FICTION

Writing for the Quarry is the culmination of a semester of hard work, and for many it signals the end of a degree. The long road that unites us has been defined by hard work and the constant drive to improve. The first and last lesson of our journey is:

Fiction is hard.

Each fiction writer has struggled with the demands of their craft. The paradoxes of the form pull authors in every direction, and seem impossible to reconcile. Endless discussions of ‘This needs more characterisation – but what about the plot?’ or, more frequently; ‘I feel like I need more description here; yet I mustn’t tell, but show!’

I’m sure a good portion of us tore up drafts and cried into our glasses of liquor and mugs of coffee. If fiction writing is so painful, then why do we subject ourselves to this cerebral torture?

The theme of Issue #5 of the Quarry has the answer. The seeds of inspiration borne by their minds will always drive fiction writers. These seeds can be anything: a clever little joke; a profound moment; or a vivid glimpse of character or landscape. When these seeds germinate, we have no choice but to find and tell their stories, their truths. The seeds must grow.

We planted these seeds in the fertile soil of a genre or theme, and watered them with effort. Our mentors Michelle Hamadache and Rebecca Giggs helped us nurture the seedlings by trimming the branches and guiding the roots, and eventually our seeds matured and became something physical, something beyond ourselves. They were no longer seeds in our mind. Our crop has bloomed into the tight one-point-five millimetre rows you see in the Quarry.

It’s for this moment that we write. When the flash of inspiration turns into something corporeal and, with any luck, beautiful. Now that our crop has been gathered we invite you, our loved ones and treasured friends, known and unknown, to share the harvest with us

Written by Tenzin Bereny


GED - Tara Aguiar


Shading Between the Lines - Jeremy Barakat


Temporal Echo - Andrew Barker


Chilli - Tenzin Bereny


Arabica - Maxina Burnet-Darwin


Contagious - Jing Chin


The Beginning - Nicola Donovan


Black and White - Rachel Farnham


Love Again - Karina Ferrone


Never Validly Married - Kyra Geddes


Give It Time - Renata Hercok


Her Place - Joshua Hodge


Limited Space - David Ivanovic


Pyramid Dragon Hunter - Guy Lamy


The Last Last War - Holly Marsh


Red - Nicholas Mayfield


Pulsing Nightlife: A Vamp Noir Story - Matthew McAnally


A Wish Away - Lyndall McAuley


Unborn Waking - Joshua McInnes


The Pearl and The Oyster - Angela Metri


She is Yours - Johanna Miller


In Small Spaces - Rachelle Pike


Make-Shift Heart - Kristen Rinaudo


Dragon - Kathryn Robson


Kingdom Come - Nathan Ruch


The Taking Tree - Naomi Shen


Seed of Doubt - Paul Soper


A Fine Shiraz Dripping All the Way Down My Chin - Jack Cameron Stanton


The S.E.E.D Project - Maxine Sundic


Birth of the Tetrapods - Branighan Swan


The Emerald Dress - Benjamin Traynor


Against the Sun - Sarah von Bock


To Which We Build Our Pyres - William Williams