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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you for all the wonderful things you've posted this week. It's been a pleasure to read them all, even though it's 155 degrees outside (it definitely feels that hot!) Anyway - my choice for Poem of the Week is the beautiful Glorious Moments by Richard L Provencher, and Story of the Week goes to cliffordben502 for Exotic Illnesses - he's posted two parts of this novel so far and it's really impressive: https://www.abctales.com/story/...

Glorious Moments

I am the moonlight on the land – the smack of glitter on the lake the beam for nightly shapes that whisper in the wind. Soon I will be a slice of sunshine.

Van Badham (2021) Quanon and On: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults.

‘We elected a meme.’ Conspiracy beliefs eat you from the inside. I know this having been brought up a Roman Catholic. Guardian journalist Van Badham tells the reader her book is about two things, i) the internet, ii) belief. It was personal for her. ‘My interest in the internet’s extremist underworld resulted from my experience of its attacks…I found myself on the very public online radar of misogynists, racists, homophobes and outright fascists...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for July, very kindly chosen by Di_Hard. Here's what she says: It was a huge honour to be asked to do Poem and Story of the Month, till making the choice could not be put off any more, and now, it's so hard! How to compare such different treasures? Winding through all the writing gems of July is Celticman's Ugly Puggly. If you haven't read it yet, please do. Starting with three very different people, he has woven...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Every now and then a poem comes along and steals your heart and this week’s Poem of the Week immediately stole mine. Ewan’s ‘The Forest of Discarded Raiment’ is the Pick of the Week for poetry. Funny, clever, perfectly done. https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/forest-discarded-raiment And for Story of the Week, it’s maddan’s The Brambles. I’ve read all of these when he’s posted them. All great, but this might be my favourite so far. https://www...

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

Too much time on my hands and not prime time I’m afraid. Recovering from Covid, which I’d managed to avoid getting for nearly two and half years and ticked that it found a chink in my defenses now for it is not a party, far from it. The first days of it, I didn’t know I had it; thought it was a virus, a cold or my general allergies acting up but fast forward a couple of days, and I’m thinking maybe a test might be in order. And then…”voila”...

Hanya Yanagihara (2015) A Little Life.

This is a big book in lots of ways. 720 pages. There’s nothing little about A Little Life . I’d picked up hints about this book in my reading. The Great American Novel. It made it a must read. Yanagihara’s second novel won acclaim from all the major players in literary fiction. The Wall Street Journal , for example, ‘Announces [on the flyleaf] Yanagihara as a major American novelist. The New York Times bestseller. A panegyric from Edmund White...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Even harder than it usually is to make my picks this week. Thank you to all our writers and poets for making ABCTales such a vibrant place Two absolutely outstanding stories have started this week and I'd urge you to read both. They're very different but equally brilliant. I can only choose one as Story of the Week so my vote goes to Drew Gummerson's very very funny Stick of Rock which I'm sure will be in print as soon as he's finished it, but...

The Mule, BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, Writer Nick Schenk, Director Clint Eastwood.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0019n5y/the-mule Based on a true story (kinda, but not really). An article in The New York Times reported that Earl Stone, aged 90, had been convicted for transporting drugs for a Mexican cartel. If Earl Stone had been aged 30 or 40, or even 50, there’d be no story. The story is in his age. He was just doing what a man gotta do. You have, for example, Brian Cox leaving the Scottish islands and chasing...

Book published "Living in the time of Corona Virus"

Mes amie, By posting regular reports of life during two years of Corona, I was able to compile a book about the subject. It is now available at Amazon.com Thanks, as always, for the support from y'all. JXM Available Now, July 2022 (at Amazon.com in hard copy or kindle version) “Living in the time of Corona Virus” -Joseph Xavier Martin 371 pages- available in hard copy and Kindle form at Amazon.com Preface In early March of 2020, we were visiting...

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