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I have 53 stories published in one collection on the site.
My stories have been read 16356 times and 66 of my stories have been cherry picked.
26 of my 310 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 31 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

Lines Written On My Mother's 90th Birthday

My mother, had she lived, would have been 90 today. I took the day off work in order to make a pilgrimage and commemorate the occasion. These are rough words, unedited, just as they came to me whilst walking. Not a poem. Not a story. Just words. (my photo)
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Cherry

Gift: A Son's Story (Birthday)

Today would have been my mother's 90th birthday. Her final birthday was her 88th. Given how ill she'd been two months earlier, it was remarkable that she had made it that far. But it was a good day. We spent it in time-honoured fashion - talking about old times...
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Gift: A Son's Story (Blood)

After mum's funeral, I continued with the clearance of her bungalow alone as my brother and his wife had gone on holiday. Lottie, one of mum's favourite personal carers, had wanted to come to mum's funeral - but then hadn't. I was a little puzzled because she was so close to mum, but thought maybe - in the end - it would have been too much for her as she'd lost her own mother only a year earlier. Later, though, the truth surfaces... and throws a whole new light on my relationship with my brother, his wife and his step-daughter.
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Gift: A Son's Story (The Night Before)

After mum passed away, my brother and I had a small disagreement. Mum had always said "I'll leave this bungalow only when they carry me out in a wooden box!" I thought, then, that it was only right that she should spend her final night before the funeral there. He disagreed, and said it was better that she should stay in the Chapel of Rest, which was just along the road. He said "She's gone now. It's no longer her home." He thought it was morbid. Finally, though, he relented - after I'd persuaded him that it was a tradition in so many cultures. Also, I said, people could call and pay their last respects if they so wished. So, the night before, the coffin was brought into her lounge, and I returned to be there with it. With her. (Image: mine)
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Sass (Part 2)

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26 of my comments have received 31 Great Feedback votes

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Good, Jess.  Well... not bad!

Posted on Fri, 14 Mar 2014

Good, Jess.  Well... not bad!  I like this piece.  I hope you're going to post more.  Write from the heart, mate - it's where the best stuff comes from...

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Posted in Mental Illness

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An illness it is.  Such a

Posted on Mon, 17 Mar 2014

An illness it is.  Such a crazy, messed-up society we live in, with these pressures for people to make themselves ill for.... what?  To look ill.  Because it's how the models in Cosmo look.  And helped no end, of course, by fatuous...

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Posted in 00 (Double Zero)

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I like the way you bring

Posted on Mon, 17 Mar 2014

I like the way you bring these things together, Bee: a casual phone conversation about the trivia of ordinary life, bringing us up with a shock to that final final line.  To be honest, I hadn't taken much notice of the title until I'd...

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Posted in Suicide Notes

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Here you go, Bee.  Best I can

Posted on Fri, 07 Mar 2014

Here you go, Bee.  Best I can do...

 

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Posted in Capturing Beauty

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Another gem, Bee.  I like the

Posted on Tue, 04 Mar 2014

Another gem, Bee.  I like the way, too, that there's a wave-like structure to the stanzas.  I agree with Bear, too, on how you've worked those breaks and run-on lines together.  Nicely done.

That first stanza pulls you right in.  Who could...

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Posted in Humanity

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