Author Archives: TanGental

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at and welcome all comments. 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.

Eyes Up! #writephoto #flash

Sue’s prompt this week is Candice Charming pushed Thomas Reedy back into line. This Year Four were undoubtedly the worst year yet. ‘Mandy, leave Gerry alone.’ She caught her colleague, Millie Stammler’s smile and feigned a heart attack. ‘So what … Continue reading

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Eking Out The Energy #gardencolours

October should be the end, really. The summer is well past and autumn is a time when the leaves turn, to give their final show before dropping, but the blossom… it should be past its best. Well, no actually. We … Continue reading

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If You Want To Get Ahead, Get A Hat #flashfiction

Prendegast ap Tyrol stared at the diorama and fumed. How could they? They’d made a half-decent job of his face, with just the right depth of chin-dimple and rendering his cheekbones at an encouragingly rugged thirty degrees. And if his … Continue reading

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I’ll Be The Judge Of That!

If you are looking for some guidance when it comes to the latest rodeo flash fiction competition being hosted at the Carrot Ranch head over to fellow Judge Lucy Brazier and she has some words of wisdom for you (other … Continue reading

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All Things White And Wonderful #writephoto

Sue Vincent’s prompt this week is There are days when all the planets seem to align and the world is a better place. In countries plagued by drought a warm sun is interspersed with refreshing showers to feed stressed crops … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #2 (this one is mine! All mine!)

When Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch asked me to come up with a flash fiction competition for her October Rodeo there was only one way to go. Humour. And so here it is. Go have a look and join … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my Mother: the final curtain

Mum’s birthday was, she was proud to tell anyone, Trafalgar Day – 21st October. She exalted in British History and, while not dewy-eyed as to the wondrous gift to the world that was the British Empire (her view) she considered, … Continue reading

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