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 three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. 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.

The Sage Of Wednesdays #writephoto #creativewriting #humour

Sue is back with another #writephoto prompt and this is my take Gerald, The Sage of Wednesdays straightened his robe, adjusted his boxers against the inevitable abrasions that hessian guaranteed and did a few verbal warm ups. He stood just … Continue reading

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Something Chewable For 2021

As we take the time to peer up life’s proctological periscope in the hope of spotting some light beyond the ever tightening sphincter of lockdown, and dodge those sharp edged toast crusts that litter our path, I offer some light … Continue reading

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Sugar And Snails

I was completing a questionnaire the other day and one on the list was who inspired me to take up blogging. That would be Anne Goodwin who I met on a writer’s course a couple of years before. We bonded … Continue reading

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Ars Poetica #poem #poetry

A poem is an erotic pass the parcel with words, Seductively shedding its millefeuille of meanings to tease you with its deceits. You climb up through its stanzas, in search of the rhythms on the next horizon Which may leave … Continue reading

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Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Posthumously #poem #poetry

The older that I get I do regret Another daybreak Such a butt ache. Time speeds past Another breakfast More eggs on toast Less me, more ghost. A beardy old fool Splattered with drool Filled with tea Needing a pee. … Continue reading

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December; The Garden Poised #wintergarden #garden

December and into January in the garden is a pause in all the action. Images repeat with hope pricking slowly through the cold hard soil. This poem I hope captures some of that pent up energy, twitching on the start … Continue reading

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Complaining #poetry #poem

What is it about complaining? You approach the counter Already rehearsing your clever, witty rejoinder. Then, confronted by the hapless helper With a smile and a ‘can I help you?’ All leant during role play On the training away day … Continue reading

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When I’m Cleaning Windows #writephotorevisited #suevincent

A return to one of Sue’s Prompt for #writephoto back in January 2018 Serge readied himself to knock on the door. It was an impressive piece of oak. ‘Just nod and smile, ok? She’s not keen on anyone new.’ Darren … Continue reading

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There’s Still Time #blogbattle

This was written as a response to the latest #blogbattle monthly prompt which can be found here. So many of man’s innovations have their roots in accidents. Penicillin for instance. One, however arose from a circularity, an accidental glimpse of … Continue reading

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Blog Battle, One Heck Of A Prompt

I try and do some short fiction pieces on this blog and for that, often rely on the stimulus that prompt’s give me. I still take part in Charli Mills’ weekly offerings at the carrot ranch but one of the … Continue reading

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