Author Archives: TanGental

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.

Is It Art? #carrotranch #flashfiction

This week’s prompt from Charli Mills is watery… April 19, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about forest bathing. You can use the Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku, or you can make up your own … Continue reading

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Cruelty Dressed Up As Kindness #microcosms #flashfiction

Cruelty Dressed Up As Kindness Not many opportunities to race, on the Front. The mud, the lack of a car. Not much enthusiasm either. But that’s what they wanted to talk about, racing. Brooklands, the championship decider. Their eyes,  I … Continue reading

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The Fatburg Busters #writephoto

Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt this week is ‘You think he’s happy?’ ‘Course. It’s damn near perfect. From sclerotic to euphoric in a morning..’ You don’t think he’ll see the nick?’ ‘Nah. He said he’s  got to do the capillaries too. … Continue reading

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A Peace Of Advice #poems #poetry

Sometimes poetry comes in the form of good advice, and you wonder where from… Never pick your nose in public Or roll it in a ball And if you must pee outdoors, Just not against the wall. … Your zits … Continue reading

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Molluscs Frolicks #poem #poetry

  The constanza is a poem with a rhyming scheme of ABB, ACC, ADD etc. This poem describes a trial that sums up my world outdoors … If at any point my life seems drab and stale My head begins … Continue reading

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Taking The Positives #gardening #shortstory

A glorious day, one for exploring the garden. Spring is with us and temperatures will be up into the 20s centigrade this week. Yet we still have standing water in the paths at the far end of the garden. Next … Continue reading

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Batshit Bonkers #carrotranch #flashfiction

Charli Mills prompt this week is  April 12, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bat. You can use an association to the winged, cave-dwelling critter, or you can explore the word for … Continue reading

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