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I have 924 stories published in 7 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 1035256 times and 883 of my stories have been cherry picked.
634 of my 12,363 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 651 votes

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Cherry

SEV 3

I was sixteen when I stole my brother, SEV’s, identity. I’d nipped into the lounge of the Glen Lusset and ordered a pint of lager. I was tall enough...
Cherry

SEV 2

My brother watched me playing for the Boy’s Guild on St Stephen’s gravel park. He stood under a tree with his mate Billy Quinn, both of them wearing...
Cherry

Pat Powell 1936—2014

Pat Powell 1936—2014 My da was over ten years older than Old Pat, but I asked my da if he knew him, and he gave a shake of his head and glowered. He...
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Stephen O’Donnell 1959—1995 [1]

I was living in the studio flat on Castle Street, when I heard the knock on the door. My eldest sister, Josephine, or Jo as we called her, was...
Cherry

Phyllis McFadden 1931-1986

I was twenty-three when my Auntie Phyllis died. She was fifty-five. I’m older now than she was when she died. Back then, in 1986, I thought anyone...

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634 of my comments have received 651 Great Feedback votes

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not sure if fact or fiction

Posted on Wed, 30 Jun 2021

not sure if fact or fiction (which is a good way of marking a quality story). Mums are always number 1. Always. 

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Posted in Mum

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He starts laughin. We aw dae.

Posted on Tue, 22 Jun 2021

He starts laughin. We aw dae. Sometimes there’s nothin else fur it. 

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Posted in The Domino Effect

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I'd cut the last paragraph.

Posted on Thu, 24 Jun 2021

I'd cut the last paragraph. Forewarning of what is coming should be in subtext. Too much of a large gulp here. 

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Posted in Disenchantment 26

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black humour, the kind that

Posted on Tue, 22 Jun 2021

black humour, the kind that buries you. I like it. 

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Posted in The Domino Effect

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alter's head. is that a play

Posted on Fri, 18 Jun 2021

alter's head. is that a play on words or do you mean altar? Both works, but in different ways. Enjoyed. 

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Posted in A Feast of Bells

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Yes, we are all in flux. 

Posted on Tue, 15 Jun 2021

Yes, we are all in flux. 

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Posted in Cherry Tree

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 super-intendent [no hyphen,

Posted on Sat, 12 Jun 2021

 super-intendent [no hyphen, superintendent. And it would be better if you told the reader what he was superintending in your first twenty years. I know you were a teacher. But most readers don't. 

I had to look up Kalliope, music box with...

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Posted in Fire in the Lighthouse

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a loud whiisper is an

Posted on Fri, 04 Jun 2021

a loud whiisper is an oxymoron. But I know what you mean. Choose whiisper or loud. Not both. 

moonlight doesn't trickle. 

great start, plenty of foot-to-the-floor action. And the question of what they needed to steal and why remains...

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Posted in Don't Look Back

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Blade Runner was certainly

Posted on Tue, 01 Jun 2021

Blade Runner was certainly better than the book. They tended to be prescient, but shit. Brought up o a diet of Star Trek, this is one of the great monolgues (not in the book). I'm rambling. Great poem. 

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Posted in Roy Batty (Tears in Rain)

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a happily unhappy story with

Posted on Sat, 29 May 2021

a happily unhappy story with an unhappy ending. Here's were we say, older and wiser, but life as you've shown is rarely that simple. 

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Posted in The one that got away

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