Ok, so on January 1st 2013 I decided that I would write at least one ‘small stone’ every day for the month of January. I would take a look around me and record my thoughts and feelings from the inspiration that I found there. The whole of 2013 turned into a year to remember stone by stone. Now I occasionally add to the ones here but enjoy looking back through them and aim to come back and write a bit more conscientiously in the future. In the meantime other writing has taken higher priority – I write my short stories and take photos to record what inspires me. They remain in my head for most of the time however!

My collaborative book of short stories was published in December 2012. In August of that year it was made into a speaking book for the sight impaired by the RNIB – quite exciting! Through the writing group I discovered that I love to write words as well as read them.

Random Scribbles is a collection of 64 pieces of flash fiction and 37 drabbles (exactly 100 word stories) – all at dipping in and out length for this age of the short attention span.

I also started writing my novel The Vermilion Drift in November 2012 and am still working on that from time to time – a work in progress! Through my research another storyline has revealed itself and will make quite a tale in its own right!

As time has gone on I have found myself sometimes leaning towards a more poetic form – free verse, elfjes (11 word poems) the odd humourous ditty and the occasion haiku. I have also experimented with the ghazal form (poetry rooted in seventh century Arabia) which I may well come back to at some point…

Anyway, thanks for stopping by – please feel free to do a bit of exploring and look up any tags and keywords that may intrigue you…they are not always what you might think!

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jumpingfromcliffs
    May 31, 2013 @ 19:38:39

    “Drabbles” – that’s a new one on me. Is it a recognised term or an invention of your own? Either way, it needs broader use 🙂


  2. julespaige
    Jun 03, 2013 @ 12:38:37

    I’ve just, well not just, found Flash Fiction. 100 – 150 more or less words. While my first love will always be writing poetry I am having fun with ‘Flashing’ fiction. As I haven’t put the link on my daily blog…(I have to remember how to do that as I am technically challenged) here is the home of my Flash Fiction for whenever you might like to have a look see.


    I am going to bookmark your place so I can come back. Cheers. My Icon leads to my small stone site. 🙂


    • Helen Jane Merritt...Musings from a Random Mind
      Jun 03, 2013 @ 15:53:04

      Hi Jules, Thanks for the comment. My writing group usually sets the challenge as around 500 words although many categorize flash fiction as 400-700 words. Obviously it is quite fluid and can be wider than this too. Drabbles are exactly 100 words I believe – quite a challenge but fun to write 🙂 Love your websites and now follow 🙂


  3. J.E. Rule
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 18:12:11

    Congrats! You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award! I hope you accept it! http://jrule.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Your last post “Silent Siren” is precisely why you deserve this award!

    Keep up the awesome blogging!



  4. Rock Your Inner Hippie
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 21:59:32

    Congratulations! You’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award 🙂
    I hope you’ll accept…
    I believe in the power of your words and I’m so happy to be able to nominate you for this award 🙂
    Keep blogging, because your words rock…


  5. Vashti Quiroz-Vega
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 07:39:46

    Thank you for following my blog Helen. I am now following you too. 😀


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  7. ambitiouspoet
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 18:36:40

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the I Am Part Of The WordPress Family Award
    http://18yearsyoung.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/chapter-253-awards/ Have a great day! xxoo


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