Summer’s end (The Stolen Child)

a short story: Megan looked over the last  of the Black -eyed Susans glowing in the morning sun. It was time to lock up the summer cottage forever, she thought.  Something happened yesterday that had confirmed all her old fears and misgivings about the place. Some years before she had inherited the little house from…

Happy Hauntings! The Custodian’s Tale

I wish you all a Happy Halloween or Samhain. I hope you have left an offering at the crossroads and may all saints and all souls be blessed. I managed a little haunting for the occasion ( story)   and then another haunted tale The Custodian ( or Crypt Keeper) Mr. Wharton wearily made his…

A Summer of monochrome and fairy lore

my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness (4-9) this week was this lovely butterfly at one of my hanging baskets. I had no idea that internet connection might be a problem from time to time when you live outside of town!! but that means I actually get to go out more! and when days are…

The Swan Maiden’s Tale

I have not been inspired much lately but  here is a  swan snippet that popped into my beleaguered brain. The images were taken at Hatley Castle’s lagoon in late summer, and after playing  with textures and Photoshop edits, a fragment of story emerged.This might be a continuation of one of the chapters of  Tales of the Tuatha  where Niamh met…

Castle Ghosts of Victoria

This was my offering to Ed Mooneys‘ spectacular Spooktacular for Halloween. The castle and grounds are a perfect afternoon haunt. Colwood is an area outside of Victoria and there, in a beautiful setting by the ocean, sits Hatley Castle.  Built by  architect Samuel MacLure for James Dunsmuir, the son of coal baron Robert Dunsmuir,  it lies on 565 acres…

Ghost Stories of Old Victoria

Old Chinatown.  In the spirit of Ed Mooney’s wonderful ghost stories and history challenges,  here is a little local history. I will have one more for his Spooktacular at the end of the month. Fort Victoria was one of the last outposts of the British Empire (established by the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Company), and as with…

Ghosts at the Lake

a family story We sometimes summered at the lake when we were all young. I look at the old movies and photographs of us- mom, dad, and the four siblings, cousins, friends and grandparents, laughing, with arms around each other, and wish I could peel back the fading layers of time.  Sometimes I think I see…

Leanne Cole’s Still Life Breakfast Tea

As this is such a busy month and I’m so scattered these days -this is short and sweet (100 word challenge) but here it is  for Leanne’s Story Prompt: Cavete Felem  ( beware of….)   Mr. Feles was trying to enjoy his breakfast tea and muffin when he heard the newspaper arrive with a thud…

The Rapture, 3rd class

a short story with a bit of irreverent silliness. As the saying goes it seems when others see a light in the tunnel I see an oncoming train. Inspired by Leanne Cole’s photo “up in the air This wasn’t how she had planned it. She tried to feel exalted  but it was very difficult. She had…

The Cosmic Sneeze

Inspired by Leanne Cole’s  A Photo that Inspires Words Leanne put up a challenge to write something inspired by her beautiful  shadowy photo.  I use  my photos as illustrations in my own tales and this is the first time I’ve  written a tale based on another’s photography.  Great fun Leanne. Thank you. The old man sleeping…