The Writing Mum

Our International Women’s Day

In true style, I am late to the party once again as I sit down here to wish you all a very Happy International Women's Day (for yesterday). I know, late again, but I would rather write it late than let it go altogether. I had very valid reasons for not writing my post yesterday, two… Continue reading Our International Women’s Day

Flash Fiction

An Awakening (Sunday Photo Fiction)

At last the path was clearly defined in front of her. For too long she’d been trampling through the growth, her legs whipped by spindle branches and her heart full of uncertainty. She had picked up the occasional rough path, but these were often intertwined with several others, leaving her hovering in indecision. She had… Continue reading An Awakening (Sunday Photo Fiction)

Flash Fiction

The Dandy Lion (Friday Fictioneers)

A short, sharp intake of breath. Then her small features all go to work. Eyes focus, brow furrows, and lips form a perfectly puckered pout through which her lungs can release their contents. Two fine full lungs let blow. Ten tiny fingers tightly clutch the stem as the seeds take flight. A swirl of life… Continue reading The Dandy Lion (Friday Fictioneers)

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Rating 4/5 This is the first book I have read by Jodi Picoult and I think I may now read them all. The story begins with Sage Singer a young woman with a difficult past. One that leaves her regularly attending a grief group and hiding an angry scar on her face. She’s a recluse,… Continue reading Book Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Flash Fiction

Groundhog Nights (Friday Fictioneers)

Opening my charcoal eyes, I look at the familiar scene. Nothing new this time then. With night drawing in, the house emanates its cosy interior. Warm yellow light peeks out from pulled curtains, and swirls of steam pump from a boiler pipe. It’s pot luck where you’re going to pop up, and very rare to… Continue reading Groundhog Nights (Friday Fictioneers)

Flash Fiction

In Plain Sight (Sunday Photo Fiction)

Sweat trickled down her back despite her breath being visible in the early evening light. It was a miracle she'd got this far. She stopped for a moment, to adjust her grip, then staggered on, pushing with all her strength. The last fight had been the worst. His cruel words finding their way to the… Continue reading In Plain Sight (Sunday Photo Fiction)

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

RATING: 4/5 I have just finished reading the most scrumptious book by Ruth Hogan. Her debut book in fact, The Keeper of Lost Things. The title alone is a gem. There is something inherently beautiful and enthralling about lost things. Those things that lay abandoned on the path, or a wall, or a train seat.… Continue reading Book Review: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan