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An essay into steam punk for the #DirtyGoggles Blog Hop … do go and see the other entries on the link … and if you have something of your own that might suit, there’s still a few hours to polish it up if you want to enter. Title: Stolen Word Count: 790 Handle: @alexbrightsmith Category: […]

Must try harder

I’m really not a consciously analytical reader, and that’s a shame. There are a few books, books that I’ve known for a long time, books that I’ve read again and again (books like Nevil Shute’s Lonely Road, for example) that I’ve actually thought about enough, over time, to write a bloggable review of. There are […]

The Hatfield Venus

“She’s a Venus Anadyomene.” “A Venus Anadyomene?” She smiled indulgently at my ignorance. “Venus rising from the waves. An impeccably proper subject, and a popular one – you can see why.” I flushed slightly. The reasons for the popularity of the subject were prominently on display, but my enjoyment of the view was dampened by […]


This story is, in itself, only a beginning – I found it in my maybe file, and was pleasantly surprised to find so much of it in draft – but it is also about a beginning, albeit one that has not been universally welcomed, and as such I offer it for consideration for the J.A.Mes […]

This time

– tock. Tick-tock. Three beats from the watch of a stranger, momentarily within earshot as the crowd surged together. I stumbled blindly aside, heedless of how many feet I trod on, how many coffees I spilt, until I found, through chance, the solid, grounding stone of a balustrade beneath my hands. – tock. Tick-tock. Tick […]

After the tale has ended

You know that I can’t stay away from Khyre and the Tormaben for long, even when Katie is tugging at my attention. This time I have an excellent excuse in the form of the J.A.Mes Press Rebirth Anthology – really, go look, there’s links to the other submissions, and still time to enter something of […]


I have picked up a project that has been on the backburner for a while, and as a result I am in a position to report that the Alex Brightsmith of six months ago – who it seems was far too busy to type up her notes – was an extraordinarily irritating person to transcribe […]

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