The #Write #Words? Post 12

Examining Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and adding to my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions of those, click here to read the introductory post to the series. This week’s words: Hoot, Hot, Horde, House. Onomatopoeia: Hoot ‘Hoot’ is word we associate with owls as a rule. But it can also describe laughter of a certain type. …

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A Light in the Desert, by Anne Montgomery: #BookReview.

286 pages Mystery/Thriller A novel blending fiction with fact, this story of the unsolved derailing of a train in the Arizona desert is full of surprises. Many of the central characters are the author’s creations, and they’re constructed with compassion, objectivity, and empathy. To get inside the heads of such diverse people takes some skill …

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The #Write #Words? Post 11

Looking at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, andmy Delusional Dictionary. For definitions of those, click here to read the introductory post to the series. This week’s words: Grumbling, Good, Gang, Gardener. Onomatopoeia: Grumbling ‘Some folk spend their lives grumbling, usually about matters they can’t control. In fact, some people are said never to be …

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The Time is Now, the Place is Here

In October 2018, just 7 months ago, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced we had 12 years to deal effectively with Climate Change, otherwise we’re likely to reach a tipping point beyond which our ability to predict future changes is at best unreliable. It is likely such a scenario will result in widespread devastation, …

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By the Feet of Men, by Grant Price: #BookReview.

344 pages Science Fiction/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic This book was hard to put down, despite pressing calls on my time. Yes, it’s science fiction (which some readers disparage from ignorance). Yes, it’s dystopian and post-apocalyptic, which brings it into line with the current belated surge of interest in climate change, now recognised as an emergency. The story revolves …

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The #Write #Words? Post 11

Looking at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions of those, click here to read the introductory post to the series. This week’s words: Fizzle, Free, Fleet, Fuck. Onomatopoeia: Fizzle ‘Young Jimmy looked on with growing disappointment as his favourite whizz-bang firework, dampened by constant rain, sputtered and fizzled out …

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Fundamental #ClimateEmergency Action

This post will raise many concerns, objections and even outrage in some readers. Be warned. Most of the world is now, at last, aware of the dangers we face from climate change. Some refuse to accept we, the human race, are the major contributor to the looming disaster. Some doubters, like Donald Trump, are in …

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The #Write #Words? Post 10

Looking at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions of those, click here to read the introductory post to the series. This week’s words: Eek, Easy as, Exaltation, Energy. Onomatopoeia: Eek I’ve always found ‘eek’ a little, shall we say, timid? But, that, of course, may be its beauty. Not …

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The Corona Book of Science Fiction, edited by Max Bantleman: #BookReview.

202 pages Science Fiction Anthologies This is a collection of 16 short stories by some very talented writers. I enjoyed every one of these varied tales. There’s humour, horror, dystopia, AI, time travel, romance, aliens, corruption, robotics, love, and the greed inspired by empire here. None of these stories disappointed me. There are variations in style, …

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The #Write #Words? Post 9

Word cloud created through wordart.com Looking at Onomatopoeia and Metaphor, Simile, Collective Nouns, and my Delusional Dictionary. For definitions of those, click here to read the introductory post to the series. This week’s words: Ding-dong, Dead, Drove, Deputy. Onomatopoeia: Ding-dong: The sound of bells, which can also be described onomatopoeically as a tinkle, clang, chime, …

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