ASAS: Survival of the Fittest–Chapter Four

“I can’t have you taking the piss again like you did this morning. It’s bad enough you drank a whole litre of gin after me saying the alcohol’s to be rationed without this morning’s antics to go with it.” Ryan couldn’t bring himself to look into Jay’s face. As much as he liked the man, … Continue reading ASAS: Survival of the Fittest–Chapter Four

ASAS: Survival of the Fittest–Chapter Two

A quick sweep got rid of all lurchers remaining in the office building, though nobody was especially happy about staying there. There were two sofas in the lobby and that was about as luxuriant as it got. Uncomfortable computer chairs were the only other seats available. More to the point, there was no food aside … Continue reading ASAS: Survival of the Fittest–Chapter Two

The Office Christmas Party (Alternative Ending)

Last Christmas, I wrote a story called The Office Christmas Party and gave people the opportunity to vote on the ending. Read the opening chapter here. The vote was unanimous as everyone wanted to see Luke ride his confidence and go and talk to Helena. The alternative was that he chickened out. You may recall … Continue reading The Office Christmas Party (Alternative Ending)

Blood Debt (Flash Fiction)

The city had grown to become a tiresome and irritating place for Parker. It was dirty. It stunk. It was crowded. There was very little in way of redeeming features. It was a hellish place to live and work. Even grocery shopping was a nightmare task. That was why he decided to pack up his … Continue reading Blood Debt (Flash Fiction)

RIP Freedom of Expression

I write this piece in the aftermath of a rather sensitive event, but it’s an event that has really triggered me albeit not in the way most people have been triggered. If you live in the UK then you’ll be very aware of the quite shocking fire at Grenfell Tower on 14th June 2017 that … Continue reading RIP Freedom of Expression

Depressed Mitch (Flash Fiction)

Kevin perched on his usual telephone wire and surveyed all that was happening around him. It had been a routine day for him so far. He’d been to the park that morning to fight against his fellow starlings and a couple of pigeons for the food thrown by the usual human. Pigeons were tough, but … Continue reading Depressed Mitch (Flash Fiction)

Readers’ Thoughts

As promised at the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve been amassing the thoughts of readers and, although the quantity perhaps isn’t what I’d hoped it would be, the quality is superb. I have four separate statements from four very unique individuals with different stories to tell and different mental health struggles to deal … Continue reading Readers’ Thoughts

You Can Help

This post is aimed mostly at those who aren’t suffering from a diagnosed mental illness. It’s more of an appeal than anything. If you don’t suffer or never have suffered from a mental illness then you may find it very hard to understand what a sufferer might be going through. You may see a problem … Continue reading You Can Help

Living the Dream Part 21 (Writing Is My Coping Technique)

I’m tying in this series to Mental Health Awareness Month as I feel the two are quite substantially linked. This series has always predominantly been about my writing and offering an update on how it’s going. In this edition, I’ll talk about why I write. The reason only became clear to me once I was … Continue reading Living the Dream Part 21 (Writing Is My Coping Technique)

Anxiety–What It Means to Me

Thank you for reading this latest of posts in my mental health awareness series. I feel somewhat of a charlatan in that I was always extremely blasé where mental health was concerned until it hit close to home and affected me very personally. For that I can only apologise to those people who have suffered … Continue reading Anxiety–What It Means to Me