Looking for the Best Word? Tip #57

    A series of posts for all word lovers. Offering help for writers and language learners, these posts look at many different aspects of the world of words in the hope of stimulating your curiosity and enhancing your creativity. Please be aware this post was scheduled prior to my annual break from all things …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Today is my 29th wedding anniversary and I’m spending it with my lovely wife. This is a scheduled post, created before I started my annual break from all digital connection: it’s the only way to stay sane in a world being driven mad by constant calls on our attention. So, no change to the work …

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An American Cage, by Ted Galdi: #BookReview.

This thriller is much more than that. Generally, thrillers are notorious for their concentration on story at the expense of character. In An American Cage, however, Galdi has broken that mould. He’s devised a tale that threads character throughout the story without adversely affecting pace and engagement. Written in present tense, and from an omniscient …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #56

    A series of posts for all word lovers. Offering help for writers and language learners, these posts look at many different aspects of the world of words in the hope of stimulating your curiosity and enhancing your creativity. This week’s words: Ambitious/Apathetic; Consonance; Advance planning; Down to earth. Ambitious - Roget lists these …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

A small number of new characters have been created to go with the new locations and period. Most of the others appear in the first two volumes, as the new book continues the story, moving only a few years forward initially. Location requires more research, and some informed speculation, but that’s going well at present. …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #55

    A series of posts for all word lovers. Offering help for writers and language learners, these posts look at many different aspects of the world of words in the hope of stimulating your curiosity and enhancing your creativity. This week’s words: Help, Incredibly, A word to the wise, Shinrin-yoku, Contronym: Help Help: belongs …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

As work on this is mostly confined to the void that occupies most of my skull, I don’t have a lot to report today. Preparation, they say, is all. My method of moving toward the writing of a piece is to gather together my characters, something I’ve mostly achieved, though some are proving elusive for …

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Travelling Light, by Vickie Johnstone: #BookReview.

I exercise a degree of caution when reviewing poetry, since I’m by no means a competent practitioner. Therefore my judgment is necessarily both subjective and lacking in personal experience. This is a pleasant read with a great deal of variety in the poems offered. There's rhyme and blank verse here. For me, the blank verse …

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Emanation: Shadeward Saga #1, by Drew Wagar: #BookReview.

    Genre can be the bane of the author’s life: most publishers insist on slotting fiction into predefined pigeonholes. But some books defy this process, either merging genres or crossing boundaries. Emanation is such a book. It is, essentially a science fiction book, but reads, certainly in the beginning, like a fantasy novel. It’s …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #54

    A series of posts for all word lovers, offering help for writers and language learners. This week’s words: Important; Congeries; Hopeful optimism; Heard it through the grapevine. Important - Roget lists these headers: crucial, fundamental, necessary, and important. Under the sub-heading ‘important’ are a further 84 alternatives, including weighty, big, earth-shaking, critical, radical, …

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