HarryC

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I have 81 stories published in one collection on the site.
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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

Gift: A Son's Story (Push)

Just before my mother reached the final stage of her illness, she was still living independently in the council bungalow she'd had for almost 25 years. But a few years earlier - as a precaution - she'd registered for a flat at a nearby sheltered accommodation complex in case the bungalow ever became too much. In the interim, though, she'd made her mind up. She wanted to stay put. 'I'm not leaving here,' she said to me one day 'until I'm carried out in a box!' I supported her in this. My brother wasn't so sure. His wife and her daughter, my step-niece, began to exert some pressure. There were already tensions between us. His wife and I had never gotten on. They seemed to go against anything I liked or wanted. At last, an opportunity arose to bring the matter to a head...
Cherry

Band of One

For square pegs, oddballs, misfits and lone geniuses everywhere! (my own image)
Cherry

Aspie Life

I work at an autism unit. As an Aspie, I'm often asked about my 'take' on the world. The other day, as I'm a writer, someone at work asked me to write something that might give some more insight for my colleagues into how I view the world. I've written this today. I thought I'd post it to see what people think. Any suggestions for improvements or additions would be gratefully received...
Cherry

Pot-Boilers...

About 12 years ago, when I first started on ABC, I was writing a comic blog about a failed writer living in a damp flat in a wind-swept seaside town on the Kent coast. With his neighbours, Sherlock and Yo, he whiled away his days - writing stories, taking low-paid jobs, drinking, smoking, dreaming... He went through a few incarnations as I tried to develop the thing into a novel - but it didn't work out. Alan Benefit, then Stan Seagrave... then finally Harry Chadwick. I dug out this old 'chapter' and thought I'd post it. It might resonate with some of you...
Cherry

Gift: A Son's Story (Signs)

The day following my mother's funeral was also the three-week anniversary of her passing - at 7.22pm on 26th April 2017. My brother and his wife had flown off on holiday that day, and I was continuing with the clearance of mum's bungalow. It was a time when reassurances were needed. And they came in strange ways...

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