There are people who still write letters. It's true. I received one today. It was a letter that contained words that flooded my body with tingles of happiness. Would you like me to share? Okay, but just a few lines - it was a personal letter, after all. Thank you for sending your book to … Continue reading Epistolary
Another person who felt it! I’m sure there will be many more …
5***** Review of Devil in the Wind
by Frank Prem, poetry
Devil In The Windis an account of catastrophic fire and its immediate aftermath.
In this 21st century, the whole world seems to be on fire. America burns. Europe burns. Greece is reeling after its own tragedy of fire.
And Australia burns, as it has always done, but now so much more fiercely.
In February 2009, wildfires burnt through entire communities, taking 173 lives and injuring hundreds, while destroying thousands of houses and other buildings. Up to 400 fires destroyed 450,000 hectares of forest, native fauna and habitat, livestock and farmland.
In the aftermath of the fires, the voices of people who had lived through the experience — victims, rescuers, and observers — spoke and were heard.
Devil In The Windis Frank Prem’s poetic testament to the personal, and very human, accounts of those who themselves…
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I've managed to catch up with one or two emails ... and one I didn't want to find. Apparently, the costs for Ingram Sparks are on the up (they're the ones who do paperbacks for indies like me; I don't know about the rest of the industry, but it's happening here). 1 April 2019 is … Continue reading The News
Clothes. Protection. Hat. That’s what she needed. And shoes, comfortable and strong hiking shoes that would get her across the desert without killing every nerve in her legs and back. What else did she need? It would take a list, of course, but she had plenty of time, plenty of time indeed. It was a … Continue reading List-ing
Never go back! Isn’t that the rule? Keep moving forward, you can’t go home, things are never the same as remembered. What did I do? Of course, I went back. I’m here now, standing in front of the first home I remember. Okay, it’s true – the only home. Even had a few siblings related … Continue reading A Candle
The cold and lumpy cobbles hurt her arms. Lyra held the moan inside, hoped the punishment was over, that someone would come and pick her up, comfort her, let her go home again. She wanted only to get warm, find proper clothes to don, and shoes – good warm socks inside thick leather boots to … Continue reading Silence
(of the Wees in Pee, is what I means) Try saying that five times! Yes, it's update time. For what? For this: What on earth is that? look to the link below: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/02/27/8-reasons-to-love-a-ninny-rhino/ And I have to be honest, because the only person I'd be lying to is myself, so here it is, the evidence … Continue reading The Soggy, Squishy, Centre Sag Syndrome
The Word Police are on the trail of transgressors – are your words on their list?
The Word Police are back at it, rapping on my door and handing out citations. I plea-bargained my way out of jail by agreeing to publically share some of my past transgressions. The hope is that other wayward writers will take heed and avoid my mistakes. Crutch Words is the first in a series of writing tips from the coppers.
What are Crutch words?
Crutch words are words that add nothing to the meaning of a sentence. They’re hollow words that we automatically insert and frequently don’t notice. We want our writing to be tight and sharp. Too many crutch words will slow down the pace and dull the impact.
An interesting thing about crutch words is that we often have favorites. You may never use some words from the list below and use others more than you want to admit!
As a condition of my…
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Okay, it's showing off. 30k in ten days. It's taking two sessions a day, and commitment to updating the Ninny Rhino goal tracker (and I learned that the tracker has a stats page!) to see just how it's going. It may look impressive, but some of that is notes. I always do at least as … Continue reading Numbers and things
Do you know what it is? I mentioned it in a story, and for some reason, people who saw it don't seem to know what it is. Ever seen one of the hula-dancing girls on the dash of a car? Or the dog? I tried to find a picture of one, but couldn't find a … Continue reading The Noddy Dog