Detail from The Accolade by Blair Leighton
Detail from The Accolade by Blair Leighton
The Beautiful Princess

Medium might be best known as a platform for non-fiction and commentary on the latest news, but it’s also a great place to publish short fiction. Well, I think so, anyway, so I’ve devoted one of my publications almost entirely to it. You’ll find short stories, both fictional and factual on …and other stories.

Today I thought I might introduce you to a few of my more light-hearted stories, not all of which are confined to …and other stories.

In one of my writing classes, we were asked to write a modern fairy tale. When I was young, my favourite…


Photograph of Mrs Mabel Freer and another woman
Photograph of Mrs Mabel Freer and another woman
Mrs Mabel Free (left)

Mark Twain once said, ‘Australian history… does not read like history but like the most beautiful lies… but they are all true, they all happened.’ I discovered this for myself several years ago and decided to write up a collection of these stories which I would call Scandals and Sensations. They would not only be titillating, but give an insight into Australian society, culture and politics of the time.

Of course, there were lots of stories I had already heard of, but I thought I might try finding some more obscure ones. I began my search in my local library’s…


Poster for film Anonymous
Poster for film Anonymous

In 2012, I published Not Wisely but Too Well, an epistolary, biographical novel narrated by William Shakespeare. This was intended to be the first volume of four and covered Shakespeare’s early life until 1593, just before his name first appeared in print. Unlike the subject of my first novel, The Slave, Shakespeare was virtually unknown to me until I picked up a book in my library called Who Wrote Shakespeare? by John Michell which introduced me to the fascinating Shakespearean Authorship Debate. …


View over medieval Siena
View over medieval Siena
Siena

As I told you in my introductory letter, I’m in the process of reviewing and revising all of my Publications and the stories that make them up. The first Publication I’m tackling is The History Buff where I post reflections on making and writing history. My two novels are both historical fiction and one aspect of writing historical fiction that I love is doing the research. You just have no idea what you’ll turn up.

I’ve started with the category Medieval Italy, the setting for my first novel, The Slave. These essays were written for a promotional blog tour and…


A display of notebooks
A display of notebooks

I started posting on Medium in 2016. It was a place I could see my work up in print, express my thoughts on whatever was pre-occupying me at the time and perhaps induce a few readers to buy my books.

This wasn’t my first attempt at blogging. I’ve dabbled in a variety of subjects and formats. Two attempts have evolved into books — Getting into Print: The newbie’s guide to self-publishing and selling your book and Deconstructing Shakespeare: the Lost Years, detailing the research that informed my novel Not Wisely but Too Well. …


Ocean wave
Ocean wave

When the present echoses the past, it can never be forgotten.

She stands at the window, watching the road below. The hot sun shimmers the air. The red soil of the dirt road is lifted by occasional gusts of wind. Still no sign of him. She turns away and resumes her pacing.

He watches her as she pours a drink, puts it down and forgets it. Her dark silky hair swings as she moves, brushing her naked shoulders. Her slim long-fingered hands with their red-painted nails grip and flex. Her fine features are taut, her blue eyes strained. …


A stylised picture of a weatherboard suburban house.
A stylised picture of a weatherboard suburban house.

On the run from the police, Derek takes a pair of friendly hostages.

There’s this green sedan speeding down a quiet suburban street, right. These two cop cars are following right behind it, sirens screaming. All of a sudden this little white hatchback comes out of a side street. The green sedan’s moving too fast to swerve around it. The hatchback’s hit hard, flips over and bursts into flames. The sedan ricochets off some parked cars and crashes into a brick fence. The driver jumps out of the car while it’s still moving, jumps over a few back fences and…


Greetings to all my Medium Followers. Welcome to my newsletter: Pauline Presents…

As a member of Medium, you’ve already discovered that it’s the best place to find great reads on all subjects and in all genres. As a writer I’ve discovered that Medium is the best place for me to publish my eclectic collection of stories, essays and articles. We’re a perfect match.

After publishing on an irregular basis on Medium for several years, I’ve decided to take it seriously and adopt a more professional approach. …


Colour portrait of David Niven
Colour portrait of David Niven
David Niven

Hollywood is well-known for recycling old material, but it isn’t always for lack of new ideas.

One of the pleasures I get from YouTube, and some other free streaming services, is watching classic old movies that I would never otherwise have access to. It was while indulging in this pleasure that I noticed that David Niven, one of my favourite old Hollywood stars (not least because of his delightful memoires), had starred in two remakes of classic 1930s films — Raffles and My Man Godfrey. …


Stylish image of a block of flats.
Stylish image of a block of flats.

What happens when sisterly love turns into jealousy?

Martha and May were born joined at the head. It was the sixties and there was nothing the doctors could do to separate them without killing them both. But despite growing up together, they turned into two very different people. Martha was a home body, plain and serious. She learned to cook and sew and was a meticulous housekeeper. May was an artist, outgoing and exuberant, popular with the boys.

In their mid-twenties they left their devout Catholic home and set up house together. Martha took care of the housework, while May…

Pauline Montagna

Writer and Self-Publisher. Author of The Slave, Suburban Terrors and Not Wisely but Too Well. You’ll find my books on Lulu.com and me on Facebook and Twitter.

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