The Dark Poet, by Kathryn Gossow: #BookReview.

106 pages Short Stories At first, this anthology of short stories seems an unconnected collection. As the reading progresses, another story emerges, built with the blocks of the individual tales. It is almost, though not quite, a novel. The encompassing story is that of Paul, the Dark Poet, and tells how he came to be …

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The #Write #Words? Post 16

Taking a look 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: Lash, Light, Litter, Labour. Onomatopoeia: Lash: Although ‘lash’ has several meanings, I imagine the most popular is that meaning ‘whiplash’ as in the lash of …

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The #Write #Words? Post 15

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: Keen, Kind, Kaleidoscope, Kangaroo. Onomatopoeia: Keen: To ‘keen’ is generally thought of as to make a wailing or moaning sound. But this word can also describe …

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The #Write #Words? Post 14

Sorry this is a day late: domestic concerns took precedence yesterday! 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: Jangle, Joyful, Jack of all trades. Onomatopoeia: Jangle: ‘Jangle’ is one of those words crying out …

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The Fifth Ascendant, by Joshua Grant: #BookReview.

777 pages Children’s Steampunk/Fantasy and Magic for Children As this is a children’s book, I read it to find out how the author dealt with such a readership, having read other works of his written for adults. This is definitely written for a younger readership. There are elements some adults will find difficult to follow; …

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The #Write #Words? Post 13

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: Itch, Innocent, Implausibility, Imam. Onomatopoeia: Itch Whether ‘itch’ is onomatopoeic is probably a matter of opinion. I’m including it here as it has the power, through association, …

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Defy Death Now (Live to Die Another Day), by Dr Joseph S Maresca : #BookReview.

21 pages Medical advice This is an unusual little book with a fairly simple but important message about illness. It’s much more appropriate in certain ways to readers in America, but has lessons for the world. Here, in UK, we have a free National Health Service, once the envy of the world but currently in …

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Creative #Writing #Contests Table Updated

The time has come around once more! Sorry I’m a day late, but I had more urgent matters to deal with. Anyway, here’s your monthly reminder to let you know the creative writing contest table has been updated. It lives on the ‘Resources’ page, here. For new visitors: Many contests are free to enter and …

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