Banishing the darkness in the day.

Now, just to be a bit clearer, this blog won’t be all rainbows and butterflies. Life doesn’t work that way. But what it will stress is that quintconsequentials can make all the difference. Like a sunburst on a cloudy day, they have an inexplicable beauty which evades any efforts to capture it with words, but is experienced by people every day. Nevertheless, I will endeavour to capture these polished grains of reality as the heartbeat of this blog.

And of course, I won’t just be writing about reality, either. There will be most likely be a piece of flash fiction posted within the next week, and possibly even something about my current projects. Those of you who know my writing will have heard of the Alabaster & Nash Chartered Detective Agency, I’m sure.

Like most University students, I live in a bit of a bubble where current affairs are concerned, but if a news story piques my interest then it may well earn a place on this blog. Similarly, now and then I may post about whatever my magpie mind is attracted to. A decorative way of feathering my new electronic nest, or so I hope.

I’d also like to say thank you to those of you who have read my first entry and given me feedback; in particular, those of you who were talking to me as The Spark descended… You know who you are.



Quintconsequential. A funny word that popped into my head at about half three in the morning. I’ve featured a definition at the top of my page ‘The Spark’, but basically it describes those moments of grace you feel arising from something seemingly insignificant. Like watching the steam rise from a fresh cup of tea. Waking to the sound of birdsong. A slight glance and a warm smile from a complete stranger.

I could go on.

These transcendent snapshots, the all-consuming feeling of utter contentment… That is what strolled into my head at some unholy hour this morning. And so, here I am.

To be fair, this blog is not exactly a snap decision. I’ve considered writing one for years. In the last week I decided to knuckle down and get on with it. Then I was delayed by that unavoidable tribulation, the hunt for a perfect name. But finally, I have arrived. Hopefully I’ll be updating on a reasonably regular basis, but I may need a gentle poke here and there to stay on track.

You may be wondering what this is all about. Well, it’s a personal blog, so expect many oddments and tweaks. My main aim, however, is to regularly write. As a developing writer, there will most likely be several excerpts or short pieces of fiction, or possibly even the odd poem. There will, of course, be posts about all kinds of other things besides.

I hope you, my audience, enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it. And remember… enjoy life’s quintconsequentials.

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'Quintconsequential' is a word of my own invention, despite the definition in the style of the Oxford English Dictionary featured on the site. By all means, use it, whisper it, shout it from the rooftops. But please, remember that you heard it here first!