in the library, “Serves him right” just about sums it up!

    • What a wonderful surprise. Given that my website has been essentially moribund for such a long time, I’m not used to comments popping up, so it’s a huge pleasure to get yours and, of course, positive comments are always particularly welcome. I went through a spell of writing short stories, especially after completing the first novel. Since then, I’ve focussed almost exclusive on the novel writing. The Bullet in the Box was always my favourite and your analysis of it is absolutely spot on. I carried it around in my head for some time before putting it to paper. It just has so many powerful elements which interact really well together. Cannonball’s Run is based on real events. I did drive buses in Glasgow when I was a student; Daisy was my landlady; the rat really did appear in the stonework one day; and Cannonball (that was is actual nickname)did run into the back of a caravan. I’ve taken some liberties, of course, but essentially it’s a true story.

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