There's a lull in the grey-matter, a sense of stillness that isn't calmness. More like a cat in ambush, no movement but the tiny flicker at the tip of the tail, waiting, waiting, for the prey to pass close enough for the single pounce to ... It's brain-drain day. An unfocussed stream of ideas rushes … Continue reading What to do about it?
There comes a time for a writer when the 'thing' is finished, done and dusted, and gone out to the world to make its own way -- and what does it leave? A sense of hollowness, empty legs, a wandering thought process that won't sit still. I don't know why or where it comes from, … Continue reading Swinging with the Wind
Lest We Forget – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, recall those we lost … Thanks, Paul.
A World War 1 trench, not quite the Hyatt, Hilton or whatever, way beyond my experience.
I Hope Someone Remembers
Trenches could not be loved,
they were open tombs,
flooded, muddied, with
congealed wire garlands and
sodden timber treads,
and the stench of the living dead all round,
their sunken eyes testimony to
the glue of resignation and guilt.
Our feet blackened for love of country,
our minds already lost
in battles of their own,
Dante’s Inferno come to life,
with the sting of gas and metallic chatter,
always the thudding, crumping, shells
that shake our bones
and reshape our vision.
Our thoughts occasionally turn to
going home, could it be?
But that thought is scotched
as machine guns lace the air,
and the referee’s whistle calls play,
all the while the unrelenting cries
of death and pain rain down.
No more to hold a hand or taste…
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If you enjoy reading fun stories, this is one – and an Australian author!
Three Star Review of:
The Coconut Rebellion by Mark Stary
It says YA, but really closer to Middle Grade, Fantasy
blurb (from Smashwords):
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I agree. In fact, I like to think ‘setup’ means not the story or character, but to set up the conflict – in tiny, bite-sized chunks …
There are so many bad ways to open novels, and the above is only one. A normal day. Someone wakes up and does normal, everyday boring things. Why would we want to read that story?
There is the answer – no one will read that story. If it’s a normal, boring day, it’s what they live with every day, so why waste time being inside a story that is someone else’s normal boring day.
Worse yet, is the info-dump to start a story. Told where it is, who they are, and what’s on the menu. It doesn’t matter what genre. Any story that starts with a dump of information is losing the opportunity to get the reader attached to the people within that story.
That’s what the writer wants, isn’t it? To get the reader to love those characters they’ve spent so much time creating?
So why wake them…
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