Simon Whaley

Author | Writer | Photographer

Category: Short Stories

Teatime Tales

My next collection of short stories, previously published in a variety of women’s magazines and other outlets, is now available, as is a box set of both volumes.

Teatime Tales Series

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Alfie Dog Stories

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Two of my short stories (Fledgelings, and Wiggle, Waggle, Woggle) have gone live on the Alfie Dog website today, for you to download to your reading device for the princely sum of 39p each! Enjoy.

What A Dough Nut!

What A Dough Nut - The Weekly News - 27th August 2016

The Incredible Hulk stood on Sarah’s doorstep, staring down at her.

“A deal’s a deal, luv,” he said. “I shook hands with your husband. We agreed. If you don’t give me the dough in the next two hours, this builder isn’t rising to the job.”

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A Job For Life

A Job For Life - the Weekly News - 26th March 2016

The clock in the servant’s hallway chimed six. Havers bent down and picked up the middle of the three highly-polished, black pair of brogues lined up against the wood panelled wall. His eyes lingered on the pair to the right. Mr Birks’ shoes. As Head Butler, Birks’ shoes were a more ornate than Havers’. The stitched-patterning extended around the side of the shoe, whereas Havers’ shoes only had decoration above the toes. In this world, everything reflected one’s position.

“Morning, Mr Havers. Not a problem with your shoes, is there? I worked hard on cleaning those, I did.”

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Deadly Good Stories in Murder in the Sun

Look out for a one-off publication, just out in the shops, called Murder in the Sun. It contains 23 crime stories, including my own Cops & Robbers and Mickey Mouse. The magazine is priced at £2.99 and can be bought directly from here.

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The Icing On The Cake!

Woman's Weekly Fiction Special - June 2014

Check out the June 2014 issue of Women’s Weekly Fiction Special, which carries my short story – The Icing On The Cake …

“I’d wanted nothing but the best for my daughter on her special day. Instead, it had been a near disaster. A letter is called for – a stiff one!”

 

Wave To The Camera!

How many cameras does it take to catch a fridge thief?

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What Comes After The Naughty Step?

Things were going from bad to worse in the family home, and poor Matthew didn’t know what to do …
After The Naughty Step

“Sitting outside again Matthew?  That’s the second time this week,” Sophie said, putting an arm around her neighbour.

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The Wedding Crashers

The Weekly News

Laura hated weddings, and so did Zac.

Wedding Crashers - published in The Weekly News

Wedding Crashers – published in The Weekly News

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It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken

The Weekly News (UK), That’s Life Fast Fiction (Australia)

George was always the one preaching restraint …

The Good Life by Simon Whaley

The Good Life by Simon Whaley

“It’s a good life, if you don’t weaken.”

Every time my George issues those words, my resolve to kill him strengthens. He has only been out of hospital for 3 days and I’m run ragged even more than before. He’s been told to take things easy following his sudden collapse last week. So he has. Literally. Just when I thought I’d found five minutes to myself, and was about to bite into one of my favourite naughties …

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Competition Shortlisting

My short story, Toe Dipping, was short-listed in the Write Space ‘Moving On’  competition. The judge, prolific short story writer and novelist, Della Galton said, “I know you didn’t ask for a critique, but because this story was so high in our shortlist I thought I might give you one anyway.  It might be helpful to know why you didn’t quite make it through because in many a competition I’ve judged this one would have been placed in the top three. This was a lovely setting, your characters are very well drawn and the message is good too.  I also liked the High Tide/Low Tide structure. So why didn’t it win? Well, I have to be honest and say that it was mostly because the standard of this competition was incredibly high.

Double Word-Score Winner

Double Word Score Winner was published in Yours Fiction Special

“Not another triple letter word, Jock! Leave some for me,” I said, exasperated yet again. That was another 24 points on his score, not that he needed them. I did. And I needed them badly.

“Angus, you’ll never win if you miss an opportunity like that. Twice you could have used that triple letter square but you didn’t, so I have. Just add the points up and take your turn. That’s if you can go.”

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The Good Life

The Good Life was published in That’s Life Fast Fiction (Australia)

“It’s a good life, if you don’t weaken.”

Every time my George issues those words, my resolve to kill him strengthens. He has only been out of hospital for 3 days and I’m run ragged even more than before. He’s been told to take things easy following his sudden collapse last week. So he has. Literally. Just when I thought I’d found five minutes to myself, and was about to bite into one of my favourite naughties …

“Liz, you are going to put the vacuum around aren’t you? The District Nurse will be here soon.”

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