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 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.

Quantum Writing – The Physics Of Stories #poem #poetry

I sit at my table, solid, present. It’s very existence comforts. I tap it; my knuckles resonate with it. I push it; my fingers bend against it, Defeated by its inertia. My laptop sits snug on the supportive surface, Stolidly … Continue reading

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The End Of Days #carrotranch #morgandandlogan

This weeks carrot ranch prompt is about escape. Logan and Morgan have been quarantining since returning from the USA and now that is ending… March 25 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write an escape. It can … Continue reading

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Pyramid Stealing – Part Four #shortstory #instalments

I started this story on a whim. It’s gritty and urban and not to be read immediately after a meal . This is part four and Paige is in trouble… Stupid stupid, she told herself and kept running, not daring … Continue reading

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A Meeting Of Minds #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto prompt is here, now being run by KL Carey, on Sue Vincent’s behalf The Eastwick Parish Council members took their seats and stared across at their opposite numbers. Since the merger of East and West Eastwick’s municipal … Continue reading

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Spring Has Sprung

There are many signs of spring that I love. For me it’s not a date in the calendar but a A daffodil A showing from the magnolias But most of all it’s when we see the first sign of March … Continue reading

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A Word Of Memory

There’s this police drama that is big in the UK. Line of Duty is now into its sixth series and has a tremendous reputation. One thing it doesn’t do is treat its audience as unintelligent so you have to stay … Continue reading

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Careless? #poem

Nothing personal here, just something that came to me as I tried to dissuade the cold caller from continuing She looks at me, just so, Eyebrows moving up and down Her shoulders just down. The caller asks about solar panels: … Continue reading

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Casting Around For The Right God #writephoto #humour #creativewriting

This week’s #writephoto prompt is this picture Christopher Cholmeldley St John Plankton pinched the bridge of his nose. He would not give in to the migraine that was beginning to batter the back of his eyes. He forced himself to … Continue reading

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Pyramid Stealing: Part 3 #shortstory #instalments

A short piece or grungy urban fiction, with some adult themes. This is part 3 and Paige Turner has left her terrified friend Mia to take the money and gun they found to put it back by the charity shop. … Continue reading

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The Garden In March #garden #spring # dog

The year started dry and mild and chilled noticeably. We’re told an artic dome is expected this weekend, which sounds a tad brisk for my liking. It does mean that the early signs of seasonal spring have been held back … Continue reading

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