Plot Bunnies' Writing

Extracts, Book Reviews, etc

Between Teas and Ticking

    Evelyn could never trust her ears. For a moment, the ticking sounds like
home. It bounces her back into her kitchen and the chilli-shaped clock above the
door. A gift from her sister, Vivian. The matching kettle whistles for her to take it off
the heat. She pours, orange-scented steam rising into her face like a sauna. She lets
the tea steep as she wipes the counter, preparing her mind for the part of the
evening she dreads. She has a final finger-burning squeeze of the tea bag and
chucks it at the bin, rather disappointed that it lands on the floor next to it with a plop.
No matter. She will put it where it was headed tomorrow. She takes her tea and flicks
the light off.

'Renegade' by James Lambert

This is a mini story written by James Lambert, age 13, a friend of Brighton Plot Bunnies.

Slow Dance

I don’t feel comfortable in this dress. My friends forced me into it after they saw the floaty summer dress I had been planning to wear, but my chest feels constricted and I’m pretty sure if I bend over my knickers will be on display. They wanted me to go commando, but I have my limits.

Six Shooter

This is one of a series. You can find the continuing adventures of Benton and Seth at bentonandseth.wordpress.com

A short short

This is a short, standalone scene.
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    Since the accident there had been nothing but an endless stream of forms, coming at her in every size and colour. All to be neatly done and filled in triplicate and each needing to be completed before she could even begin to think about the next.

Etch-a-Sketch

This is the beginning of a novel.
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    When I was seven, my favourite plaything was a magic drawing board. For the other kids in my small suburban infants school, the toy to die for was the Etch-a-Sketch. It later featured with its classic strawberry red case in the supporting cast of Toy Story. But I hated its crude jagged lines. It didn’t matter how carefully you worked the knobs on each side in an effort to draw a diagonal or a curve, the result was always ugly. The Etch-a-Sketch was no more than a status symbol, created by and for mechanistic minds. It was limited in its scope and predictable, much like most of the kids in my class.

A Journey

February's writing challenge was: A journey. This was my effort.
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    I have been on this train for thirteen hours. The tedium is unrelenting.
    The couple sitting opposite me are wrapped in each other’s arms, oblivious to everything else except him, her. Nothing to bother them like it’s bothering me. Good for them.

'The Silver Thread' by Kylie Fitzpatrick

The Silver Thread by Kylie Fitzpatrick is one of those rare books that look as though they’ll take you an age to read… but I devoured this one in four days. One of the huge batch of proof copies from a local bookshop, this was the first one I took out of the bags when I was exploring, and it practically had my name on it, so I nabbed it, along with one or two others, to keep in my stash (being the boss of a writers’ circle definitely has its perks!).

'The Silver Thread' by Kylie Fitzpatrick

The Silver Thread by Kylie Fitzpatrick is one of those rare books that look as though they’ll take you an age to read… but I devoured this one in four days. One of the huge batch of proof copies from a local bookshop, this was the first one I took out of the bags when I was exploring, and it practically had my name on it, so I nabbed it, along with one or two others, to keep in my stash (being the boss of a writers’ circle definitely has its perks!).

'This Is Not Forgiveness' by Celia Rees

If there’s one thing that can be said for a book that begins with the main character staring at an urn containing his brother’s ashes, it’s that you’re sure as hell not putting down the book until you find out how he dies.

'This Is Not Forgiveness' by Celia Rees

If there’s one thing that can be said for a book that begins with the main character staring at an urn containing his brother’s ashes, it’s that you’re sure as hell not putting down the book until you find out how he dies.

'The Teleportation Accident' by Ned Beauman

I’d never heard of Ned Beauman before. He wrote Boxer, Beetle, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2010 and the Desmond Elliot Prize in 2011. Still, I’d never heard of him. So when Brighton Plot Bunnies were given several proof copies from local bookshops, and this was among them, I really, desperately hoped it would be as good as the front cover promised, as I am a sucker for Art Deco design.

'The Teleportation Accident' by Ned Beauman

I’d never heard of Ned Beauman before. He wrote Boxer, Beetle, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2010 and the Desmond Elliot Prize in 2011. Still, I’d never heard of him. So when Brighton Plot Bunnies were given several proof copies from local bookshops, and this was among them, I really, desperately hoped it would be as good as the front cover promised, as I am a sucker for Art Deco design.

'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice.

'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice.

'The Red Chamber' by Pauline Chen

It’s hard to know quite where to start when reviewing such an epic story as this, which takes place over several years. Perhaps I’ve made it harder for myself by first reading the classic novel it was based on so that I could give it a fair trial, but reading A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin first has definitely given this modern retelling an extra dimension that makes me love both books even more.

'The Red Chamber' by Pauline Chen

It’s hard to know quite where to start when reviewing such an epic story as this, which takes place over several years. Perhaps I’ve made it harder for myself by first reading the classic novel it was based on so that I could give it a fair trial, but reading A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin first has definitely given this modern retelling an extra dimension that makes me love both books even more.

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Published

Charlie has an ongoing project where he posts much of his writings, here. Charlie is probably our most prolific writer and has been the Municipal Liaison for the Brighton NaNoWriMo group for a few years running.

Emma has had a story published on the Diabolical Plots website, here. This story was born of a conversation about weddings and is typical of the sort of thing we talk about at meetings.

Dawn and Laz have an ongoing joint (huge) science fiction project and their website is full of snippets, bits and pieces, timelines, character profiles and sketches, as well as several short stories. It can be found here.

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bookworm_chic's blog

Member bookworm_chic has a blog called Narration Sidetracks, please have a look around and let her know what you think.

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WikiRiffs at Wattpad

WikiRiffs, aka Jonny, uses Wattpad to showcase some of his writing. You can get to it by clicking this link, and you will find poetry and shorts, which Jonny adds to regularly.

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Blogs

black_faerie has a blog here, which she updates (reasonably) frequently. Sometimes it's about kung fu, much of the time it's about writing (either her own or other people's) and sometimes it's just rambling.

Do feel free to read and comment on any of the entries, and please keep things friendly.

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