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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

It’s getting ever closer to winter and our Poem of the Week is a beautiful reminder of the season to come - Thoughts of an Oak Tree’s Spirit by skinner_jennifer. You can read it here: https://www.abctales.com/story/skinnerjennifer/thoughts-oak-trees-spirit Story of the Week is the very powerful and brilliantly written story, Wednesday Club, by celticman. You can read it here: https://www.abctales.com/story/celticman/wednesday-club This week’s...

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...

Re-up 2

Went just like I expected: met the physical requirements no problem (push ups, sit ups, pull ups humma humma) but my medical history makes me incompatible with military service. Still, good to know that I'm still fit (in body, at least and minus the headaches and medication) and I'm fine with it all. My serving days are officially over and that is some kind of closure - hate that fucking word.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths (2023) Promise

I promised myself I’d read Promise . I’ve always a stack of books waiting to be read. This fell to the bottom of the pile and I had to keep starting it again and again and again. I got the set-up. Two black families on the edge of the sea, Salt Lake and a dirt-poor white family, living beside them in a kind of Eden. Jim Crow laws are being challenged and then (as now) there’s a backlash. Cinthy Kindred is two years younger than her sister, Ezra...

Pre-order on Amazon, Bronte’s Inferno by Ewan Lawrie.

Reading is what I do. Writing, not so much. But for most folk, that’s already too much. There’s a book in everyone. They’ve got one and they’re sticking with it. So I’m in a minority. I’ve also been thinking about class. I should probably use a capital C here, Class. I was reading yesterday that less than twenty-percent of youngsters (if you’re on Facebook sorry, you’re not young) didn’t know what a ‘scab’ was. I’m the kinda guy that laughs at...

Happiness is a warm keyboard=I Live to and Love to Write

The air is just that shade of crisp but the sun is out and the day is bright; a perfect day to wake up my senses and my writer’s imagination. I have my coffee poured but it’s far enough away from my little laptop to avoid conflict and my hands are poised over the keys ready to capture that spark of inspiration. My favorite chair is comfy and in close proximity to the open window so I shiver a little when a cool breeze playfully ruffles the...

Just Remembering.....

Welcome back you coward! You're a coward! A real man would stand up for the weak! You kill women and children for oil! Fucking baby killer! Government puppet! Just follow your orders, coward! You have the blood of the innocent on your hands! No blood for oil! No blood for oil! And they drove away.

February 24th #Irelandreads

"T he more bookstores you go into, the more you’ll realize how many different ways there are to be curious." - Paul Yamazaki - City Lights Bookstore / San Francisco I was talking to a fellow author over the week, he's both a respected author and a valued mentor. He says its increasingly hard to sell copies these days with so much competition from streaming services, whether you're a big name or not. And he has a point - but only to a point. I...

Joan Didion (2005) The Year of Magical Thinking.

The Year of Magical Thinking has been an international bestseller, been reprinted over twenty times and is perhaps the best-known of her books. The subject she specialises in is death, which we’re all familiar with, but nobody seems to want to talk or write about it. In Duncan Williamson’s short story Death in a Nut , Jack (no relation) lived with his mother in a cottage by the shoreside (Williamson was born in a tent on the shores of Loch Fyne...

Story of the Week, Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 23 Feb 2024

Not an easy task ever and this week is no exception. Poem of the Week RhiannonW’s Titterstone Clee (533m)16/02/24 was very fine, as was seashore’s deeply moving Killing the Killers . However, from a personal point of view, I always like to see writers stretch themselves, go places that don’t normally go with their work, do something different. With that in mind,this weeks Poem of the Week is Jack O’Donnell’s sweetly charming Tilly cut loose from...

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