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I have 197 stories published in 24 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 318799 times and 255 of my stories have been cherry picked.
1177 of my 3,938 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 1190 votes

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Paul

I am a Brummie living in Northampton who loves to write but gets distracted with other things. I enjoy horror/fantasy and anything that provokes original thought.

My literary heroes are Clive Barker, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft. Everyone should read George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four .

I have work published by AlienBuddha Press, Loft Books, BlackBough Poems, DarkWinter Literary Magazine and Paragraphplanet.

You can find me on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/user-62051685

on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BeeRummie

at Bluesky @marandina.bsky.social

and at Threads https://www.threads.net/@beerummie

 

My stories

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Story of the week

A Cat, A Leaf and Fresh Fish

Rewritten story A Cat, A Leaf and Fresh Fish The early hours are invariably punctuated by nocturnal sounds; rodent-like scurrying amongst bins,...
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Song to the Siren: A Titan Story (Part Three of Three)

Part One at: https://www.abctales.com/story/marandina/song-siren-titan-story-part-one... Part Two at: https://www.abctales.com/story/marandina/song-...
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Cherry

Song to the Siren: A Titan Story (Part Two of Three)

Part One at: https://www.abctales.com/story/marandina/song-siren-titan-story-part-one... Song to the Siren: A Titan Story (Part Two of Three) “No...
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Cherry

Song to the Siren: A Titan Story (Part One of Three)

Song to the Siren: A Titan Story (Part One of Three) Crows perch in a line along a telegraph poll. They seem to be either staring at me or peering...
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Pick of the Month

Ranthambore

Ranthambore Morning humidity with rising haze, sub-continental sun, indigo skies, arcane land-ship of silent voyeurs, clicking cameras and stoical...
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1177 of my comments have received 1190 Great Feedback votes

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Ah those poor bankers -

Posted on Mon, 08 Jan 2024

Ah those poor bankers - blamed for all of society's ills and yet so blameless :)

There's more than an ounce of truth in here (I know....I've worked with 'em for a lot of my career).

I once looked at a "sure-fire money spinner"...

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Posted in Make Millions in Two Minutes...

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"..and then the people

Posted on Fri, 05 Jan 2024

"..and then the people beneath the stars

who are also phantoms of sorts..."

Often the best poems come from simply observing life. There's a stillness to this, a watchful appreciation of another. There's a skill in moving that to...

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"..we soaked, dripped,

Posted on Sat, 06 Jan 2024

"..we soaked, dripped, dropped,
seeped right into the ground
to restore
its wetness,"

A perfect circle described so beautifully. There's a deftness to this that makes the poem so readable. Just lovely, Rhiannon. Paul

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Posted in Autobiography (but not mine!)

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"Wind battering, rattling,

Posted on Wed, 03 Jan 2024

"Wind battering, rattling, howling,
thunder growling,
rain pounding, ground flooding,"

A tumultuous opening that captures a storm so well. And boy have we had some recently. They feel never ending. Maybe there are sunnier skies...

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Posted in Storm

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Ooh that's a cliffhanger

Posted on Mon, 01 Jan 2024

Ooh that's a cliffhanger ending. I like this shift to sentience that's unravelling.

"You're more human than a human".

It's a compelling read. Keep going! 

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Posted in Parcel for you....Part 11

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"I am a woman of the mist,

Posted on Sat, 30 Dec 2023

"I am a woman of the mist, myself, now,

herding red deer on the trendle,"

A mystical reverie that transends the boundaries of mere language. Words are a beautiful thing. Just wonderful. Paul

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Posted in The Witches of Long Compton

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You have captured the magic

Posted on Sat, 30 Dec 2023

You have captured the magic of Christmas Eve so well. How as young children, we would intend to stay awake and then, next thing, presents have arrived. Very lovely indeed, Rhiannon. Paul

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That's a fascinating read,

Posted on Thu, 28 Dec 2023

That's a fascinating read, Turlough.

I guess most people end up with a cocktail of accents etc with social mobility and people moving around. I wanted to learn some Russian via the Zoom meetings I had with my son when he lived in Moscow....

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Posted in Lingo Bingo

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Thanks for reading, Jacques.

Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2023

Thanks for reading, Jacques. Poe is one of my favourite writers so any mention of him in comments makes me happy. Happy New Year to you.

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"...to obtain a holiday, a

Posted on Sat, 23 Dec 2023

"...to obtain a holiday, a family celebration,
with leisure, and rest from
… hard work!"

 

I felt exhausted reading the first few lines. Hoping those final lines are how your Christmas panned out, Rhiannon. Paul

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Posted in Before …!

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