Dear Dad It's your birthday today, so I hope you're celebrating in style. I can imagine it so easily. You would bake your chocolate cake (even if it is your day) because, even in heaven, it's hard to believe it wouldn't be in high demand! You would sit back for a while and people watch, … Continue reading Chatterbox
Okay, let's tackle the time machine first, which is actually a reference to a new programme I've been binge watching - Timeless. This isn't specifically a review post, but it is a pretty cool show. Once I got over the 'oh my god, that's Luka from ER' and concentrated on the action, I discovered a … Continue reading Time machines, comfort food, and the Salem Witch Trials
I apologise for posting twice in one day (sort of - it's after midnight here), and a largely unedited piece at that. I would have waited, but it seemed a good example to complement my A to Z posts. Sam has been in my head for the last two days, and has been driving me … Continue reading Worth the wait
Easier said than done Okay, picture this. Your novel is finished, the latest word count is around ninety thousand words, and you’re finally satisfied the story is ready to share with your betas. After all the blood, ink and tears, the sleepless nights, the assurances to your family that you’re still alive inside your writing … Continue reading Easier said than done #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We might not celebrate in the UK, but we can still be thankful for the gifts we've been given. I'm thankful for my two beautiful daughters, my supportive family, and my friends. It was thinking of my internet friends, and realising I've been absent for so long, that prompted … Continue reading Faithful Friend – Thursday Photo Prompt #writephoto
This week for the Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (#WQWWC) the theme is Autumn. The quote I chose is by George Eliot: Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. George Eliot. There is something truly magnificent about … Continue reading Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Waiting Game
Written in response to Sue Vincent's Thursday Photo Prompt. Thanks for the inspiration, Sue 🙂 “What does it mean?” Tamaya stared at the water, which had gathered in the frozen eye socket of Medea, the sleeping giant of Nearyon. She studied Aaron’s reflection as it fluttered across the surface in the beginnings of a watery … Continue reading Sleeping Giant #writephoto
I recently had a discussion with a fellow writer about dialogue, and decided to share the processes I use to improve authenticity within my work. TIPS FOR IMPROVING DIALOGUE Give your imaginary friends a voice: I've talked about this before, but I often allow my characters free rein to have a discussion out of context, … Continue reading 5 Tips for Improving Dialogue
It’s here at last! Check out Charles’ latest release. From what I’ve read of Lloyd (love him) and Cassidy so far, this book is going to be a treat 🙂
The United States of America has been crippled. Violently contained by a global military force and left without its leaders, the country has become shattered and chaotic. A decade has passed since the first strike and a new landscape has emerged where survival is more important than anything else. Who will uncover the truth behind the attack and revive this once great nation?
It certainly won’t be Cassidy and Lloyd since they couldn’t care less about that stuff. She is a young woman on a mission to honor her mother’s dying wish, which is to toss her ashes off the Golden Gate Bridge. He is an infamous serial killer she broke out of Rikers Island since hiring a bodyguard wasn’t working out. Not the perfect plan, but having an insane, oddly charming murder-junkie on your side…
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I love this. I adored Dr Seuss books growing up, and I haven’t thought about the power of Seuss for a while – how powerful the written word can be and how healing in body and mind 🙂
Thinking to help my son heal his speech right
I had sent out a call on the Freecycle site…
Every day for a week I was checking to see
If anyone local might have some books free.
Remembering childhood and tongue-twisting ditties
I set the request to go out to three cities
Quite soon, sure enough, an address I could look up,
And dive across town to be picking a book up.
It didn’t take long till we had a collection
Addressing lacunae in diction’s defection.
Each morning we’d read and he’d make his lips wriggle
And both, unsuccessfully, try not to giggle.
We read about Sleeping and yawns under noses
And Foxes with Soxes to cover their toes-es,
We read about Green Eggs and Ham and the Cat
Who had juggled the goldfish and then doffed his Hat.
We wrangled with words and with pronunciation
Till it was apparent…
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