About Me

Down in the shed…

The shed at the bottom of the garden is where I disappear to think and write. If you can’t find me here then check out the local coffee shops.

This blog gives me an excuse to write as often as possible. It has also become the depository for the majority of my stories. These tend to be short stories, flash fiction, and micro fiction pieces.  I even delve into a little poetry every now and then.

In July 2009 I retired – I’d been a primary school head teacher for 25 years. I’m using my retirement to try all the things I never had the time to do when I was working.

I’ve always read a lot and still do. My wife says I have some strange ideas when it comes to reading! I like thrillers and science fiction. I still read books about education, especially what education might look like in the 21st Century. I love reading management/business books, self-help books, books about how our minds work and… well the list goes on!

I enjoy playing with technology. I would be lost without my MacBook, my Kindles and my iPad. Amazon’s Alexa is now a constant companion of mine down here in my shed! I enjoy blogging and quite fancy having a go at podcasting, though whether I will ever get around to it is another matter.

Recently I teamed up with a fellow retired educator called David Horner and between us, we are creating resources for teachers, which we sell on TES. We call ourselves ‘Goodeyedeers’. All the money we raise from this venture we donate to a local charity called MedEquip4Kids.

One day I’m going to self-publish a selection of my flash fiction and/or short stories. One day…

That’s me. If you’d like a chat you can find me on Twitter or leave a message below.


  1. Many thanks Jenny for your very kind words of encouragement.
    Glad you enjoyed Chapters 1 & 2.
    It’s a great incentive knowing that someone out there is enjoying what I’m attempting to write …… I’ll get working on Chapter 3 straight away!


  2. Hey Mike,

    The form is tough and its a hard ask to nail it in one go – lord knows i failed – but what agreat challenge.

    You really took it on and succeded in delivering a poem i absolutely love.

    Conceptually this rocks – stalker short story bound in a tight frame – i dont think this distracts from your short story writing…this IS a tight SS.

    You paint a solid and strong frame work and let me (the reader -imaginator) fill in the perfect gaps.
    and as i know what frightens/invigorates/charms me the best – with your guidance i feel the full force of that coming together.

    A fine example of everything i love re:literature – subtlety is a gift – i should know – i am devoid of it ;~)


  3. Mike,

    I think we’re twins except I might be a few years younger. I’m a teacher, as well, and I love to write fantastical short stories (not fantasy) and my blog, http://www.circularunning.wordpress.com, is about education and random other thoughts, but mainly, education. In any case, I was glad to find you. If you’re interested, check out some of my shorts at http://www.thehistoryofthings.com

    I’d love to start a dialogue about eduction, fiction, and whatever other thoughts come out between us.

    Be well,
    g. martinez cabrera


  4. Dear Mr. Mike Jackson,
    I want to tell you this good news that my book has been published. It is going to be launched in ‘Islamabad Literature Festival’ on Wednesday, 1st of May.
    It is an Urdu book but I have included three pages in English to thank you and other writers who permitted me to take their stories in this book.
    Kindly send me your mailing address now. My email address is mubashirzaidi@hotmail.com. I am planning to send two copies to every writer but if you want more, please tell me. I would send you more copies with great pleasure.
    Best Regards
    Mubashir Zaidi


  5. I love writing as well, and the Trifecta challenges are the perfect platform for someone with a short attention span and three children! You’d better get busy on all those retirement goals:)


  6. What an interesting and engaging “About” page! Sounds a little like how I feel (I teach 8th graders, and love to write, and love to write short stories, poems and children’s stories. Want to get into publishing, but feel daunted).


  7. My name is Linda Legacy and I am an Education Officer in Ontario, Canada. I came across your story about the dragon, One day Child, One Day. I have made some minor changes to it and I would like to send you a copy to see if you might agree to allow us to develop questions to go with the story. I am part of a educational team that develops the Provincial Language Assessment for grade 3 and 6 students in Ontario. I cannot find an email address to use to send it to. If you would like more information or have any questions, you can email me at linda.legacy@eqao.com. I will continue to read other stories. This was the first one that I found. I look forward to hearing from you.


  8. Thank heavens for my iPad, as my laptop has switched to Windows 10 and that is causing me to have headaches. Retirement it’s great if the funds are in place, then you can write write and write again. And I will read read and read again.


  9. Hello, Mike. You recently contributed a poem to the #PoetsforPeace collaboration. An online magazine liked the spirit of the collaboration, and asked to publish it. We need your permission to include your poem.
    To give permission, please email: mzanemcclellan@outlook.com your name, and general location (city/state/country) and the ok. You can also leave it in comments on my blog, or tweet me @InZanesBrain or comment on ForgottenMeadows.com where the collaboration was compiled
    Thank you. Peace,


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