Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast ‘short stories’ episode number 4 went live today, Monday 2nd January. This is a new series tucked in between the now-monthly hints & tips and red pen critique sessions.
The first few weeks are the flash fiction that have appeared on my blog as ‘Flash Fiction Fridays’, at three per fortnight and today’s were Confession by Theodore P. Druch, The White Witch of England by Jane Risdon and ‘One Christmas‘ by Rosanne Dingli, all coming out just under 1,000 words each. Unlike the red pen session, I don’t critique these stories but simply read them out and I hope you enjoy this new format.
Born in Milwaukee, educated at Brandeis and later at the Timothy Leary commune in Millbrook, NY, Theodore P. Druch, Ted to his friends, spent most of his life in trivial pursuits – like making a living. After chucking it all and traveling around the world for ten years like a dandelion seed on the wind, he settled in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He is an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writer’s Group, and conducts a weekly workshop for serious authors. In the last two years, Ted has published four full-length non-fiction e-books, and is currently working on his first novel, a historical fantasy of 1492 called King David’s Harp. He fully expects it to be a blockbusting best-seller, filled as it is with pirates, adventurers, corrupt popes and priests, several heroes and heroines, and a search for clues to the hiding place of the harp of King David, the recovery of which might bring about the return of the Messiah. Ted’s books are available at Amazon for the Kindle and at Smashwords for all other readers. Footprints on a Small Planet is also available as a trade paperback through Amazon. Ted’s blog can be found at
and you can watch his African Odyssey trailer on YouTube.
For the last thirty years Jane Risdon has worked in the International Music Industry as an Artiste Manager, producer and music publisher with her husband who was a professional musician when they met over forty years ago. Working with successful recording artists, producers and songwriters she has also been involved in placing music on TV and movie soundtracks, including Baywatch, Sirens, Beach Clash, Power Rangers, The Jersey Girl, Zenon 3 (Power Rangers) and others. She has lived and worked in Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, USA, as well as Europe and England – working with both English, American, European and Chinese artists in all genres of music. Jane has been writing for years, has been published in the Music Press, is researching her family history and is writing a crime novel, a series of village comedies and various short stories, and is soon to collaborate on a novel with an award-winning writer. She is married with one son and three grandchildren and enjoys photography and the countryside and anything to do with history and science. When she’s not doing all that she can be found hanging out with her fellow Writers for Welfare (including myself) on Facebook. You can also find her writing in the ‘I am Woman’ anthology, available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
Rosanne Dingli is the Western Australian author of According to Luke, Death in Malta and six collections of short stories. She is the award-winning writer who published All the Wrong Places, her poetry collection, in 1991. Her travels in Europe, the UK, Australia and South-East Asia have informed her writing. She lives in Perth, still loves cacti, and now collects yellow crockery. You can find her at
(the latter has some wonderful fish!).
The podcast itself is available via iTunes, Google’s Feedburner, Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).
Thank you for listening to this new short story episode. I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to bringing you another in a fortnight. In the meantime, next Monday’s episode will be a hints and tips. All the links mentioned in the episodes are listed on the podcast page of this blog.
If you’d like to take part in anything I do whether it’s an interview, spotlight, guest blog, flash fiction, poetry, or have your short story or novel extract critiqued on this podcast then do let me know – my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. And I have a new forum at