Blog Battle – The Brian Incident

This was the Blog Battle Entry for June 2021 and the prompt was Abstract.Brian was a man on nearly the wrong side of 40. He wasn't anyone particularly special, he wasn't rich, powerful or famous and neither had he wanted to be. His life consisted of a bacon sandwich for breakfast, cycling the 2.64 miles … Continue reading Blog Battle – The Brian Incident

The Extinction Protocol – Part 2

Personal log Commander Scott EdwardsOlympus Colony MarsSol 687It's been two weeks since the news landed that there was a plan, a sliver of hope for our survival and the continuation of the human race. I might in fact be overoptimistic. A sliver implies some chance, to me there's too much in the way. Or there's … Continue reading The Extinction Protocol – Part 2

The Extinction Protocol – Part 1

Personal log Commander Scott EdwardsOlympus Colony MarsSol 673I've sat here, totally silent for the last hour. Probably the first hour that I've had to think in months. I've heard about people having these times of their lives that they look back on and it seems like a bad dream and they wonder what the fuck … Continue reading The Extinction Protocol – Part 1

Fields of Paper Flowers

This is my entry for January's Blog Battle - the theme or word for this month is Heart. "Here it is!" Brian revealed all glowing with pride. "The artificial flower!"I looked on it with a mix of distain and yet a little awe at the intricate and beautiful creation. "So what?" "What do you mean so … Continue reading Fields of Paper Flowers

The Eternal Librarian

This is my entry for December's Blog Battle - the theme or word for this month is Heart. "I have exciting news for you Emily." Libby told Emily in her usual flat robotic but clearly feminine tone."What is that?" Emily asked excitedly. At sixteen years old Emily was often told she was too old to … Continue reading The Eternal Librarian

The Extinction Protocol

This short piece has been written for the November 2018 Blog Battle.  To find out more click the link: https://rachaelritchey.com/2018/11/08/blogbattle-educate/ The word for the month is EDUCATE. SOL670 Olympus Colony: "Colony Log Commander James O'Neill: NASA are sending me a priority message on the secure comms channel in about five minutes. I'm not sure what to … Continue reading The Extinction Protocol

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Stories

Over the last couple of years I've written a number of short and not so short stories and trying to give them the visibility they deserve is a bit hard when they're hidden behind a menu system on my blog page. So I've put as many of them as I can find on this post and I'm going to pin it on my page.

Many of them aren't finished, but you know - Rome wasn't built in a day and all that.

Esther’s Monday Motivation Challenge – Stop what you’re doing now!

Despite the rise of life to prevent me writing I feel i still need to take part in Esther Monday motivation challenge. This week the challenge is to include Stop what you're doing now! he yelled In to a story of between 50 & 100 words. This is what I came up with: It was only one … Continue reading Esther’s Monday Motivation Challenge – Stop what you’re doing now!

The Wallet – Esther Monday Motivation

I'm going to try and stay in the word limit for this week's Esther Newton - Monday Motivation. Thanks as always to Esther for running this, she's very encouraging. This week the theme is: If she didn’t stop doing that soon, he was going to kill her. The Wallet In life there are moments  you want the Earth to … Continue reading The Wallet – Esther Monday Motivation