The Parcel Project (a free collaborative novella!)

colourful-gifts 909705 (resized 2 - small)‘The Parcel’ is an eighteen-chapter 26,000-word collaborative novella (free) eBook written by attendees of the 2015 winter-term ‘Creative Writing – Intermediate’ ten-week class hosted by co-contributor Morgen Bailey.

The authors wrote their chapters while knowing only the size, weight and destination address of the parcel, together with the chapters’ starting and ending locations – chosen by the authors themselves (some of whom have other books available on Smashwords). They could choose their own characters – the lead of which entitle each chapter – and plot.

Morgen then collated the stories and made minor edits to turn each chapter into a cohesive novella before designing the cover and upload the finished package today, Monday 30th November, hours ahead of the tenth and final session of the course so all the contributing attendees left the course as published authors!

It is available (free!) on Smashwords and will soon be available on iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, Oyster, OverDrive (which Smashwords describes as the world’s largest library ebook platform serving 20,000+ libraries), Baker & Taylor, Gardners Books, and Inktera (formerly called Page Foundry).

It is available for free, and all the authors hope that you enjoy reading this novella and that it feels seamless to you.

We would love to know what you think and invite you to email Morgen at who will pass your comments on to the relevant authors. We would also be very grateful if you left a review as an encouragement for others to read the novella. Further details (inc. a list of the contributing authors) on this blog’s The Parcel Project 2015 page.

Please do leave a comment (below or on the PP2015 page), especially after you’ve read the novella and hopefully before too long you’ll be able to read those left by other visitors. Thank you for those of you who will go off and download this eBook – your support is much appreciated. Oh, I did I mention that it’s free? 🙂

Flash Fiction Friday 110: 6-word stories

DCF 1.0Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the one hundred and tenth in this series. This week’s is the fourth bunch of 6-word stories by a variety of authors, together with their 6-word biographies! These stories will be podcasted in episode 35 (with three stories or sets of 6-word stories) on Sunday 29th December.

6-word stories

by William Bortz,, writer, barista, dreamer.

  • Photographs don’t age, but grow tired
  • Your words stand tall as skyscrapers

by Caroline Cannons of Canterbury Yarns 2

  • Explosion: studio audience’s own life drama!
  • Confronted in court: Jon’s childhood nemesis.

by Laura Rittenhouse,, writer, gardener, traveler

  • Sweat confirms his guilt. Oh, heatwave.
  • Puppy love sought, men needn’t apply.

by Ken Magee, embraces magic, relatively literate*.

  • Joined a woodwork class. Made friends.
  • Magic? Me, a pig? Ha. Oink!

Coincidentally, Ken did a short piece on his blog about 6-word stories and included some guest pieces including one from ‘BJT’ whose story followed on from Ernest Hemingway’s ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’… For sale: baby – already have several.

by Mark Morris; Mature and mostly professional.

  • Older. But not wiser. Resigned. Aware.
  • Remembrance. Fallen heroes. Tear-stained faces. Respectful.

by Kimberly Sperling Mom, Realtor, Writer, Friend

  • Categorically true, moreover bizarre, and unceasing.
  • Realization, as life was snuffed out.

by Karen Bate,, author of memories

  • Six word stories are a challenge!
  • The rubber chicken created many questions.

by Mark K, a writer?… trying hard

  • Male masseur available, no extras, sorry!
  • Fisherman’s rod working again, thanks Viagra.

and then two from yours truly… Morgen Bailey,, With an E

  • Stolen: my heart. Give it back.
  • Car rattling. Not old. Squeaky earrings. (inspired by an old VW advert)


Thank you, everyone.

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