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I have 97 stories published in one collection on the site.
My stories have been read 89075 times and 114 of my stories have been cherry picked.
38 of my 432 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 44 votes

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Kevin Marman

Care worker, writer, memester, autist, dissenter.

I like people who not only think outside the box, but reshape the box into something else!

I've been writing since I was 10.  It's my sanctuary - though the structure often needs maintenance.  Over the last twenty or so years, I've won some writing prizes (nothing major) for short fiction, poetry and playwriting.  In 2013, I published my first novel, 'In the Day'.  Looking at it now, I can see all sorts of things I would change - but I suppose that shows progress.  I also have a collection of short fiction, 'Still Life', available for Kindle.

In 2015, at the grand age of 56, I was finally diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Condition (Asperger's).  I live alone with my cat, Daisy, and lots of books.

My stories

Cherry

Winterkill 2

Tom was the only one awake when the first sound came. The floor was hard under his sleeping bag, and he couldn't get comfortable. The others' snoring...
Cherry

Winterkill 1

An old horror story of mine, from a few years back. Posted before, but in a slightly different form. Trying to re-work it.
Gold cherry

Last Things

I wrote this story and posted it several years ago. But I'm reposting it because I feel it may help people in these difficult times we're living through. Keep your hopes alive, my friends.
Cherry

Sacred Shirts (2)

We come to where the smoke’s rising – and ain’t this just as cute as you like. This guy’s got a tepee here, all set, fire going, chairs out, dock...
Cherry

Sacred Shirts (1)

I had this delivery job one time. I’d go into the depot in the morning, load up the truck, get out, get back, load up again. 3 loads a day. Just...

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38 of my comments have received 44 Great Feedback votes

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Thanks, Jack - just caught up

Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2018

Thanks, Jack - just caught up with all your comments.  Thanks for them all.

Your mentor is right, and I'm sure you'll like the story.  The whole book is pretty much perfect.  Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio is another such. ...

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I can't stop laughing.  I

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018

I can't stop laughing.  I couldn't help imagining colleagues at work (the boss is okay) I could happily do this to.  This is a brilliant piece of writing.  I love your sense of humour, Jane.

'The man’s white, flascidious buttocks...

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Posted in Autopsy of a Boss

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Thanks, Jack.  Yeah... there

Posted on Sat, 10 Nov 2018

Thanks, Jack.  Yeah... there are lots of misconceptions about Asperger's, even among trained people in the field.  Lacking empathy, emotionally cold, etc.  People struggle with Aspies for lots of reasons - principally because they don't follow...

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Thanks all for your

Posted on Sun, 28 Oct 2018

Thanks all for your encouraging comments.  Much of the book is composed of episodes, divided into chapters and parts.  The first section leads up to the illness, the second is about mum's brief recovery and those months we spent together. ...

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Posted in Gift: A Son's Story (short extract 3)

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Enjoyed this.  I know that

Posted on Sun, 14 Oct 2018

Enjoyed this.  I know that feeling.  Arrivals are often a disappointment.

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Thanks, everyone.

Posted on Sat, 06 Oct 2018

Thanks, everyone.

Indeed, I could have added.... had I not been a member of ABCTales... had I not first heard about the site from a friend... had I not started writing in the first place......

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Hello again, Di,

Posted on Sat, 29 Sep 2018

Hello again, Di,

Every autistic person is unique with what they can and cannot do.  We have a savant at work who can tell you the day of the week that you were born on, but he can't tie his shoe laces and he has the emotional age of a 6-...

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Hope it could be helpful for

Posted on Sat, 29 Sep 2018

Hope it could be helpful for you, Di.

Parents can be so cruel.  What on earth is the father worried about?  That his kid will grow up being thought of as 'retarded'?  Does he not realise the potential harm he could do?  Would he put a cat...

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This captures how I'm feeling

Posted on Sun, 30 Sep 2018

This captures how I'm feeling myself, Jane.  I love this time of year... but I miss the summer, too.  I especially liked the final stanza:

Put away summer

Seal the songs and colours

In a box, to leaven...

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Posted in Put Away Summer

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Wonderful!  Never lose that

Posted on Sun, 30 Sep 2018

Wonderful!  Never lose that inner child.  I doubt you will, though smiley

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Posted in Inner Child

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