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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Last week's Inspiration Point produced some wonderful work, and our Poem of the Week is one of those pieces. Jenny Skinner's 'Stone Loach' is a marvellous piece of nature writing, beautifully written and full of atmosphere: Stone Loach | ABCtales Story of the Week goes to Simon Barget's 'No. 782', which takes us to a place where we can reflect on where the time went and what it all means. It has a lot of humour, and much that pretty much all of...

Help!

I've tried multiple times over the past few days to upload a story but I keep getting the incomprehensible error message below. I've sent pleading messages via the Contact Us section of the web page but to no avail! I would really like to upload this story but may have to abandon the effort if this goes on :-( Any ideas? PDOException : SQLSTATE[HY000]: General error: 1366 Incorrect string value: '\xF0\x9F\x98\x8A</...' for column 'body_value...

Calling all first-time writers! womensprize CBGBooks cbcreative audibleuk have launched Discoveries, a brand new talent development programme for aspiring female writers

Discoveries: our writers’ development programme Submissions are now open for our 2022 Discoveries writing development programme – enter via the Curtis Brown submissions portal by 11:59pm on 17 January 2022 Discoveries invites unpublished women writers from the UK or Ireland to submit the opening of a novel in English, of up to 10,000 words. Unlike most initiatives of this kind, writers are not required to have finished their novel, and...

YOU (From Pissed to Publication) by Drew Gummerson

I'm very happy to announce that YOU (From Pissed to Publication) by ABCTales' very own Drew Gummerson is out now. You can buy it here: https://www.beardedbadgerpublishing.com/online-store/YOU-From-Pissed-to-... for the bargain price of £5 with free postage and I can say with 100% certainty that you will really really enjoy it - it's brilliant! Here's a review by Marandina: There are certain things everyone is supposed to do at least once in...

THE SPRINGTIME

'Brave New World'

Bernard MacLaverty (2021) Blank Pages and Other Stories

Many stories I read blend into one another. Some of them I can vaguely remember. They tend to be—by that measure—the best. I’m thinking here of George Mackay Brown, Celia , which is arguably the best short story in The Devil and the Giro , edited by Carl MacDougall. I met Carl a few times and he was great, but not great enough to get in the collection of the best of The Scottish Short Story . Bernard MacLaverty short story A Time To Dance is a...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$3,365.46 ) Week - 32 Go Birds - Dallas SUCKS! ------------- (I say again) EAGLES!!! EAGLES!!! EAGLES!!!!!! --------------------------------- Very disappointing outcome last week as a winnable contest slipped through the fingers of an inexperienced coach. All will be forgiven with a quality win on Monday night against the hated, despised, despicable… Cowboys (Ssshhhkk.. Ptooo..!) In...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Happy Friday to all! As always, it's very hard to pick just one poem or story - there is always such a variety of wonderful writing to choose from. Poem of the Week, this week, is hoalarg1's Beyond Reflection. A beautiful poem, tragic too, it stays with you. A very skilfully written poem. You can read it here: https://www.abctales.com/story/hoalarg1/beyond-reflection But please have a read of these poems if you haven't already from Rhiannon,...

Milestone

I hoped to get 200 cherrys by the time I posted 900 stories. I got my 200th yesterday which is a relief because I'd been in a cherry slump for a couple of weeks at 198. I'm gonna take some time to celebrate and be grateful for my readers and ABC tales. Ice

Andrew Miller (1992) Ingenious Pain.

When you are asked to review books, a number of prompts are translated into numbers. For example, you are asked to award a mark out of ten for literary merit. I often cheat here. If I like a book, it gets nearer ten than one. After all, even the ingredients on the label of a brown sauce bottle have enough literary merit to get five. Ingenious Pain gets a ten, because his sentences sing and you can get your teeth into them. His characters have a...

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