I’m sorry to say the Little Fears will come to an end (mostly) next week. There are five more episodes of Black Sands, so the last story will be posted on November 1st?

There are several reasons for this. First, I got bills to pay, and I never fully recovered from losing my life savings to my old leaseholders. 18 months after leaving that fecking flat, I’m still in a legal and financial dispute with them.

Then there’s WordPress itself. I’ve had constant problems with JetPack not connected so breaking share, like and comment buttons. I’ve also lost about 100k subscribers to bugs in 30k+ batches overnight, over the last year. Then there was the 5.0/Gutenberg update that took 40+ hours of my time to fix. Along with other issues, it’s ground me down. WordPress has the greatest blogging community out there, but technically, it sucks.

Finally, this current story, Black Sands, feels like a bookend story. There’s some character development, loss, world-building and endings. It feels like the right time to end this project.

I’ve taken a day job to get me by for a few months, and the more I think about it, the more I’d like to end the Fears with this story. I could come back and continue later on, but, well, I think I want to move onto new things. Though I would like to finish the last 2-3 books in the series before I call this project complete. As always, the ebooks will be free for the first week of release to all followers, so stay subscribed if you’d like some free ebooks. Although, I don’t know when I’ll get around to putting them together.

My Patreon will close down today so no billing happens for next month.

Tomorrow I’ll be putting everything on my Etsy store on sale. 25% off everything and turning off auto-renew on all listings. Early-bird Christmas presents?

If you’d like to buy me a cuppa tea for three years worth of chuckles and horror, you can drop me a tip on my Ko-Fi page.

If you’d like to find me outside of the Fears, I imagine I’ll migrate over to my Idle Pixels accounts over Christmas. More a personal use of social media than ongoing daily content. I expect to put plenty of little projects there, but it’s not going to be daily or even regular like the Little Fears. More one-offs or short bursts of 20-30 posts. Hopefully, nothing that takes more than a month to complete. I’m not interested in long term projects right now.

Mentally, I’m pretty checked out of social media at the moment. So, if you do follow me over there on my Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr, please do say hello and wave at me.

Thanks to everyone for the support over the last three years. Your comments have been golden. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Fears and I hope you enjoy the last chapter of my tales.

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Done

“I’m done trying to bring back Spectre,” said Sprite. “Something of him is living on, and I guess that’s the best we can hope for when a loved one passes.”

“I’m done torturing Meria,” replied Lucy. “I have a wife to get back too.”

“I’m done telling Jelly to turn down her music,” said Parrotfish.

“To be fair,” said Sprite, “that is sound advice.”

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Mop

As the group watched Spectre walk away. “You’re not the only one stuck in life,” Lucy said.

“I know,” sighed Sprite. “I just wanted him back.”

Lucy squeezed Sprite. “I need to head home and see my wife. I left after an argument some weeks back. She was ranting at me that I never did the housework right. It took me ages to mop the carpet.”

Sprite chuckled. “Thank you, Lucy.”

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Left

Sprite let out a fart. “Sorry, bruv, had a curry last night.”

“What?” asked Spectre.

“I had a hot curry last night,” said Sprite. “Fuen said ‘ringsting,’ I said ‘why? What will he know about it?'”

Spectre stood up, dusted herself off and backed away into the dunes. “I don’t know you, I’m not your bruv and you’re not funny.”

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Dreams

“I think,” cried Spectre, “I know what I am. I’m just a humans dream or idea, right?”

“That’s right,” said Lucy. “You get to live here for a while until the human that dreamt you up forgets about you.”

“Don’t worry about the human getting insomnia,” said Jelly, “it won’t cause you to vanish.”

“Insomnia is awful, bruv,” said Sprite. “But on the plus side, only three more sleeps until Christmas.”

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Stones

“Where am I?” asked Spectre.

“You’re on a beach,” replied Jelly. “Found in the lands between the world of the living and the dead.”

“Here, take a seat on this rock,” said Lucy.

“That’s a great rock,” said Sprite. “It measures 1760 yards in length. I’d say it’s a milestone.”

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Recall

“It looks like one’s surviving,” remarked Cuttle.

Sprite helped her to her feet. “You’re a…”

Lucy slid her arm around Spectre and moved her away from the sea. “A Spectre by the look of it.”

“OK, I get it,” sighed Sprite. “No two humans recall a memory or idea exactly the same way.”

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Expectations

“I don’t understand,” said Sprite, stepping out of the dunes. “I showed over a hundred humans pictures of Spectre. Are none of them remembering him for more than a few minutes?”

“You’re an idiot,” sighed Lucy, “with unrealistic expectations of humans.”

“You can’t expect much from a species,” chimed in Jelly, ” that make eight Fast and Furious films and not once show them stopping for petrol.”

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Wire

Another Spectre stepped out of the ocean, screamed, then sunk into the sand.

“This is Sprites doing,” sighed Lucy. “I just know it is.”

“He’s obsessed with getting Spectre back, aye?” asked Jelly.

“Yeah,” grumbled Lucy. “He should have left it alone and gone back to his wife. She’s just come home from working in an internet cafe in Australia.”

“I see,” remarked Cuttle. “She comes from a LAN down under…”

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Gym

“I’ve just broken up with Desmond,” sighed Jelly.

“The gym trainer?” asked Lucy. “What happened?”

“Oh, you know,” sighed Jelly. “We just weren’t working out.”

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