Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast ‘short stories’ episode no.7

Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast ‘short stories’ episode number 7 (lucky for some) was released today Monday 13th February (unlucky for some).

I’ve been starting off the first few weeks with the flash fiction that have appeared on my blog as ‘Flash Fiction Fridays’, reading out three per fortnight. I’m starting to run out so if you’d like to submit your own feel free to email me. This episode’s unlucky stories were:

The Paper Doll’ (996 words) by Cindy Vaskova

Albeit for small mercies‘ (272 words) by yours truly, Morgen Bailey, and

The Advert’ (997 words) by Susi Holliday.

I didn’t critique them but just simply read them out and I hope you enjoy this format.

Cindy is a first year student in Journalism. Other than that normal bit of her life, she writes short fiction stories and has a novel in progress in the background to which she dares go near from time to time.

She has been involved in a school project, creating a short fiction story anthology called “The Red Hill”. Recently Cindy started her own blog, where she posts her writings, while doing some twitting in between that.

Morgen Bailey is a writing-related blogger who also hosts the weekly Bailey’s Writing Tips audio podcast, two in-person writing groups (based in Northamptonshire, England), is the author of numerous short stories, novels, articles, has dabbled with poetry but admits that she doesn’t “get it”, and is a regular Radio Litopia contributor. She is Chair of another local writing group (which runs the annual HE Bates Short Story Competition), belongs to a fourth, and can regularly be found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. When she’s not researching for her writing groups, she is a British Red Cross volunteer, walks her dog (often while reading, writing or editing) and reads (though not as often as she’d like but is spurred on by her new Kindle) and somewhere in between all that she writes. Everything she’s involved is detailed on her blog and her email address is You can view / download her eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords.

Susi ‘SJI’ Holliday is the author of numerous short stories and at least two half-finished novels. Her writing leans in the direction of crime, horror and anything a bit dark (some of it is even funny). Several of her stories have had competition success and some have been published online. You can find more details on her website and blog and you can also read her regular story postings at in the ‘Twisted Tales’ Stories section. In 2012, Susi hopes to complete her next (as yet, unstarted) crime novel, while continuing with the day job until the lottery numbers come up.

Thank you for listening to this short story episode. I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to bringing you another a fortnight. In the meantime, next week’s episode will likely be hints and tips. All the links mentioned in these shows are listed on the podcast page of this blog and if you’d like to take part if any aspect of it, my email address is

The podcast 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).


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