Patience Mackarness

Patience Mackarness is a flash fiction and short story writer.

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Patience Mackarness is semi-retired and lives in France with her husband. She writes partly in a farm cottage and partly in an elderly VW camper van.

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Horseplay

Published Aug 27, 2019 · 557 words (3 minutes) · 78 views

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Inspired by a celebrated work of art, a group of schoolgirls speculate about sexual experience.

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The Music Tree

Published Aug 27, 2019 · 752 words (3 minutes) · 52 views

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Musician Uncle Fred has been buried in his garden, and an apple tree planted on the grave by his family. But the fruit it bears one summer is not what they expected. Originally published by Peacock Journal (strapline: 'Beauty First') in 2018.

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Blossom
Featured August 23, 2019

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Lost Time

Published Aug 17, 2019 · 398 words (2 minutes) · 3 likes · 271 views

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Ever since her husband’s death, an old woman has been behaving more and more oddly. But after she disappears for three days and turns up barefoot in the woods, her adult children decide it’s time to put their foot down—only to discover their mother is full of surprises. Kick off your weekend with this quick, light-hearted piece by Patience Mackarness, a semi-retired author living in France, where she often writes flash fiction from her antique VW camper van.

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Joy, 1980

Published Jul 4, 2019 · 336 words (2 minutes) · 49 views

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A street evangelist and a young theology student with extremely unspiritual concerns clash on a city street.

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The Voice of God

Published Jul 4, 2019 · 649 words (3 minutes) · 86 views

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Some big questions - and unexpected answers - from the mouth of a six-year-old. First published by Every Day Fiction in 2018.

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The Oldest Profession

Published Jul 4, 2019 · 780 words (3 minutes) · 98 views

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A woman's life is changed by an encounter in a 2000-year-old brothel. Published by Every Day Fiction.

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Back in November 2016, my Fiancée and I headed to the Pompeii Excavation Site. I had been here when I was 15, back in 2005, but they’ve opened up SO MUCH more of the site since - I wasn’t prepared for the huge walk around the site haha, very warm day too. I’ve used one of Annie Spratt’s presets to give this photo a bit of extra depth, looks pretty good I think!

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Family Planning

Published Apr 4, 2019 · 657 words (3 minutes) · 132 views

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