Welcome to Abigail's Journal Space

I have set up this space to provide a focus for all things writing-related and in order to keep some kind of record of my published pieces. Where possible I will supply links to e zines and information about printed material. If you wish to get in touch with me directly, please leave a comment. Alternatively, I can be found on both Twitter and Facebook.

In addition to the outlets mentioned above and in fairness to all the editors to whom I am equally grateful, my work has also appeared in: 'Ink, Sweat & Tears', 'Symmetry Pebbles', 'Reflections Magazine', 'Earth Love', 'First Edition', 'Magnificent Me', 'The Human Genre Project' and 'Rumble'. If I have left anyone out, I apologise in advance. I will rectify any omissions of discovery. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Abi

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Poems in 'Daily Love'

I am grateful to Earl Wynn, the editor of 'Daily Love', for theforthcoming publication of two of my poems which are, I believe, to appear on the 12th November and 22nd November repsectively. I will add a link to 'Daily Love' in the next couple of days.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Flash Fiction in Word Gumbo

I am delighted to say that I have a piece of flash fiction in the currrent edition of 'Word Gumbo'. If you want to check it out it is at http://www.gumbopress.co.uk/ . This is a relatively new magazine but I am very happy to be represented in its pages. Hopefully, this will not be the last time.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

New Stuff Out

Thanks to the good folk at 'Short Humour' for publishing two new verses, 'In Praise of Cheese' and 'The Barmaid's Lament'.  These two pieces went up last week and are available via the link provided.  You can reach all the pieces I have available with this outlet via the alphabetical list of contributors.  Thanks go to to Alan Morrison, the editor of 'The Recusant', who has recently published my short story, '1951: Deconstructing the Dream'.  Once again, there is a link provided so do go and have a look. :0)

Friday, 9 September 2011

Microfiction in 'Long Story Short'

'Long Story Short' have regularly published my poetry but this month's edition contains the first piece of short fiction I have ever submitted to them.  Follow the link and scroll down to 'Microfiction' to have a quick read.  My thanks goes to the fiction editor, Linda Barnett-Johnson. :0)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Apocrypha and Abstractions

My thanks are due to the editors of of this excellent - and very recently discovered  - e zine.   They have kindly accepted two pieces of flash fiction for forthcoming issues.  Although the first of these is not due out until next month, my 'contributor's page' is already up and running.  I will add a link very soon. Thanks again, guys. :0)

Poems in 'Words with JAM' April, 2010

Review for 'Moths in a Jar' in 'Words with JAM'

Open the document below to read Amanda Hodgkinson's review of my poetry collection 'Moths in a Jar'. You will find it on p.52.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

At The Melting Pot

'Indiana Bones and the Temple of Croon'.
Many thanks to Nick and Fee Ryall for inviting me to perform at the above event on Saturday, 23rd July. Well done, Mr Bones!  It was a great show and I am sure that everyone who was there is looking forward to the next one.  I read my poem in praise of chocolate cake and 'Survival in the Jungle, An Innocent's Guide'.  This last written specifically for this performance. Feedback was positive, I think, and, for someone like me whose heart is usually in darkness, it was nice to do something light for a change. I think I have enough for a whole comic set now. Any takers? :0)

Update for the end of July

'The Poetry of Food: The Joys and Sorrows of Eating' was the theme for the evening at Penryn Library (Friday, 22nd July) and, thanks to the efforts of the organiser, Patricia Finney, the evening was well-attended and enjoyable.  Wine was drunk, cake was consumed, a great deal of fun was had.  My own contribution consisted of  two poems, one in praise of cheese and the other a hymn to chocolate cake.  These were followed by a piece that offered invaluable, if lighthearted, advice on the subject of survival in the jungle.  It was the second public outing for the first two pieces and the debut performance of the the third and, all in all, I was pleased with the manner in which all three were received. Patricia read a delightfully rude and witty piece on the subject of praline. (Enough said, I think.) I do hope that I shall be invited back for 'Penryn Week' next year.

Monday, 11 July 2011

New Developments and New Links

New stufff up at 'The Recusant' this week.  My thanks to Alan Morrison for publishing 'Mother Hubbard', a poem, and my short story 'Voices of Sweet Reason'. I have also added a new link to 'Short Humour' which has recently published a number of my lighter pieces, one of which, a hymn of praise to chocolate cake, is due to be performed at Penryn Library's 'The Poetry and Prose of Food' later this month. Another new link is to 'Poetic Diversity' (Los Angeles) which published my poem 'Moon' quite some time ago.  Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of life I somehow managed to miss it  Better late than never, though, and my thanks go to the editors. 'Long Story Short' is a long-standing link but the current issue carries one of my poems which can be found by going to the 'Poetry Page' and scrolling down.  Over the past two years, LSS has taken quite a number of poems and, if you are interested, these can be found in the archives.

Monday, 28 February 2011

A Quick Update

I am pleased to say that I am so far managing to keep up with the 'One Million Stories Shorts Challenge. I have just submitted my latest story, 'The Worst Thing, and I am thinking over this week's prompt which is 'Made in Hollywood'. 

Recently, I have had three poems accepted by 'A Long Story Short', the first of which, 'A Bird at the End of Winter', will appear in the March edition.

The latest edition of 'Poetry Cornwall' is now available from Les Merton at Palores Press.  It includes my poem, 'Scar on the Landscape' as well as my reviews of two poetry collections and one book of Cornish tales.  I am grateful to Lesley Pengelly for the review of my own poetry collection, 'Moths in a Jar'.

I am also grateful to Richard Thomas, the editor of a new online magazine, 'Symmetry Pebbles'.  Since January of this year, he has published a number of my poems.  I will add a link as soon as I am able to do so. 

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Moon Poems in 'Fruits of the Moon'

I am happy to have heard today that a four of my poems have been accepted for inclusion in a book of artwork and poetry being being created by Jade Moon .  The poems in question are: 'The Moon', 'The Moon and I', 'Lilith' and 'In the Face of Fire'. My thanks go to Jade for her sympathetic response to my work.  I will post more details on the availability of the book as and when they become available.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa...

I am remiss.  I note with shame and horror that many months have passed since my last entry.  I cannot possibly hope to 'catch up' on all developments so I have no choice but to start from here and to resolve to do better this time.

So, what is the news?  Well, I my poetry collection, 'Moths in a Jar' is reviewed in the current edition of 'Words with JAM'.  I will try to add a link that will enable readers to subscribe to this excellent magazine, which is all the more excellent for being totally free.  Also, I have a piece of flash, 'Evening Prayer', and story, 'The Gecko's Tale' which has just gone on line at millionstories.net. My good friend, Richard Thomas, is now the editor of Symmetry Pebbles and he has been kind enough recently to publish a number of my poems.  I will try to provide a link for this also but, for those of you who may be impatient, both 'Words with JAM' and 'Symmetry Pebbles' are easily located with the aid of Google.

In a rather different arena, I have recently had an enormous amount of fun playing Pussy in 'Pussy in Boots', an adult pantomime that raised £380 for children with cancer.  Our next project is Old Time Music Hall so I am preparing to be Marie Lloyd.  Anybody out there in possession of a parasol and a suitable hat?  If so, do speak up.  It is all in a worthy cause. :0)