Thursday, November 27, 2014

7 Scary Real Life Example of “fiction”

The news this week has been dominated by Ferguson, but if you looked around at some of the other stories, making the news, you will be surprised at how seemingly fictitious situations are happening in the real world.








             
            1. The three finger salute of resistance

In scenes reminiscent of Hunger Games, Thai students were arrested for making the three finder salute in silent dissent against a brutal authoritarian state. It became so popular after the Thai coup that the authorities warned they would arrest anyone in a large group who gave the salute and refused to lower their arm when ordered. Army officials later confirmed that the students were taken to a military camp and were detained for "attitude adjustment", reported The Nation.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Amazing Word: Recusant

Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful Onomatopoeic effect.

This week my amazing word is:

RECUSANT




Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Anonymous Vigilante


In writing, vigilantes are a popular genre; Batman, Spiderman, and, for older readers, Charles Bronson in Death wish. But in all these examples, the authors felt there was a danger of unaccountable power and usually expressed this through the lack of support by law enforcement.

The vigilante group (or hacktivist) group Anonymous attacked the KKK for their threats against protesters over the death of Michael Brown. At first, this looks like a great thing as the KKK are deplorable organization which adds nothing but hate to society. Additionally, if you look back through time you can repeatedly see the good Anonymous have done.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review: The Kite Runner

Why are you saying these things?" I said.

Because you wanted to know," he spat. He pointed to an old man dressed in ragged clothes trudging down a dirt path, a large burlap pack filled with scrub grass tied to his back. "That's the real Afghanistan, Agha sahib. That's the Afghanistan I know. You? You've always been a tourist here, you just didn't know it.”

― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


Beautiful Kabul; beautiful writing
The Kite runner is a book about how a coward who after deserting his best friend, and then compounds the problem by pushing him away in his time of greatest need, is given an opportunity to redeem himself. The first half of the book is looking back at Amir’s life as a child in Kabul before the USSR invaded Afghanistan.

At times the writing is very beautiful and descriptive, when Khaled talks about Kabul you feel a genuine happiness.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Top 10 Super Weird Human Senses


We as writers are continually reminded to express the world through the display of senses in our writing; how did it smell, feel, sound, taste & look. We use these to move us away from telling and toward showing.

However, what if we were only scratching the surface of the available ways a person can perceive the world around them?

Here, I am going to explore the top 10 weird senses humans have.





Monday, November 17, 2014

Character development: The Rosetta Project

Unless you have been stuck in a cave somewhere, you have probably heard about the Rosetta Project. A mission made more famous by the shirt of a scientist than the actual accomplishments of taking ten years to land on a comet.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Introducing Iris Wordsworth


Introducing Iris Wordsworth

Now, I know this is a bit rough but I wanted my own character to tell my "jokes" and lets hope it get a little more..."sweet"!

She will have a love of words and hopefully be a little funny... she is Canadian!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Amazing Word: Malapropism

Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful Onomatopoeic effect.

This week my amazing word is:

MALAPROPISM

I pickled MALAPROPISM because of the comical nature of a malaprop. 

The usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially: the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context.

This comes from Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Richard Sheridan's 1775 play The Rivals, was known for her verbal blunders. "He is the very pine-apple of politeness," she exclaimed, complimenting a courteous young man.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NaNoWriMo


National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo—is a great initiative, which I may have partaken in had I not already completed my own writing month in September—driven on by a broken heel. 

For the month, I set a starting daily goal of 600 words. As I achieved and passed my goal each day, I felt more confident (and happy) and increased it slowly to 900 and onto 1200, eventually achieving a total of 14 days of over 1500. I threw in a handful of massive 3000+ writing days (on flights to and from Toronto) and from the 23rd August to the 26th September I wrote over 50,000.

I think Novel Writing Month (http://nanowrimo.org/) is a great idea and all the staff and volunteers involved have created a wonderful non-profit organization. They run Young writers Programs and provide free community resources all over the world. 

However, that said, I do feel the need to take a tongue-in-cheek look at the name—NaNoWriMo.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Amazing Words: List


Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful Onomatopoeic effect.

This week my amazing word is:

LIST


Friday, November 7, 2014

10 Things You Should NEVER Say To Your Novel


We all work hard on our novels. Every day, we pander to their high maintenance. We sit back and look at them with mixed emotions.

At first, we feel the excitement and the passion. Then, we get into a comfortable zone, seeing them first thing in the morning and last thing at night. But, eventually familiarity breeds contempt and  we need a break. We start to think about that other novel. She is so fresh, fun, and different...


In these moments of writing weakness remember, the ten things you should NEVER say to your novel:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

10 Great Writing Tips



We all have received great pieces of advice in life. When running, you should not use your runner two days in a row, in management, you must deal with issues immediately, and in marriage just agree with your wife. As an author, I have come across some simple but very powerful tips: 



Sunday, November 2, 2014

You crazy,pen.

Yes, yes, when I'm alone writing, I too have had deep discussions with my pen, Penelope.




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