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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:19 am 
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Just catching up with my advent reading. So far I've really enjoyed Renee Carter Hall's story, Roy's poem and I thought David McGroaty's 'First Foot' was brilliant! Can't wait to read the rest!


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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:55 am 
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Hi all. V H Leslie's site might ask for a password, despite her taking it off. If so, it's cracker all lower case. Merry Christmas!

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:00 pm 
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I've heard nothing from Marc or Jim, so...

23rd - Mark Gorton

If anyone reading this hasn't contributed and would like to, then it appears the 24th is still going begging. If I don't hear from anybody, then I'll post something of my own and you'll all be very sorry.

And if anybody wants a second story on Christmas Day, let me know as soon as you can, but don't leave it too late.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:22 pm 
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Apologies if you had been following my daily advent calendar thing on my blog, but the short story I was using snippets from won the Spinetinglers Christmas Ghost Story competition, so I took it down and replaced it with a lurid insight into the life of Santa, which can be found here:

http://www.ian-hunter.co.uk/blog/comments/172

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:03 pm 
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Congratulations on the Spinetinglers win Ian, and I've added a link to "Santa's Little Helper" to tomorrow's Advent post, as the more the merrier. Hope that's okay.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:05 pm 
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I've finally got some spare time, so hoping to read and comment on all of these over the next few days.

"Nativity" by Renee Carter Hall was touching, a warm hearted story about finding where you really belong.

"Green Planet" - nostalgia from Roy, a lyric for all the things lost, both the environment and SF dreams of yore, with some neat touches of humour, and of course being our PR man plenty of product placement.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:33 pm 
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Continuing where I left off...

Nothing like a touch of festive necrophilia to set the tone in Des' clever and playful "More Give Than Angles", teasing us with its labyrinthine prose and tentacles of torment.

And there's an Angleland in Bob's "The Taste of Clay", a cheery ditty on the perils of revenge, set in a well realised world of magic and militias, and with a golem who knows how to crush a head even if he can't buckle a swash.

A strange little story from David with "The First Foot", tradition given a surreal and macabre twist in a tale that doesn't put a foot wrong.

That's my lot for today. I'm off round the chip shop.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:09 pm 
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Day Six and "Grandfather" by Dennis gives us a rather harrowing account of child abuse, with a payoff that seems sad rather than triumphant, and with the phrase 'before all is remade' perhaps a hint that paradox will come into play and a terrible loop has been brought into being.

A topical feel to "The Redemption Machine" by Jason, with the old idea of confessing our sins given a neat and reviving twist, and echoes of the scapegoat/seasonal sacrifice.

"Office Party" by Stephen was intriguing, and I didn't see the end twist coming, though with hindsight it has a horrible appropriateness given the situation.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:46 pm 
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Pete wrote:
Congratulations on the Spinetinglers win Ian, and I've added a link to "Santa's Little Helper" to tomorrow's Advent post, as the more the merrier. Hope that's okay.



Pete

Sorry to take so long to get back to you. That was great for the extra plug, it's not exactly horror, just all true, I'm afraid!

Best

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:20 pm 
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Really enjoyed these, and when I have longet than the few minutes I have right now I'll post some feedback. Standout faves off the top of my head were Nativity and The First Foot but there were others, I'm just rubbish at remembering titles.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:16 pm 
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Is there going to be an Advent Calendar this year? Got my creepy Christmas story all ready.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:01 pm 
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Yeah Pete, is there? Huh? Huh? Go on :D

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:52 pm 
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Yeah, okay. I'll announce it at the weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:47 pm 
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Details here:-

http://ttapress.com/1730/the-advent-cal ... -five/0/5/

Note slight difference - not giving priority to TTA contributors this year, everybody will be scheduled just as soon as they send me a link.

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 Post subject: Re: The Advent Calendar
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:38 am 
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Running order so far:-

1st - William Meikle
2nd - Steven J. Dines
3rd - L. R. Bonehill
4th - Warwick Fraser-Coombe (with a graphic story)
5th - Rebecca Schwarz
6th - Jason Whittle

18 doors left.

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