A collection of my best short stories

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Since joining Illumination I have written quite a wide variety of articles, short stories and poems. However, like my life in general, it all became a bit of a clutter. So I have finally decided to try to impose some sort of order, starting with a collection of nine short stories.

My first attempt at the short story form on Illumination began with a series of three short pieces for children centred around a character called Katie. …

Editorial Perspectives

Illuminating What It Takes To Succeed As A Writer On Illumination

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As you read through this article, bear one thing in mind; myself and Tree Langdon, CPA, CGA, are fellow writers and co-editors of this article and we began our Illumination,Illumination-Curated,Technology Hits and Illumination Mirror journey just like you. Indeed, almost all who are involved in Illumination up to today, are relatively new to the project.

Nine months ago the Illumination publications didn't even exist!

They were created because of the visionary dreams and revolutionary determination of one man, Dr Mehmet Yildiz. Now they are positively flourishing and exponentially growing at an amazing rate every single day.

We now have over sixty five thousand readers and somewhere in the region of over five thousand writers! Think about that for a moment. That is nothing short of incredible. …

In the Autumn of my life

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It was a stunningly beautiful Autumn day, the azure blue sky acting like a blank canvas on which nature had decided to paint a masterpiece full of vibrant natural colours. A mosaic, leaf-confetti littered pathway led off to a vanishing point far off in the distance. On both sides, lines of skeleton trees, devoid of their summer foliage, stood like sentinels guarding the pathway to heaven. To each side mid-life evergreens acted as a natural bulwark to protect the open parkland behind.

An old man sat on a park bench just off to the right. He was dressed in a casual pair of trousers and a matching jacket, complete with a chequered cap and a pair of Autumn brown leather shoes. He seemed to be buried in deep thought. …

Forget Frankenstein, this one almost killed me with laughter

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I well remember my eldest son amusing me many times over with his cheeky, childish ways of thinking, ways which at the same time, made me feel pretty damn dumb.

We were once watching a cartoon called ’The Little Orphan Kittens.’ My son asked me what the word ‘orphan’ meant. I simply explained it meant that the kittens didn’t have any parents.

“ Well that can’t be true pops, if didn’t have any parents, how did they get born huh?”

I had no answer to that smart ass reply.

And how about this for a bit of lateral thinking. One day he asked me what the word pregnant meant. I prudently told him that it was like when a dog had puppies. …

It's not as difficult as you might think. It's a ride in the park.

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Believe it or not it is not difficult to find success here on Illumination, it all depends on your definition of success. If you definition of success is a bank account full of money you might have a long wait here, or anywhere else on Medium for that matter.

That is not to say that you will not earn any money and would therefore be better off buying a lottery ticket. But if earning oodles of money as fast as you can make it is what you are desperately looking for, then you are maybe going to suffer an awful lot of frustration, stress and anxiety. …

Illumination Mirror

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So you want to be a writer. And even more, you want to be a published writer. Better still, a writer published in a new publication that is going places. Welcome to Illumination Mirror.

Illumination Mirror belongs to the same stable as Illumination, Illumination Curated and Technology Hits.Those three publications have grown from zero to 60,000 plus readers and 7,000 writers in something like nine months. And every day these figures are growing exponentially and meteorically to the point that by the end of its first year Illumination is expected to be one of Medium's top publications.

Of all the many things that Illumination stands for I suppose my number one has to be its eclecticism and diversity. What that means is that Illumination is open to just about every type of writer. It matters not what your preferred subject matter is, whether it's technology or poetry, fact of fiction, current affairs or historical drama, whatever tickles your writer's fancy you are most welcome here. …

It's not rocket science

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Every young teenage footballer dreams of being a top player for a top team in the Premier League. And every aspiring writer dreams of being a top writer for a top publication on Medium. In both cases it is a matter of "many are called few are chosen." But I have to tell you that here on Medium it really isn't that difficult. I know what you're thinking, "That's easy for you to say....." Well let me explain to you just how easy it is.

First off you have to be a good writer with something to say.

Second, you have to learn how to format your writing to suit the publication. …

It's better than being caught in the rain

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It's cold out and I'm in two minds about whether or not to go for a walk. I know I'll feel better for it, a lot.Yesterday it was the same, maybe even colder, and still we went for a long stroll. The first half mile is the hardest. That's when I feel the cold the most. After that, once I am in my stride, my body temperature rises and I feel like I could walk for miles. In the the end we did just over five km. Back home we had a hot coffee and it felt good to be back in the comfort of our humble abode. …

Today has been the devil of a day and to prove it I can show you that today I hit 666 followers and earnings so far this month of 6.66 dollars. Now if that is not a weird co-incidence I don't know what is. And to make it a three in one I am 66 years old having been born on the eighteenth (which is three sixes) of the sixth month (June).

Do I believe in superstition? Kind of, I suppose, I mean jeez who knows? All I know is that it might be a good idea to just go to bed before I see any more bad omens. …

I am just waiting to be paid

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I see so many stories of how people are making lots of money online, and although making lots of money has never been my MO, I am always interested in effective ways to help pay my bills.

Having now been at it for quite some time, I am convinced that the majority of people who are making big money are doing so by simply claiming to have the key to making big money on line. Neat.

My first attempt at making money on the internet was about two years ago when I put two music albums of my own up on Bandcamp and a variety of other sites. …


Liam Ireland

Author, writer, Illumination Editor, Top Writer in short stories and poetry.

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