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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

Have you been zooming/Teaming and all of those other virtual methods of communicating? Remember those luxurious days of careless touch and wandering? Although our day to day lives are curtailed, there's time to travel to the past and capture moments from memories and share them here. Our two picks of the week are fabulous examples of this. Poem of the week goes to Socialeaf with a blending of love - human or machine? https://www.abctales.com/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

Writing and reading can be a refuge - I'm just settling into this way of thinking - If you've been inspired in these difficult times - well done and thank you so much for your wonderful postings. If you need a distraction - let's get writing! It's no coincidence that my two picks have food at their hearts. Our appreciation of the sensual nature of life seems to have come to the fore. From lime tea and madeleines too to hot, salty chips shared in...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

What a wonderful island ABCtales is. Many of us have found respite here this week - thank you so much for posting your writing, it really helps in difficult times. T he standard of writing has been incredibly high so do look back across the week for many brilliant pieces. The lives of others are intrinsically interesting - or perhaps I'm just nosey. Either way Ice Rivers has given us some fabulous snippets, in a sort of Mass Observation style...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

I love writing that takes you on multiple journeys - that's just one reason I've chosen these two wonderful pieces from fabulous choices this week. Story of the week goes to Parson Thru and his atmospheric wander across time: https://www.abctales.com/story/parson-thru/buses Poem of the week is full of startling images, ideas and emotions, a woderful piece from Noo: https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/music-binds Here's the inspiration point:...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

We made it through January! Goodness knows what the future holds - seems like a good time to look back. Scent is a great memory jerker so here is a whiff of the sea and the forest to stir up the past: Story of the week left me in pieces and reminded me how every house has a story - an inspiration point in itself - a beautifully drawn piece from Fatboy74 https://www.abctales.com/story/fatboy74/there-was-house-and-there-was-sea-2 Poem of the week...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

Happy New Year everyone! We're already off to a great start on the writing front - let's make a mutual resolution to write, post and read more. I have to give a big shout out to Lavadis and his use of extraordinary imagery to conjure up the rawest of emotions: https://www.abctales.com/story/lavadis/emergency-bassoonist Poem of the week goes to Onemorething's delicate and profound: https://www.abctales.com/story/onemorething/you-can%E2%80%99t-...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

Thank you ABCTales for bringing us cool respite from the stinging world. Yet again there's been a host of wonderful writing. My first choice is something of a conundrum - is it a story - is it a poem? Whichever, it's disarming and exhilarating - the writer has categorised it as a story - so I'm going with that! Story of the week is Minor Prophet by Lithiviaoblivia: https://www.abctales.com/story/lithiviaoblivia/minor-prophet Poem of the week is...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

I do hope you're not paddling in flood water but if you're dry inside - stay there and curl up with ABCtales to take your mind of the unncertain weather. There's so much to enjoy this week. A feast of poetry which made it very difficult to choose one to be poem of the week - but I've gone with Agnosticnun's stunning take on the IP: The Language of Dead Flowers https://www.abctales.com/story/agnosticnun/language-dead-flowers Prose is just as...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

The weather and news may be bleak but ABCtales is full of life and energy! Another week of fabulous writing - thank you to all who have posted. Our picks this week both draw on the hidden depths of the domestic world. Story of the week goes to Noo with her two captivating portraits of loneliness and quiet lives behind closed doors. https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/involuntary Poem of the week goes to a wonderful autumnal concoction from Ed...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

There's a whiff on autumn in the air - a time to reflect and drink the golden dregs of summer. I'm back to school - and as much as I enjoy it can relate to Jane Hyphen's chilly take on September - our misty poem of the week! https://www.abctales.com/story/jane-hyphen/september-chills Don't you wish you had airyfairy as a neighbour? I do, with her yellow blinds, cat and friendly assistance - not to mention her up-coming tattoo. My grandaughter...

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