Blog of Oonah V Joslin -- please visit my Parallel Oonahverse at WordPress

where I post stories and poems that have not been seen elsewhere - also recipes and various other stuff.

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Monday, 25 August 2008

I came 3rd runner up

in the Doorknobs and BodyPaint's Dorsal competition and that means I get published there. I'll put the link up in a few days.

Happily two of my friends, John Ritchie and Avis Hickman-Gibb, also got into the top ten in that competition and I offer them my congratulations too.

Monday, 18 August 2008

August Links

Here they all are.

Faith Charity and Hope - Humour

Best Laid Plans – Horror (is also at Micro Horror)

The Shark’s Tooth – spoof sci-fi

Vanishing Point – Creative non-fiction at The Linnet’s Wings

Confession – Humour at EDF

What Boundaries - This one I deliberately smudged into a prose poem. It started as a flash but there was no plot… so like The Rain (which will be up at Ink Sweat and Tears soon) I took it that step in style further.

Also my story Trap has been selected for the Short Humour Anthology, A Man of a Few More Words. So if you didn’t read it online – buy the Issue at when it comes out.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Short Humour

Faith Charity and Hope has just gone up at Short Humour. Brian said:
Hi Oonah,

Many thanks for 'Faith Charity and Hope'. I particularly liked that one.

I have to say - so do I. I hope you will too.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Double Exposure

My story Trap has been chosen to appear in A Man of a Few more Words - the Short Humour print anthology. I am of course delighted.
Also Bill West and Avis Hickman-Gibb are also to appear there. Well done you both!

To be chosen as a favourite of someone's is always flattering. And Best Laid Plans has been put onto this site:
as well as Micro Horror.
I'm kicking off this feature with Oonah V. Joslin's excellent story, equal parts impact and economy:
"Best Laid Plans"
Thank you Tom.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

August Links Continued

This link takes you to Static Movement's Index page where you will find a link to my story The Shark's Tooth
I was delighted to see this illustrated by Lee Kuruganti, who does such amazing artwork for Static's cover each month. That shark is perfection!
But you will also see stories by Avis Hickman-Gibb, Mark Dalligan and Pamela Tyree Griffin, editor of The Shine Journal. Check out the whole Issue. It's invariably worth it.

My Micro Horror story this month has just gone live - or maybe not... Nip over and leave a comment.

August is a popular month for weddings. We just celebrated our 28th anniversary.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

The Newton House Hotel and La Bella Sicilia

If you are thinking of passing through Knaresborough in Yorkshire, DON'T. Go and stay there instead!

The Newton House (tele: 01423 863599) is run by friendly people and is a lovely place to stay with great facilities and an amazing breakfast menu. I'm not easily amazed at breakfast, believe me.

La Bella Sicilia is a Restaurant in the market Square - Castlegate. tele:01423 869918 to book. What's not to like? But their lemon icecream flute with Italian Lemon Liquer is for the tart at heart like me.

The town itself offers splendid walks and spectacular views and is close to so many other places of interest. Go there!

Saturday, 2 August 2008

August Links and comments

Vanishing Point was written as a flash challenge but it is creative non-fiction really and so it is categorised in The Linnet's Wings. I have a real horror of spiral staircases.

Don Webb of BwS passed on a message from a reader which I very much appreciate - especially since the person who made the comment knew Ludek. I'm thrilled! Thank you Jindra.

Date: July 28, 2008 7:22:33 PM EDT (CA)
Cc: "Wojciech Jacobson" <>
Subject: Ludek
from Jindra:
Ta báseň me úplně dostala, už si ji čtu půl hodiny. Jako bych doopravdy viděl Ludka

That poem has knocked me down, I am reading it already for half an hour. Indeed, as I would catch sight of Ludek.

Jindra Kuchejda is a Czech yachtsman who skippered the yacht "Victoria" during her circumnavigation in years 1999-2004. The Victoria was a sort of replica of Magellans vessel. Jndra knew Ludek. Last Sunday he read the poem on the site of Bewilderingstories.