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Bronze Medal Award winner of the 2020 Cerasus Poetry Olympics

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of January, very kindly chosen by onemorething: As always, with such a wealth of diverse and fantastic writing shared here, it’s very hard to choose just one poem and story. Poem of the Month is Kilb50’s To A Lone Sailor. Such a beautiful poem. It left me lost for words and deeply moved. https://www.abctales.com/story/kilb50/lone-sailor Special mentions: Rosa Cruz’s Fair Maids of February is wonderful - you can...

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

Writers create little worlds of wonder but where do these stories come from? I know it is different for each writer for we have our own rhythm and flow…require different stimuli…and know what effectively works for us may not work for everyone. For me, when I write, it is visual…the words flow from what I see, or I should say what I imagine. I walk through the scenes in my mind’s eye almost in a trance, imagining and typing the descriptive words...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point - and a special announcement!

First - we've decided to have another virtual reading event at the end of this month and we'd love to see you there! We've had two so far and they've been brilliant. Do register early, as Mark says, places fill up very quickly. You can read or just be there: ABCTales Virtual Reading Description ABCTales is holding a virtual reading night on Saturday 27th February (UKT), running from 19:00 to 21:00. Our members will be reading poems, short...

When is a freebie, not a freebie?

When it needs a review. During the month of January this year, Kobo promoted two of my novels; Eagles Hunt Wolves ; and, The Road of a Thousand Tigers for free download on their platform. I put them up for this primarily as something readers could enjoy during the bleakest month in the grips of a pandemic. Two fast-paced page-turners always help take your mind off things. And, on a more mercenary level, I hoped to get some reviews on the back of...

The Chronicles of a Lady (and her Maid)

A story that sprang from a fragment of dialogue that was going around in my head (and simply demanded to be written down) has now, to my surprise, generated seven episodes, to date, and looks likely to provide quite a few more, before I'm done! Therefore, in an effort to try and tidy things up, I've collected all of the stories about Aefelthrith and Gwladys together in a 'collection' and sequentially numbered the various episodes. If you haven't...

It's been a long time.

My Photographs and Memories plan got a wee bit derailed and it has been superceded by other ventures. I did, however, pull together a small book of work related to the influence of a friend/muse of mine. I've been yoyo-ing between home and hospital since May 2017. It was supposed to be a simple operation but a number of mistakes were made.and as a result, among other stays, I had two visits to Intensive Care totalling around 10 weeks. The final...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 29 Jan 2021 There's been a great variety of things posted on ABC Tales this week, and my two Picks couldn't be more different from each other. Story of the Week goes to Simon Barget's 'A Day In The Life'. It's very difficult to get it right with a story 'told' by an animal, but this one captures Essence of Cat and is also very, very funny. You don't need to be a cat lover to appreciate it. In fact, if you don't like...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

There's been a great variety of things posted on ABC Tales this week, and my two Picks couldn't be more different from each other. Story of the Week goes to Simon Barget's 'A Day In The Life'. It's very difficult to get it right with a story 'told' by an animal, but this one captures Essence of Cat and is also very, very funny. You don't need to be a cat lover to appreciate it. In fact, if you don't like cats, this will confirm all your...

"Are you making a movie, or telling a story?"

So went a conversation I had with Kenneth (not their real name) during the course of pitching my novel through 2020. In the unforgiving world of commercial publishing, this question is often asked - who is saying what to whom, and is their internal world caught up in the jump cuts of talking heads ? A roving POV can lead to confusion which begs the question most authors face - are you making a movie, or telling a story? I suspect that any author...

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