Adverbially Challenged Vol. 4 – Release March 2019

The first month of 2019 has almost ended and although I haven’t written as many works of flash fiction I’d expected, especially over the holiday period, two new pieces is better than none.

If you haven’t read these, I’ve included the links to each below.

Leave No Reindeer Behind

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Photo by Kristina Paukshtite on


New Horizons – Ultima Thule

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Photo by Pixabay on


January has been all go, whether it’s been at work or at home and all for the better. In addition, the latest volume of Adverbially Challenged is in production for release in March 2019, (TBC closer to the date) and as a contributing author “Golf Swing” will be joining 99 other adverb-riddled stories.  I’m thankful to the people who organise these challenges and put in the work to get the anthologies published.


Proceeds from book sales are donated to First Story, a UK charity that helps improve literacy in low-income communities.

All I receive is some exposure for submitting my flash fiction to the challenge, which will appear alongside 99 other authors whilst helping and providing awareness for First Story.

If you fancy helping to raise LOTS more for good causes, take part by submitting your stories to the challenges or buying a copy of the book, which will be available as a Kindle eBook or in a printed format.


Kindle eBook Copy

The Kindle eBook version will be available on all Amazon websites by searching for either the:

(1) Book name: Adverbially Challenged Volume 4, or

(2) Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN): B07P7WJVVY


Printed Copy

The books are also available in printed paperback copies available from the Amazon websites here.

The ISBN of the book is:

  • ISBN: 9781796910032

To read some of my other work, see Short Stories or Flash Fiction, and to find out more about Adverbially Challenged, check out the links on my site to guide you there. Why not submit your own short story?

My posts page can be accessed here.

New Horizons – Ultima Thule

New Horizons – Ultima Thule

by Gavin Biddlecombe


The President strode into the conference room, speaking before reaching the podium. The gathered reporters hushed. “I appreciate you all for coming in from your New Year celebrations to mark this historic occasion,” he said.

“You’re leaving?” asked one of the reporters.

The President checked his agenda. “No, I don’t think so.”

“Right. Excuse my interruption.”

The President looked around at the expectant faces before proceeding. “We’ve received news from NASA that New Horizons has sent back the first detailed images of Ultima Thule from the Kuiper Belt, the furthest object ever explored in our solar system. Whilst promising, this also comes with worrying news for future space exploration and any attempts to land on this object.”

“Mr. President,” said another reporter, standing up. “Surely NASA can manage this considering the ESA landed the Rosetta spacecraft on comet 67P.”

“Well, yes and no.”

Around the room, an unsettled murmur began.

“Please,” he urged, “let me continue. Whilst landing may be possible, it appears from our images that their immigration policy is even more stringent than ours.”


(176 Words)



News Writing Challenge – 180 Words Max

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