And it is now Week 303.
Before I forget I need to let you all know that we are not stopping for Christmas. We will be posting stories all through.
The reason is quite simple, we are around ten weeks in advance and if we had stopped publishing that would have taken us over a three month waiting time which we don’t want. We would like to stay between eight and ten weeks if possible.
The only thing to be aware of is we may not be about as much as normal but if you submit or comment, then we will get around to answering and authorising.
Have you ever had something happen and you realise that in all your life you had never seen or heard that. And when you think on it, it’s a bit weird? That happened to me the other night when I was walking to work. A guy passed me on his motor bike and he was singing ‘My Way’ at the top of his voice. I couldn’t tell if he was any good as his engine was doing the harmonising. Not sure if he was a bit mad or a bit pished. Either way, I don’t know if using any form of machinery was a good idea. Especially machinery that he could point at people.
I like when life throws you the odd realisation. I don’t know what is more fun, getting the realisation or realising you didn’t know in the first place.
An arrogant man thinks he knows more than he does. A realist knows he knows less than he knows and there are others who just don’t give a fuck.
Intellectual snobbery really does rip my knitten’. If you have knowledge over the norm on a specific subject / subjects, it just means that you have got a good memory for that / those subjects. It is all relative. If someone puts a gun to your head and tells you if you can’t name all the Kardashians then it’s ‘bye-bye brains, your thirty doctorates in molecular physics ain’t going to help you.
There is an argument that if you can name all the Kardashians then you should blow your own brains out but what the fuck – If being a voyeur to folks who have more money than an infinite number of horses can shit, in an infinite number of universes is what floats your boat, you knock yourself out. (Please don’t be conned with that last statement, I know fuck all about physics. I just find if you throw in certain words some folks think you are some sort of scholar. Others that work are ‘infinite’, universe’ and also parallel. Using those, you will get caught out by those who know but wankers assume you are a wanker.)
Ahhh ‘probability’, another subject of the arses!
I’m not snobbish about anything accept Brandy. Cheap Brandy makes me gag. But again, if that’s what you like, you enjoy.
When I think on it, it’s not really snobbery, it is about gagging.
I worked in M&S for years and I used to do tasting demonstrating. My gaffer asked me what I thought of their Brandy and my words were, ‘I wouldn’t even put that shite in a sherry trifle.’
I got on very well with her and whereas some folks would take my comments as sarcastic or unpleasant, she just laughed. I remember when the Queen Mother died and she told me that I had to be on the shop floor to stand in respect. I told her I was going for my break. She said she wanted everyone on the floor, again I told her I was going for my break. She asked why and I told her my dislike for royals. She insisted, so I stared into her eyes and said that if I was on the floor, she would be sacking me at 11.05 as at 11.00am I would be standing ontop of a till singing ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’.
She agreed that I should go for my break.
Okay onto this weeks stories.
It’s not often that this happens but we had no new writers. Everyone is an old hand or a returner.
The subjects this week include; a trip, a tribute, hell, looking back and removal.
As always our initial comments follow.
First up was the legend that is Mr Tom Sheehan. I promise after the turn of the year to count all the writers stories as I do these postings. (Hah! Maybe that is another resolution to be broken!)
‘Scratch‘ got us up and running on Monday.
‘Tom really can tweak your interest within a few paragraphs. This was no different.’
‘More a memorial than a fiction story and all the better for it.’
‘Excellent writing as always.’
Tim Frank was next up.
‘There is something in this that is appealing.’
‘Tim always makes you think.’
‘Each story from this writer is so different.’
We broke the back of the week with Jim Hanna. Jim is getting close to the twenty mark.
‘Great pace and tone that suits the story.’
‘He packs quite a bit of atmosphere into this.’
‘This shows a confident writer.’
On Thursday we published ‘Limits‘ by Yash Seyedbagheri.
There is quite a run of his stories coming up and every one is an absolute belter.
‘This was quite the tear jerker.’
‘I found this to be a very sad and moving piece.’
‘The puzzle about how to pack things was very well done.’
And we finished off with Rose Banks.
She returned to the site on Friday with, ‘Unfinished Business.‘
‘I found this enthralling.’
Horror isn’t really my thing but I enjoyed this.’
‘Great writing. Rose controlled it beautifully.’
The reminders, well, I really would ask for you to have a look and comment. Let it be your Christmas present to some of our writers.
The same with the Re-Run, why not make someone’s Christmas by nominating them for a Re-Run. Just pick an older story that you’ve enjoyed and write a spiel or an introduction for it. Throw in a few questions for the writer and we will publish exactly what you send us.
Whilst I’ve been typing this I’ve been enjoying some Whitesnake. Yep they are rather commercialised and really do the whole 1980’s Power Ballad thing to death but there is something about that music that makes you want to clench your fists lift them to eye level and then slowly bring them down.
I was listening to their ‘Trouble’ Album. My fingers are cramping and it’s taken me hours to write this.
I’m not sure if I will be able to pull a cracker on Friday but I will toast the site and all those involved.
Have as good a time as you can!
Here’s to all of you my fine friends!!!
All the very best to you and Gwen, Hugh. We will raise a glass or several to you and yours. xx And a very happy whatever you celebrate to all the readers and authors. I hope you are well and joyful. dd