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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...

This is how I roll

I write according to impulse so it appears as though continuity is a probllem for me. If you look at my collections you'll see lots of beginning and not as many middles or endings. Each of the collections are swervable and each entry is intended to be independent. I am, howecer, capable of continuity or at least what resembles it. It's all a matter of organization. Sooooo....... I have added five more collections. Within those collections will...

I Plan On Sharing

In the darkness of my recovery< I could still muster the energy to do some writing. Then I learned that ABC tales was shutting down. ABC had become my go to space for sharing what I had written. I got out of the sharing habit. I was writing only to find glimpses of light and energy and life. As I've recovered, I noticed that ABC has fecovered as well. The fear of relapse begins to subside and am bringing to bring to light tales written in...

Hours Not To Reason Why

I wrote this a few years ago and I thought it would be topical right now. I'm sure there's a flaw in my logic but I can't just....

Unreported World. Putin’s Family Values. Channel 4, 7pm. Director Jessica Kay, Presented by Marcel Theroux.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/on-demand/65524-002 Just when you thought you’d seen enough of writer, producer and documentary maker Louis Theroux his brother Marcel pops up in Russia in a programme about Putin’s Family Values. There are two narratives here, one which we in the West will no doubt be familiar with. Tatanya is the Russian matriarch who opens her heart and opens her home. She has adopted 48 children and is...

Happiness is a warm keyboard = I live to and love to write

It’s funny the little things that can make your day special. Small and seemingly inconsequential to others but can be a major uplift to the recipient…The little finds that make you smile…the unexpected helping hand extended just when you need it…the simple thank you…the welcome from a neighbor…found money when you forgot you put it there…The world can seem harsh and functional and day to day grinding when you are in the middle of your working...

The Ewings Of Dallas

Dog Eat Dog

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

This week from Philip Sidney: Lots of great reads this week but the two pieces that captured my attention were: 1. A chapter from scriptwriterm, a lovely piece of armchair travel. https://www.abctales.com/story/scriptwriterm/between-lines-chapter-10 2. The poetry pick is a moving piece about a cat - and so much more. Well done YaseminB! https://www.abctales.com/story/yaseminb/yumak-and-arisha Spring has sprung! And that's this week's inspiration...

A Moth To A Flame

Fatal Attraction

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Lots of great reads this week but the two pieces that captured my attention were: 1. A chapter from scriptwriterm, a lovely piece of armchair travel. https://www.abctales.com/story/scriptwriterm/between-lines-chapter-10 2. The poetry pick is a moving piece about a cat - and so much more. Well done YaseminB! https://www.abctales.com/story/yaseminb/yumak-and-arisha Spring has sprung! And that's this week's inspiration point - SPRING (at last :))...

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