The Long and the Short of It...

Stuff that doesn't fit in the other ones... what did you think?

Rant

A self-justificatory rant... ill-justified, no doubt... but they all teach the same kind of writing... don't they?
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Bloom

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.

Take Care

A giant left yesterday... not many get an adjective named after them.
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Duet

A concrete type effort probably won't work...
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A Quantum of Sonnet

Effort at a Sonnet...

The New White Punks

I think if the band had been British and had seen the riots this year, they might have changed the words.
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'I Don't Know What Goes on in your Head, Sometimes.'

No song titles in this one either... Yes, it was spelt incorrectly in the comic.

(T)haiku

what it says...
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10 Things (IP)

Born Valladolid, 1420, Died Avila, 1498.
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21°C

a short piece about nothing at all...

3 Character Sketches

Just another exercise...
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3-6-9

just a story...

A Damp Squid

A rant...

A Haunting

Roermond, Holland circa 1966...
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A Lunch at the Ivy

How it works... no, really!
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A Modest Proposal

hmm... as well whistle down the wind.

A POEM OF GENIUS?

NOW I think we all know who this one is dedicated to/inspired(?) by...

A Polysyllabic Spree

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

A Quiet Drink in Mobile

Sometimes you just want to be alone with your beer.
Cherry

A Serious Talk

"talk, talk, talk, it's only talk"
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A Suitable Case

IPOW (hope I´ve got the right week):-)

A Whitby Notable

IPOW... a silly poem for the silly IPOW
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A Winter's Tale

a tale...
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Alice

Are you sure about what you know?

Alone is the Hunter by Boatyard Kindling

More deathless, deadly verse from Boatyard Kindling
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American Gothic

IPOW http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheldonnalos/3846186992/

An Invitation to Dinner (after Catullus 13)

He wrote some good stuff... I haven't! Picture is of the bust of Catullus at Sirmione. Source is Wikipedia Commons.

And Dickens Danced at Midnight

There's a new bio of Dickens out, I hope he'll be rehabilitated soon. Re-punctuated 3/10/11

Arab Spring

A more correct villanelle: with a modern subject and idiom.

Autumn Comes

what it says

Babbacombe Fair

Old-fashioned. Perhaps pointlessly so.

Barrowland

Hope this doesn't qualify as a foreign language poem.

Beating the Devil

The Mighty Hunter, serial numbers have been changed to protect the guilty. http://www.spyflight.co.uk/nim.htm

Beatle Love

Apparently you can't copyright a title, I didn't know that...

Bigger Brother

A SCI-FI Story, no, really!
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Biter Bit (Gregg)

Could only get a 1500 or so worder out of him. Sorry.
Cherry

Blessed is his Name

in another man's shoes... or sandals, perhaps

Blocked

Well, I think you'll work it out...
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Blue Rondo in the Murk

a kind of blue...
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Blue, Blue, Electric Blue

What is life? Flash Fiction

Bob's Your Uncle

you can choose your friends...

Boredom

feel free to argue....

Brand New

A new start, back to work

Bread on the Waters

Ephraim Lightwater B17 Montevista Coin Spain umbung2@yahoo.co.uk Syneham & Dunholme Literary Agents Cashew Building Bent Street London WC1 2ED
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Buddy

His name was always Buddy.... Steal part of a lyric... make up a story...
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Bugis Street

just another poem...

Café Aphrodite

Many a weathered skin hides a romantic soul

Character Plus Conflict Equals Plot

I don't think this is what they meant... Minor edits 17/07/2011

Cindi

do you believe in fairy tales?

Cold Encounter

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

Creative Overspill

parvum in multo...

Crossing The River

http://www.bryant.edu/wps/wcm/connect/Bryant/Divisions/Information+Servi...
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Da Capo.

odd...

Dear Stephen

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.

Getting Out

New starts aren't easy....

Madrid

Tuesday 18 October, 1730 pm
Cherry

Disputed Waters

Navy Larks
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Sunshine

Jimmi Patel left the house at an unaccustomed run. Not quite out of condition yet, he thought, but bloody near it.

Number Six

six

Ode To The Umbung by Boatyard Kindling

Little known poet based in Kallibar

Passion Cooled

after the thrill is gone...

Nostalgia Comp

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?
Cherry

Greetings from Inner Space

Greetings from Inner Space: Writer’s Blog Stardate 2412/2007 time 1915 S.F.T.*

Dollars in the Bathtub

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

Ploughshares into Swords.

it's about words.

Kings of the Last Frontier

Book seats on the apocalypse wagon train. Image by Themightyquill - Souce wikipedia commons, licence : CC BY-SA 3.0
Cherry

Every Word?

200 words that don't count
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Parallel Heaven

Dialogue with the dead? A drink with someone that's all.
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Presents of Mind

A 200 word sort of IPOW story thing.

Holding Hands

A Chemical,Chymical,Comical Wedding

The Answer is 8 Down

Think about it... Yes, it's an acrostic!

Page Found On A Tube Station Platform

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?
Cherry

The New Confessions

IPOW - May offend, possibly.
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Oh no it isn't!

What's in a name? IPOW, inspired to such nonsense as this.
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February Morning

Not postmodern, not didactic, not navel gazing. Just a bucolic, blundering lonely as a clod, poem.

Fishing for Compliments

150 words. A little thing, but mine.
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Four Corners

I never could make up my mind if I like the States or not.

Freeride

WIP: a freewrite mutated

Last of the Woad Blue Lovers

some sound advice

Script for an imaginary short

hmmmm.... are all critics bad poets or the other way round?? Image author's intellectual property, created at site shown
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Love Conkers

boys to men...maybe not

Losing

I hate losing things...

Escape to Literature

What did you read? Why?

Dreamboat Danny

By the rivers of Babylon

Epitaph

IPOW 21/03/08. A seven-minute special so judge it by those lights... please

History’s Details

Can anyone really change anything?

Who Do We Think We Are?

bad mood today...
Cherry

Legal Fees

Could almost be a plot-line for a Victorian novel...

Factory

Anytown? Your town, my town...

Sunday Post Mortem

I don't suppose they were ever any more reflective of society than Lord Snooty and the Bash Street Kids....
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No More Than 10 Words.

I should be so....
Story of the week

Sand and Glasses

Not like the girl in Dr No... No,no.

Stigmata

just a character...
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Humble Pi

ok it's a bad pun... but the haiku are ok-ish..

The Universal Backlot Wedding

I just love the golden age of hollywood... Very minor edit 30/11/11
Cherry

September

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.

Hameln

an old poem revisited

Monologue

V. You should have been a poet! E. I was Beckett

This Savage Life

with age comes shame....

Give over, Ray!

'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) .

Ghost Readers

Eat your heart out Frankie Laine.... No, don't bother reading this, it's too silly!

Mean Spirits

Writers eh? Who'd love em?

Strange Beast

Oddity...
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Half Time

Dialogue... well, triologue only.

The Little Sister

Hey, why leave Chandler out?
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Gone

If 'All writers are masochists' is a canard... why is it called 'Submission'?

Welcome Back Peter

Prince of Darkness? Don't make me laugh...

Poet as Bot

Lovingly dedicated to 'Writing Fella', '"Writing"Careers' and 'Bite-Sized Essays'. Are you all bots? Toshbots?

The Case of the Possessive Pronoun

The Great Detective at work...

The Master of Bafflegab

Bafflegab. p87, New Fowler's Modern English Usage, Oxford
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Niki

CW exercise for course. It's supposed to be a dramatic monologue. Not sure what that actually is.
Cherry

Happy Hour in Hoboken

short and sour... like some drinks...

Honey Trapping

Straight into the write story box... no edits, 20 minutes work... and I bet it shows.

Dusting

winter
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Waiting for Haiku

Please don't go overboard and treat this seriously... it's just a bit of fun!
Cherry

Nothing Like A Dame

Competition Entry Prose
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Return of the Mac

you work it out...
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Haiku

This is cheating and, actually, I quite enjoy them... but it's a great word isn't it.
Cherry

The Singer Not The Song

just a poem about an object...

Zis

...
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Koan

Koan?
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Seven Layers

I can never get more than 3. Stef, Footsie: it's not about hens.

The Indefinite Particle

A Light Hole..

Howard

hmmm... the subject of cleanliness came up a week or so ago, and provoked this...

Palimpsests (Edit)

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?

Questions

?

Free Advice

What it says.

What a Word's Worth

Short, breaks most rules, so what?
Cherry

Free Write

What it says...best way to tell your dreams, I reckon.
Cherry

The Son of All Fears

Quite odd, really...

S.S. Great Britain

Short and sour...
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Special Delivery

Work produced for OU CW course... all marked now so posted for further mockery :-)
Story of the week

If Only

"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.

The Ramsbottom Pigeon

Not autobiographical... not a falcon .

Dirty Words

IP : ≤30
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Muhammad Dali

Bagatelle... Or not?

Destiny Calling

It could happen to you...

It is just one more word...

IPOW 22/05/09 113 words... too many, never mind.
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Lunch for Two.

this one is quite dear to my heart...
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Just So

Mister Kipling revisited... it's not about cakes...

Your Name is No Accident.

I keep seeing the title on Google Ads: it's to do with some bollocks about numerology. This isn't.

Gun

What it says...
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Geek

I guess you either believe the voice, or you don't...
Cherry

For Love or Money

Modern Love... but I never wave bye-bye..
Cherry

Same as the Old Boss?

Sorry Pete, it ain't necessarily so...
Cherry

The Silent Treatment

IPOW 9/10/2009 200 words
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Such a Little Man

beware the little man ...
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George and Fred

I'm sure you'll work it out.
Cherry

Lenore

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.

Journeyman

Early Experiments with POV... feel free to send brickbats. :-)

Mistaken Identity

hmm... oh well, it was sort of like this...

Vinyl Memories

nothing really...

Telling

All tell and no show. Ha ha ha.
Cherry

In a Perfect World.

Welcome to the Cheap Seats... A vignette...
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No Accounting for Taste

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.."

Flawed Judgement

I.P. Microfiction.

Eye

Inspired by a discussion about POV. What's it about? No I-dea. 300 words +/-.
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Happy Ever After - A Fairy Tale Adventure

A topical fairy tale: shouldn't they be timeless?

El Planeta del Tesoro (Treasure Planet)

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.
Cherry

Live at the Gaumont

Wop-bop-aloo-bop-alop-bom-boom
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Once Upon A Time

Not quite what was up before... Π = Pi
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Mad Woman Running

This is not poetry...
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Sofia

Warning, contains poetry and prose.

Jimmy Blue

a promise is a promise...
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Packet

Just imagine if it did happen....
Story of the week

The Offer

you would too, wouldn't you?
Cherry

Sunbirds

they're the opposite of snowbirds...

On the Roadkill, with Jack (and Bill and Neal).

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.
Cherry

Hopscotch On The Beach

Candas, Asturias: 20 Aug 2011.
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Photograph

Spain 20 Aug 2011 Photo CC2.0. Mario de Biasi?

Last Men Out

It might have been like this, the last time the RAF were in Libya...

You Don't Know, Jacques

Iconoclasm 101

Ici, Les Petits-Fils du Paradis

It's about... 14 lines long
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These Dreams

This is a Pantoum, I hope it is more successful than the Sestina* was. * http://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/babbacombe-fair

Deliver Us Not

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.

Eastern Promise

A confection.

Fool

poem

Murder By Numbers

Far from the best poem ever written..

Pantelegraph

Never invent something before its time has come.

The Equivocal Heart

ah me...
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On The Tanner

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.

Wordsmith (IP)

IP, off to read the Nobel winner now.

Mr Kölski Pays A Visit

you figure it out...

Jigsaw

Puzzle
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Stan

Guess which book I've just re-read. No prizes, but have a go anyway.

Fence Posts

poem 13 12 11 (looks good like that the date, doesn't it?) That's nothing to do with the poem by the way.
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Leadville

You'll work it out

I Stand Outside

another poem
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Playing Scales

I preferred the English title... I knew it wasn't a second sequel, you see.
Cherry

The Road to Celestial

it is, what it is...
1 likes
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Kissed Her Where She Said It Hurt

Flash Fiction. This is never justified...
1 likes

The Appliance of Science

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.
Gold cherry
Story of the week

The Everlasting Pie

A folk-tale from New England... (well, no, I made it up.) Warning: 'The Everlasting Pie includes nuts doggerel.
1 likes
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One Thin Dime

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...
1 likes
Cherry

Kharkov Girl

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...

Warszawa

Flash fiction, it's about this and other things.

Third Person Singular

Flash(y) fiction... haha.

Northern Dream

This is an old one... Sometimes I think I used to write better than I do now...

Now We Are Sick

...
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Grave Dancer

Yes, well, you'll work it out... I hope.

Enemies of the People

A tribute to the great Samuel...
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Painted Ponies

not much to do with The Circle Game... Or even Spinning Wheel...
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Not A Word

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