Stories to entertain and surprise. Some provide comfort, some inspiration, others make me angry, and a few have puzzles.

The stories are written to help. Each story illustrates a different challenge people find at work or in their lives, and how they respond. There are some neat tricks here, and in the commentaries at the end I reveal more.

I’ve followed the mantra of “never knowingly untruthful”, but the stories need to be short and focused. Ultimately, the objective is to have fun.

Adrian at the Bournemouth 2019 Triathlon - for once, not writing stories

Surprises from industry – true-life stories

True-life stories. Some are anonymised after consulting the principal character. They’re 3-14 pages long.

From the many things I’ve seen in my career, these stories are selected because they link to the Intelligence and Management themes on this website.

Tales of intelligence workers very short stories

Stories about different aspects of modern espionage, ethics and the challenges facing young professionals. Many of the story themes also relate to other types of job. They’re 2-7 pages long.

(The artwork used in the flash fiction is from Adobe stock.)

Novel-writing – tracing the arcs of people’s lives

There’s much in the area of intelligence work that hasn’t been told. Intelligence work changes people’s lives. The little stories on this website pick up specific points, but there’s much more detail. It needs the panoramic view of a novel.

In novel-writing, I strive for accuracy. It’s not just technical accuracy, but the emotional journeys that people go through. It’s good material for human stories, and it doesn’t matter if you ignore the intelligence detail.

I have one novel recently completed. I’m looking for representation (a literary agent). There’s an outline for a sequel, and ideas for other stories.