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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

Oh it's been hard to choose! There's so much good writing on the site this week. In the end I've gone with my heart. Story of the week is Jane Hyphen's Brooksy; a low-key piece of heartbreak that echoes with the thrum of those classic chords from Dire Straits. https://www.abctales.com/story/jane-hyphen/brooksy JupiterMoon's, imbolc, is Poem of the week. Jack Frost and the Green Man meet in this quiet medative piece. https://www.abctales.com/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

So it's 2019! We made it out of 2018 and we're living in the future. A couple of spaced-out pieces are our picks of the week. Poem of the Week has Ewan musing on the odd fact that there's a robot trundling along on the dark-side of the moon - we're great on technology but not so much on the fundamentals of life. Outside gives us lots to think about. https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/outside It's no wonder the aliens cleared off in Mark Say's...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

Two legends set the scene for this week's picks. Story of the week is a modern take on a classic tale. The Grandmother, from Penelope Creighton is beautifully executed and perfect reading on a dark cold night. https://www.abctales.com/story/penelopecreighton/grandmother Poem of the week elevates the humble bagel to its rightful status. Alfie Shoyger's ode to the mythic snack will make you smile. https://www.abctales.com/story/alfie-shoyger/bagel...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

The nights are drawing in - a time for contemplation and chills. The picks of this week provide both. Poem of the week is London Calling's beautiful and moving, when you are the ocean: https://www.abctales.com/story/londoncalling79/when-you-are-ocean Story of the week is a bargain read one get two free from Noo, with her unsettling trio of mask stories, Sincere: https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/sincere-part-3 And here is the inspiration point...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

The winds are howling at the door and stories are filling up the site like autumn gold. It's been so very hard to choose but I've gone for two pieces that touch the heart with their truth. Noo's fabulous poem, takes us to the heart of experience and speaks of the strangeness of life and death. https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/one-thing-we-can-be-certain Harry C's autobiographical piece is tender and hopeful. https://www.abctales.com/story/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

Water features in our two picks of the week. Our poem of the week is from Rosa Cruz - another brilliant piece from her pamphlet, Surfacing. Beach Mosaic, is both a fitting metaphor and a practical therapy; it's clever, beautiful and healing. https://www.abctales.com/story/rosa-cruz/beach-pottery-mosaic-0 Death is haunting me this week, so Noo's story, Occupation, with its drifting body, bartender, death midwfe, and cleaner (of the gangster...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

It's been a sad week on our site, with the loss of one of our own. Well Wisher has inspired many of you to write some brilliant fairytales - and this week's story of the week is one brimming with hope, Airyfairiy's magical two-parter, 'Round the Corner' - make sure your read both parts: https://www.abctales.com/story/airyfairy/round-corner-part-one https://www.abctales.com/story/airyfairy/round-corner-part-two Poem of the week is from the...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

Summer is here! And it's just a bit too hot. stay in the shade and read the wonderful pieces on the site - starting with our brillaint picks of the week! Poem of the week from Elsie Katz, allows us to fill in the gaps with our own personal dreams of escape https://www.abctales.com/story/elsie-katz/go-now Story of the week is a stunning two-parter from JohnShade - it's really very special: https://www.abctales.com/story/johnshade/mask https://www...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

What a great week for poetry, I've been dithering over: https://www.abctales.com/story/ladle/borrowed-days https://www.abctales.com/story/richard-l-provencher/its-more-poetry and https://www.abctales.com/story/parson-thru/fuente-de-la-mora They each did wonderful things to my heart and head - but I had to plump for Ewan's deceptively simple portrait of loss for poem of the week: https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/here-are-things-0 There's been...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

It's been a great week for writing on the site - plenty of good reads to catch up on in the spring sun over the weekend. It's very hard to choose but I've gone for two pieces about twovery different places. Story of the week goes to harveyjones35 with his evocative, Lima-or-after-jungle: https://www.abctales.com/story/harveyjones35/lima-or-after-jungle Poem of the week goes to Alfie Shoyger's gritty portrait of urban life: https://www.abctales...

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