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.

Poetic Rant (Sort Of) #poem #poetry

A silly ranty poem… I hate it when you’re lateI loathe your clothes(I detest that vest)I abhor you forThat girl-next-doorNiceness.It pisses me when you kisses meDespite my animosityNot making you cross at me.How can my integral animusNot cause you to … Continue reading

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Pearl Barley And That Crow #writephoto

This week Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt is a crow. A crow so happens to feature a lot in my latest work in progress, a humorous urban fantasy based on the exploits of a character that has appeared here before, Pearl … Continue reading

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Improving My Mind, Understanding My Body #reading #nonfiction

I suppose it’s no surprise. This pandemic has been a forced education for a lot of us as to how the body works, or doesn’t, what antibodies do, what are T cells and RNA based vaccines. It’s a bit ghoulish, … Continue reading

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A View From The Hill #westnorwoodpark

My nearest park, a five minute stroll from my front door is West Norwood Park. It’s not as pretty as Dulwich park, nor as varied as Brockwell Park, nor as steeped in history as Crystal Palace Park, and it lacks … Continue reading

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The Sue Vincent Rodeo Is Live

Yes it’s here. it’s a lovely idea and it’s got a prize attached. Read on… It’s time to saddle up and get in line, because the Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic is happening NOW at the Carrot Ranch! Writers will have … Continue reading

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Another Year, Same Garden: January 2021 #garden #january2021

It’s been cold, wet, frosty, snowy, sunny and all shades in between. What it hasn’t been is warm. Definitely no global warming and yet we are seeing plants that, by rights should be dead, dormant or craving some sort of … Continue reading

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Rock And A Hard Place #writephoto #creativewriting

This week’s #writephoto prompt is ‘guarded’ and this picture Jason Pondweed stopped the van and peered out of the rain smeared windscreen. This couldn’t be it, could it? He checked the clipboard listing his deliveries. Last one was ‘the Guard … Continue reading

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From One Question To The Next, Ad Infinitum #carrotranch #specialprompt

A lot of thought has gone into Charli Mills’Special prompt, here, for Sue Vincent January 28, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about life as a river of consciousness. Think about the possibilities of … Continue reading

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Sue Vincent, A Special Kind Of Blogger

I’ve known Sue for the best part of six years, throughout my time of blogging. I’ve met her, too, at the Bloggers Bash (when I admit to a certain disappointment the red hair – see above image – wasn’t present … Continue reading

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The Ever Afters, Part Two; What’s In A Name #fairytales

Have you ever wondered what happened to the characters in fairy tales, after we leave them? Well this is where we find out. ‘Maybe it’s my accent.’ Rodney Drawstring, the registrar peered over his half-moon glasses, hoping his gaze was … Continue reading

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