Lyme Regis No.2: To Golden Cap, Part 1

The new sea wall in east Lyme, with Golden Cap visible immediately above the central lamppost in this picture (taken the day before our walk) Here is the second post about our stay in the resort famous for its fossils (that might include us!). (You’ll find the start of the series of five posts here.) …

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Gravity’s Arrow, by Jack Mann: #BookReview.

508 pages Teen and YA/Science Fiction Adventure/Metaphysical and Visionary This complex and intriguing book is full of action. It’s also packed with thought-provoking discussions among the many fascinating characters. These come as natural parts of the story and we are led into them through both the action and the well-drawn natural exchanges of the players. …

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The #Write #Words? Post 20

Word cloud via 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:Plonk, Pale, Pontification, Peer. Onomatopoeia: Plonk: Plonk does what an onomatopoeia is supposed to do. It says the sound. Not exactly poetic, it …

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Lyme Regis: The Riverside Walk.

Lyme Beach. This is the first part of a short series on the famous town featured by John Fowles in ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’, and by Jane Austin in ‘Persuasion’. Lyme Regis, balanced on the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast at the very edge of West Dorset, is the seaside town where Mary Anning, the …

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The #Write #Words? Post 19

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:Oink, Old, Ostentation, Obeisance. Onomatopoeia: Oink: Oink is considered a representation of the noise made by a domesticated porcine. But the pigs I’ve met, and, having lived …

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Dry Bones, by John Holland: #BookReview.

72 pages Literary Anthologies and Collections/Poetry An anthology of poetry set in, and describing, the Australian Outback, this collection embodies that dry, deserted, hostile, hopeful, barren place I know only from novels and films. That the poems evoke a sense of place, even for an Englishman with no experience of the location, says a lot …

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The #Write #Words? Post 18

Taking a look 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:Natter, Nutty, Neverthriving, Nurse. Onomatopoeia: Natter: We all know people who natter; they’re the ones who chatter, gossip, enjoy the sound of their own voice …

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Lost in a Good Book, by Jasper Fforde: #BookReview.

384 pages Literary Fiction/Time Travel/Adventure Stories and Action. Oddly, this book isn’t listed under comedy or humour on Amazon. I think, however, it’s supposed to be funny, perhaps witty? I confess I found it more irritating than amusing. Written in a style that makes the author appear self-congratulatory and strangely complacent as he waves the …

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The #Write #Words? Post 17

Taking a look 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: Miaow, Mad, Mob, Moat. Onomatopoeia: Miaow: I confess I chose this particular onomatopoeia because so many writers and readers are cat lovers, and we all …

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Creative #Writing #Contests Table Updated

The time has come around once more for 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 offer great cash prizes (best prize is £16,000.00; you could buy a LOT with that!). …

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