The Long and the Short of It...
Stuff that doesn't fit in the other ones... what did you think?
A self-justificatory rant... ill-justified, no doubt... but they all teach the same kind of writing... don't they?
This started life as a complicated flash-back format piece with the clunky device of a ferris wheel joining the present sequences with the past. This is more linear.
I think if the band had been British and had seen the riots this year, they might have changed the words.
No song titles in this one either... Yes, it was spelt incorrectly in the comic.
One Salim Meghani posts a lot of computer-oriented (i think) factual/academic/for-all-I-know-extremely-learned pieces on ABC. I just love the titles. So this one is for Salim... Image is from Slideshare and is free for non-commercial use. Owner: Ssankett Negi
He wrote some good stuff... I haven't! Picture is of the bust of Catullus at Sirmione. Source is Wikipedia Commons.
There's a new bio of Dickens out, I hope he'll be rehabilitated soon. Re-punctuated 3/10/11
The Mighty Hunter, serial numbers have been changed to protect the guilty. http://www.spyflight.co.uk/nim.htm
Ephraim Lightwater B17 Montevista Coin Spain firstname.lastname@example.org Syneham & Dunholme Literary Agents Cashew Building Bent Street London WC1 2ED
IOPW 14/03/08 Edit 8/12/17 Middle stanza inserted minor edits elsewhere. Image used in acc/w CC-SA 2.0 Source Wiki commons: author Alan Wilson
It's a very good book, really, but you can't give a computer to a duck and expect it to get online. Copyright information for image is inside the cover of the book, I'll look it up later.
New starts aren't easy.... Image is used in acc with CC-BY-SA 2.0 Photographer David Lally
Jimmi Patel left the house at an unaccustomed run. Not quite out of condition yet, he thought, but bloody near it.
I remember it like it was yesterday. Only I can’t remember yesterday. Or five minutes ago, come to that. Got to write things down. So much paper, around the house now. I think. Or was that before?
Greetings from Inner Space: Writer’s Blog Stardate 2412/2007 time 1915 S.F.T.*
an urban-myth in Buenos Aires says a high-ranking politician was arrested with half-a-million dollars in his bathtub. He said it was petty cash. Last couplet edit 18 June 2011
Book seats on the apocalypse wagon train. Image by Themightyquill - Souce wikipedia commons, licence : CC BY-SA 3.0
It looked like it had fallen from a well-thumbed book; at least it hadn't been the last page of a commuter's escape route. I wonder what the rest of the novel was like?
Not postmodern, not didactic, not navel gazing. Just a bucolic, blundering lonely as a clod, poem.
hmmmm.... are all critics bad poets or the other way round?? Image author's intellectual property, created at site shown
I don't suppose they were ever any more reflective of society than Lord Snooty and the Bash Street Kids....
IPOW based on a very fine poem: (HINT) :-) http://www.abctales.com/story/capoeiragem/gone apologies for what I came up with inspired by a lovely poem: a 250 worder.
'Get in, get out. Don't linger. Go on'. Raymond Carver on why he wrote short stories and poems and not novels in "On Writing," it is included in "Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories" (Harvill Press) .
Lovingly dedicated to 'Writing Fella', '"Writing"Careers' and 'Bite-Sized Essays'. Are you all bots? Toshbots?
CW exercise for course. It's supposed to be a dramatic monologue. Not sure what that actually is.
Straight into the write story box... no edits, 20 minutes work... and I bet it shows.
Palimpsest: an early consequence of recycling? A paper with a memory, perhaps? Maybe all paper is palimpsest, should we always use it more than once?
"If only. Futile words in any language. If only I had asked. If only I had wanted to know." OU work: don't worry if you can't work it out, it's the writer's fault.
I keep seeing the title on Google Ads: it's to do with some bollocks about numerology. This isn't.
This was one of my earliest successful pieces on ABC. It's been on its travels through the slush piles and now I've brought it home. Treat it kindly, please.
Disqualified entry for AlibiTV competition (UK Residents Only!) The first sentence was obligatory. Thought I'd post it here instead. Altogether now, "Patrick McGinty, an Irishman of note.."
Too long: do not read. "Avast there! Ye Planet-lubbers!" Image is from Pixabay : "Free for commercial use, no attribution required" but the artist's/creator's name is Reimund Bertrams.
Small town Andalucia. One word edit. (Very OCD behaviour). Image added 2020. used in acc. w/CC BY 2.0 Mario Mancuso -- Elderly women in an Italian market
It's not about that really... Minor edits 11 August 2011
IP or not IP, that is the question... Regarding Sean Penn 's writing efforts... I think he's read the same Kerouac piece as me. Edited for picture.
This is a Pantoum, I hope it is more successful than the Sestina* was. * http://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/babbacombe-fair
A Villanelle: I find these forms (perhaps due to the repetitions involved)tend to produce the ritualistic and the arcane, like some litanies from the church. Or perhaps I've just no imagination.
The Germans talk about an Ohrwurm, when they get a tune they can't get out of their head. This poem might help me get a Tom Waits tune out of mine.
poem 13 12 11 (looks good like that the date, doesn't it?) That's nothing to do with the poem by the way.
No. 1001, if you don't like the story perhaps you can use it to clean a big, big carpet. I won't charge half-a-crown. NB Not about carpets.
A folk-tale from New England... (well, no, I made it up.) Warning: 'The Everlasting Pie includes nuts doggerel.
The heavy doors at the entrance were wedged open. Paul's father was looking out into the rain. In the wooden seats to Paul's right, his mother was...
Chain story, each narrator hands on to the next, there are only three and it returns to the first narrator in circular fashion. Now stop reading...
Bad people come in all forms... Image is from Wikipedia, used in accordance with CC 3.0 and by swampyank who does not necessarily approve of the story's content
It's about what it's about, and how easy it is... Image Source Wikipedia Commons By Jef-Infojef - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10565316
This is very old, and I'm quite surprised at where I found it, between a pantoum and a villanelle, which puts it during the second year of my CW Diploma with the OU. Naturally, that shows, but at least it's not poetry, eh? Image is PUBLIC DOMAIN... hoorah. Source Wikicommons.
As meta as meta can be... Several edits Sept 21, 2020. Image source: https://www.tarot.es/wiki-tarot/significado-de-la-sota-de-copas-en-el-tarot Revisited today because the meaning of the Knave of Cups in tarot is good news...
As it's nearly Samhain, Halloween, whatever... image licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 photographer ropphotography on instagram
George Sanders, the cad's cad. I really tried to work in his "failed sausage investment" into this. It's not a euphemism though, so I gave up. Image source wikipedia in Public Domain as it is so old.
If I hadn't been walking the dog, I'd have taken a photo of the painted goal. Maybe I'll take one tomorrow. Image used is from pixabay.com and is free for non-commercial use.
Dystopic drivel. Image is from pixabay and is free for non-commercial use with no attribution
Umm... well, odd, yes. But you can't beat a good puzzle on a Friday, eh? Oh, okay look at the image's provenance. Image is of a papyrus said to be a fragment of The Gospel of Mary. Source: Wikipedia.org Public Domain.
Some may find the ending unsatisfying. An old lady I once knew used to say "the bastards would tax sunshine if they could". I'm now in complete agreement. Image Source wiki commons licence CC-SA4-Int Photographer Charles R. Benedict