In August Edinburgh is festival City!

Technically in August there are 5 festivals as follows:

  1. Book festival
  2. Art festival (visual art), much of which is free.
  3. The royal Edinburgh military tattoo. Featuring performances including bagpipes.

4. Edinburgh international festival. A performing arts festival based around select theatres.

5. Edinburgh fringe festival. Around the International festival other venues started during festival hosting performance arts this has become a festival in, it’s own right called the Fringe.

It is therefore quite confusing, to get head round what happens in August. I’m trying and will share what I learn! Any tips welcomed.

Six word Story

Challenge open Saturday 16 June 2018 – Thursday 21 June 2018

Welcome to the Six Word Story Challenge.

For those who have never dropped by before a new prompt is posted every Saturday morning at 9am GMT either here or on KirstyWrites.

And…. drumroll…. This week’s prompt is:


About the prompt

I have chosen wildlife as I’m following the Wildlife trust 30days wild challenge.

As this is an example, not an entry hopefully it is acceptable that I have based mine on a sweater shirt I used to have, which I think read:

A badger is so bashful,

He likes to wear a mask,

Across his eyes

My attempt

Shy badger wears mask across eyes.


How does it work?

1. Leave your story in the comments until Thursday 9pm (GMT)

2. Like, comment & engage with other authors

3. Come back on Thursday to vote for your favourite

4. Bask in glory if you’re a winner.

Never tried microfiction before?

Never fear, help is at hand. Click through to this post, on challenge founder Nicola Auckland’s blog on writing the best six word stories for inspiration.

Can I share my story?

Of course you can! Tell your story and inspire others to have a go.

Write a blog post, send me a pingback and share on social media.

Use any of these hashtags #SixWordStoryChallenge #6words #sixwordstory #microfiction #flashfiction #fiction #amwriting

How is the winner chosen?

I close entry to the Six Word Story Challenge on Thursday at 9pm. I open a poll at 10pm which remains open for 24hrs. Anybody and everybody is invited to vote in this poll, the winner is the story with the most votes at 9pm on Friday. Simples!

Click through to this page to read the full rules of the challenge.

Good luck!

Kindles vs books

I do not have a kindle. I’am becoming more aware of advantages but not convinced yet! Here I examine Norrie a kindle readers arguments against books. Her post was titled entitled I don’t like books which definitely aroused my interest! I could not bring myself to have the statement I don’t like books as a title.

I have put Norrie’s points in quotes and my responses underneath. Check out her post for her full explanations and her responses to common arguments for books.

# ‘When it comes to lifting heavy objects, I prefer the gym’

Ok I get that. They do add to luggage weight. Reading a heavy book is not good for wrists.

# ‘They need to be stored somewhere.’

I’m happy to donate most books to my sister to read then to charity shops so that limits books I have. Still when I moved, I did overhear removers comment ‘ergh it’s another box of books’.

# ‘They are expensive’

I buy lots from charity, so real that is just giving to charity then getting a book in return. Then lots of them end up back with a charity.

Sunday times is £2.50 now. Magazines can be £3 or £4. You can buy 3 books for £10 on Amazon and books last longer then magazines and can be kept afterwards or donated to raise funds for charities.

# ‘I can’t read them in the dark..

If you like reading well into the night, chances are, you will need to turn on the light at one point. In case your other half is skilled enough to be able to sleep through even a zombie apocalypse, or you don’t share your room with anyone, this is likely not an issue.’

Yes I generally sleep alone so not an issue.

# ‘ When bookmarks are scarce,everything is bookmarks…
Have you ever had a conversation where you were asked why do you have a pair of panties sticking out from your book? I’d love to say nor had I…’

Lol never had that conversation but, I’am always losing my bookmark.

# ‘Notes… notes everywhere’

Don’t write notes do not an issue.

Reading Under The Blankie

I don’t like books. There. I said it. I let that sink in for a moment…

I can’t remember a time when I was not reading. It is my one passion that has never faded away. Fine… Reading and cats. Although I can remember the time when I did not have a cat – a.k.a. the miserable years.

By now you are probably utterly confused and wonder whether I’m completely nutty as fruitcake. Well, I don’t think so (although if I were, would I know?), but I do have a few reasons why I’m so over printed books.

#I can’t just get them anywhere, any time
Unless I already have them on the shelf, that is… If you ever asked me what book I will pick up once I finished my current read, I would most likely start to squirm and tell you I have no idea and change the…

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And the Winner of this week’s #SixWordStoryChallenge is…

Well done all. Less than an hour until I publish the next prompt.



Good Evening Storytellers,

Oops, late again, but it’s time to announce

This week, I left you the prompt of Magic.

If you haven’t had a chance to read through the entries, pop over to the challenge post and read through this week’s submissions.

As usual, you’ve been voting for your favourites for 24hrs. And the joint winners of this week’s Six Word Story challenge are:

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Vote Now for the Winner of this week’s #SixWordStoryChallenge

Click on the post below to vote for favourite 6 word stories for this week’s prompt magic. Voting open until 9pm GMT tonight, for everyone regardless of whether entered.

My Story was inspired by my magical night last Friday, a night when a long held dream became real.

Sunset champagne. Floating tranquilly in balloon.

via Vote Now for the Winner of this week’s #SixWordStoryChallenge