Before lifes battle is rejoined I need a quiet time of rest in some silent valley beside a white doves nest. Filed under: literature, poetry Tagged: literary, poem, verse, Writer, Writing read more »
English: So many words to keep track of!. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If ever a writing rule was overstated, it must be this one. Once it becomes evident that there are more exceptions than examples following a rule, the rule becomes seriously unhelpful; redundant at best.
We all know about receipt, receive, ceiling, etc. But there are actually more words used in English that have the ‘ei’ construction than those using ‘ie’.
Don’t believe me? I offer a mere handful:
Heir, weir, Eire, weird, being, d... read more »
Amidst the morning sunshine when all the world looks green one must look deep within themselves and remember where theyve been. Because our lives are too much shaped by days that have passed us by, by loves weve lost and forgotten by the tears weve made them cry. Amidst the evening sunshine when all the [...] read more »
I come late to this classic, which I gather is intended as a children’s story. Mind you, I suspect a few of the modern generation might have difficulty with some of the language and sentence structure. Be that as it may, the story is rightly a classic: the language is beautiful, the ideas, which are wide-ranging, are wonderfully expressed with little sign of authorial intrusion.
The central theme, of the reversion of the civilised into the primitive, is cleverly illustrated as Buck slowly learns from ... read more »
Iconic, much adapted for film and TV, these tales have been around a while and many people have taken pleasure from them in this form. But, until now, I’d not read a single one. This collection both introduces and develops the character (I met one of the original actors, Joan Hickson, whilst working on an article with her son, Nick, when she lived in Wivenhoe. Very private and reserved lady.)
Joan Hickson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What I hadn’t appreciated was that the written stories actually dist... read more »
I sometimes wonder what makes me write some of the subjects that I create. They need to be said, They need to be spoken, They need to be told, utters my intuitive voice. Even if you did not intend to elaborate on that particular matter. The revelation is indeed so heavy to me. How something [...] read more »
Cover of Stephen Fry
The temptation, when writing about clichés, probably a cliché in itself, is to use clichés as an attempt at irony. I shall try to resist that temptation. But I’m not promising I’ll succeed.
First of all, what is a cliché? Well, the good old SOED, my particular favourite amongst dictionaries, gives the following definitions:
Cliché: 1. A metal stereotype or electrotype block.
2. A stereotyped expression, a hackneyed phrase or opinion; a stereotyped character, style, etc.
I thin... read more »
The end of our world was the beginning of theirs. A hundred years after the apocalypse, noble intentions will war with savage instinct. Four groups of survivors. One planet. The battle for mankind’s future has begun. Post-Redaction: Humanitys next chapter will be written in blood.
Ohhhh, if you have been following [...] read more »
So in my last post I mentioned about embracing the “noise in my head” guess what ? I kinda lucked out recently regarding that!! I’ll tell you how! Ok so my MBA is all done I am back home, vacationing for a month before I join the big bad corporate world .I decided [...] read more »
Nick Hornby is one of those writers I hadn’t previously read, for no other reason than that there are so many to choose from these days. I came across Juliet, Naked on a local charity stall and, knowing I’d be in hospital for minor surgery for a day and would therefore be a captive audience, paid the small fee requested. I’d seen the film version of his About A Boy and thought I’d probably find something in his writing to appeal to me.
I’m glad I picked up the book. The ‘Juliet’ of the title is an albu... read more »