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Andrew Miller (2022) The Slowworm’s Song.

The Slowworm’s Song begins with ‘Start,’ and ends with ‘Start’, and in between there is a ‘Stop’. I guess that’s true of most of life, although there might be a lot of hanging about in between. Ex-soldier Stephen Rose lives in Somerset, which is home of sorts. It was where he was brought up by his father. Quakers don’t join the army, but Stephen went against the grain of his father’s pacifist beliefs and that decision defined his adult life. He...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Ewan on Fri, 22 Jul 2022 The weeks seem to be flying by. I hope you all survived the heat. No moaning about today’s rain, please. Story of the Week Story of the Week this week goes to not-so-cosy Cotswolds-set “The Bounds” by Charlie77. The start of something longer, this first part is gripping, chilling and blessed with a narrative voice that is very strong indeed. Do check out Rosalie Kempthorne’s latest, too. Discovery is as off-...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point Fri 22nd July 2022

The weeks seem to be flying by. I hope you all survived the heat. No moaning about today’s rain, please. Story of the Week Story of the Week this week goes to not-so-cosy Cotswolds-set “The Bounds” by Charlie77. The start of something longer, this first part is gripping, chilling and blessed with a narrative voice that is very strong indeed. Do check out Rosalie Kempthorne’s latest, too. Discovery is as off-kilter and unsettling as all her work...

THE KINDNESS BY SJ HOWARTH (ABCTales' own JupiterMoon). OUT NOW!

When you know your time is short, anything starts to feel like everything… Daisy Lowry is missing a dad…Gabriel Lowry is a dying illusionist seeking a daughter…as both look for a reunion, they tumble into new and magical experiences, Gabriel having it all on to perform the greatest trick of this life – slipping the noose a very bitter, overworked Death has for him…whilst Daisy finds solace in a mysterious group of strong, independent women… SJ...

Legions of Joy?

Yesterday, the anniversary of our first kiss, Lynn and I received a text from Mary's roomate Jon who was aware of the significance of the date. He asked if we would be available for a video chat at 7 o'clock. It was private and he didn't want Mary to know about the call. The call came at 7 sharp. Jon was out walking and talking in his Boston neighborhood. After the usual opening pleasantries, Jon got to the point. He asked us permission for him...

Another day of reckoning

I'm gonna know a lot more about my journey after Thursday. I'm prepaing for the worst and hoping for the best. Prepaing for the worst is quite an exercise while playing the waiting game. It certainly adds urgency to my writing and living as the idea of a "deadline" takes on more meaning. Life is precious of course and I'm gonna fight for mine. I have much more confidence in doctors these days. I'm over the phobia that they are trying to hurt me...

out of the frying pan

If as some people believe, Russia was behind the Brexit vote, might it be possible they have been influencing social media to turn the population against Johnson? It is not as though everyone was not aware he found truth dull at best, to be glossed over with mockery or buried in fluff of Latin quotes. I don't see why, just now, everyone has suddenly noticed the emperor has no clothes? If Putin were responsible for Johnson becoming PM, as he was...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for June, very kindly chosen for us by Mark Say: Here we go with Picks of the Month June 2022! I’m migrating from the written word to audio for my story of the month. Sheep Without a Shepherd by colin.b – an extract from an audiobook – is a great slice of working class memoir told in a Scottish vernacular that makes clear it comes from the heart. It’s a lethal piece of social commentary and carries a real...

Seth Stephens Davidowitz (2017) everybody lies. What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are.

Google announced they would delete data. Algorithms rule the world. And their algorithm made Sergey Brin and Larry Page the richest men in the world. That’s the equivalent of an oil company announcing it would no longer produce petrol. Google would not cooperate with law officials who sought to prosecute women seeking abortion in lieu of Roe versus Wade after searching online, using Google. Google is a noun and verb. Google trends offer the...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

It was a struggle this week to make my choices, especially with poetry - thank you all so much for posting such wonderful, thought-provoking work. It's always a pleasure to read it. Poem of the Week goes to lenchenelf for Otters' Child which I've found myself returning to more than once. It's wonderful https://www.abctales.com/story/lenchenelf/otters-child Story of the Week goes to JupiterMoon for 'The Kindness'. Jupiter usually posts poetry on...

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