About DearStarling


I'm a hopeless daydreamer and I write fantasy, mostly. I've moved from place to place quite a bit over the years and my favourite word is 'hiraeth', but it's not the easiest one to shoehorn into a conversation.

Jo Sanford
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Painting, visiting interesting graveyards and ruins, watching the wildlife.
Favorite Books:
'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak, 'Embassytown' by China Mieville, 'Dragoncharm' by Graham Edwards.
Favorite Authors:
Terry Pratchett, Sheri S. Tepper
Favorite Movies:
Too many: Labyrinth, Willow, Ghost World, Pacific Rim, Time Bandits...
Favourite TV Shows:
Quizzes or nature documentaries.
Favorite Music:
I'll listen to almost anything. It's ridiculous.


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Black Dog - Epilogue

A year went by, the seasons marching on in their uncompromising way. Imogen had relinquished the house utterly to her niece. It held nothing of the old life except memories grown too painful. Olivia worked hard to build a new life out of it, but progress, as always, was slow. Imogen might be gone, but there remained other ghosts to appease. Moving too much of the furniture at once resulted...

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Black Dog - Chapter 43

At the crossroads two women stood, silhouetted against the lavender and cream of the day's end. The moon lurked somewhere deep in the veils of black branches. Down the hill, Reverend Milton was putting a heavy chain and padlock on the churchyard gate, the sound carrying clear in the quiet. Olivia grimaced at their exposed location. It had to be here, at the crossroads. "Verity!" she hissed....

Added 26 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 463 | 1 Comment

Black Dog - Chapter 42

The ringing of the telephone dragged Olivia from the borderlands of sleep and she answered with a growled "Who is it?" A crackling pause, then: "Libby, is that you?" The voice on the other end of the line was faint, obscured, familiar from a lifetime ago. "This handwriting is near illegible, dreadful low class scribble..." the words choked off into tears. "Auntie Imogen?" Imogen gave a...

Added 25 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 440

Black Dog - Chapter 41

I'll never forgive you! Olivia woke with a start, alone in the ruined living room. Still no Imogen. Perhaps the loss of Eli had been the push she needed to move on to a happier place, though that thought rang hollow. More likely she'd retreated somewhere more private to grieve over the hole that Olivia had torn in her world, and she would be back any minute, unforgiving and furious...

Added 21 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 515

Black Dog - Chapter 40

When Eli arrived, moonrise was still far enough away that Olivia barely felt any hint of the oncoming change. Verity had curled up with her book again, Imogen with a magazine (the pages being easier for her to handle) and Olivia sat down with one of her notebooks to review the beginnings of something she'd started writing some time ago. She couldn't focus. She sat with her notebook on her...

Added 20 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 473 | 1 Comment

Black Dog - Chapter 39

The next month, just as Olivia was on her way to catch the train to Peter's Cross, Grace came running up behind her. "Long time no see," said Grace, her bright smile as false as the red of her lipstick. She made an exaggerated point of noticing Olivia's overnight bag, ready for the full moon. "Where are you off to, then?" Olivia hesitated, lies not coming easily to her. "I..." "You...

Added 19 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 491

Black Dog - Chapter 38

Olivia ran down the stairs. Her vague suspicions had coalesced, the message from her dreams loud and clear. With a quick glance to check that nobody was about, she pulled herself into human form and grabbed her coat. Draping it across her shoulders, the briefest sop to modesty, she sprinted barefoot out onto the grass, her breath clouding before her face in the dark, her skin burning...

Added 17 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 488

Black Dog - Chapter 37

The turning of the moon marked time. Olivia didn't return to Peter's Cross until the autumn, and even then she did so reluctantly, skirting around the graveyard so she could walk up to the vicarage by road, considering it well worth the extra shoe leather if it kept her out of sight of Eli and Verity. Her dread at the thought of unpreparedly running into Eli had obvious roots, crossing his...

Added 13 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 569

Black Dog - Chapter 36

Lost in miserable contemplation, Olivia had no concept of how far the journey took her. High hedges and the grasping bare branches of trees lined the lanes, all alike. Once in a while, signs of habitation loomed and passed, clustered cottages or solitary houses on long stretches of empty road. White signposts marked placenames that Olivia only half-knew, and Grace had fallen...

Added 12 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 505

Black Dog - Chapter 35

Putting on her coat, feeling for the reassurance of the small slip of paper in her pocket, Olivia walked out into the early twilight and down to the phone box. She could only pray that Grace might still be with her friends, and she breathed a sigh of relief when the cheery voice on the other end of the line told her to wait just a minute. "What happened to you?" said Grace, skipping...

Added 11 Jun 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 0 | Avg Score 0 | Views 498

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I must apologise for not keeping up with my reading of your story. In order to read the whole story like I would a book I have copied every chapter to iBooks. That way I can move forwards and backwards which is what I always do when I’m reading a book.
11 Jun 2018 15:15
It’s always the right time for tea and cakes.

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14 Apr 2018 11:02
Many thanks for accepting my request.

01 Feb 2018 12:36
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