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.

The Advent Calendar #shortstory

I was over at Solveig’s blog with an advent calendar post about, erm, an Advent Calendar. It’s a longish short story which I’ve replayed here since I’m having problems with links. Please visits here (if I can get it to … Continue reading

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Dark and Light, Black and White #flashfiction #morganandlogan #carrotranch

More thoughts from the Numpty Dumpty in chief, Morgan and his loyal sidekick and long-suffering friend Logan… ‘Amanda’s a dark one.’ ‘As in?’ ‘Sorry?’ ‘Do you mean she’s mysterious, or you’re being politically incorrect about her racial characteristics or she’s the … Continue reading

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The Dangerous Art Of Talent Shows #flashfiction

DS Percy Worple nodded to DC Kate Perkins who waited by the entrance to the Cabaret Lounge. ‘What’s the story?’ ‘Not sure. Caller said something about the Crimea and someone being cold blooded.’ ‘Russian mafia killing? Just what we need.’ … Continue reading

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Cinderella And The Ubiquitous Uber #writephoto #flashfcition

‘Oh bloody hell.’ Cinderella stuck her head out of the coach window. ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong? Where is this bleeding castle?’ ‘How do I know? I’ve had my head up a chimney for 16 years. How am I…?’ … Continue reading

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Life? Pah, You Couldn’t Make It Up #philosophy

This was me, two years ago. Six years old, again. Now, two years on and I’m eight today, so, utilizing the patented Le Pard Failsafe Body Clock that takes the digits of your years on the planet, adds them together … Continue reading

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Appraising The Big Beasts #workplace #memories #management

Having finished this year’s Nano with a book in first draft form and a few days to spare, I was thinking about the need to maintain one’s self confidence to achieve these sorts of goals. Historically I haven’t been that … Continue reading

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Nano Completion and All That

Ok, so I made it. Nano’s 50,000 words have been banked (indeed it’s reached 68,000) and I now have the first draft of magical realism novel. It’ll take a while to make it ready for publication so, to keep you … Continue reading

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