Before Littlewood could respond, there was a turn in the air’s countenance . The rancid unsanitary smell of the wolf blew in. Looking up, he could...

The Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa – The Christmas Party

The beautiful Downshire village of Clerembeax St Giles was situated to the west of Abbeyvale located between Grace Hill and Bushy Down and on the outskirts was the Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa.

Snippets of Downshire Life – Bumper Edition

The village of Brocklington was on the River Brooke about six miles downstream from Sharping St Mary in the Finchbottom Vale, which was once a great wetland that centuries earlier stretched from Mornington in the East to Childean in the west and from Shallowfield in the south to Purplemere in the north, but there were only three small bodies of water left in the Vale now one in Mornington, one in Childean and third of course was Purplemere, which was where Brockington’s most recent newcomer had arrived from.

Angel 74 (kindness of strangers)

Angel wondered if she could go back. Sneak up the stairs, go into her room and lock the door, pull the sheets back over her head. She turned her head...


In the bitter winter of 1944 in the depths of the Ardennes Forest, an American Army Captain John Myers (Craig Olejnik) and a Belgian girl named Alina (Ali Liebert) meet and fall in love during a brief 24-hour Christmas truce amid the Battle of the Bulge.

Where The Hell is Charlie?

Where the Bloody hell is Charlie? Alfred stoodbarefoot and called to his wife. "Janet...have you seen my blue socks?" While he waited for her reply...

December in Carolina

I went for a walk this morning. When I returned to the house Lynn asked me about the weather. I said "the weather is beautiful if we are in Rochester...

A Christmas Tale With A Difference

The people of 'England' were facing a General Election, but what was going to happen this time? This was co-written by myself and my wife Wendy in 2006. We 'bounced' a few ideas off each other to write it together. As we are now facing another election, and at Christmas time, we both think it is the perfect time to post our joint work on my abctales account, with due credit to my wife Wendy Kirtley.

Second Steps

This story was published in Fiction Kitchen Berlin, a fine journal if there ever was one. Consider submitting...

Sweet Pea

Long summer days Haystack cubes And the sun refusing to leave A mans best friend With a wagging tail Walks the trail The sky so clear You could see...

The Upside-down Tree

a thousand-years-old and feeling its age,

Latest Blues

People parking their cars on double yellow lines Trains full of folk that can’t get a seat Buses stuck in traffic we’re all stuck in jobs we cannot...

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels In Love by Paul McCann Baby I’ve been running around all over the place , searching for love , you keep hiding , I keep chasing you ,...

interrupted- finis

Day Interrupted- finis Thursday morning arrived. We were up early and ready to set out by 7 am. Rte. 41 South was decidedly crowded with the daily “...


I am a product of words exalted by the Lord: “Be fruitful and multiply.” *Genesis 1:22


The world is warming And tempers rise with the sea

Snippets of Downshire Life – Feast of St Nicholas

Snippets of Downshire Life – Feast of St Nicholas The traditional seaside resort of Sharpington-by-Sea with its Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, The Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, has all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park and it was in the grand neighbourhood of Granite Hill, which in a nod to San Francisco, the locals had nicknamed Nob Hill where Church Warden of St Lucy’s, Henry Appleby, was attending a dinner on St Andrew’s Day, at the home of a local celebrity, children’s author, Alesha Khan.

Let Him Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone.

I love this story, on every level. The Woman was caught in the very act of adultery, was the Man married too? We don’t know, we are not told, but she...

Snippets of Downshire Life – St Nicholas’ Day

Downshire is a relatively small English county but like a pocket battleship it packs a lot in, a short but beautiful coastline, a channel port, the Ancient forests of Dancingdean and Pepperstock, the craggy ridges and manmade lakes of the Pepperstock Hills National Park, the rolling hills of the Downshire Downs, the beautiful Finchbottom Vale and farm land as far as the eye can see from the Trotwood’s and the Grace’s in the south to the home of the Downshire Light infantry, Nettlefield, and their affluent neighbour’s, Roespring and Tipton in the north but our story takes place in the southern town off Abbottsford which was the biggest in Downshire, its administrative capital and the seat of the Downshire government.


This seasonal drama is about the Puerto Rican Rodriguez family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago who face what may well be their last Christmas together.