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The Picture Ranch 52

Short, bitter and brutal. Like life on the mean streets, eh? May contain scenes of violence, depending on nihilism levels in the main protagonists. Image found on Pixabay.com, no known copyright issues.


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

I am Old (Passing)

I hate the way every verb is now irregular in English "Text,text,text" as if it were put,put,put, or let,let,let. Ingenious we are, to omit the final t and have tex',tex',tex', as if it were some Anglo-Saxon contribution to the language when Alfred the Great invented the mobile phone. Image source is Pixabay and is free for non-commercial use

Uriah's Van

Found poetry. There's a lot of it about in Yorkshire. "Uriah's" Van is on the West/North Yorkshire border. Image is not Uriah's Van, but Danny's off the A69 near Newton in Northumberland. If he's still going I expect he'll be happy with the advertising.

The Picture Ranch 51

"Not the -est in the ____ " Fill in your own cliché Image belongs to NBC, BUT is used in accordance with wikipedia's FAIR USE terms


76 of my comments have received 77 Great Feedback votes

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Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016

the welter of detail contrasts with the things you leave out. The combination of observation of the mundane and the barest of allusions to horrific deeds makes it all the more chilling. Fine stuff.

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Posted in Flowers (Part Two of Two) (IP)

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A long time ago...

Posted on Mon, 28 Mar 2016

When I was first posting on ABCTales (I think) BJD was around too. I know he was when I was an editor. He must have gone away for a while. Any comments, though very insightful and worth following, were sometimes really, well, not fluffy. I know...

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Posted on Fri, 18 Mar 2016

Almost everything you do has me thinking of gothic cathedrals and mediaeval buildings. Perhaps it's the ring o' roses I hear. Nice nod to the grumpy Librarian, too.

Yep, the no-win situation of low-self esteem. "I can't be any good because...

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Posted in Hereditary fears

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Posted on Tue, 09 Feb 2016

All the best science fiction, this is our own present and reality viewed in a fun-house mirror. I'm going to read part two now. This is a great beginning. The voice is believable and distinctive. As it's 1st person POV you can get away with a...

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Posted in The Net Caster (Part One)

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Not a word misplaced, not a

Posted on Tue, 14 May 2013

Not a word misplaced, not a superfluous line.




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Posted in The sadness of tulips

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Posted on Wed, 06 Jan 2016

nothing wrong with a long sentence, provided it's completely clear and you don't lose the reader on the way. Dickens was pretty good at sentences which sometimes seemed like Latin periods, but he was a dab hand with a semi and full colon. Unlike...

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Posted in the hungry earth (2 of 2)

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Posted on Sun, 05 Oct 2014

...agree there's some nice description.

You need to avoid a tendency to tell. 'He had been able to avoid... etc.'

I'm not sure I believe the internal monologue in the paragraph beginning. 'He looked past the end...' You say the boy...

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Posted in K Ward - part 1 (Out of Sight)

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Posted on Thu, 02 Oct 2014

the very word, uncanny. Fascinating etymology it has too.

Nice to hear from you. I've been away a while, I know


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Posted in By the Light of a Gibbous Moon

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Posted on Fri, 13 Jun 2014

Hey Jack, great pieces on an interesting day.

Just one thing:

"I offered Ewan a cheese sandwich, but he said his
friend had made him an old-fashioned bacon buttie. They’d been in the
army together. I went to sit on the...

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Posted in Unbounders Away