Category Archives: Fiction

A Christmas Like Any Other Day

You might want to re-familiarise yourself with a certain Novella I published 6 years ago known as The Caliente Affairs. Because, in 2020, seven new episodes are being unleashed upon the internet once again! Based on my original Sims 2 stories that were shared on the old official website back in 2006, Season 2 (or Volume 2, if you’re reading on Wattpad or Movella) has been arduously worked upon to reflect the changing times, and perhaps usher in a future where the story continues…

The Caliente Affairs: On Christmas Eve, the strain begins to show on some of the relationships in Pleasantview. Dina Caliente finds herself still stuck between loving Ed Wilson and staying with Mortimer Goth, tempers flare between Don Lothario and Nina Caliente, and Angela Pleasant faces the reality that she cannot have both Dustin Broke and her dream of travelling the world. And by the end of the day, only one of these relationships will survive.

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Bad Luck

Me, aged nine, sitting on Father Christmas’s lap at Primary school. I think this was the Christmas Bonanza that lead to the inspiration for one of my earliest pieces of creative writing, Bad Luck. If you can make it out in the photo, I won a green plastic ring with a red Santa on it, and I became convinced it was cursed. In 1996, I was admitted to hospital with suspected meningitis. I wrote all about it, gave it a fictional twist, and called it “Bad Luck”. I ended up writing five more stories, all involving Tony AKA Me! In celebration of the thirteenth episode of the podcast, recorded on Friday the 13th, I am sharing with you the first three stories, fresh from the recesses of tomsbrain (they’ll be twenty-years-old, this year). Listen now…

Better L8 Than Never!

Sometimes, I never know what I’m going to talk about when I start a new podcast episode. I think I’m going to discuss one thing, and then I end up going off on a tangent and discussing a completely unrelated topic. I know I teased last week about one such topic, but I was swept away in the momentum of talking about my writing process. Listen now…

The Crystal Maze

The Secret Box

So, this is a thing now! Seems every Thursday, I’m going to be reminding you all that I have a podcast. It’s just me at the moment, recalling events from my life and sharing my creativeness with you. In this week’s episode, I’m sharing a spooky story that I wrote when I was ten-years-old called The Secret Box. In the future, I hope to have different people from my life asking me questions and getting me to open up about topics that I might not have thought of.

I found this week’s topic difficult. No, not the reading my story out-loud part! Or the part where I reminisce fondly about watching The Crystal Maze on a Thursday! The part I found hard to discuss was going into detail about how it came to be that I go into hospital so often for Blood Transfusions. I’ve never talked about it, and I was a bit worried about it all sounding too clinical and off-putting. I am weird, but my hope is to make the weird things in my life seem as normal to you as they do to me. Listen now…