Archive | December 2018

Time for A Tidy Up

by Karen J Mossman

Yes, it’s time to get organised and tidy up around here. The Magic of Stories has beern going for two years now and evolved and changed a lot during that time. As more and more things were added, even I didn’t know where everything was.

The menu has been improved.
MoS Newsletter – we now have an exciting monthly newsletter where you can sign up and download a free book for doing so..

Magic Posts – this is the main blog. Everything that gets posted on here goes under this title. That way, we can all keep up with whats new.

The Magic of Stories book – have you looked at this? Forty Six stories in different formats, poetry, flash fiction, shorts, and some have appears on this website. Well worth grabbing a copy for only 99c/99p.

The Adventures of Cassidy Newbold – my ongoing short story book featuring Cassie, who is a medium. Free to download for everyone who visits this site.

Stories and Flash Fiction – it’s what this site is all about. Each new one will be listed under Magic Posts, but if you are looking for a story to read, you can go straight here.

Family and local History and Island Life, are the same. You’ll find them in Magic Posts, but listed seperately here.

Most of all enjoy your visit, and comment on the posts, so I can reply back.

Save the World from Destruction!

by Karen J Mossman

Over the years I’ve found I enjoy TV Box Sets that are apocalyptic or science fiction. I’m not the same with books because those I’ve tried I struggle with the pronouncing of names and places. It’s like struggling to read through mud.

I was never a fan of zombies either, but watched The Walking Dead. It surprised myself by loving it. They are not what I’d call zombies; they were people affected with a virus, and nothing of them remains except the dead walking body. I moved on to the books, but the more I read the more the graphic violence seemed to carry the story.

 Read a book, or the watch the TV series? It’s difficult in knowing which to do first. Mostly, books are better, but there have been exceptions. Sometimes, as with The Handmaid’s Tale, you need to read the book to understand what is going on!

One of my favourites genres is time travel. I’ve yet to find a book that is not so overly complicated I could fall in love with. Perhaps you can suggest one?  I discovered Travelers, that’s one L, as it’s American and they spell things slightly differently to us.

I even wrote a time travel story of my own. It’s about a girl from the future who wakes up in World War 11 with no knowledge of how she got there. It’s called Distant Time, if you want to check it out.

Travelers is about beings from the future whose own world is failing and can send their consciousness back to present day earth. They land in the bodies of people about to die, and assume their lives. The team, who are on a mission to save humanity find each other, and their exploits make it an interesting programme. The five actors chosen to play the parts are very charismatic, and it is interesting to see how they adjust to their new lives.

When I find something I love, I binge watch, and covered the first two season pretty quickly. I’ve now discovered a third series is due on our screens this month, and I am so excited to watch it.

When it finished, I went on the hunt for something else and came across Salvation. An asteroid is heading for earth and when it hits, it will be catastrophic. They have 186 days to save the planet.

Tanz Industries run by Darius Tanz, played by Santiago Cabrera is a physicist and mathematician. He has already built an Ark. His young protégé works with him to find a way to knock the asteroid off its course.

The other two main characters work for the White House.. The very good looking Harris Edwards, and Grace Burrows who is having an affair with her him and who is also her boss.

It started well with lots of political intrigue, by the time it reached the end of the first series, a reviewer described it as a soap. Grace decides she loves Darius more than Harris, then her daughter starts seeing Harris’s son, while Harris gets involved with a woman at the bar, who turns out to be a secret agent! It gets even more convoluted and by then I was hooked.

Would the asteroid hit? Would they go into the secret bunker? Who will go in the Ark Tanz had built?

As with a lot of box sets, it gets more complicated as we headed into series two, and, to be honest, sillier, too. They overused clichés like –‘ Save the planet,’ ‘Save all humanity,’  ‘The lives of millions of people are at stake.’

I asked myself why these four people in America were taking the responsibility for the whole of the planet. Why it was up to them to save the world? What was the UK doing? China? Russia? India? They wouldn’t all be sitting back saying, “Ah, let the Americans handle it, they know what they are doing.”

Then Darius Tranz, the scientist became Present of the United States by default. Now I was struggling. The realism was slipping, and far fetched was creeping inti its place.

Then, at the last minute they discovered the asteroid was not an asteroid after all. It was on a set path to the earth. As the four main characters came outside to watch it arc across the sky, I wondered if it would smash into the moon. Now that would take the series off in a different direction.

However, the camera stayed on the faces of the four as one said, “What is it?” Another replied, “I don’t know, but we are about to find out.”

 Thenit finished. Is there goes to be another series? Will we find out just what it was? I don’t know, but if there is, I shall be watching!

Next, Continuum…….

Various Subjects of 1889

by Charles Henry Stott

Charles Stott was my great, great-grandfather and he wrote a book which came down through the family, finally ending up with me. Many of the articles it contained were fascinating and now a part of social history.

By reproducing the articles here means I can share a slice of life in the late 1800s.

The book preface reads:

THE articles that are here reprinted, but not in the order they are given, were

“Written for the Oldham Express”

During the three years that the writer had the pleasure of contributing to that paper. The readers have made inquiries may now be pleased to see the writer’s name, which has been previously withheld, and some may regret that many other articles, that were contributed do not appear it is hoped, however, that those that are elected with be of interest to all who read them.


The book consists of 228 pages and some of the subjects covered are Social Clubs, The British and Foreign Bible Society, An Orthopaedic Hospital, A Children’s hospital, The Oldham Infirmary, Manchester Royal Jubilee Exhibition, The Italian Exhibition, Starvation Garner, Vegetarianism, and The Church Army.

A lot are of historical interest, which is why I wanted to share. Over the coming months, I will be adding more articles, and if you are subscriber, you will get them automatically but you can always come back to this page to see what is available.

Many of the articles it contains are fascinating because it is a social history of life in the late 1800s. The writing style is very different from today, and so is his outlook on society.

Some of the articles are discriminatory by today’s standards, but I have decided to post them just as they are, without tampering with his original words.

The Tall Men’s Club – coming soon
Henshaws Society For the Blind
The Oldham Infirmary
A Visit to Kersal Cell

Amassing the Arsenal.

Writer’s write, this is what we do, what’s its like.

Ramblings from a Writer's Mind



Once again I have been motivated to write by something I heard on the radio, a passing comment made during a documentary about playing bass guitar.

While on the surface one might ask what has a guitar, or playing music, got to do with writing fiction, or writing anything for that matter?

I agree that it is a valid question because when you play music you usually play in front of an audience. You may practice alone, or with a small group of musicians, but when it comes to getting your art ‘out there’ you seek an audience. It is a public performance.

Whereas, for us writers, we have a rather insular art form in comparison. We write alone, proofread alone, edit and re-write alone. Sometimes we may ask someone to read our work, to give feedback or to help proof it. But generally writing is a reclusive business…

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The Pefect Christmas

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When Liam invites his girlfriend Kayla over at Christmas, he never imagines he would be getting married in nothing but his boxers and a bow tie.

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Christmas Poetry

– reblogged from Stevie Turner ‘s site.

Stevie suggested we share our Christmas peoems, so if you have one you would like to share, post the link in the comments and I will post it on the run up to Chrimstas.


The clock ticks on as I lie and wait,
My stocking along my bed,
I wonder if he’ll come while I’m awake,
The man with the beard dressed in red.

Out of the window I see the moon,
It’s watching me trying to sleep.
Will Father Christmas come soon?
Will he tip toe with quietened feet?

Out of the window falls the snow,
Little bits then lots and lots.
How will he see where to go?
I hope he doesn’t get lost!

Does he remember the way here?
Does he know which is my gate?
Have I been good this year?
Getting to school never late?

Can he tell if I’m still awake?
What if I see him, what if I peep?
Will he hear any noises I make?
Oh! Will I ever fall asleep!

Will I ever see the early morn?
Will it always be the night?
How I long to see the dawn,
To see my bedroom bathed in light.

I don’t remember falling asleep.
I don’t remember seeing Santa come,
Feeling something heavy at my feet,
Leaping from bed, he’s been and gone!