Sunday, May 28, 2006


Tom C and Britbird are both shortlisted 2/5 in a comp. results TBA and Gabiotas has an acceptance at Green Muse

Tom strikes again with an acceptance at Menda City Review

This takes our total number of hits for the year to "Nelson" 111


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A Few On Tuesday


The General Effect of the Grape

By the Water-Cooler

Those Who Are About to Die

Blackberry Way, Singing

By Scooter to Brighton

Bombe Suprise

Gerald's Problems With Tomatoes

Loose Paper

Walls Have Ears, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

is Zero Positive or Negative?

Charlie's Ears

My Daddy Was a Jockey and He Taught Me How to Ride

Monday, May 22, 2006

I Hope It's Mostly Liquid

Away in London for weekend, while Mrs/Daur do some charity thingee.

Missed the long Sunday run and a few two many meals with wine,

but to go up FOUR POUNDS?

Now I need a week of torture to get back down to fat.


TODAY's Prompts

The Missing Assignment

Rain, Rain and More Rain. Drought Continues.


Angela, and the Problem With Ashes


Ripping It Out

Bicycle, Bicycle, Tricycle

Cleaning the Giraffe's Neck

How to Put Weight On

The Da Vinci Turkey

Armadillo, Armadillo, Mrs Jones


The Geography of the Peanut

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Saturday Morning

Out for a run after posting this, now two stone lighter and -15 on the BP

Here are today's prompts


Well Just Because It LOOKED the Same


The Stopped Watch

Nine Rounds of Ten

How Barbara Lives, How Barbara Dies

A Basic Plot, I Grow Potatoes

The Koala Tree of Murphy

Zen and the Art of House-Cleaning


Chicken Soup, a Smile, Light Through a Window

Over Yonder

How tall is Hitler, and Where Does He Live?


Friday, May 19, 2006

And the weather is...


Weather here lousy again, rain, rain, rain, and apparently this is a drought.

Here are today's BC Prompts

Wicked Morning, Morning Wicked

Her Wooden Leg

The Problem With Fridays

Rain, Cheese, Rain, Cheese

He Signs After All

Chronicles of My Nanna

The Art of Dying Politely


Consulting the Entrails

What Lies Beneath, Behind, Above

My Sis Tina Writes Poetry

Twice a Half of Two-and-a-Half

At The Speed of Light, Going There Yesterday


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wednesday Prompts

A Big Night in Paris

Was a Heart But Now a Diamond

Over There

Sticky Tape

They Come, There, In the River-Valley

Finding the Blockage

The Land of the Lie

The Smell of an Old Mother

On the Bridge

I Must Paint Myself Blue


School Sports Day



Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Some Pubs, Some Prompts

Boot Camper Nightwriter's article on writing sestinas is here:

and these are colin U's

Lions at

Closer Than You Think at

and here are -

Today's Prompts

Running Shoes, Singlet, Shorts, Stopwatch

Still Looking For the Woman in High Heels

A Day Rising

Over There

The A-Z of Afghanistan

Black Beauty

The European Member

The Difference Between Grass and GRASS

The Oomeegoolees Bird

The Fickawi Tribe

Dark Room

Madwoman in a Rocking Chair, Alligator

Monday, May 15, 2006

I Don't Like Mondays

I don't mind them really, but I needed a title.

Another run this morning, now I'm a full 23 lbs lighter than I was three months ago, 23 to go!

TODAY's Prompts

A Heart

It Was So Hard Getting Here

Jogging in the Everglades

The Dead

There in the First Act

Judas's Point of View

Daisy, Daisy and Her AK47

Page 17, Third Word Down

Why Turkey's Are Bigger Than Chickens

How To Catch a Breath

On the Act of Writing

A Bicycle Made For Two

Blue Apples


A Stitch in Time Saves a Stitch

Sunday, May 14, 2006


a little hit for Christina at Smokebox

Here are Sunday's Prompts

Alligator Alley

When the Sun Goes Down

Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair

(and her heart)

Cheese, Chicken, Popcorn

May You Live in Uninteresting Times

The Rembrandt Code



Bricks & Mortar


Space Tourism, Hitch-Hikers, Lack of Atmosphere



Friday, May 12, 2006

Tired? Moi?

Up at 0400 yesterday to drive to Chapel in Wales.

Day ended up 22 Hours long!

The things we do for love.

Today's Prompts

99 Ways to Skin a Cat

The Roof Issue

Meeting the Inspector

Why the Village is Dying

The Bay

Rapist: Like Father Like Son

Why I Live Opposite the P.O.

Do I Look Stupid?

The Contents of His Wallet


Jeremiah Jericho

Toby or Not Toby

Johnson's Johnson

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Poetry in Motion

A few poetry pubs announced this week in BC, and now a poetry hit for Nightwriter with an acceptance at Poetry Monthly.

Here are Thursday's Morning Prompts

4AM Isn't Early

Inspector Saunders


The Lie of the Land

Warts and All

How to Play Your Cards Right

The Lodge

On An Easier Note

Taramasalata or Somethng

Chronicles of Dylan

The Differences Between Frogs and Toads

Sixty With a Six-Pack

The Thirteenth Egg

Publications Update

A flurry of recent publications for Boot Campers taking us to 59 or the year to date.

Here's a list;

01 Eclectica 01-01 Moulding Reality (Nancy) $100
02 Eclectica 01-01 Thoughts of an Otherwise Nature (Nancy)
03 Eclectica 01-01 Getting Bendy With Apeneck Sweeney (Nancy)
04 Eclectica 01-01 The Clock Has Struck 13 (Nartje) $50
05 Eclectica 01-01 Footballers (Fleur) $25
06 Eclectica 01-01 Blue (Colin Upton)
07 Eclectica 01-01 Yellow (Tom Conoboy)
08 Eclectica 01-01 Updike Messes With the Wrong Steward (Dave Prescott)
09 Eclectica 01-01 Shock and Awe (Dave Prescott)
10 Eclectica 01-01 Night Classes (Alex)

11 Eclectica Fiction 01-01 Rules Rules Rules (Walter)
12 Flashquake 01-01 Waiting For Kate ("Laura Sixpence")
13 Cadenza Magazine "Ten" Lexie
14 Cadenza Magazine "African Story" Fleur
15 Leaf Books "The Greengrocer's Apostrophe" Lexie
16 "The Devil" at Opium (by Jason Jackson)
17 TomC's second place story at Mad Hatter's Review
18 Alex's "Done!" in Leaf Anthology
19 Nartje's"Hit & Run" in Leaf Anthology
20 TomC "Four Horsemen" at Defenestration

21 Alex "Hennesy Drives" in Southern Ocean Review (Print/Web)
22 Dave "It's You I Want" Buzzwords 30
23 Lexie "Under the Hollyhocks" Buzzwords 30
24 Tom "A Lack of Control" Buzzwords 30
25 Alex "Meredith Twp Evans" Buzzwords 30
26 Lexie "State of Being" up at HISAAC
27 Dave "God Bless" in Smokebox
28 MJH "Stuntman" in Smokebox
29 Alex "Race For Life" in Smokebox
30 Cally Story in Aesthetica 12

31 Lexie's story now out in the Asham paperback
32 TomC's "Father Figures" at Scorched Earth
33 Sadness Lola from MJH at Thieves Jargon
34 Chrissie's "Pink" at Quicktion
35 Caroline's "Observatory" at Green Silk
36 TomC "Martha' at Cautionary Tale
37 Cradle Song for Isobel FirstWriter Magazine (PDF) Lexie
38 Joel story in Route Anthology (Print)
39 John Dee & Jack Carmen at Archipelago (Alex)
40 Kite at Outsider Inc by MJH

41 Uncle Freda goes too far by TomC at Prosetoad
42 Toadaphone is up there also! (MJH)
43 Smokebox "Eyes Sticking Out of Head" Issy
44 Smokebox XXXXXX by Chrissie
45 Rose & Thorn "OxBow Lake by Tom C
46 Opium "Lindy Layotna" by MJH
47 Eclectica 18 Months in 18 Minutes (MJH)
48 Southern Ocean Review "Sam's Lake" Alex
49 Miguel, Who Cuts Down Trees: Alsop Review: Alex
50 Dee, A Dancer:Alsop Review: Alex

51 Obelisk:Alsop Review: Alex
52 The Bastard William Williams: Alsop Review: Alex
53 Love Thy Enemy: Scifantastic: Joel
54 Rain: "The Lie of the Land": Alex
55 Dictionary of Poodles: Green Muse: TomC
56 To Miss Powell, 1960: "The Lie of the Land": Alex
57 Shopping Crazy: Green Muse: Joel
58 Lions: : Colin
59 Walls: "The Lie of the Land" : Alex


01 COLIN wins Eurofiction First Prize at Slingink (£100?)
02 LEXIE wins Second Place Dame Elizabeth Throckmorton ($125)
03 ALEX makes final 12 of Night Train's "Yates" Competition
04 CALLY has "Odd Socks" accepted for Print Mag
05 Caroline (nightwriter) places a poem at GreenSilk
06 CHRIS places Flash, "Cherry Pie" at Smokebox
07 CHRIS places "Pink Stinks" at Quicktion
08 TOMC places Flash "One Kiss" at Smokebox
09 ISSY place "CIN Flash "Eyes" at Smokebox
10 CHRIS places Flash "The Harrogate Question" at Smokebox
11 ALEX makes final (anthology) at Leaf Books Poetry
12 LAURIE makes final (anthology) at Leaf Books Poetry
13 MJH places story at BBC Radio Norfolk to be broadcast Feb14
14 TOMC places CIN Flash "Clouds of Witness" at Wild
15 Colin story at Buzzwords
16 Lexie HR at HISAAC with "States of Being
17 Lexie finalist at HISAAC with second
18 Lexie 3rd in 7Q FF9
19 MJH Joint First in 7Q FF9
20 Dave Joint First in 7Q
21 MJH places "Kites" at Outsider Ink
22 Alex places "John Dee" at top mag
23 TomC Finalist at Hisaac
24 TomC story at Scorched Earth
25 Lexie wins Adult SS of the Year at Kille ($600)
26 CHRIS places "Mummy Says" at print mag
27 MJH places "Loloa, Sadness" at Thieves Jargon
28 TomC $100 Second in JBWB
29 Colin HR at JBWB
30 TomC Finalist in Australian Comp, results TBA
31 Alex accepted at US Print Mag
32 Alex accepted at US Print Mag
33 Alex "Race For Life" in
34 Cally in Final of Belvedere
35 CLT has 3 micro-flashes accepted by Flash
36 Alex FIRST PLACE in Pencil, Ireland $300
37 Lexie Shortlist Fish Prize (1) Anthology ($100)
38 Lexie Shortlist Fish Prize (2)
39 Cally Wins Dark Tales $80
40 Joels gets Print Hit at
41 Tom Conoboy places CIN Flash at Identity
42 Caroline (nightwriter) has story featured at Writelink
43 Joel has story accepted for Print Anthology, Route
44 Sam's Lake (Alex) for Southern Ocean Review
45 Squidboy taken by Strange Horizons (MJH) ($100)
46 Toadaphone taken by Prose Toad (MJH
47 Saucy Vox Magazine take Joel's "Shopping Crazy
48 MJH places story at Cautionary
49 Fleur Top 3 Seventh Quark FF-10
50 Dave Top 3 Seventh Quark FF-10
51 Lexie Top 3 Seventh Quark FF-10
52 Hazera wins Doorknobs Mini-Comp
53 Chrissie gets an acceptance at QWF
54 Tom places Baby Soup at Heavy Glow
55 Dave places story at Lampshade
56 TomC places story at Prose Toad
57 Alex "Napalm" to ISJ
58 Dave places story at
59 Alex "Disease of Competence" to ISJ
60 Caroline (nightwriter) Poems to be included in Poetry Library website
61 Haz listed in Vest of the Web
62 Lexie story at Words
63 Lexie $200 3rd at The New Writer with Roundabouts
64 MJH has a story accepted by Southern Ocean Review
65 MJH has story accepted by Eclectica
66 MJH has story accepted by Wild Violets
67 TomC's story "Thought Game" accepted by Word Riot
68 TomC's "Nanook of the South" accepted by Barfing Frog
69 Lexie Shortlisted Writers Forum
70 Lexie FIRST PLACE ($1,000) Cotswold Writers
71 Nightwriter Flash to EarlyWorkPress
72 TomC "The Elephant in the Corner" to The Big Jewel
73 Cally has THREE stories shortlisted at Slingink Comp
74 Colu (and Colin has two shortlisted, also)
75 Cally FIRST PLACE Bank Street Writers SS Comp
76 Alex, last 3 "Overseas Story" in Carve Published later this year
77 ColU HR'd in Bank Street SS Comp
78 Alex "The Long & the Short of It" ISJ
79 Alex "More on Napalm" ISJ
80 Alex "Not Enough Hints For Mrs GoLightly" ISJ
81 Alex "Well a Novel It Isn't" ISJ
82 Nightwriter Article at Bewildering Stories                       
83 Nightwriter SS at Bewildering Stories                       
84 Colin U gets £100 story at                       
85 Alex wins Lichfield Prize $250                        
86 Alex Miguel Who Cuts Dow Trees, Alsop Review                       
87 Alex Obelisk, Alsop Review                       
88 Alex Bastard William Williams, Alsop Review                       
89 Alex Dee, a Dancer, Alsop Review                       
90 TomC 4th in Twisted Tongue                       
91 Dave gets "Leviathan" in Aesthetica         
92 TpmC Places at Green Muse
93 Cally Joint Second Place at Writers Dock
94 TomC gets hit at Secret Attic
95 Chrissie Flash 01 at Bright Light
96 Chrissie Flash 01 at Bright Light    
97 Alex Finalist 01 at  (RESULT TBA)        
98 Alex Finalist 02 at  (RESULT TBA)  
99 Lexie Finalist 01 at   (RESULT TBA)  
100 Lexie Finalist 02 at (RESULT TBA)  
101 TomC places at Cezanne's Carrot
102 Colin Hit at "Thirst For Fire"
103 Gabby story to be podcasted by Slingink
104 TomC "Beyond the Terminus" at "The Harrow"
105 TomC hit at Altar Magazine
106 Nightwriter poem accepted at Poetry Monthly

And Before the Wednesday Morning Run...

Just heard I have my story "Chasing the Vixen" coming out in the July 1st editon of Carve

Here are today's prompts


The Early, Early Morning

What PC Thomas Expects


Assignment, TV, Missed Assignment

Saving the Plastics

Susan and the School-Run

Jones's Jodpuhrs

A Crap Day Doesn't Mean You're Crap

Reading Up on the Theory

Waterworld, Waterland.

Palm Springs

How Hot is 68 Degrees?

A story beginning, "Is there anything worse than a twist ending...?

Carve, Carve, Carve!

OK, John Press It Now!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

One More, and Even More Prompts

One More Hit, another paying gig for TomC who seems to be on a bit of a run, our 105th hit of the year

Here are today's prompts

Chest Band


Heart of Darkness, East Grinstead


Before Broccoli, But After Pizza

Playing Arlies With jennifer Smith

When in Rome

Grey. Grey, Grey... and Grey

Her Saxophone

The Belles of St Mary's

No, Elvis is DEAD

Choosing Your Window


Monday, May 08, 2006

Monday, Heavy Rain

It's bucketing down and I can't say I'm looking forward to my run.

Here are the morning prompts

How Long is a Five-Inch Piece of String?

Aspects of My Novel

The Terorist's Supermarket

Picnic in Basrah

Running, Thunder

Third, but by THAT Much


The Difference Between a Burning Bush and a Shrub on Fire

Finally Leaving

From the River, to the Sea

Not Our Fault

Nine Green Bottles

If You had one crate for your life, what would you pack?

Marshallows, Nuts, Raisins, but Clean Out of Wine

LOOK OUT, Lookout!

They're Coming to Get You!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sunday Morning Run

I'm late for mine, but here are today's prompts before I go.

(I expect 1,500 words by the time I get back!)

A Silver Dish, a Bible

Just Once, at Carnegie

Running Past the Bunkers


The Bridge

A Day in Windsor



Eleven Pencils

Sepia, Fading

The Second effect of Red Wine

Will He Whack her? Charlie and the Murder Factory, Paris


Saturday, May 06, 2006


Fixed the roof (had it fixed) on the chapel, windows can be saved (yeehah). Nine hours driving yesterday.

Today's Prompts



Why VAT Returns Are Green

Jackie Brown's Schooldays

The Best Things in Life Are Three

Listening to John & Paul

Cheese, Chicken, No Difference

Damascus, Hardly

Laurel & the Other One, One of them is Fat

The Secret Laptop

A Dozen Pencils, Eleven Erasers

While Bridie Swims

How To Be Truly Bad

Blenkinsop's Boil

Friday, May 05, 2006

Holier Than Thou

Have to travel to Wales and back today, neeting architects for the chapel, but didn't want to miss a run.

So, I say to Debs, fancy a run at 05:30?

She said OK, silly woman. So, OK, we only have time for 4K, but we dunnit!

Here are today's prompts from BC

There and Back in a Day

Purple Patch, Swan Song, You Hear That Elvis?

Escape Stayman

Thinking About California

Friendly, Windsor, Keep it Simple

Handsome Is as Handsome Doesn't

The Corgis and I

The Forest, Dawn, Footsteps

Cloud, Castle, Lake

The Mirror of Ink

In Defence of English Cooking

Black is as Dark as You Think It

Riding the Bullet

Lassie, Rabies, End of a Fairy Story

Chinky, Chinky Chinaman, Running Up the Stairs


Thursday, May 04, 2006

9th Hit in May

TomC has a story in "Harrow", a paying gig, he says.


That's the 9th hit for the month


One More, and More Prompts

Starting to look like a better month in BC with our eighth hit so far, this one Gabby getting a story into Slingink's new podcast service.

Here are the morning prompts

Searching For the Woman With Dark Hair

Another Wednesday Missed

Watermill, Watermill

The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit



Ghurkas & Fairies

Silent Spring, Murmur of Winter

Roger McGough & the End of the World

Creative Friction

The Silent Treatment

Warriors, a Twist in the Tale

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

One More! (And Prompts)

After a fast-running start to May with seven hits (4 competition finals, results TBA) another hit, this time from ColinU with a story at Thirst For Fire. And we have been bemoaning how quiet it is in BC, how slack it's been.

Here are this morning's prompts


Dear Sir, or Perhaps, Madam

Caravan, Policeman

Mixed Nuts, Raisins, Trail Mix

The Age of the Gladiators

The Bridge Now Crosses the Severn Wide
And they Collect the Tolls, On the English Side

Blossom, Dearie & Sweetness, Solicitors


What Sticks to a Blanket

The Thirteenth Caesar

The Twenty-Eighth Man

Writer, Writer, Occassional Spy

Google 8URD

Frailty, Thy Name is Woman

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Seven HITS!

Back after a weekend away to loads of good news, two his for Chrissie in webzines, one for TomC and four stories in the final of a very good comp (results TBA)

That seven takes us to 100 Hits for the year.