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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

I hope you've all noticed we're having another Virtual Reading Event in August? It would be lovely to see you there, either as part of the audience or to read for us. Very kindly arranged by Mark Burrow - all details here: https://www.abctales.com/blog/insertponceyfrenchnamehere/abctales-virtua... Two wonderful picks for you this week. Story of the Week goes to Kilb50 for When Robert Left Helen - a really well written and very funny piece, and...

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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 16 July 2021

Chosen by Ewan. Story of the week, in an unusually strong field, goes to Rosalie Kempthorne whose apocalyptic narrative WebWorld (plus version no.s) continues to read like something publisher ready. If you’ve missed earlier parts, do go back to the beginning Today’s episode WebWorld (1.10) https://www.abctales.com/story/rosaliekempthorne/webworld-110 [Episode 1 WebWorld (1.1) is here] https://www.abctales.com/story/rosaliekempthorne/webworld-11...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Two wonderful pieces for you today: Poem of the Week goes to skinner_jennifer's Daydreamer which seems to have touched a nerve with a lot of people - including me. As Jenny's success shows, daydreaming can get you places! Story of the Week goes to drew_gummerson's You which has kept me laughing all week Both wonderful reads and very much recommended! https://www.abctales.com/story/skinnerjennifer/daydreamer https://www.abctales.com/story/...

Story and Poem of the Month

Story and Poem of the Month for June, very kindly chosen by Parson Thru: Prose elegantfowl ‘Sanctuary’ https://www.abctales.com/ story/elegantfowl/sanctuary My choice for prose pick of the month for June is elegantfowl’s ‘Sanctuary’. I found this a very intense and well-written piece. The atmosphere is claustrophobic, which suits the telling well. I felt drawn into the mind of the character and into their thoughts. The voice is matter of fact...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 02 Jul 2021 Great to see that even with the easing of lockdown and the various sporting distractions going on, ABC Talers have still managed to find the time to post some brilliant work. Story of the Week is 'First Last Friday' by ice rivers. Like many of the best stories, it's deceptively simple. It's one of those pieces where nothing and everything happen at the same time. The ending might be heartbreaking, or it...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration point 18 June 2021

Story and Poem of the Week chosen by Ewan. I’m sure this gets harder every week. Or at least harder every time it's my turn. Story of the Week goes to Penny4athought’s continuing series “Willow’s Tail 11” https://www.abctales.com/story/penny4athought/willows-tail-11 the rest of it is here. https://www.abctales.com/collection/willows-tail Poem of the Week, against some fierce competiton, is Deliberately Evolving’s tribute to a much-missed member...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Some really wonderful stories and poems to choose from this week - thank you so much for posting them! Story of the Week goes to poetjude for First Visit which has stayed with me since I first read it, and Poem of the Week goes to onemorething's wonderful prose poem Garden At Dawn: https://www.abctales.com/story/poetjude/first-visit https://www.abctales.com/story/onemorething/garden-dawn Very honourable mentions to skinner_jennifer for her...

Story and Poem of the Month

Story and Poem of the Month for May have very kindly been chosen by hudsonmoon: “It's May, it's May, the month of yes you may The time for every frivolous whim, proper or im It's wild, it's gay, a blot in every way The birds and bees with all of their vast amorous past Gaze at the human race aghast” So say Lerner and Lowe in Camelot. What do I say? I say you bunch make it difficult to make an easy decision when it comes to doing the monthly pick...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 04 Jun 2021 Two more wonderful pieces for our Picks this week. Story of the Week goes to Terrence Oblong's 'The Word Police'. Funny, surreal, and yet so very, very familiar to those of us attempting to extract inspiration from our little grey cells and get something, anything, on the page: The Word Police | ABCtales Poem of the Week is bhi's beautiful 'In the shadow of geraniums'. A vivid, thought-provoking piece full...

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