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ABCtales Critiquing Service - good reports!

Over the years many of you have asked for a critiquing service and it has taken a long time to find (a) someone good enough to do it well and (b) someone who will charge what we regard as a reasonable fee. Finally, we've done it! Lorraine Mace is a freelance writer, columnist and tutor for the Writers Bureau. Winner of the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition (comic verse category), Lorraine's fiction, features and humour have appeared...

ABCTales Virtual Reading - The Debriefing!

Dear All, I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for last night. It was a lot of fun and the quality of the readings was really something quite special. Here's the list of readers -- do check out their work on https://www.abctales.com/ Mark P (we will get you in for a full reading next time!) Luigi Pagano Sean McNulty Rhiannon Lem Ross Lowe LittleRedHat Frances (check out that podcast https://soundcloud.com/user-291481238/the-fran-...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Week - 2 The risks & rewards: Loss of entire investment, unlikely but acceptable. Don’t risk what you can’t lose! Whether you’re literally rolling the dice or investing in speculative financial instruments, it’s sound policy not to take out a mortgage on your house to do so. The events of this week highlight why this is so. “Flush me J!” That movie line popped into my head as I observed some...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 26 Feb 2021 Thank you for all the wonderful pieces on the site this week. There has been some stunning work, and it's been very hard to make the Picks of the Week. Poem of the Week goes to Di Hard's beautiful 'Getting Ready'. Beautiful, sensuous language, and a real feeling of strength and renewal. There are many layers to this poem, and it rewards any number of readings: Getting Ready | ABCtales Story of the Week is...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you for all the wonderful pieces on the site this week. There has been some stunning work, and it's been very hard to make the Picks of the Week. Poem of the Week goes to Di Hard's beautiful 'Getting Ready'. Beautiful, sensuous language, and a real feeling of strength and renewal. There are many layers to this poem, and it rewards any number of readings: Getting Ready | ABCtales Story of the Week is 'My New Nemesis', the latest fascinating...

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The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Week - 1 The goals: Write every week. I guess that’s the main goal and the only reason I’m using this particular platform is because I’m already on it and don’t need to set something up. I’ve never tried writing something on a regular basis. Wait, that’s wrong. I wrote a weekly roller hockey column for a town kids league. It showed up in a very local paper, but it did have my name on the line! That...

George Saunders, A Mastercraft in Writing and life in conversation with Max Porter.

https://soundcloud.com/5x15/george-saunders-and-max-porter-in-conversation Chop a Chekov story into pieces. Echo of class at Syracuse. Break up a story, a page at a time. Forces us to ask that question, why do I keep reading? If I read a paragraph I’m in a different place than before, where is it? Granular level. More irritating if the story is really good (cf, working with a shit story). Forcing the pause. Sit there for a few minutes asking,...

Storyville, Whirlybird-Live Above LA, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, director Mark Yoka.

Storyville, Whirlybird-Live Above LA, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, director Mark Yoka. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000sc9j/storyville-whirlybird-live-above-la Bob and Marika Tur captured the police chase on the Los Angeles freeways and the arrest of O.J. Simpson as he parked up his Bronco. Streamed live, it was watched by over 80 million- largely-America viewers. They were at the peak of their power. They witnessed the highs and lows of the...

Reigniting the creative spark 16/02/21

If anything, the Covid-19 crisis and adapting to lockdown and restrictions has forced creatives of all ilks to rethink their processes without abandoning their chosen path. A subtle connectivity that can ignite the spark through a passing conversation. I found myself over the past month in a slump. That post-novel funk that seeps in after you type THE END. My project is finished, I know this because I have no desire to go back in and add/delete...

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