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I have 34 stories published in 5 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 7108 times and 30 of my stories have been cherry picked.
173 of my 521 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 181 votes

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Terence Mullan

Down the years I have lived in many places and I have done many jobs. Now I live in Bulgaria and the only work I do is tending to my lovely garden when the sun is shining and scribbling away in my big book of writing stuff when it is not.

I may have left it too late in life to become a famous writer or celebrated gardener but I will persevere anyway. These are the things that occupy me in a seemingly effortless and satisfying way.

My stories

Poking James MacGuigan’s Pig

There have been many doors in my life, some real and some metaphorical, but on a quiet little farm in one of Ireland's beautiful Glens of Antrim, one in particular stood out and the memory of it will stay with me forever.
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I Fought the Law

Apart from having a wee behind a bin down a back alley in Middlesbrough when I was eight years old and a tiny bit of embezzlement around six years...
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A Hot Little Model from France

The kitchen took on the appearance of an overfilled Greetings from Murmansk snow globe as the door flew open and in gushed a torrent of winter’s...
Cherry

For Yer Women, the Women

All the year they scrub the homes From Skibbereen to Portglenone. They work their fingers to the bone, Afraid to pause to moan or groan. They milk...
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Priyatelka, Turlough and the House of Cats

She was sleeping in a gas station, south from here on route E85. I asked the pump attendant, ‘You think that little feline’s still alive?’ He said ‘...
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173 of my comments have received 181 Great Feedback votes

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I get this!

Posted on Tue, 18 Jan 2022

I get this!

For decades, possibly even a century or so, places like little shops and pubs hardly changed. I know that some change is necessary but it seems like in the last twenty years everything has changed and it can never change back....

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Posted in Things I Did On My Day Off

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I really enjoyed the way your

Posted on Wed, 29 Dec 2021

I really enjoyed the way your words recreated in my mind the cold stillness of the cemetery. Even though you describe a place for the dead surrounded by lifeless objects, you seemed to bring it to life.

I particularly liked your line ......

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Posted in In Memoriam

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'We shouldn't be so harsh on

Posted on Fri, 24 Dec 2021

'We shouldn't be so harsh on Boris Johnson. He's done such a lot to revive the Dickensian way of celebrating Christmas,' said Bob Cratchit's son, Tiny Tim. 

An excellent piece of writing Paul. Amusing from start to finish.

 

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Posted in A Christmas Boris

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Aye, imagine being at Michael

Posted on Sun, 12 Dec 2021

Aye, imagine being at Michael Bublé's house at Christmas. You'd need a lot of Advocaat to survive that.

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Posted in Saints and Sinners - A Christmas Fable (Part One of Two)

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I read news like this almost

Posted on Tue, 07 Dec 2021

I read news like this almost every day. It's sickening that an uncaring world can push people to the point where they have to risk their lives in this way. How bad must the life be that they are trying to escape from for them to accept that...

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Posted in The Journey. Part Two.

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For years I worked with

Posted on Wed, 27 Oct 2021

For years I worked with elderly people and seeing them caught by dementia used to break my heart. Your words describing your Mum's situation have brought back so many memories of complete strangers who I came to love before slowly but ultimately...

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Posted in Blessings Dear Late Mum And Dad

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I love reading diaries.

Posted on Sat, 23 Oct 2021

A long, long time ago I worked on ships. Working and living with people in such close proximity for six to eight months at a time whilst thousands of miles from home made me feel I got a deep understanding of, and closeness to, colleagues that I...

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Posted in That Was Genesis

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A nice bit of secrecy.

Posted on Tue, 12 Oct 2021

I really enjoyed your poem Rhiannon. It hadn't crossed my mind that adults speaking in code in front of their kids was a form of keeping things secret. I remember it being a struggle with my kids, and then an even bigger struggle when they...

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Posted in Little ears are listening!

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I'm sorry Harry, but I couldn

Posted on Sat, 15 Jan 2022

I'm sorry Harry, but I couldn't read all of this because the facts are so sickening. I used to get angry about this sort of thing but I've given up because no matter what I say or do, it will have no effect on the problem. I don't know how these...

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Posted in Money - some context

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I looked up Gogoratu because

Posted on Sun, 16 Jan 2022

I looked up Gogoratu because it looked a bit Romanian and I like to know what our neighbours are up to, but I was wrong. 

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Posted in Mr. Lee's Cafe

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