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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy. A hard job choosing this week's Picks, as ever. And the two pieces are very, very different, which is what is so lovely about the site. There's such a variety of work, truly something for everybody.

How to write a Praise Poem

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Off the Grid and Out of My Mind

Since I ain't allowed to go to work until they decide what they're gonna do with me I'm gonna drive southwest to float down the Itchnatukny, then northeast to kayak through the Okefenokee, then southeast to camp in the Osceola. My neighbor will look after my babies, him and his lady have done it a few times before so they know what they're doing. Georgia swamp and Florida flat woods: here I come.

The Little Stranger (2018) screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, based on the 2009 novel by Sarah Waters, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-little-stranger/on-demand/48945-001 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Stranger_(film) I’ve read a few of Sarah Walter’s books, but, as usual, with holes in my memories, I can’t remember much about them. Her other books and translation to screen include Tipping the Velvet (1998), Affinity (1999), and Fingersmith (2002). I haven’t read Affinity . Waters is celebrated for her ability to weave intricate...

A little late, appropriately!

Some of you (hopefully) may have noticed that this week's instalment in the Bring Out Your Dead series,, which would normally appear, to a less than interested world, on a Friday, has been notable by its absence. This lamentable state of affairs has arisen because I have been otherwise engaged, ironically attending a funeral, amongst other things. However ' nil desperandum ' (as the Romans probably didn't have it) all things come to those who...

MALIGN INTENT *One week to go & a Kindle review already in!

With the paperback version of MALIGN INTENT out on 01.27.24, I have the book released on #Kindle aheaed of the launch & already the first review is in! https://www.amazon.com/Malign-Intent-Murder-Crowe-ebook/dp/B0CR7M45ZS/re... "I n this sequel to the crime thriller 'A Kind of Drowning', Garda Inspector P.J. Crowe is called to investigate when a body is found swaying from a tree at the edge of a forest. His boss tells him to write off the...

Kiss

A couple days ago I had to meet with HR because someone complained about my behavior: a lady (the one I took to the opera) was passing by and said "Hey, Jack" to greet me and I approached her, held her face in my hands, kissed her for one....two ..three seconds, released her and said "Hey ". Now I am on paid leave for a week waiting for what will be the consequences of that impromptu kiss. She has let me know that she wasn't the one who...

Story & Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 19 Jan 2024

Choosing - as always - has proven very hard indeed. So, without further ado, or with “adon’t”, if you prefer, here goes. Story of the Week Special mention for Jane Hyphen’s long form piece ‘Parcel for you’ the latest instalment is here , but start here if you haven’t read any of it. Also of note were marandina’s Enoshima Pt1 & 2 However this week’s Story of the Week goes to ‘ Only Here for the Poets ’ part of Turlough’s account of his visit...

Bex Hainsworth (2023) Walrussey

Poetry frightens me a bit. It’s just so complicated. But when you get it right, as Bex Hainsworth had done in Walrussey , it sounds simple. Like many of the writers of poetry on ABCtales—where her pseudonym was Mistaken Magic—she got ‘cherried’. A poem being especially worthy of attention. She followed the usual route of Poem of the week. Nobody really cares about that stuff, but it’s nice at the time. A little fill-up before going back to...

Patrick Radden Keefe (2022) Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers Rebels and Crooks.

Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning author of Empire of Pain . Before I read his book I hadn’t heard of the billionaire Sackler family and how they created an opioid addiction factory (Purdue Pharmacy) that killed tens of thousands and made them obscenely wealthy. I had, however, heard of the moron’s moron and former President Donald J.Trump. I’m a Trump watcher. It baffles me that 74 million Americans voted for him in 2020. And it...

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