Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Now the WIP is with the publisher, and I’m awaiting the response, the result of their edit, the cover and design suggestions, I thought I’d review my Science Fiction activity to date. ‘Ten Tales for Tomorrow’, was self-published in January 2011. It’s a collection of mostly dark, sometimes humorous, speculative fiction. There’s variety here; everything …

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The #Write #Word? Post 20

Sometimes struggle to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? I do. Maybe, in trying to improve my own work, I can help other writers. Today’s words: Melodramatic, Momentarily, More perfect, Mostly, Mokita, M.P. Synonyms are alternative words that might say exactly what you’re trying to convey. Melodramatic: Roget lists only 3 headings for this; …

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Greek Mythology, by in60Learning.com: #BookReview.

Subtitled ‘Beyond Mount Olympus’, this small book is a short introduction to the broad and complex area of the Greek Myths. A bold undertaking to attempt to condense centuries of myth and legend, featuring a myriad heroes, gods, goddesses, nymphs and satyrs, this slim volume does its best. Inevitably it is superficial and, at times, …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Well, that’s it! The book is with my publisher. At 67,269 words, it’s the shortest of my novels. But it’ll be a damned good read (not that I’m in any way biased, you understand). The final part of the editing process for me was a read-through, aloud, from a print run. Many authors neglect this …

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The #Write #Word? Post 19

Sometimes struggle to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? I do. Maybe, in trying to improve my own work, I can help other writers. Today’s words: Loathsome/Pleasant, Less/Fewer, Lap of luxury, Limply, Lawyer Antonyms: words that express the opposite of other words can be hard to find, because thesauruses usually give no examples. When …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Six chapters to go, and the MS stands at 68,660 words, a record low word count for one of my novels! Thursday, I was driven to hospital by a kind and friendly volunteer from a local service that provides rides for people on such missions. I won’t bore, or distress, you with details of the …

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The QI Book of General Ignorance, by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson: #BookReview.

393 pps Humour/Puzzles & Games/ Subtitled ‘The Noticeably Stouter Edition’, this book of humorously presented erudition is a gem. Clearly, a book to be dipped into, rather than read at one sitting, it is nevertheless addictive. Those who know the TV show, first hosted by the inimitable Stephen Fry and latterly by the equally unique …

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Simon Says, by Rachel McClellan: #BookReview.

A truly gothic and demonic horror story. The narrator’s voice carries all the bile, disapproval, confidence and uncertainty of the youth well. This is a short but powerful read and one to produce nightmares if read too close to bedtime in a lonely place. The conflict of denial against the reality of the situation leaves …

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A Better Ten Commandments, by James Miller: #BookReview.

This is both a self-improvement and inspirational book with a very real difference. That difference is crucial. James Miller is a man on a mission. A mission I’m utterly at one with. Our lives are governed from birth, throughout education and maturity, to the final day, by dogma, myth and legend posing as truth. Although …

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The #Write #Word? Post 18

Sometimes struggle to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? I do. Maybe, in trying to improve my own work, I can help other writers. This scheduled post will appear whilst I’m in hospital undergoing minor surgery. It’ll be a few days before I’m back at my desk, and a few weeks before I’m back …

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