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Location: Cloughey, NI
Gender: Male
Born: so I'm told
Interests: how long have you got ...
Member: Premier Author
Joined: October 2014

Giraffmang is a Northern Irish writer who likes to blur the boundaries between genres.

He has achieved an honourable mention in the L.Ron Hubbard 'Writers of the Future' competition in 2015 and again in 2019. In 2016, he also reached the finals of two national competitions in the UK.

A published author in the horror, thriller, and science fiction arenas, he is working on his first full length Science-fiction novel.

He also holds a degree in Modern & Contemporary History, as well as awards in creative writing, script writing, Health & Social Care and theology.

2018 - ranked 2nd for short works
recognised reviewer status
2017 - author of the year
ranked 3rd for short works
2016 - ranked 3rd for short works
2015 - ranked 5th for short works
Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die.
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giraffmang: I'm just going to leave this here, as some folk seem to be getting a little confused that all you're supposed to rate on is spelling and grammar. These are the site's own words...

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For poems you can tell the author how you thought it flowed. Did the rhymes seem forced? Did the structure make sense? Did it draw on your emotions? Did it present strong images? Would you recommend it to someone else?

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October 6, 2019 at 2:50PM

giraffmang: 'Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.'

Unknown origin.
September 13, 2019 at 11:25AM
    mrsmajor: That's for sure!
    September 13, 2019 at 6:39PM

FanStory wrote to giraffmang: Coppers, cheesecake, oven, body finished first in the contest "A Mysterious Death"
September 9, 2019 at 10:10PM
    Sarkems: Heyyy, well done you!
    September 10, 2019 at 7:45AM
    karenina: Congrats! Well done!--Karenina
    September 10, 2019 at 3:41PM

giraffmang: Forced to spend their twelve most formative years isolated from their families, eight hours a day, five days a week, herded into an institutional pen where they're judged, rewarded, and punished according to how well they conform and obey the authorities in performing arbitrary tasks...

Gotta love school...
September 9, 2019 at 3:10AM
    mrsmajor: Come on G, its not that bad...ha ha ha...most of my kids enjoyed themselves...(at least that's what they said after graduations)...LOL
    September 9, 2019 at 12:52PM
    phill doran: During his later school years, my son often referred to Thursday as "day four of the hostage situation"
    September 9, 2019 at 8:57PM

Check out the entrants for the 'Alternate Facts' competition in the voting booth now. Some great stories.

Don't forget to vote.

September 2, 2019 at 3:33AM

FanStory wrote to giraffmang: Congratulations! Amidst Shadows won the contest "5-7-5 Poetry"
August 22, 2019 at 12:13AM
    Hitcher: congratulations mate !!
    August 22, 2019 at 2:28PM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, G. :)
    August 22, 2019 at 4:27PM
    Cheryl I: Great job!
    August 23, 2019 at 3:32AM

FanStory wrote to giraffmang: It is what it is finished second in the contest "Write A Modern Fable"
August 22, 2019 at 12:10AM

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#9 Ranked Novelist
Poetry 148
Short Works 14
Novels 9
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Purposes Aligned reached "Recognized" status.
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Haunted reached "All Time Best" status.
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Coppers, cheesecake, oven, body finished first in the contest "A Mysterious Death"
September 9 at 10:10PM
Haunted reached "Recognized" status.
September 6 at 2:08AM
Memories reached "Recognized" status.
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Amidst Shadows reached "Recognized" status.
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It is what it is reached "Recognized" status.
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