- In 1990-ish, I had a short article published in World Soccer Magazine, which did little more than present the final Armenian football league placings of the previous season. As personally grabbed during a visit to the Armenian FA in Yerevan.
- In 2007 or so, a little writing group I'm part of self-published a collection of short stories to which I contributed four, titled Lancashire Tales. (see below)
- In 2015(?) I had a page-and-a-half article published in Horissonti, the then-name of the house magazine of Finn Guild in London, all about Finnish women's ice hockey, along with a couple of pictures and a short glossary of terms.
I think I began writing bits of science fiction short stories as a student. Science fiction, because that was what I knew. Generally unfinished, because of a highly self-critical nature, and anyway treating it as a craft I had to gain and improve skills in. The one significant effort I put in was four chapters, 40,000+ words of a novel which would have been just one of several, set in an imagined science fiction world. One or two people I showed it to were nice about it, but they did comment on a few things which I can see I'd have to address if I ever return to that world. You know, I probably spent more time on the world building than on actual story writing. Extensive maps, a detailed city plan, a bestiary, an invented language (along with a couple of computer fonts for it!), a historical outline... Phew.
Naturally, I heard that maxim about the writing habit early on - the one about forcing it to become a habit, and forgetting all fanciful notions of 'waiting for inspiration to strike'. Totally correct, and largely ignored by me. I may have done more writing on websites, than proper story telling. Look at me doing exactly that now!
We still meet up and occasionally galvanise ourselves to write. For myself, I have a good number of finished and unfinished stories. I know if I had to offer them up for inspection, I would feel compelled to work them over all over again. Most of them, anyway. Who knows, maybe having this page here will eventually nudge me into doing something with the stories.