Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a pleasant holiday, despite all the social-distancing. I also hope that you’re all well — your loved ones, too. Been a difficult year, hasn’t it? And it doesn’t look like the first half of 2021 will be any different.

But on to some good news — the second edition of A Chance of Rain is out now! I’ve fixed the odd typo or grammar error, here and there. I’ve also gone and gotten myself a fancy new cover, which I’m in love with.

So, if the January blues have got you glum, why not inject some quirky horror into your life? A book: the best friend during a lockdown!

Paperback: https://amzn.to/2JMVB4m

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3940aQx

I Won the Reedsy Contest for the Third Time!

I’m so happy! I’ve done it — a hat-trick! Finally won Reedsy for the third time. The story that won it was Bridgemoss Guardians! I would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all the team over at Reedsy — these weekly contests are wonderful. I’ve really become a better writer because of them.

If you’d like to read Bridgemoss Guardians, you can do so here on WordPress or over on the Reedsy website, where it’s been featured!

The other two winners are The Things That Do Not Float and Astro Naught.

Now, let’s try and get a fourth… ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Unlikely, I know — but no harm in dreaming, eh?)

‘Montis Absentia’: A narrative experiment

Well, hello there! How are we all doing this fine Saturday? Keeping well? Social distancing? Grand.

You might’ve noticed I’ve not reported on my Reedsy stories in a while, and the reason for that is I’ve started a bit of an experiment! I’m aware that, as a writer, I’ve got more than enough short stories to my name, but no complete novel. I thought to myself, as I’m in the throes of wrangling a full-length manuscript (more info on this once it’s closer to completion), yet write one Reedsy story a week, I could try to weave my Reedsy pieces into material for a full-length.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past four weeks. This experiment is still ongoing (and I imagine it’ll take a year or so to complete). The experiment is this: I’ve got a vague idea for a story, so, when each Reedsy prompt comes out, I use that prompt as inspiration for the next chapter. I have no idea how this story is going to end, or where each chapter will go every week. As I said, this is an experiment! I may end up realising that it just doesn’t work. But, for the meanwhile, I quite like this idea and I’m going to give it a go!

Well, that’s enough blathering on about the initial idea, Joshua, tell them about the story. The title of the story is Montis Absentia, and Pt. I was written for the contest Introductions. I chose the prompt, “Write a story about two people meeting during unusual circumstances and becoming fast friends.” You should know the drill by now. You can read the story here on WordPress, or over on my Reedsy profile!


The two sets of headlights intersected each other in the midnightโ€™s blackness, shades of yellow and orange sliced through the inky gloom.

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I’ll be uploading each part on a weekly basis. So, I hope you think this idea is as cool as I do (and, really, that I feel excited is the most important thing). I guess we’ll see how it goes, eh?

Until next time, guys!

‘A Chance of Rain’: How my book has fared in its first month

Well, hello there! How’s everyone doing on this fine Wednesday? I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of August — it’s crazy! That also means that A Chance of Rain has been out for about a month now, so I thought I’d do some data analysis to get an idea of how the book’s being doing. ๐Ÿ™‚


Figure 1: Sum of net units sold on days that royalties were earned (data courtesy of Amazon)

As you can see in Figure 1 (sorry, force of habit from my academic days!), the book hasn’t set the literary world on fire, but it hasn’t done too shabbily either. In fact, considering that this is an indie book, and my first one at that, I’m rather pleased with how it’s all gone. ๐Ÿ™‚

The next step is to accrue more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, so that I can reach more readers! Any help in this endeavour would be so very much appreciated.

Well, I guess that’s all for now. Until next time!

I published a book!

Hey, guys and gals, I’m extremely pleased to let you all know that I’ve released a book! It’s called A Chance of Rain, and it’s a collection of my short stories — particularly the darker ones!

If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you might know several of these stories, but I’ve included all of the sci-fi/horror that I’ve written, regardless of the platform it was initially published on — so, there’s something new for everyone here. Additionally, I’ve added one extra short story that’s entirely brand new, just to sweeten the deal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can find A Chance of Rain on Amazon, available as a paperback (ยฃ6.99) and for the Kindle (ยฃ1.99). If you fancy buying a copy and leaving me a review on Amazon and Goodreads, it would mean the world to me.

If you are worried that this means there will be no “proper” novel coming from me, rest assured, I’m still working hard on that WIP. ๐Ÿ™‚

‘In Circles’: My 50th Reedsy story!

Here we are! All caught up — on the Reedsy stories, at least! Whew! Took me long enough, didn’t it? Thanks for sticking around. ๐Ÿ™‚

This next one was written for the fairly recent contest, Two Hundred. This one was special because not only did it mark Reedsy’s 200th writing prompt, but it was also my 50th story with them, since they started publishing stories on their site! (I had a few stories with them before the site, but I still feel that this is a rather momentous occasion!)

I chose the prompt, “Write a story that involves a mystery โ€” it doesn’t need to be crime-related, it should just include something that remains unexplained until the end.” Such a great prompt, as it can be taken in so many different directions! The title of my short story is In Circles, and — you know how this goes by now! — you can read it here on WordPress, or over on my Reedsy profile.


I just woke up in this place, and I donโ€™t know how I got here. Iโ€™m not alone, but I donโ€™t know any of the people that are with me.

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Well, that’s that! You’ll have to wait until I’ve written the next one to read it, as we’re all caught up, now! Hope you enjoyed the ride, guys! Oh, and here’s to 50 more stories! ๐Ÿ˜€

‘(Don’t) Listen to Me’: An essay, of sorts, on privilege and injustice


This next piece was written for Reedsy, but it’s not so much a short story as it is a short essay. A rant, some may describe it as. I’ve been as honest as I can be in writing it. It was written for the contest A Time for Action. I honestly think this piece could have been submitted to any of the prompts, but the one I went with in the end was, “Write a story about solidarity.” You can read it here on WordPress or over on Reedsy.


Donโ€™t listen to me.

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I’m expanding into other social medias!

Photo by Cristian Dina: https://www.pexels.com/photo/white-smartphone-1851415/

Hi everyone! Shameless self-promo Saturday…

So, I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now, but I’ve extended my approach to include Facebook! I have created an author page over on that platform, to help increase how many people I can reach. If you are interested, my Facebook page is here: facebook.com/JoshuaGJInsole

I also have a Twitter account (which I’ve had for a while now), which can be found here: twitter.com/joshuainsole

I’ll be sharing much the same content on these platforms as I do here on WordPress, so if you don’t follow/like on those sites, you won’t be missing out on much — I just felt as an aspiring author, it’s my own personal duty to take advantage of as many social medias and bits of technology as I can.

Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Blind Visitors’: Next one on the Reedsy list!

Hey, all! I hope you’re all well during these trying times. I know I write a lot of horror, but at heart I think I’m a big softie. So, from the bottom of my heart, look after yourselves, look after each other, and always be kind.

Okay, that’s enough hippie philosophising, Josh… Time for the story! This one is called Blind Visitors, and I really like it! It was written for the contest Earth to Writers. I chose the prompt, “Write a story that begins and ends with someone looking up at the stars.” You can read Blind Visitors here on WordPress or over on my Reedsy profile!

Itโ€™s looking up at the stars. Or is it looking down at them?

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Well, until next time, guys!