I'm an English and Creative Writing graduate who lives in Todmorden, U.K. I've been a waiter, an English teacher, and a supermarket checkout boy. Through all of that, I have continued to write fiction of many genres. I spend my spare time playing the guitar and swearing at video-games.
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Sunrise on Birdcage Walk, and Other Flash Fiction Stories
by Stuart Page
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sunrise on Birdcage Walk, and Other Flash Fiction Stories is a short collection made up of 25 multi-genre pieces, all at 99 words each. These bite sized experiences are perfect for when you crave the feeling of being swept up into another world, but you just don't have the time to invest in bigger works.
Ms. Wilder's Package
by Stuart Page
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Published: November 10, 2017
A man, grounded by a muscular injury that he can't seem to recover from, has given up on returning to the life that he once lived. But then a postal worker stops by his house one morning and gives him a neighbour's package to care of, triggering events that will change him forever and prompting the question: what does it take to truly begin healing?
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on Nov. 20, 2017
I enjoyed reading Shadow People. Elancharan Gunasekaran has made something really interesting here.
I loved some of the haikus. Other will probably take a few more reads to grow on me. I liked the overall vibes, though. I also liked the running theme of prowling shadows, (if they are real,) doing good or bad or just being there and doing something. It was interesting and atmospheric.
late night call
blood in urine
On my back
bed is a chair
They were really strong visually.
I've downloaded Shadow People to read again in the future and will likely return to the author for more.
A Taste Of My Thoughts Amid Those Crazy Cats
on Nov. 20, 2017
Cats are nuts. Or is it only these ones?
Heh. This is an enjoyable, quick read with good energy and imagery! It made me smile. Favourite bit:
"So I throw toys around like Santa Claus
But I don’t chant ho-ho-ho
I scream go-go-go"
I dunno. I just liked that a lot.
Anyways, I will happily check out more of your work after this, Steve. Thanks for the nice read.
on Jan. 15, 2018
This was an interesting and, actually, quite terrifying idea, in the end. I enjoyed it a lot and am now going to try not to think about it.
A quick, entertaining read.
The Unknown and Other Stories
on Feb. 01, 2018
The Unknown and Other Stories is a collection of three emotional short stories about leaving painful relationships behind and moving on. The ideas work. I happily read until the end. They need some more proofreading, however - particularly the second story. Keep up the hard work, Rachelle!
on July 31, 2018
I've read Sweet Oblivion multiple times over the last year, which I think speaks more about its quality than a review probably could. But I'm going to write something anyway, because Sweet Oblivion really deserves a few words.
In S.O., we bounce between depictions of personal sorrow, stubborn love in the face of dark tides, and musings on the fleeting nature of time, to questions of religious scapegoating, and our blindness to issues of homelessness, social divides, and global disasters. It is a broad collection. To help focus our attention, though, it has been divided into five sections: Life, Mind, Love, Heartache and Death, each with a famous, introductory quote at the start, which I think is a really cute addition. I especially like the Life and Death sections of poetry, and many of my favourite poems are in those bits. However, all of the sections are evocative, playful and thoughtful, and one of my absolute favourite (quite succinct!) pieces comes in the Love section:
I fear the darkness of the impending tide
But you, stubborn as always,
Hold me close and anchor me to your side
In one other favourite, we experience the joy of cherry blossom season in Japan:
Cherry blossom petals drifted in the air
Pink and white raindrops in our hair
We sat beneath a tree drinking beer
Grinning and carefree, hearts filled with cheer
And in another, we feel the heat and weight and sticky mess of summer in the city. This is my favourite part of that piece:
...A lone young woman sits on a lone patch of grass
Beneath an equally lone tree in this concrete jungle
She sighs into the mint choc chip kiss of an ice cream
Stray strands of hair caught in the stickiness of her sunscreen...
And I won't quote My Final Sunset here, because I think it sits well at the back end of the collection, and I think that is where it should be read. But safe to say it is hugely affecting. Inspiring, full of acceptance and colour, but heart wrenching, also, and hard to let go of.
This is a great first collection from an author who is clearly well practiced, and who is also unafraid to experiment with different styles, both classic and contemporary. I'm excited to see the new directions that Loren will take her work in, from now, over the rest of her poetry career.
Hey Jasmin Loren -
if that is your real name -
keep on truckin', bae