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Autumn 2015- sort of, because it’s now Winter 2017!

autumn2015I went back to University last year, just on the Open Day to ask if there were any plans to actually print the Autumn 2015 Anthology. Next thing I know, it’s been taken off the website!

Anyway, it’s back online now. I think the funding for a print version fell through which was why it was put online in the first place. Even though the University has its own Publishing House.

My short story ‘A Riot in the Library’ is part of a collection of mainly poetry, and can be found on Pages 57-62. Though I wish I’d have written something better for the biographical section! Though looking back it seems the Editor copied it from one of my CV’s! Oh well, never mind Seamus!

Have to say I didn’t initially like the two-column layout at first, but think it’s grown on me.

Think there might be more life to the adventures of Sammy the Squirrel and Pat the Polar Bear, just have to wait and see won’t we boys and girls?!!


Autumn 2015– Edited by Seamus May

Short Stories by- Clare O’Conner/Michelle Roberts/Cath Bore

And Ian Cai Mercer

Poetry by-

Sean Street/Edward McCann/Joseph Roche/Dana Gioia/Julian May/Kayo Chingonyi/Jane Draycott/Andrew J. Newell/Kenneth Steven/Tom Pickard/Joel Pearce/Jordan Dobbins/Daisy March April May and Alison Brackenbury.

Now it’s just a case of seeing if the University will publish something else in the not-too distant future.

And here’s the link again to Inquisition, just in case you missed it the first or even second time!

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Welcome to Anything can happen 2017!

Well, that’s what I’m hoping for anyway. A Fresh Start, a New Beginning, the slate wiped clean.keep-calm-because-anything-can-happen-1

To start with- I went to the shop and bought some wellies. I think my subconscious might be trying to tell me something- that was an impulse buy. Maybe my little jaunt round Talacre taught me to be more prepared than I already usually am for whatever eventualities may occur. It looks like it’ll be an epic five-part video anyway, plus I haven’t updated the five year anniversary like I thought I would.

Another thing I am planning in advance is Dr. Rrr! Series 2. In amongst the tidying and sorting I have not watched much this Christmas. (Really? How about Deep Space 9 series 7, or Brave or Thunderbolt Fantasy, or Doctor Who- The Return of Doctor Mysterio/Hell Bent/Spearhead from space, or Yuri on Ice finale (yes, really!) or even last episode of series 6 of Game of Thrones, what a revelation at the end!)

Okay, I might have watched a few things, but nothing really Christmassy, unless you count Nativity 3 in school or Cinderella in New Brighton, but that was before Term ended. Rogue One doesn’t count as an Xmas film, but saw it twice, the second time enjoyed it a bit more, but definitely more darker than others, about same as ep 3 I expect, but the prequels don’t really count anyway, in my opinion.

So there we go, anything can happen now I’ve got some wellies. It’s like when Ford Prefect tells Arthur Dent in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy that the only thing he needs to survive is a towel, so I guess that’s next on my shopping list.

For now though, I’m eating my first pizza of 2017 and watching the New Sherlock- now there’s an epic combo if ever there was one.

Happy 2017- Get ready and keep your wellies handy, ‘cos anything can Happen!!



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Tiglet @ the Literature Festival in Chester!

Tiggy’s debut at the Litfest!

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That’s right, the little furball’s reading a poem at Chester Writers night, Thursday 17th October at St. Werberghs Parish Centre, Brook Street. Oh dear, might be another Tiggletime story!

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The Chocolate Killer- a Conundrum

Here’s a mystery Sherlock Holmes might have trouble solving!

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The Chocolate Killer struck in the night.

A Snickers bar almost died of fright.

The Crème Egg was stabbed, right through its shell,

Its insides leaking Caramel.


Two Bounties in the Library, hanging by a rope,

Even the KitKat has given up hope.


Was it the Dairy Milk in the Kitchen with the Revolver?

Or the Milky Way with the Lead Pipe?


I don’t care, so long as my Maltezars are left in peace

And my Golden Ticket is locked away, as safe as a Fudge in the Conservatory.

IAN CAI MERCER 2011/2013

Can you solve the first of Ian Cai’s Conundrums??

Three things to consider-




Can you figure out the identity of the Chocolate Killer? It’s been driving me stark raving batty for ages!

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Tiglets Time Travels 3 Trailer!

Coming this Weekend!!!

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You know when you get your expectations up way too high, try and shoot beyond the stratosphere, then suddenly hit a brick wall and plummet straight back down again?  Been there, done that, designed, sewn, marketed, sold and franchised the entire global T-Shirt factory industry with that one.

I said in A Terminal case of boredom that sometimes you need a different perspective in order to see things more clearly.  My friend Laura’s blog has also got me thinking again.  Her challenge the other week was to think of self-help books that may have actually helped.  I have a few candidates, but once again the universe has conspired against me, once again Mother’s Day and the run up to it has been a trip to fedupville, depressiontown and crappolia Alpha.  Family again, but who’s got a family that doesn’t do their head in? (If yours doesn’t then get in touch so we can do a swop!)

Going through Speech Therapy file, I’ve rediscovered a lot of methods of coping- from Visualisation and breathing/meditation techniques to Reflective Listening, Self-coaching, self-calming and even power-napping!  Makes me sound a bit like Yoda- “Hmm, powernap, shall you, hmm?”!

The fact is, it’s just another day, why should I let it get me down? I do have a Pirate story to finish off, including a shanty, made up of the verses from each episode, my first sea shanty, who’d have thunk it eh?!!

And, following on from previous Mother’s Day blogs- Looking to the Future (2011) and When Life gets in the way of what you really want to do (2012) I have made some progress on my Mum’s Books, having revised and submitted the Radio Play version of Northern Conspiracy to the BBC and prepping two novels for submitting to two potential publishers.  And, I may even see which one of her short stories is most suitable to post on Tiglet’s Story page, maybe Tabby’s Tale; I’ll have to see about that.

Even now, having revised what originally began as a rant, I’ve perked up, even letting my Nephew’s take a few essential props for Tiglet’s Time Travels 3, which I have begun shooting, it’s going to be one tough time for Tig and co, but you’ll have to wait until Easter for that!


As for me, I’ve just watched and reblogged a truly awesome video from the Texas Triffid Ranch blog and been inspired, so with the sun peeking out, I guess I am finally getting myself sorted, though you could say life’s a work in progress, so there’s still issues to sort through, but, for now, it’s turning into a better day than I thought it would be.

So, happy Mother’s Day and get ready for one last voyage aboard the good ship the Jollyjammiedodgerroger, it’s going to be an Adventure matey!  OO-ARRGH!


Dedicated to the memory of Jean Mercer 1950-2003


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The final voyage, and the strangest version of the Parable of the Good Samaritan!

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Adrift on the mighty Ocean, time passed slowly as the makeshift raft bobbed along.  Captain Caibeard and Firstmate Fishcake got tired of playing ‘Eye-Spy-with-my-little-eye’ and were fed up.

Caibeard felt a bit out-of-sorts. He didn’t miss Pirating, or plundering, he missed his baking tray, the scent of freshly-baked Jammie Dodgers.  But then he thought he heard something, like the steady hum of a Warp Drive.


He suddenly spotted the Starship Enterprise swooshing overhead.  “Help, please help”. He cried.

Scotty asked them who they were and reported “There’s Pirates on the Starboard bow, Jim”!

And the Enterprise turned away and wouldn’t beam them up!



Even worse was when Rogue 17 skimmed past.

“This is Rogue 17 to Commander Skywalker, do you copy? Captain Solo?  Echo Base, this is…

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