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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Fabulous writing to choose from this week…not least the bumper crop from today alone. Despite being spoilt for choice, this week’s stand-outs for me are: Poem of the Week is Welkin Spirit by Penny4athought. It satisfies all my poetic desires. https://www.abctales.com/story/penny4athought/welkin-spirit Story of the Week is TJW’s profound and brilliant writing of ‘GOODBYE, SOUL BROTHER or The Cavalry of Ten Thousand Horses - I: The Green Hell / 6...

Storyville, Three Minutes—A Lengthening, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, Narrator Helena Bonham Carter, Writers Bianca Stigter and Glenn Kurtz, Director Bianca Stigter, Producer Steve McQueen.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001hhfc/storyville-three-minutes-a-lengthening I’m a fan of Storyville. There have been lots of documentaries on recently to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 th January. The date is chosen to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. There are two stories here which wind around three minutes of film, but which takes over sixty minutes to tell. The first story...

The US and the Holocaust BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, Director Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Sarah Botstein.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0dm3cwv/the-us-and-the-holocaust-series-1-1-the-golden-door-beginnings1938 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0dm3fnf/the-us-and-the-holocaust-series-1-2-yearning-to-breathe-free-19381942 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0dm3gdg/the-us-and-the-holocaust-series-1-3-the-homeless-tempesttossed-1942- https://dirkdeklein.net/2022/01/20/the-wannsee-conference-minutes/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/...

Dreamland, Film4, All4, Written by Nicolaas Zwart, Directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/dreamland In one of Flannery O’Connor’s most famous short stories ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find,’ the grandmother doesn’t want to go to Florida on vacation. This is the era of the Great Depression in America. She rattles on about this fellow that’s escaped from the State Pen, ‘The Misfit’. She doesn’t want to go anywhere with such a fellow ‘aloose’. Dreamland has Alison Wells (Margot Robbie) aloose with a $10...

Notes on Writing

Notes on writing We all write for different reasons. I returned to ABCTales in October 2020 after a hiatus of fourteen years. In my case, it was an attempt to process two recent deaths of people close to me. That first story came and went. I felt a bit better for it, self-disclosure not being my strong suit. Then things kinda went from there and as a senior member on here remarked one day, I had the “bug” of posting. 2022 was kind to me. A...

Andrew O’Hagan (2020) Mayflies.

I’ve seen the film, now I’ve read the book. Yeh, I know that’s the wrong order. Books are better. But I got there in the end. That gives me a pivot to spin on and talk about endings being beginnings. When you’re young, you never think you’ll get old. And when you’re old you never think about dying, until you have to. ‘Make death proud to take you.’ I’ve hung that out there. A quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar . Noodles is the man for quotes...

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

It has been awhile since I’ve posted my thoughts here, not for lack of thoughts just lack of time…or fleeing time I should say. Time is constant but not always amenable to my desires. The days are shorter in the midst of January and although my area of the world will not see snow and ice, it is cooler at times and begs at least a sweater if you venture out. For me, winter brings introspective thoughts with the darker, cooler months of the year...

Bombshell, Film Four at 9pm, written by Charles Randolph and directed by Jay Roach.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/bombshell A topical film in the week the moron’s moron and 45 th American President mistakes the woman he’s accused of raping as being his ex-wife. And you can’t rape your wife, right? Here we are in the sleaze pit of Fox News. Donald Trump has put himself forward as a candidate for the Presidency. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) has primed herself to ask Trump some critical questions about his attitude towards...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 20 Jan 2023

Posted by Ewan on Fri, 20 Jan 2023 Never easy any Friday to choose, but I'm going to plunge straight in with the picks this time. Story of the Week is newcomer Steve Hoselitz's 'Eavesdropping' . A strong voice and quirky story makes for an excellent read. I'm sure we are all looking forward to reading more from Steve. Speaking of quirkiness, one of the most distinctive voices on ABCTales belongs to Lavadis. His work is always identifiable and...

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