Insertponceyfrenchnamehere's blog

We Need To Talk About AI - Please Read

It's come to our attention that AI is being used by some of our members. I've discussed this with our trustees, editors and directors and we are all in agreement that ABCTales isn't the place for it. We will be updating our Terms of Use to reflect this shortly, but in the meantime just don't! If anything is published on our site using AI we will require it to be removed within 24 hours. This is a creative writing site and we love reading what...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for February have very kindly been chosen by marandina: Spring is in the air, winter now behind us after a tricky few months for many, what with the cost of living crisis, the ongoing war in Ukraine and other issues at home and abroad. A bright ball of sun in a blue sky remains the writing oasis at ABCTales.com. It was lovely to be asked back to choose the monthly picks for February. It meant I could masquerade as...

Another Brilliant ABCTales Virtual Reading Event, Saturday April 1st!

I am delighted to announce the following: On Saturday 1st of April we will be having an April Fool’s Day online reading event from 7pm - 9pm hosted by the wonderful Mark Burrow. Please email rachel@abctales.com . Let her know if you would like to read or be in the audience, also your username as well as your real name. Do get in touch quickly if you want to read as the list always fills up quickly. A zoom link will be sent to you before the...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Happy Friday! Poem of the Week is Yutka’s beautiful and moving, Different to caged birds. https://www.abctales.com/story/yutka/different-caged-birds There is, as always, an abundance of brilliant poetry on the site to choose from. Do read Mark Burrow’s ‘night of the armed siege' https://www.abctales.com/story/mark-burrow/night-armed-siege and Ewan’s 'Don’t Ask' too. https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/dont-ask Story of the Week is Phil Whiteland...

Story and Poem of the Week, and Inspiration Point 17 Feb 2023

Posted by Ewan on Fri, 17 Feb 2023 Here are the picks of the week. Poem of the Week is Ralph's 'Any Old Jerusalem' a reworking of an old poem. When you can picture the people and the places, it's a sign that a piece is as near perfect as anything has any right to be. You can read it here Story of the Week is TJW's 'The R Word'. A very strong narrative voice tells us a gritty, yet heartbreaking story. You can read it here This weeks IP is here

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point (and some member news!)

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 10 Feb 2023 ABC Tales writer Colin Burnett (author of the absorbing and thought-provoking novel 'A Working Class State of Mind') has an article in today's issue of 'The National'. Anyone familiar with Colin's work will know that this is going to be well worth reading. https://www.thenational.scot/politics/23311832.betting-shops-cash-social-inequalities-location/ We've had some wonderful stories posted during the last...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of January, very kindly selected by RJNewlyn: Pick of the month January 2023 Well done to everyone for another great month’s worth of writing. January can be a little wearying and I don’t think it’s the easiest time for inspiration, so it’s doubly impressive that there are so many excellent recent posts. For the prose section, do take a look at celticman’s Eejit Knickers https://www.abctales.com/story/celticman/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Fabulous writing to choose from this week…not least the bumper crop from today alone. Despite being spoilt for choice, this week’s stand-outs for me are: Poem of the Week is Welkin Spirit by Penny4athought. It satisfies all my poetic desires. https://www.abctales.com/story/penny4athought/welkin-spirit Story of the Week is TJW’s profound and brilliant writing of ‘GOODBYE, SOUL BROTHER or The Cavalry of Ten Thousand Horses - I: The Green Hell / 6...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 20 Jan 2023

Posted by Ewan on Fri, 20 Jan 2023 Never easy any Friday to choose, but I'm going to plunge straight in with the picks this time. Story of the Week is newcomer Steve Hoselitz's 'Eavesdropping' . A strong voice and quirky story makes for an excellent read. I'm sure we are all looking forward to reading more from Steve. Speaking of quirkiness, one of the most distinctive voices on ABCTales belongs to Lavadis. His work is always identifiable and...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 13 Jan 2023 The diversity of the writing on ABC Tales is its greatest strength, and the Picks for this week are very different indeed. Story of the Week is Part One of ethancrane's 'Warchild', but that's only because I can't give it to both parts. Surreal, funny, acutely observant and completely absorbing, it's a cracking read: Warchild (part 1 of 2) | ABCtales Warchild (part 2 of 2) | ABCtales Poem of the Week is...

Pages