Last Straw

Last Straw

A complete Short Story extracted from “Short Blasts” by Mai Griffin (may be shared freely – providing all shares include Mai Griffin’s name) Last Straw by Mai Griffin What to do…? “Who could have dreamed that every individual in the whole world could be suddenly under threat of death from a previously unknown virus for which there is no known cure? It’s a nightmare – it has all happened so… Read More

Things Change

Things Change

The last two years have not been fun! Being physically unable to stand or sit comfortably at an easel, painting became impossible, and various events conspired to put me off writing. Nothing has worked, thank goodness! To begin with, my publisher suggested that we give my Ghostly Echoes series a facelift, as they still sported the covers they inherited from when they were the Shades of Grey series that E.… Read More

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Looking Back and Looking Forward

While living in Dorchester-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire, in the seventies, I was asked to write and illustrate local stories connected to Dorchester Abbey. They were published and sold in the Abbey Museum which helped to raise much needed funds towards the upkeep of the cloister garden. Over the next decade in the Far and Middle East, more of my time was spent painting and ghost writing, but writing only letters in… Read More

I was famous once…

I was famous once…

Yes – I was on Wikipedia. I was surprised and obviously pleased when the article appeared there. Several years later it was removed and, although disappointed, I gave it no further thought …just one of those things! My daughter, however, sought to find out why and eventually had an answer. A Wikipedia user (whose judgement was obviously respected) had pointed out that the artist and the writer were probably two… Read More

Holme and Alcock

Holme and Alcock

Everyone seems to be researching their family tree, these days – I started one myself forty years ago. It grew quickly, and it became more interesting when the names and places reminded me of the stories I’d heard from my maternal grandparents about their early lives. My Granddad’s Holme family were farmers somewhere near St Helens and many of the tales he told were of herding horses through the local… Read More

Restless Echoes

Restless Echoes

After my first four books in the series “Deadly Shades” were re-issued under new titles, I confess that having my title usurped by such a book as ’50’ was traumatic. I loved my characters and enjoyed their adventures, but my perfect title had been despoiled – as was some of my enthusiasm to write the fifth and final book of the series. Renaming the series, however, was cathartic and now… Read More

Hospital Adventures

Hospital Adventures

A visit to the Health Centre in Jàvea to have blood tested (for which I had to be there at 8:15 am) was a bad enough start to the day but my daughter assured me that, once over, we could have a leisurely drive to the hospital for my hip x-ray. We could stop somewhere and enjoy coffee with a view… The staff and other patients in the Salud were… Read More

Flighty Duck

Flighty Duck

It wasn’t how I’d planned to spend my weekend – but, on the other hand, my weekends never needed much planning in 1951. The young man I intended to marry was serving in Malaya (jungle warfare, strategically called The Emergency to safeguard the Planters’ insurance), so I spent time writing letters to him or watching TV for news of the Far East! Had I still been at Art School, in… Read More