Long, long ago, when televisions only came in two colours and being bad was never a good thing I used to make up stories. Actually I didn't, I made that bit up. I didn't actually make up stories as a child. Never did unless obliged to do so during my English studies.
No one who knew me then would have predicted that I would be like I am now. Except that the blond hair and chubby cheeks still remain, of course.
But as a teenager and into my adulthood I have always harboured a desire to write. And fiction is the best place to start when you lead a fairly normal life and haven't discovered penicillin or captained your country in tiddlywinks.
However, the trouble with fiction is that it takes up too much time. And I've been fannying about with this site in it's various incarnations for too long to develop some of these ideas. If you feel like assisting [read 'sponsoring me'] get in touch. So, read on and weep*.
Completed and in development. Click on any title to read more
The Ball - A radio script submission about the thoughts of a football during the 2006 World Cup
2 Cases - A thriller. Or it will be when it is finished. Not so thrilling in it's present state but you'll get the idea
The Dog - A radio script submission about the thoughts of a dog during the 2006 World Cup
The Driver - A radio script submission about an enterprising drive during the 2006 World Cup
Loch Ness - An incomplete story about the discovery of the Loch Ness monster. Commenced after seeing what effects could be achieved with the film Jurassic Park (Yes, that long ago). Sadly abandoned when the film Loch Ness appeared, starring Ted Danson. Must watch that someday
Safe As House - A pitch for a movie about a retired CIA agent and his drunken Russian neighbour
Shortest - The shortest story of all. Except shorter ones. And longer ones with most of their pages missing. For more short stories why not link up to the-phone-book.com You never know whose work is featured
Turnstile Girl - A radio script submission about a girl at the 2006 World Cup Final
Vincent - Story about a bike. With a great name. Or am I just biased?
Vision Of Death - Why do the Ruskies play such dangerous versions of casino games?
Blond Terror [added Dec 2006] - In this pitch a white mercenary teams up with Asian terrorists to bypass securities and assist them by bombing for profit. The tag line could be "Money for God's Sake"
Frozen Love [added Dec 2006] - A couple with a large age difference decide that the older partner should be cyrogenically frozen in order to be re-united at a similar age. The older partner is awoken to discover the younger one, now as old, has settled with a new family. Hollywood may want to add a syrupy ending to this
Procreate and Die [added Dec 2006] - It is the future and scientists have conquered death. Any living being can now have immortality. The only trouble with this utopia is the insistance on humans breeding and the burgeoning population leads governments to take drastic steps. They settle on a deal that means every potential parent faces a choice. Go childless and live or procreate and die. The stakes are raised further when some are asked to make a choice between them and their offspring
[Note: that this idea has since been further developed and is the basis for my future novel 'The Southampton Conundrum']
Six Twenty Three [added Dec 2006] - As any seasoned commuter will know there are a raft of stories to tell about train journeys. However, I do suspect that there are no train-loads of stories about a raft - but I digress.
My story picks up on a group of regular commuters who are having a special morning preparing to celebrate the impending marriage of two of the team. The twist is that both the potential newly-weds are already spliced and have been living dual lives in the city. For dramatic effect the audience will only learn of one of the couples dual life to build sympathy, with the dramatic twist near the end. Add in a suicidal passenger, imminent buisness embezzlement and the internal thoughts of all the regulars and there is enough to fill a novel. So I will
P.S. For any that know me, or the misses - This is fiction. Or is it?
Terranoid [added Feb 2005] - A story concept about being paranoid about terrorism (and then being proved right) with the tag line "Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that they are not going to blow you to pieces"
*Its not that the stories are sad. Only the writer, for thinking any of these works is worthy of a Pulitzer or Booker. Or worthy of publication. Or even reading come to that.
Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.173 14 Aug 2018
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
The image depicts an extract from a Pages Publication and was added in Version 5.042 19 Dec 2017