Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amazing Words: The Wonderful Story behind Serendipity

This week my amazing word is:


SERENDIPITY was first coined by Horace Walpole in 1754, who was referring to the “silly fairy tale” The Three princes of Serendip

A tale I will re-tell to you shortly. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Quick 5 Point Novel Guide to SOME vs. ANY

There are many occasions where you seem to be able to use the word SOME or the word ANY without changing the meaning of a sentence. 

The use and rules of the words SOME and ANY are somewhat (there is no ‘anywhat’) vague to say the least or so impossibly complicated that a PhD is required (see point 5 below.)

However, you know it sounded right when Oliver asked Mr. Bumble, “please sir, I want some more” and not “please sir, I want any more”. 

I looked at these two words more closely and there is an easy pattern which will help you. No PhD required.

Here is a 5 point novel guide to SOME vs. ANY.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How Cannibalism Can Fix a Migraine

I am back after a two week siesta brought about by a severe migraine followed by a bout of malaise topped off with writer’s block.

My migraine led to me being unable to use my laptop\phone\iPad for three days. Now, some of you might be throwing your hands in the air in horror at such a thought, no technology, but this was not like I had them taken away and I sat in the corner rubbing my bald head repeatedly saying “precious”. Those of you who have suffered migraine will know the technology was irrelevant—along with pretty much everything else in one’s life.

After hiding in the dark, slowly making my way out behind sun glasses all the way to the malaise which often follows one of this attacks, I eventually made it back to the real world. I headed out of the tunnel straight into a strickening bout of writers block.

All this made me think of how I might better manage migraines in the future.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Quick 5 Point Novel Guide to LESS vs. FEWER

We have all seen the sign in the super market that says "10 items or less", but do you ever wonder if it is grammatically correct?

Well, let's find out in:

A Quick 5 Point Guide to LESS vs. FEWER