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

One day when I was really feeling down about something, my mom taught me how to crochet the pattern for her blankets. I was young and had so much going on beyond home that although at the time I did learn how- I only made small attempts to make one of my own, never having more than a row or two for my attempts. While my mom was alive and could have helped me, I never found the time to start another one and after she was gone, I couldn’t remember...

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Bernard Hare (2005) Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew.

I picked up this book and put it down a few times. I doubt if I’d have read it, but for one thing—it was Bob’s book. He carried it around like a lucky rabbit paw in his rucksack (not so lucky for the rabbit). Mostly in the first 150 pages of the book, around the middle of the book, Bob scribbled messages to himself in biro. He underlined words like Urbie and wrote things like ‘Visible From Space So We r Told’. Adding a tick mark to quote from...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 It's been a happily productive week on the site annd we're fortunate to have a number of new writers joining us - welcome one and all! I don't know about you, but I'm yearning for pastures new. The evocative poem from Coolhermit takes us on some armmchair travel that may satisfy that itch - with a trip back in time and 'in Nepal' - it's our poem of the week: https://www.abctales.com/story/coolhermit/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

It's been a happily productive week on the site annd we're fortunate to have a number of new writers joining us - welcome one and all! I don't know about you, but I'm yearning for pastures new. The evocative poem from Coolhermit takes us on some armmchair travel that may satisfy that itch - with a trip back in time and 'in Nepal' - it's our poem of the week: https://www.abctales.com/story/coolhermit/nepal-june-1971 Our story of the week also...

French in the Background

A week or so ago I decided to exercise my lack in knowledge of the French language. I wasn't sure I was going to do it until I noticed the instrumental L'Amour Est Bleu was palying on our system and the title appeared. So i began merging my "french" with a fake Tale of Two Cities back story. I used most of the French vocab that I possessed, with a big thanks to Paul McCartney. Then I started to recall what went wrong in my education de Francais...

Graeme Armstrong (2020) The Young Team

Graeme Armstrong (2020) The Young Team Gore Vidal is attributed with the quote, ‘Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little’. Graeme Armstrong is not a friend of mine. But the title of his book, The Young Team needs no detailed sociological explanation. I don’t need to go searching for definitions in The Urban Dictionary . I’m proud to be working class, less proud to have a chib mark on my face and knocked guys out and been a baw hair away...

Chloe Turner (2019) Witches Sail in Eggshells, published by Reflex Press.

‘Witches Sail in Eggshells’ is a quote from Meg, a character in a story of the same name, but also a playful aside from Keiza, the bewitcher of the unnamed protagonist. It bookends a collection of seventeen short stories of around 150 pages. I think the first story in the collection, ‘Hagstone,’ is the best short-story in the collection, and the last, ‘Witches Sail in Eggshells’, next best—you may think differently. Short-stories bewitch in...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Well, first of all I have to tell you that the editors had a virtual reading event last night over Zoom. Very kindly suggested, and organised by Mark Burrow, it was a wild success with readers from all over the world. In fact, it was so good that we are definitely going to go ahead with a Main Event for everyone, so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement! It should be sometime next month and will be especially good for all the lovely...

Mrs America, BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, written by Dahvi Waller and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Mrs America, BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, written by Dahvi Waller and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08ggl84/mrs-america-series-1-1-phyllis https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08gglyp/mrs-america-series-1-2-gloria It’s 1971, American troops are still fighting in Vietnam. Richard Nixon is President and is engaged in ongoing peace talks with his USSR counterpart, President Brezhnev. Phyllis Schlafly (Cate...

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