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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...

My Granny goes Audio!

When I published the first of my 'nostalgedy' books way back in 2005, I had no idea that 'Steady Past Your Granny's' would prove as popular as it has. Over the past 15 years, over 6,000 copies (print and Kindle editions) have been sold (never given away) worldwide! Not bad for a little book of stories about growing up in Burton upon Trent in the 1950s and 1960s. Now my granny's making a leap into audio entertainment with this double CD version...

Jordan Belfort (2008) The Wolf of Wall Street.

As a reader it sticks in my craw that sometimes the film is better than the book (e.g. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ben Hur and Spartacus are examples of the former) but here I think it’s a honourable draw. If you want to save several hours of your life, and don’t fancy reading over 500 pages, watch the film and save several hours of your life. Leonardo DiCaprio is great as the twenty-odd-year old Jordan Belfort beginning his meteoric rise...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of July, very kindly chosen by Ewan: This month's increase in membership has provided a surge in quantity and a significant "up-tick" in quality. There is a great deal of quality prose and poetry available. July's Story of the Month is Pins (2020), by Stephen Thom. an atmospheric and disturbing longer multi-part piece that could easily turn out to be the next published novel from an ABC writer, if publishing ever...

Thank goodness for the Classics

The heroes lock in combat Across the stream And why not? Heroes of the epic then are heroes yet The permanent way is no less permanent Now than then My heroic deed awaits the morning In yellow gloves

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 Just as we thought it was safe to come out a little bit more...it seems as though some of us at least are going to have to retreat again. I do hope everyone out there is keeping safe and well. Don't forget our Virtual ABC Reading Night on August 27th - all details and instructions are here: https://www.abctales.com/blog/insertponceyfrenchnamehere/virtual-reading-night Our Story of the Week is this episode...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Just as we thought it was safe to come out a little bit more...it seems as though some of us at least are going to have to retreat again. I do hope everyone out there is keeping safe and well. Don't forget our Virtual ABC Reading Night on August 27th - all details and instructions are here: https://www.abctales.com/blog/insertponceyfrenchnamehere/virtual-reading-night Our Story of the Week is this episode from Ewan's marvellous thriller 'Mr...

The Twelve Tribes

The Family of JP De Vos

Help.

A friend is conducting an internet experiment for his PhD at Camberwell Art College. It involves text generation. You might find it a) entertaining b) useful if you're a bit 'blocked' at the moment c) uplifting because you're advancing the twin causes of knowledge and science. Anyway, here is a link to the page. You can remain completely anonymous too, if you prefer. I've had a play with it, they won't replace us with robots yet, but the results...

The New Jerusalem

MIssion Accomplished

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