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Medium has been a great place to consolidate and expand my portfolio, but now it’s time for me to go solo. To that end I’ve created my own website called, you guessed it, Pauline Montagna, Author.

I’ll be transitioning material from Medium to my website week by week, as well as adding new material as I go. Each week I’ll post a Weekly Roundup on the site, introducing the new stories going up that week. If you’d like to get the Weekly Roundup directly into your inbox, subscribe here to my email list.

Do come and visit me. I look forward to seeing you there.


Lieutenant Uhura at her station.
Lieutenant Uhura at her station.
Lt Uhura at her station.

They say the world is divided between fans of Star Wars and Star Trek. I come down firmly on the Star Trek side. While Star Wars might be more action-packed, colourful and noisy, Star Trek gives you a lot more to think about…and to write about. In fact, I devote a whole section of my publication Screen Captions to Star Trek.

Not that I’m a Star Trek nerd. I don’t see the Star Trek universe as a real entity that must have internal logic and consistency. As a writer, I see it as a construct, a work-in-progress that is being…


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…


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. …


As you may have noticed, I am in the process of transferring all my material onto my own website, Pauline Montagna Author. As the transition progresses, I will be closing my Medium Publications down one by one. The next one to go will be Screen Captions which will be closing down in the next week or so.

However, this need not be the end of our relationship. You are cordially invited and most welcome to come and visit me at Pauline Montagna Author where you will find not only my writings on Film and Television — including lots about Star…


As you may have noticed, I am in the process of transferring my material onto my own website, Pauline Montagna Author. As the transition progresses, I will be closing my Medium Publications down one by one. The first to go will be The History Buff which will be closing down in the next week or so.

However, this need not be the end of our friendship. You are more than welcome, indeed implored, to come and visit me at Pauline Montagna Author where you will find not only my writings on History, but also my Short Stories and my writings…


Etching of Shakespeare and contents of First Folio.
Etching of Shakespeare and contents of First Folio.

When the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays was published in 1623, half of its thirty-six plays had previously been published individually in quarto or octavo format. The terms quarto and octavo refer to the size of the booklet, quarto being a larger page folded in four, while for octavo the page is folded into eight. However, in Shakespearean scholarship the term ‘Quarto’ has taken on a life of its own.

Some of the quartos are so close to the First Folio version that it is evident the Folio text was based directly on the quarto edition. Many of the plays…


Stylised image of a large brick suburban house.
Stylised image of a large brick suburban house.

A mysterious girl on the train has a way of enticing men into her thrall.

So here I am, going around and around in circles like the trains I can feel every few minutes as they rumble through the Loop. I have so much time now to think about how I got here, since I’ve given up trying to work out how to get out. But I don’t have to stretch my mind too far to find the cause. It all started when I first saw her — the girl on the train.

It was her hair that first caught…


Stylised image of a brick block of flats.
Stylised image of a brick block of flats.

Bill has held onto his memory of seeing a UFO for thirty years, but there are those who want him to forget about it.

Bill signed the letter, folded it and forced it into an envelope. But as he lifted the flap to his tongue he stopped, drew the letter out again and read it one more time.

The Minister of Defence

Canberra, Australia

Dear Sir,

I am sure my name is familiar to you as I have written you and your predecessors many letters over the years. Unfortunately, every approach I have made to your department has been met…

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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