Operation Finland- Day 14 of the Cupán Fae 2019 Advent Calendar

A short story by Tommy Arrigan. “Gentlemen, ladies, please. Order!” A general sort of settling-down ensued, although not without mumblings and grumblings from the assembled personages. Medals of honour twinkled and tinkled as well-fed buttocks shifted in search of comfort, straining the pants of uniforms that had once fit better. A morning of discomfort awaited. … Continue reading Operation Finland- Day 14 of the Cupán Fae 2019 Advent Calendar

Red Robin – Day 13 of Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar

A poem by Helen Carroll. Red Robin,Pale coffin,Distant thunder rumblesLike a bauble tumblesFrom a withered tree.I see your image haunting meAs glass shatters on the presents,A ghost of Christmas past and present,No future ‘cause it’s dreaded.The wrapping paper’s not torn, it’s shredded.Christmastime will never be the same,Watching robins through the windowpane,I’m writing nativities on walls … Continue reading Red Robin – Day 13 of Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar

Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar – Day 12, Pocket Prompts

Time for some shameless self-promotion! In October, I launched a new product, called Pocket Prompts - writing prompts and creative thinking tools to help stories develop and blossom. A deck comes with 25 double-sided cards, providing a total of 50 prompts across three categories: Character, Plot and Setting. For the sake of creating something that … Continue reading Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar – Day 12, Pocket Prompts

Snow Day – Day 10 of Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar

A short story by Paul Carroll Christmas was coming. The date was marked on the calendar, encircled with a red permanent marker. In the run-up to Christmas Eve, Jack Frost’s social life was busy, and involved his peers. A couple of weeks before Christmas, the Winter Folk held their Winter Ball, an event to which … Continue reading Snow Day – Day 10 of Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar

Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar – Day 9, On Writing

Review and gift idea presented by Róisín Tuohy For nigh on forty years, Stephen King has been bashing out powerful stories and iconic characters, not to mention terrifying the hell out of people. On writing is a different kind of book. Written in 2000, as King made a slow recovery from a horrific road accident, … Continue reading Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar – Day 9, On Writing

The Professor Who Saved WinterTide – Day 8 of the Cupán Fae 2019 Advent Calendar

“…and the fallen bridge has cut us off completely, so we can’t get any special food for WinterTide and my little brother and sister won’t get their presents this year.” Robin read again, “Please help us, Professor! Everyone says how clever you are – you invented the telephone and those Hopper machines that carry the … Continue reading The Professor Who Saved WinterTide – Day 8 of the Cupán Fae 2019 Advent Calendar

Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar – Day 7, Bird by bird

Review and gift recommended by Róisín Tuohy Bird by bird by Anne Lamott is the kind of book you give a writer in dire need of a pep talk… or possibly a psychotherapist.  Writing isn’t easy and Lamott feels your pain. Crammed with practical advice and exercises, as well as stories from the author’s own … Continue reading Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar – Day 7, Bird by bird

George’s Christmas Present – Day 6 of Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar

A short story by Mark Kielty. We run a tight ship here at the North Pole. Because to travel around the world in one night is no easy task. We all have our roles to play to make it happen. We’ve got the workshop-elves, who make and wrap the presents. We’ve got the elves at … Continue reading George’s Christmas Present – Day 6 of Cupán Fae’s 2019 Advent Calendar