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Author Archive: Garry Crystal

Garry Crystal is a freelance writer living in the UK. His short stories and articles have appeared in print and online including Expats Post, The Andirondack Review, Turnrow Journal, Roadside Fiction and Orato.

His first book Leaving London is available on Amazon and other retailers now.

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Detours – A Short Story

Detours – A Short Story

Short story – A family gathering set amidst an ever-present, threatening atmosphere.   Detours   “You always wear those big boots.” Esme says as we finally jump into the street after descending five flights of stairs. “You always wear a permanent frown.” I shoot back. “If it was permanent I would naturally always be wearing […]

By September 12, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Rules for the Freelance Writing Life: Always Check the Employer

Rules for the Freelance Writing Life: Always Check the Employer

“Maybe a visit to New York should include a sightseeing trip around the Grand Canyon at Times Square or skiing those immense snow-covered mountains of the Upper East Side.” I’ve been a freelancer for seven years now – actually it might be more than that but who’s counting? One of the major tasks of being […]

By September 6, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
New York for Beginners

New York for Beginners

We approach each other cautiously at first. There are no hugs or kisses when we eventually find each other at the airport and I feel slightly disorientated, unsure about actually being here or what is going to happen over the next 10 days. “You look dazed.” “I just had the weirdest dream on the plane […]

Stop with the Personality Labeling Madness

Stop with the Personality Labeling Madness

“These quick and simplistic personality judgements often say more about the people giving the judgement than the ones they are judging.” I once worked for a psychometric testing company for two years. Prior to that period of employment I’d gone through many jobs including working in warehouses, retail, bar work, university administration and now a […]

Six writers, six reasons to write

Six writers, six reasons to write

“Being a writer is like being stuck in a leaky rowboat tossed about in a tumultuous sea of poverty, rejection and isolation. But I still love writing.” – Arthur Nersesian   “I’d be reaching for the razor blades if I didn’t write each day.” – Unknown I recently read the above statement regarding the razor […]

David Cameron’s Christian Message this Easter – Loud and Clear

David Cameron’s Christian Message this Easter – Loud and Clear

“You don’t need to be a Christian to know the difference between right and wrong.” The above line popped into my head last night after reading yet another article on politics. UK Prime Minister David Cameron was bleating on about how he was ‘evangelical about his faith’ in yet another desperate bid to hang onto […]

Rules for the Freelance Writing Life

Rules for the Freelance Writing Life

The first rule of freelance writing is that there really are no rules; repeat this a la Tyler Durden. Every freelancer who sits at home writing to earn a living will do things differently. I did have rules at first but I found they changed day by day because you can’t plan for some things. […]

By November 22, 2013 8 Comments Read More →
Europa – Exploring Emotional and Political Fascism.

Europa – Exploring Emotional and Political Fascism.

An interview with author Julian Gallo. “To me, a writer is a person who writes – meaning – one who has a passion for it and will come to the page with the intention of writing a novel, a short story, a poem, or whatever else. It’s a drive, a need, a compulsion, almost. It’s […]

By October 20, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
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