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.

and see me At the Cumberland Arms 2011

Monday, 30 November 2009

Check out the St Andrew's Day poem at EDP and our table of contents for December :)
I have a poem at BwS Thank goodness I woke up! ;)

Friday, 27 November 2009

What he said

I could have cloned another flower or two.
It would have been so easy to do
the dishonest work of a modern moment.

Is not what we have enough?
Sunshine, peace and flowers,
light enough for today?
© Oonah V Joslin

Thursday, 26 November 2009


to all my friends in the USA

Friday, 20 November 2009


Noel and Rudi

Esme, Eleanor, me and Noel
What a lovely person my niece turned out to be and it was a real pleasure to meet her husband Rudi. We had a very nice meal together at The Happy Villa in Galgorm and Eleanor tells me the fried Icecream goes down a treat :)

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Every Day Fiction

My story Calm Waters is due to appear at EDF tomorrow. and please remember to pay us a visit at Every Day Poets too :)
My Winter Jasmine is in bloom.

Tea and Sympathy at BwS

Poem in Bewildering Stories this week from Sun 15th but it's not really about tea and sympathy.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Links to the Micro Horror Winners 2009

Congratulations to each of you. I hope you enjoy your prizes. Thanks to Nathan for his generous spirit and to Conrad Brooks for his participation in making this a great event.

Chris Allinotte for Make ’Em Cheer
Kevin G. Bufton for A Letter From the Trenches
Oonah V Joslin for Smolensk–The Second Time
Brian Laing for The King’s Grave
Caroline Robinson for Samhain
Chris Yodice for First Train to Deadman

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Micro Horror Announcement

I am so very proud to have won a third Micro Horror prize and it was such a treat to see and hear Nathan and Conrad Brooks - a real movie maker :) making the announcement!
Go see!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

At the going down of the sun...

Two years ago The Brave was published in Every Day Ficiton. It was written for the memory of Jedlina Andrej Jacobson. Today we again remember those who fought in that most necessary war and those who like Andrew were parted forever from their homeland and their loved ones.
Andrew was born in Poland but is buried in St Mary's Churchyard in Morpeth along with many other Poles and men of many nationalities.

Monday, 2 November 2009

November Links

Firm Friendship It's a humorous one

POEM Turquoise is at Boston Literary Magazine. I am always delighted to be there.

The Old, Old Story - you'll recognise it! Only the names change unfortunately

Gay Degani asked me to answer a couple of questions

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Update of October's Links

Just got my copy of Toe Tags :) You really, really want to read these 21 stories, you know you do :) The Tourist Trap

The Professional Job at 10FLASH written for the challenge and a right pickle!

A Lack of Breeding is at Static Movement this month and I'm sure you knew a Selena once...

Smolensk - The First Time, Micro Horror has a competition running once again and so I just had to send something. The theme is The Past

Comallye - A longer than usual story from me. You know how they say you should write about what you know, you know? Well this one is a stew of unadulterated Ulsterisms. Watch the inhabitants of Glenslade walk the line of political correctness :)

Definitions Both Feet in the Past

Definitions could be defined as a 'found poem'. I found it because of my husband's studies and the story of W.C. Minor's life was so ironic I just had to write about this remarkable and troubled man. It is about the curse of mental illness which affects the lives of not only those who suffer from it - whatever 'it' is. The definitions keep changing to suit the times. We no longer call people mad, cretinous, lunatic, criminally insane... In Minor's day Schitzophrenic was a term that hadn't yet been coined. It was undoubtedly the label they would have used in the C20th. Here, in the C21st, the label might be different. We are still awaiting the breakthrough that will lead to a cure.

The Bonaparte Tree


The Vast Horror of it

Holding On

The Old, Old Story at Micro Horror