Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Final Part

Lake Maggiore on an uncharacteristic dull day, with a displaying cormorant in the foreground. This is the last of the posts recording our stay in Italy in September 2018. We had a great time, so we decided to share our experiences. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 12

Posts recording our stay in Italy in September. We thoroughly enjoyed it, so we’re sharing our experience. You’ll get the (almost) full story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments.Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8. Part 9. Part 10. Part 1129th …

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Season’s Greetings

And to all those who celebrate other seasonal events at this time, Season's Greetings! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers, visitors, partners in word-wrangling, and friends for your continuing support. To those who have 'liked' my posts, I want to say many thanks. To those who have 'shared' my posts …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 11

One of the many small islands on the lake. Posts recording our stay in Italy in September. We thoroughly enjoyed it, so we’re sharing our experience. You’ll get the (almost) full story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 10

Lake Maggiore seen from Ristorante Cardini in Someraro.These posts record our stay in Italy in September. We thoroughly enjoyed it, so we’re sharing our experience. You’ll get the (almost) full story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments.Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. …

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Creative #Writing #Contests Table Updated

It’s that time again! Your reminder that the writing contest table has been updated. It lives on the ‘Resources’ page. Some contests are free to enter and offer great cash prizes. The table currently offers contests with entry dates from November 2018 through to May 2019. Submit your entries in plenty of time. There are …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 3

This series of (sometimes) relatively short posts, illustrated with photographs, details our recent holiday in Italy. Having thoroughly enjoyed it, we wanted to share our experience. You’ll get the full (well, nearly) story of our travels, activities, and experiences; warts and all, in instalments. You can read Part 1 by clicking here, and Part 2 …

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Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 2

This series of (mostly) relatively short posts, illustrated with photographs, details our holiday in Italy. We’d been saving to visit our daughter in Australia, but she’ll be home this December, so we robbed the fund for this rather extravagant holiday. Having thoroughly enjoyed it, we’d like to share our experience. You’ll get the full (well, …

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Another 5 Star, Well, 5 Shrimp, Review!

It's always great to receive a positive review. This one is quite short, but says the things an author loves to hear. You can find the original here. # Ten Tales for Tomorrow Stuart Aken Rating: 5 Shrimps! Stuart Aken’s short story compendium Ten Tales for Tomorrow explores several possible futures.  Speculative fiction often has …

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#Italy: Trip of a Lifetime. Part 1

Ciao! This will be a series of (mostly) relatively short posts illustrated with photographs. The holiday in Italy was a special treat for us, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We’ve been saving to visit our daughter in Australia, but she’s coming to the UK this December, so we dipped into our funds for this …

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Futurology or Science Fiction?

Is my fiction futurolgy or science fiction? Judge for yourself with a click here.

Writing Characters: My Method.

Character driven fiction is always deeper and more satisfying than that driven by plot. That’s a personal opinion, and many writers will disagree. But it’s how I write. I devise my characters first, get to know them, and then set them down in the location I’ve chosen/invented and place barriers on their route to their …

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An Extended Pause.

A break from the relentless imperative of the internet is calling. This brief note is to let you know I’ll be absent from the internet, away from the keyboard and screen, for an unspecified period not likely to be longer than a couple of weeks, or so! I need time away from the chaos, insanity, …

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Progress, or a Pause?

A break from the relentless imperative of the internet is calling. It refreshes the spirit and reclaims sanity. I’ve produced posts to fill the gaps while I’m away: scheduling is such a useful device! So, before I go I’m indulging in some unapologetic promotion of my books. The best people to comment on books are …

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Entangled Earth, by David Lea: #BookReview.

183 pps Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic Many readers make it a point of pride to express their dislike of science fiction. These same people probably proudly state their love of historical, romantic, thriller, literary, sensual, spy, legal, or indeed any other type of fiction. So, why the dislike of a genre that offers so much? I …

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