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Assorted writers' groups, the odd anthology, occasional readings. Lots of looking out of the window. Hello, and thanks for dropping by.
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707 of my comments have received 748 Great Feedback votes
I've read this several times
Posted on Mon, 14 Sep 2015
I've read this several times and appreciated it more each time. In its dissection of the way people are brutalised in war it held echoes, for me, of the WW1 war poets. Disturbing look at the questions of how and why people can do such things to...Read full comment
Posted in Boa's Ark
Posted on Wed, 09 Sep 2015
Intriguing. Strong descriptions - the grey of things and the houses as 'almost protecting'. The hints that this is not the first time for this scenario. Is this stand alone or will we find out more? I hope more! Welcome to ABC Tales.Read full comment
Posted in Into the Shadows
Wonderful use of language.
Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015
Wonderful use of language. That opening paragraph has the reader hooked, and the image of palms of velcro is so very evocative. The final paragraph hints at all the emotional turmoil experience says is to come. Acutely observed.Read full comment
Posted in The fourth kiss
And I've always been rather
Posted on Sat, 29 Aug 2015
And I've always been rather fond of liver...
I enjoyed this. Very visceral, and the physical descriptions are particularly good. Anna's character is also well drawn at the beginning. I wasn't quite sure about the final paragraph. I...Read full comment
Posted in Upon the Hills of Far Darrig
The structure really does
Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2015
The structure really does work with the content. The poem grabs you and won't let go. The sadness, the disappointment, the despair, all conveyed with precision but no loss of emotion. I am glad to hear you found it therapeutic to write. It...Read full comment
Posted in Post mortem results
Very interesting ideas - when
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2015
Very interesting ideas - when gods do not want to be gods. Another thing I like is that I still cannot see how it is going to turn out, which is really good and keeping me hooked. One small typo - I assume you meant 'veracity' rather than '...Read full comment
Posted in Chapter 11 Conquest of Chimera
This is very good. I love
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2015
This is very good. I love horror stories but they're so difficult to get right. This one works because of the tropes Stephen has already mentioned, drawing you in, initially making you smile and relax a bit, then adding to the insistence and...Read full comment
Posted in Not your story
The way you build up the
Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2015
The way you build up the tension, and set up so many questions about how this is going to resolve (or not) is so impressive, and all the details of Dave's 'safe space' bring the situation so alive. It's genuinely heartbreaking. Great piece.Read full comment
Posted in Doing a good thing