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I have 378 stories published in 16 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 146445 times and 347 of my stories have been cherry picked.
27 of my 284 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 27 votes

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I write these days a cacophony of genres: fantasy, sci-fi, mainstream, literary, some poetry every now and then. Novels, short stories, novellas, and whatever might fall in-between. I joined ABC Tales in May of 2014, and appreciate the forum it gives me to write and experiment, and even to include my strange little illustrations next to my work. 

You won't see a lot of my stories published anywhere else just yet, but please check out a few of these sites:

Or check out my e-book: The Price of Blood; Book One of the Golwerra Stories, available from Amazon.  Links here to my book on Amazon UK and US.

and keep watching this space...

There are also a few more stories, and a few ravings (I mean, blog entries) to be found on my website:
And check out (somebody... please... anybody) my 24-part story "These Words That Describe Melissa":

My stories


WebWorld (2.4)

We walked through unmitigated white. It was thick and everywhere. The town pool would be filled and bursting with it, ruptured and ruined. This ski-...
Gold cherry

WebWorld (2.3)

My home town. There’s just something about the place you grew up, isn’t there? Especially if you were born there, and spent your entire childhood...

WebWorld (2.2)

We were making good time. We’d made the decision – without really making it - to avoid the main highway, to avoid going through larger towns where...

WebWorld (2.1)

Part 2 - The Road North 1. I’d like to say it was an uneventful drive and we got to our destination without incident. Sadly, the truth gets a lot...

WebWorld (1.13)

Well, I guess you know this is not the story of how I was jumped and killed – and eaten – by some gum-horror leaping out of the web. It was close...


27 of my comments have received 27 Great Feedback votes

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Loved it. This was bright and

Posted on Sat, 13 Mar 2021

Loved it. This was bright and fun, with a nice, smooth rhyme to it.

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Posted in Burglars beware!

1 Vote

Nice, catchy title to hook

Posted on Wed, 21 Jul 2021

Nice, catchy title to hook readers, and some significant points made in the poem that follows.

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Posted in Instead of throwing money at the sky

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The sharp, economic wording

Posted on Sat, 12 Jun 2021

The sharp, economic wording really brought energy to this piece. You could feel the tension and momentum - kind of like lightning getting ready to strike.

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Posted in Storm, no rain!

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Emotional and enlightening

Posted on Fri, 28 May 2021

Emotional and enlightening and with lots of truth, I think this will strike a chord with a lot of people who, even if they haven't been exactly there, have been somewhere quite similar.

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Posted in Mental awareness

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Beautiful and elegant writing

Posted on Fri, 21 May 2021

Beautiful and elegant writing with a smooth kind of poetic arc to swing around and capture the trees and poets again at the end. Nicely done.

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Posted in In Conversation With Bears

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skillfully done, dark, with a

Posted on Sat, 20 Jun 2020

skillfully done, dark, with a clever, unobtrusive rhyme. A lot captured in this small space.

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Posted in Tragedium

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I like the rhythm this has,

Posted on Fri, 21 Feb 2020

I like the rhythm this has, and the kind of inspirational note that it finishes on, which is built up towards over the course of the poem.

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Posted in I've forgotten

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Lovely.  Beautifully captured

Posted on Tue, 24 Dec 2019

Lovely.  Beautifully captured portrait of abuse and its scars. Those last lines finish it on a strong note.

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Posted in forgive

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Actually, on its own I think

Posted on Wed, 18 Dec 2019

Actually, on its own I think this poem says a lot. At least to me it speaks about the analysing and over-analysing of literature/art until its leached of all its beauty and whatever it's really trying to say. Tidily and cleverly expressed.

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Posted in Words Beyond Meaning

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Poetic and yet raw, this one

Posted on Thu, 19 Dec 2019

Poetic and yet raw, this one packs a solid punch. Some really attention-getting phrases ('tiny wind-slapped lives' 'thousand-sided eyes' 'wandering lost through leg forests') that strike a perfect chord in getting their message - their feeling -...

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Posted in Exhaling Stars