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...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$3,170.44 ) Week - 23 Layers! Stonks got layers... Stonk: Penny stonks are like onions. Donkey: They stink? Stonk: Yes. No. Donkey: Oh, they make you cry. Stonk: No. Donkey: Oh, you leave em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin’ little white hairs. Stonk: No. Layers. Penny stonks have layers. Stonks have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers...


'Lock Down 2021 - Photographs'

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

I hope you've all noticed we're having another Virtual Reading Event in August? It would be lovely to see you there, either as part of the audience or to read for us. Very kindly arranged by Mark Burrow - all details here: Two wonderful picks for you this week. Story of the Week goes to Kilb50 for When Robert Left Helen - a really well written and very funny piece, and...

ABCTales Virtual Reading Event - Register to Reserve Your Place Now!

ABCtales is delighted to host another virtual reading on Thursday 26th August from 19:00 to 21:00 (UKT)

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$3,161.26 ) Week - 22 The Future’s So Bright! I gotta wear shades... My crystal ball might have been working better than I thought! My favorite little mico-penny hired a big important mucky-muck to serve in an advisory capacity and the market responded with a 125% jump in the share price. World Health Energy Holdings (WHEN) on Tuesday gained one half of one tenth of one penny in one...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 16 July 2021

Chosen by Ewan. Story of the week, in an unusually strong field, goes to Rosalie Kempthorne whose apocalyptic narrative WebWorld (plus version no.s) continues to read like something publisher ready. If you’ve missed earlier parts, do go back to the beginning Today’s episode WebWorld (1.10) [Episode 1 WebWorld (1.1) is here]

South African Anarchy 13 July 2021

Context – Third Wave of Covid Pandemic, now amidst the riots and looting of the KwaZuluNatal, South African, livelihoods. Gunshots have been ringing out beyond my window for 4 days now, with fewer shots starting on Saturday evening, to a more continuous stream this Tuesday morning. A WatsApp video showed police shooting at gatherers in my area to disperse them from a mall car park this morning. The government knew that this would be going down...


LOCKDOWN - S.A. 2021.

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$2,976.91 ) Week - 21 I can see the Future! Well, some of it anyway... It’s not that big a trick really, almost anyone can do it. I was reminded of this when the young couple next door moved in, replacing the slightly older but still young couple who had moved out. Seeing the future only requires reaching an age in life where a younger person’s future is your own past. Oh the...