This month Rhobin asked us to share a bit of writing, a short story, or a piece of Flash Fiction that encapsulates the spirit of the season. As it happens, happenstance, I have a Christmas story in Capital Christmas Stories, published yesterday and available here.
Capital Writers is a group of four Edinburgh based writers who work to support and encourage each other. Writing is a lonely business sometimes and it’s good to know there are friends like Kate, Jane and Jennifer, around.
My contribution to this little book is Christmas Witches and here’s a wee snippet:
Dropping down the hill from the closes and pends of the heaving Old Town to the braw wide streets of the New, was no easy task in the gathering gloom of Christmas Eve. Jeannie stayed by her side and Liza was grateful for the girl’s silent presence. Strathven’s mansion in Heriot Row would be ablaze with lights and full of his gathered kinsmen and their families. How would she gain access when the lady of the house had come to her secretly and was perhaps already lying-in.
“We must go into the lanes around the back, Jeannie, and see if we can work out which entry is Lord Strathven’s.”
“Aye, Mistress, the steward’s no going tae open the door tae jist anybuddy, is he?”
“He is not, and nor should he. But we have an ally. We can ask for Mistress Gowans who was with Lady Margaret when she came visiting,” Liza said. The voices in her head were little calmed by her tisane and she longed for the support of another practitioner. She wondered if throwing Ragnall MacLeod out without hearing his arguments had been precipitate.
The mews behind Heriot Row were active. Grooms and their families bustled about in the narrow confines. Liza smelled the wood smoke and horse manure, the ordure running in the central gutter and the tang of blood. No doubt the maisters had brought meat from their estates to make a Christmas feast for the workers. Unheeded in their down-at-heel garb, the women moved forward.
So, is it Christmassy? You, the reader, must decide, but I, the writer, wanted a birth, the included and the marginal, the stable and the Grand House. For a limited period Capital Stories, our earlier volume, may be free to download.
In other news, I have a Biggy coming in January, check back for details.
Other Christmas Robins can be found below. Drop by for some wonderful reading. Season’s Greetings to you all, Anne
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/blog
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Anne Stenhouse https://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com/
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-1qI
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.com
Rhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com
I love the idea of the birth and the stable, Anne. I’m looking forward to reading Capital Christmas Stories. Congratulations on release – and happy Christmas!
Hi Helena, thank you. I’m going to read slowly through the blogs this time and keep up the spirits and energy levels through the busy days. Chocolates laid in. Anne
Definitely Christmassy. Thankyou for taking me, even if just briefly to a city I love but rarely get to visit.
Hullo Skye, That’s nice,and yes, the stories are quite short. Thanks for dropping by and have lovely christmas, Anne
Another sweet read.
Hi Victoria, Many thanks. Anne
Great description, takes you right there along with Liza. Definitely Christmassy. Beverley
Hi Beberley, thank you. There’s something about writing about a time before street lighting that lends itself to spooky-type Christmas feeling, Anne
Nice little snippet. Left me wanting to know a bit more.
Hi AJ, thank you. Have a great Christmas, Anne
What a lovely tease. I especially enjoyed the Scottish words and atmosphere. Best wishes on your new Christmas release!
Janet, thank you so much for dropping by and for your kind words. Anne