Pick of the day


"Do you know what our grandson just told me?"
"Something controversial, by the tone of your voice."
"So he works at the restaurant, right?"
"Yeah, so?"
"Yeah, so, they dump the water from peoples water glasses into the washing. That's disgusting!"
"...why is that disgusting?"
"People drink from that glass! Their backwash is in that!"

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Story of the week


Most folk in a room and kitchen round about here envy us, because there is only me and Da. I guess even Pizza Face, if he ever thought about anything else, but becoming Jim Baxter and playing for Rangers, with his seventeen brothers and mum and dad would begrudge us two rooms. I don’t. I envy them. Da’s at work, or the boozer.Read more

Poem of the week

At the Hotel for the Off-Kilter

[Part of a series I am writing about mental illness and alienation/isolation. Housed in my collection All the Colours of Dust.]

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

This week from Philip Sidney:

It may be cold outside but abctales' writers are on fire this week; there are so many wonderful pieces to choose from.

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Poetry Monthly

A big thank you to Accidentallyexisting for her performance based brief last month. Here’s three favourites:

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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

My apologies for a delay to the Picks of the Week. January’s already launching me curve balls but I’m fairly light on my feet and will continue to dodge them imperviously.

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Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

Have You Seen My Sister?


Have you seen my sister?

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These Games We Play with the Universe

“He's beautiful.”

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