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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

An avalanche of wonderful prose this week, so it's been very hard to pick one, but I'm awarding our Story of the Week to Mark Burrows for his extraordinary 'The Pigeon Variant' - and please click on the link even if you've already read it, because he's added an audio version which is every bit as good as the written one. Very honourable mentions to hudsonmoon's 'At the Butcher Shop - A Craven Danger Mystery and to the real-jaw for The Author...

Malcolm McKay (2019) A Line of Forgotten Blood.

Detective novels are straightforward as a pigeon following a trail of breadcrumbs to find out the hand holding a hammer. I hadn't read any of Malcolm Mackay's books before this one, but the greatest compliment you can pay an author is reading another of his books. I'll start -anew-with his earlier debut novel. Here we have the beginnings of the breadcrumbs. ...some eyeless halfwit had gone straight into the side of her car...Freya began to swear...

New book

I made a new book of my short stories: https://amzn.to/2ZzenTF

Happiness is a warm keyboard=I live to and love to write

The weather channel has been a big part of my day for over a week now, Dorian is just now approaching my area and thankfully it is farther off shore than they had first said. I am inland so we should be fine but this time of worrying… for so many days…stocking up in fear of having no power… and the worry if there would be any open stores after it ends. This was considerably more upsetting than in hurricane threats of years past . If something...

Rangers 0—2 Celtic.

There’s an afterglow to this sweet Old Firm derby. Neil Lennon had a few hard choices to make. In goal he could have played Fraser Foster, Craig Gordon or my mate’s mum. He said she could have played in goals and he was right enough. Lennon went with Fraser Foster. Celtic’s dodgy defence was on display. Rangers were at home. The bookies made them favourites. Celtic were 2/1. All the Daily Record pundits gave Rangers the edge by a goal or more...

My Conversation With Pasta

Hello…. I'm back. It’s savoury. I crave…. something crunchy… spicy… absolutely filling! Tell you what? We can worry about our waist lines later… Perhaps when we’re not eating… It’s bad multi- tasking, I hear. So, relax, enjoy, eat… modestly? Is that fair to say? Whether you’re having friends over, debating on what to bring over for a family dinner, lunch or brunch, I’ve got you covered. First thing I think about when deciding on a main or side...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

August's picks have very kindly been chosen by Ewan. Here they are: Story of the Month Top story goes to Insertponceyfrenchnamehere’s “Katy, A Ghost Story”, a story so good it makes me wish for the days when she had more time to write. https://www.abctales.com/story/insertponceyfrenchnamehere/katy-ghost-sto... An honourable mention must go, firstly, to “Tight As A Boiled Owl” by Weatherwax which achieves a difficult feat, writing historical...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

It's been wonderful to see so many new writers on ABC Tales, and so many regulars posting really fantastic stuff. It makes choosing these Picks all the harder, but it's a hugely enjoyable task. Story of the Week is Beekery's 'An Open Letter To Perpetual Sadness'. It's about living with cancer, and it's funny, angry, wise and very, very readable. Do please have a look if you haven't already: https://www.abctales.com/story/beekery/open-letter-...

Moon-Earth Sketches

For our purposes there is actually nothing so special about the Moon and the Earth. They are only names and for convenience, the situation holds just the same for any two orbiting bodies: Moon-Earth; moon-planet; planet-Sun; binary stars or a pair of black holes etc. The model should work better with large masses, close proximity and fast rotation but not to extremes because you will have relativistic influence, and the bodies should be...

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