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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Another wonderful selection to choose from this week. Thank you to everyone who's posted something. Big congratulations to winking_tiger for 'Green' which is our Poem of the Week, with a very honourable mention for ralph's 'Bucks from a Cuban' Story of the Week goes to Sean McNulty for 'Something You'll Have to Live With' - and again honourable mentions to rosaliekempthorne for "Gideon Gunther' and to Mark Say for 'You Were Made For Me' Read...

LIFE, THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING

'Adhere To Your Principles And Value All Men Equally'

Robert A.Caro (2012) The Years of Lyndon Johnson, volume 4, The Passage of Power.

We’re all aware that with great power comes great responsibility, after all these were the lines mouthed by Batman with the pointy ears before he jumped off a tall building. The moron’s moron, who anybody with any sense would like to see jumping from a tall building, reaches new lows in grasping one and abdicating the other. But that’s another story unless the moron’s moron stumbles into an Armageddon strategy to remain power, a historical aside...

Kevin Crowe (2020) No Home In This World

In these six short stories Kevin Crowe favours the fallen and the vulnerable. I like that he takes on difficult themes. Involuntary incest. Involuntary and false imprisonment. Deported gay refugee, who can’t prove who he is or what he is. A Mary and Martha story, a soldier that loses his wife and gives up on life, but finds another partner. Historical romp and misunderstanding of the slave trade. And gay, coming-of-age in the age of AIDs,...

KING LEAR PRIZES - MORE SUCCESS!

Delighted to say that our very own Coolhermit (Rick Gammon) has made the Poetry Shortlist for the King Lear Prizes! Read all about it here:

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 11 Sep 2020 Really enjoyed reading the many wonderful and interesting pieces on ABC Tales this week! Story of the Week is the first chapter of Kilb50's brilliant four-parter 'Brewster's Way', the tale of an only child who decides to take on God. Immensely readable and witty, the story as a whole has been one of the highlights of my week. Do follow the links to all the parts! https://www.abctales.com/story/kilb50/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Really enjoyed reading the many wonderful and interesting pieces on ABC Tales this week! Story of the Week is the first chapter of Kilb50's brillaint four-parter 'Brewster's Way', the tale of an only child who decides to take on God. Immensely readable and witty, the story as a whole has been one of the highlights of my week. Do follow the links to all the parts! https://www.abctales.com/story/kilb50/brewsters-way-1 Poem of the Week is Jupiter...

Staycation Writing Flood

Sometimes, I identify myself as a "writer". I've published a book. I've taught creative writing. I've got 716 stories on ABC tales. I've got hundreds of other fragments waiting around to be developed. I write every other day usually for about two hours. I've been wondering lately what it would be like if I took a week and just wrote as much as I could. Finished up a few fragments and just kept going. Ya know, the kinda thing that "real writers"...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of August have very kindly been chosen by hudsonmoon: August proved itself difficult—as usual. Hot and sticky and sprinkled with a most uncomfortable political climate. Throw Covid-19 into the mix, shake vigorously, then pour yourself a tall glass of Why Did I Even Get Out of Bed this Morning? But I have to say that the writers around here never fail to pump a lot of heart and soul back into the atmosphere. That...

Matt Gaw (2020) Under the Stars: A Journey into Light

Matt Gaw’s son mused that we spend 26 years of our life asleep, or if you’re my sister who is apt to like her long lies, 50 or her 60 years asleep. Gaw gives us a wake-up call in six chapters that begins in moonlight and ends in darkness. His family remain largely, unimpressed by his journey that takes him from his home in Bury St Edmonds, Thetford, the bright lights of London, Oban, and Isle of Coll, which is designated a Dark Sky Community. I...

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