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I have 338 stories published in 14 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 125376 times and 303 of my stories have been cherry picked.
22 of my 260 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 21 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

Gold cherry


He says ‘goodbye’ to me in magnetic letters on the fridge. Just that. A green G, a red O, a blue O, a yellow D, a blue B, an orange Y, a yellow E. And when I look inside, he’s cleaned it out, walked off with the leftover chicken, and my coconut smoothies, and the juice, and my cheese snacks.

Foxy Days

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The dog turned his head to look up at the fox, “Do you really have to do that?” The fox said, “Oh, and...

Jazzi and Ellie

Jazzi, Hey. It’s me. I mean, it’s Ellie. I don’t even know if you still use this email address anymore, so I’m not sure if you’ll get this or not...

Out There

Dear Jalen, What’s it like out there? I don’t know if you can actually answer me, or if you’ll still be able to reach back for these words where you...
Gold cherry


It’s best if I avoid history books. All of them, really, but the ones with pictures in are especially dangerous. I forget myself at times, of course...


22 of my comments have received 21 Great Feedback votes

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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

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Love it! The rhyming and

Posted on Tue, 12 Nov 2019

Love it! The rhyming and rhythm are first rate, and it's hilarious. But is this a bit more about the kind and mind of a male than I ever needed to know? I may never look at one in quite the same way again...

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And yet the protagonist did

Posted on Sun, 06 Oct 2019

And yet the protagonist did find an audience, even if it was an audience of one. Lots of good writing in this story, with the 'damaged goods for damaged good' and 'rip-offs for rip-offs'. There was a kind of symmetry to it as well, with the...

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Posted in Awakening from Stephen King's Nightmare.

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Beautiful stuff. As soon as I

Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019

Beautiful stuff. As soon as I caught that bit about the 'drunken filigree of midnight', I knew i had to read this poem. It's power-packed and full of energy and evocative, challenging writing.

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Posted in American Diaspora

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Lovely poem, all the right

Posted on Fri, 19 Jul 2019

Lovely poem, all the right phrases to bring the subject to life. Simple and powerful and real. Nice work.

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Posted in Monachopsis

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Nice, well written.  Getting

Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019

Nice, well written.  Getting the rhythm and rhyme to come together naturally, and with a point to make, without sounding at all forced is not an easy task.

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Posted in Actual Action