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My stories have been read 63627 times and 104 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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A couple of my pieces can be found elsewhere,

A ghost story, 'The Light Left' is in the anthology 'Cold Iron', published by Iron Press::

A short piece of science fiction, 'Madness Not To' is on the Terra 2 website here: :

My ABC blog, including life at Castle Pillock, is here:   There are also some previous Castle Pillock episodes in the named collection below.

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My stories


The Net Caster (Part Twenty-Four)

I looked at Hamish. Who had replaced the dodgy businessman, the charming, self-serving rogue I had known since childhood, with this stern creature who delivered lectures to the powerful?
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I'll Teach You To Burn (IP)

Fire was a dominant theme in my childhood. It was for most kids in the fifties and sixties. It was one of our earliest lessons on the contrariness of life.

The Net Caster (Part Twenty-Three)

I knew who she was. We all did. And every face was afraid.
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Castle Pillock 12

Castle Pillock has run the London Marathon! Well, one of us has.

The Net Caster (Part Twenty-Two)

I began to laugh from fatigue, shock, grief, and an overriding terror of being locked down here in this cellar with a group of disparate and apparently ill-matched Bios.


240 of my comments have received 243 Great Feedback votes

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The thing I love about this,

Posted on Fri, 24 Nov 2017

The thing I love about this, and liked so much about the previous part, is the way you show people apparently quietly getting on with life, making the best, as they say, but underneath there is so much emotion and so much tremulous hope.  Less is...

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Posted in Degrees of Separation

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Very moving.

Posted on Sat, 25 Nov 2017

Beautifully written.   Makes you feel so much for the child then and the child who still remains.


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Posted in School  (Automatic poem)

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Beautifully written, and hard

Posted on Wed, 22 Nov 2017

Beautifully written, and hard to read.  Many readers will share the child's experiences, but there will also be parents who are painfully aware that their cihldren must have heard things they should not.  An excellent piece, Poppy.

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Posted in The Stairs

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Great to see this developing.

Posted on Thu, 02 Nov 2017

Great to see this developing.  There is a lot of exposition in this part, and for me following drafts could do with breaking it up a bit.  But that's for later.  Keep going!  

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Posted in The Eden Sky - 3 - An Auspicious Day

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Some great ideas in here - I

Posted on Wed, 01 Nov 2017

Some great ideas in here - I was going to wiffle on about a bit of proof reading, then realised you're doing it for Nanowrimo so you won't have time for any of that at the moment!  Hope it continues to go well.  

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Posted in The Eden Sky - Part 2 - Old Friends

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Very sorry for your loss, and

Posted on Wed, 18 Oct 2017

Very sorry for your loss, and hope that you have many happy memories for this special day.

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Posted in The Big 7-0

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Really interesting the way

Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017

Really interesting the way this deals with memory and recall.  The bit where the mother insists that there were always birthday parties, flatly contradicting the memory, and causing the narrator to doubt it.  I like the way things aren't neatly...

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Posted in Yellow Ribbons

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Yes, the words whip around

Posted on Mon, 09 Oct 2017

Yes, the words whip around you like that fresh, blustery wind.  Lovely work.  

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Posted in Nordy Bank Fort 5/10/17

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Genuine romance in this, in

Posted on Sun, 08 Oct 2017

Genuine romance in this, in all senses of the word.  Very tender, very insightful.  

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Posted in Doubt

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A lovely way to finish off,

Posted on Sat, 07 Oct 2017

A lovely way to finish off, Carl.  This has been such a generous series of posts, sharing your family's history and those wonderful photographs.  Looking back, I see that you have previously written in more detail about your mother, so I shall...

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Posted in An Ulster Saga Or The Watt-McCrossan Dynasty(3)