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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you again for all the lovely reads this week. Story of the Week is mitzi44's 'A Friend Indeed'. This series has been splendid from the beginning, and this evocation of childhood friendship, and the mishaps that can befall a big sister trying to be kind, are a joy to read: A Friend Indeed | ABCtales Poem of the Week goes to 'Don't Name Them' by Mentalelf. I found this quite extraordinary. It's spare, terse even, but its story of love, pain...

The Ghost Inside My Child, Prime, edited by Caleb Emerson.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x64a7x6 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x64a7x2 I wrote a story a good while ago (I don’t exactly remember when, because it wasn’t very good) about reincarnation. The plot was simple. This rich guy had found a chemical marker that could be traced and he could leave his substantial wealth to himself. Cut out the middle man, sons and daughters. Win-win. Hokum. I was, of course, aware that of the myths of paying...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of February have very kindly been chosen by airyfairy: Lots of lovely things on ABCTales this month – many thanks to everyone for providing such absorbing, touching, funny and just plain brilliant stuff. Firstly, a shout out to a few of the brilliant series that are on the site at the moment. I have picked out the latest episodes, but please do go back and read from the start - you won’t regret it. Mitzi44’s...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ($934.91) Week - 3 Dungeons & Dragons Sometimes displayed as D&D should not be confused with DD. Normally we refer to “Due Diligence” as a process of vetting a potential investment. Is it a stable company with a reliable customer base, adequate financing and a strong track record of profits? I personally recommend Caterpillar (CAT). Just the highlights here: A $200 share price...

Great Scottish Writers: Janice Galloway.

Janice Galloway’s autobiographies This is Not About Me and All Made Up begin in the same way: ‘This is my family’. Stylistically, she doesn’t use quotation marks. There’s no standard way of writing in the Scottish language and dialect. I was checking her work out to find some kind of consistency in my writing. Reaching for the musicality of speech mixed with social realism. She’s light-touch and mostly Standard English. Not into writing as we...

ABCTales Virtual Reading - The Debriefing!

Dear All, I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for last night. It was a lot of fun and the quality of the readings was really something quite special. Here's the list of readers -- do check out their work on https://www.abctales.com/ Mark P (we will get you in for a full reading next time!) Luigi Pagano Sean McNulty Rhiannon Lem Ross Lowe LittleRedHat Frances (check out that podcast https://soundcloud.com/user-291481238/the-fran-...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Week - 2 The risks & rewards: Loss of entire investment, unlikely but acceptable. Don’t risk what you can’t lose! Whether you’re literally rolling the dice or investing in speculative financial instruments, it’s sound policy not to take out a mortgage on your house to do so. The events of this week highlight why this is so. “Flush me J!” That movie line popped into my head as I observed some...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 26 Feb 2021 Thank you for all the wonderful pieces on the site this week. There has been some stunning work, and it's been very hard to make the Picks of the Week. Poem of the Week goes to Di Hard's beautiful 'Getting Ready'. Beautiful, sensuous language, and a real feeling of strength and renewal. There are many layers to this poem, and it rewards any number of readings: Getting Ready | ABCtales Story of the Week is...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you for all the wonderful pieces on the site this week. There has been some stunning work, and it's been very hard to make the Picks of the Week. Poem of the Week goes to Di Hard's beautiful 'Getting Ready'. Beautiful, sensuous language, and a real feeling of strength and renewal. There are many layers to this poem, and it rewards any number of readings: Getting Ready | ABCtales Story of the Week is 'My New Nemesis', the latest fascinating...

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