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AMW.3 : LOST/FOUND / Summer 2019
A Million Ways No.3, The LOST.FOUND Issue, is available to buy from here.
JOHN KAY / HAIRY
Travel, along with his early life in Greater Manchester, continues to influence his work, both written and visual. John writes & performs poetry, songs and short stories and has published one volume of poetry, ‘It Wouldn’t Do’, in 2009, John now resides in Bournemouth and, as resident of Dorset, had a story included in the ‘Dorset Shorts’ anthology, published by Little Red Writers, in early 2019.
PENNY FORTHAM / HE & SHE
Penny continues to be inspired by the people she observes on a daily basis as she goes about her day in rural Dorset. She believes that there are countless untold stories out there, you only have to look. Especially when crossing the road.
GEMMA MEEK / THE OTHER WORLD
Gemma writes poetry and short fiction and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and, on the rare occasion, can even be heard doing its thing in public. Inspiration is sporadic and unreliable but like a bad penny is always sure to return; in between she keeps the peace by spending time with her horse and trying to avoid human contact. She currently resides in London.
The Other World is a snapshot of psychological unravelling, the quiet panic where the real and imagined blend together, in reaction to a loss that can’t yet be confronted.
JIM BATES / SHE WAS RIGHT & TEXAS FRIED BLUES
Long time contributor Jim lives in a small town twenty miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. For a number of years he has been writing short fiction which he posts on his blog at: http://www.theviewfromlonglake.wordpress.com. He is fascinated by the dynamics of human behavior and how people react in given situations. He hopes his stories reflect that interest.
B. DENISE ROOSENDAAL / HIDDEN THINGS
Denise lives in Manassas, Virginia, with her husband, Pete, who makes her laugh at something, including herself, each day. She writes while on the train commuting into Washington, DC, where she manages a non-profit trade association. Her essays have appeared in the online journal Mused. She is 2015 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Masters in Creative Writing program. She’s currently revising (and revising) her novel, The Souvenir.
MICHAEL TUBERDYKE / TIM
Michael is twenty-six years old and lives in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. He is the author of two novels, The Pharaohs and The River May Run.
MILEVA ANASTASIADOU / NEO(N) FAIRYTALE
Mileva is a neurologist from Athens, Greece, and her work can be found in many journals, such as the Molotov Cocktail, Jellyfish Review, Gone Lawn, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Bending Genres and others.
RACHAEL NAZZARO / RUN HAPPY
Rachael is a recent graduate of Emmanuel College’s Writing, Editing, and Publishing Program. She currently works at The Herb FARMacy, a small flower farm and plant nursery in Salisbury, MA. In her free time, you can find Rachael playing the piano or hanging out with her feisty Jack Russell Terrier, Skipper.
EFS BYRNE / WHAT A DAY
Dedicated to education and being a father, E. F. S. Byrne has finally found more time to devote to his writing and is currently working on everything from very short flash stories to full-length novels. He likes stories that find something positive when nothing is looking that good.
IAN ZERAFA / HEART OF STORIES, HEART OF STONE
Ian is a young writer with a penchant for overly long sentences and a flair for dramatic description. He believes in letting characters grow strong enough to speak for themselves, but he’s not afraid to crack the narratorial whip if they start trying to drag the story off in their own directions. His greatest asset as a writer is the ability to stare at a blank page for hours without feeling the slightest smidgeon of guilt. He’s currently reading for a Master’s Degree in Malta, where his cats keep each other entertained in the sun until he sits down to write or study, in which case they invariably gang up on him with the aim of stealing his favourite red pencil.
JAMES HATTON / THE PORTRAIT
I’m proud to have been part of The Million Ways story from the very beginning, with ‘Branham’s Elephant’ appearing in the first issue and ‘The Portrait’ in the third. These two short stories, like a lot of what I write, are about people struggling to conform to character or conventions imposed on them by society or situations. ‘The Portrait’ was inspired by a documentary about the artist Lucien Freud, but I’ve long been an admirer of Freud’s paintings, just as I’ve always been fascinated by the other, more famous person in the story.
ADAM FOSTER / THE PIT
In 2010 Adam Foster and his wife moved down to Dorset from Lincolnshire, swapping one bucolic county for another. He loved creative writing at school but lapsed until he began writing tales for his own Year 5 class a few years ago. Ever since, he has enjoyed crafting short stories for children and adults, and attempts to hone his writing skills whenever time allows. He says that entering competitions keeps him motivated; he has been included in two volumes of short stories so far.
MAYA PIERIS / SUGAR & SPICE
Maya writes poetry, prose and plays but her first book was a recipe book done 26 years ago which did not do better than Delia! She has been published by Emma Press, South Poetry. She was awarded a Tacchi Morris Page to Stage award for her first play, The Supply Chain, and was long listed in the Winchester Festival. She is naturally delighted to be in A Million Ways.
MICKEY J CORRIGAN / CARELESS
Originally from Boston, Mickey writes humorous pulp fiction from a female point of view. Her novellas and novels have been released by publishers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Her short fiction has appeared in Akashic Books, ELJ Publications, Big Pulp, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and elsewhere. Salt Publishing (UK) released her most recent novel, Project XX, about a school shooting.
DANIEL ROSS / LIFE ON THE ROUGH SEAS
Daniel continues to write from the perspective of the character being on the outside looking in, and sees humour in a lot of things. The inspiration for his story came from a conversation about inconvenience and what specific type of idiot would buy a wooden beard. He has recently been published in ‘Dorset Shorts’; an anthology of stories produced by Little Red Writers. As much as he loves books, it is reading bedtime stories to his daughter Annabel that he enjoys the most.
ABIGAIL NUTTALL / THE BOY WITH THE CIGARETTES
As a full time student studying English literature, I enjoy to spend any spare time I have (not much!) writing short stories and flash fiction, about things I’m passionate about. I don’t often get the chance to share what I write, so being part of a community in AMW has been a great doorway for me, helping me to share the things I enjoy with so many other people!
AMW.2: BEFORE.AFTER / September 2018
VICTORIA-MELITA ZAMMIT / Five Seconds / https://ofscriptedshadows.wordpress.com/
Is a twenty-something writer and poet from Malta. Her writing generally centres around themes of abandonment, love and loss, and found families. ‘Five Seconds’ is an experiment in time, and looks at the excitement and general nerves and expectations that hover around a one night stand.
JIM BATES / Remembrance Day
Jim lives in a small town in Minnesota and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and being outdoors. If pressed, he would say that life has been good to him. As anyone knows who’s had to go through it, dealing with the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult, if not sometimes impossible. Remembrance Day is one man’s attempt to cope with just such a loss.
PAULA HARMON / Lacemaker /https://paulaharmondownes.wordpress.com/
‘Lacemaker’ was inspired by the idea that ‘craft’ is synonymous with magic and needlework has a secret, powerful language all of its own. A companion piece ‘Needlecraft’ is in her book ‘Weird & Peculiar Tales’.
CATY MILLS / Typewriting
This story came to me a while ago when I was lying under a desk in the eaves of my grandparents attic, thinking about them. Quite a few members of my family write and the idea that they will always live on through their stories comforts me.
RP NEWELL / One Night Stand
An unexpected encounter is often the inspiration for my stories. This one began its life as a conversation on a train. “Patrick” was charming and engaging but we went on to have the same conversation three times on one short journey.
FIONA MILLS / The Healing Power Of Shells
Finding the other half of a broken shell on a beach appears so improbable that it filled me with a sense of joy when it happened. It seemed a perfect metaphor for finding love when you least expect it, especially as it was almost heart-shaped when made whole.
PENNY FORTHAM / Love Gone Cold
Like many writers, I am inspired by the world around me, but mainly by the people within it, who fascinate and entertain me on a regular basis. The painful reality of a break-up is seen in cafes around the world, we’ve all been there. Sometimes you have to give up on people. Not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.
ROBIN WRIGLEY / No Direction Home
Robin started writing fiction in his early seventies. He has spent most of his adult life in over twenty foreign countries as a land surveyor and country manager in geophysical exploration for oil. His experiences have given him a wealth of potential stories.
NEIL MASON / It Sort Of Begins Like This…
I make a living a journalist and, like most hacks, have a stash of writing “for fun”. The piece for AMW is taken from chats (I’d call them interviews, but they aren’t that grand) with my mum and dad. It’s easy to forget that the best stories often don’t lie with the rich and famous, but with those a little closer to home if only we’d think to ask.
DANIEL ROSS / The Bookshelves Of Eternity
‘Bookshelves’ is about how people devise mechanisms for survival and how we need other people in our lives, even if we think we don’t. His writing usually is themed around people living on the edges, trying find a way in or perhaps a way out. He sees life, and so his stories, through a slightly warped lens.
CAITLIN CORDING / On The Tip Of Her Tongue
The idea to came to me whilst in a café and I witnessed twin sisters arguing about money. Charged with caffeine and inspiration, I grabbed my pen and scribbled five words on a napkin: a poisoning attempt gone wrong.
RICHARD WHEAL / An Impure Heroine
I’ve spent a lifetime in secondary schools and this story, which is founded in truth, was inspired by the way schools separate children into different classes, label them and still expect even those who feel left out to behave well.
ANGHARAD WALKER / Retrace
Retrace was born out of a Craig Finn song and a love for Salisbury Cathedral. You can find more of my fiction and poetry in Structo, Agenda Broadsheets and Ink Sweat & Tears. You can also follow me on Twitter @AngharadWalker.
AMW.1 / OLD.NEW / May 2018
GAIL ALDWIN / Baking /gailaldwin.com
Award Winning author Gail has become Dorset’s foremost expert in Paisley, following the release of her new book ‘Paisley Shirt’ – a collection of short fiction. ‘Baking’ came from the collision of two ideas centred around themes of remembrance.
CS MEE / Feeling Atoms / csmeewriter.com
‘Feeling Atoms’ began as a writing exercise on the theme of science. I did not have to look far in my search for inspiration since my husband is an experimental physicist who works with atomic force microscopes. The AFM is a fascinating instrument and this story was an opportunity to describe it for a wider readership.
JAMES HATTON / Branham’s Elephant / jameshattonwriting.wordpress.com
I live and work in Thailand where I’m a teacher at a primary school in Bangkok. It’s a thankless task, but on the plus side corporal punishment is still acceptable. Cars have replaced elephants as a means of transport of course and you can only see elephants at the zoo. A curious fact is that to secure a job as a schoolteacher here you need to be tested for elephantiasis. I doubt this had anything to do with why I wrote about an elephant but who knows. I’m also editor of The Bangkok Literary Review which is not on the shelves yet but will showcase some of the most talented Thai writers in translation and will be supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Culture.
Since publication, James has produced BKKLIT: The Bangkok Literary Review. You can find it, and buy it, here: https://bkklit.com/
ABIGAIL NUTTALL / The Snow Woman
This piece was inspired by the story of Yuki-Onna, a Japanese folktale. There are many variations of this story, I chose a version where the spirit longs to live with humans and is cursed to turn to snow whenever she is touched.
RHYS TIMSON / Everybody’s Waiting / rhystimson.wordpress.com
The story was inspired by medieval representations of death as a physical being and by the idea that, as you get older, you become more familiar with death until – by the end – you know him well. You are almost on first-name terms.
MARK TOINTON / Fridays
I have visited many of the world’s wild places, including Antarctica and the North Pole. Unlike the physical world, our minds know no boundaries. My short story started with a random thought: “What if a door appeared in a wall?” That’s it.
LYNNE C. DOYLE / A Little Flash
Living in a small town in Dorset, I am mostly inspired by everyday occurrences and observing people in their natural habitat. The truth is stranger than fiction, and often much funnier too.
DANIEL ROSS / Bookmarks In Time
This memoir was triggered by a song, and the need to write about my Dad, my childhood and the music of that period, before it’s too late and I start forgetting all the details. I’m also still pretty annoyed about the record player so this has been cathartic.
PENNY ROGERS / Just A Spoonful
I have experienced first-hand how important tradition, kinship and community are to African families, so how possible is it to be part of a society if you have no family and your behaviour (in Richard’s case alcoholism) distances you from your adopted community.
RICHARD NICHOLSON / Hard Graft
As a keen writer, as well as gardener & horticulturalist, I was inspired by the idea of grafting fruit, the old and the new, as echoed by the main characters and the passing on of knowledge to the next generation.
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