I Get By

The Beatles knew it was important. They sang a song all about it. And at least fifty other people (including Joe Cocker and Wet, Wet, Wet) covered that song too. The Beatles asked for Help and they would often Come Together, but mostly, they Get by with a Little Help from (their) Friends. For a […]

Bloom

It’s the start of a brand new year – 2020 – and I’ve already thrown myself back into my writing routine and started ticking off my goals. One new story has been submitted to a publisher and another is languishing in the wings, waiting to be polished. I attended my informal writing group last night, […]

Dear Erica

My last original short fiction offering for 2019, a short story about love and letting go. This story is copyright. Except for the purpose of fair review, no part may be stored or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including recording or storage in any information retrieval system, without permission […]

The Path Beneath the Trees

As a Christmas and Friday 13th gift to my readers, I wrote this very short, seasonal tale. A Victorian-themed, vaguely dreadpunk, Penny Dreadful kind of offering set in a cold, dark wintery night in the northern hemisphere… “M’lady, if it pleases you, your carriage awaits.” The manor doors were flung wide open to expose the […]

Long Distance

Flash fiction challenge: 500 word romance using the word “spring.” I’ve done it again. Just like I always do. My mouth was in gear but my brain was in neutral, saying words I didn’t really mean.  It’s hard for me. I’m not like you, I’m much more emotional. You twist me around like a coiled spring, wind me up […]

Child of the Sea

I’m a water baby, I’ve known that forever. I grew up by the North Sea and I swam in it quite regularly even though it’s bastard cold and murky grey and you’d be well advised not to swallow even a drop of it. The worst part of wearing hearing aids for me is having to […]

Pastiche Poetry

Do you ever revisit things you’ve written in the past and turn them into something new? Snippets and thoughts that started life as something else, only to be repurposed. I do. Especially with my poetry. In fact, most of my poems are curious little Frankenstein’s Monsters of lines and ideas I’ve pasted together — stealing […]

Dark Winds Over Wellington: The Audiobook

Listen to “Heat Pump” read by Tabatha Wood. Taken from “Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange” (2019). One of the best parts of being an English teacher, I always felt, was reading aloud to the class. Even the most rowdy of students could be lulled into quiet concentration with […]

Future Imperfect

* < 400 word Flash fiction written for Dion’s Flashes of Inspiration at The Fine Toothed Comb. Inspired in part by the last message from the Mars Rover. Where were you when the red rains came? When the first flames rippled through the forests, with hot, bright fingers of pain. Did you turn to watch […]

Flash Fiction 2

Playmates by Tabatha Wood ©️ 2019 I picked up the ball and threw it towards them and flashed a big, goofy smile. It narrowly missed hitting the back of Sally’s legs. She whirled around and saw me, her features darkened to a scowl. I grinned wider and waved. “Hi!” I watched her eyes roll and […]