To Serve And Correct!

Originally posted on Book Editing: 1. ACTIVE VOICE Active voice is a type of sentence or clause in which the subject performs or causes the action expressed by the verb. Contrast with Passive Voice below. Example: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice…

via The top 25 grammatical terms you should know — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

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Poet for his time…

Noticing the twin flags on your car — flag of Confederacy, flag of Union; seeing that you’re heading into the same bar I’m going to; letting my hands brush my pockets — clipped-on knife, cell phone; checking for pepper gel snapped to belt loop; calculating whether — and when — first strike will make more […]

via The First Strike — Dark Matter

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Tips…

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make […]

via Writers Tips #102: 17 Tips from The Careful Writer — WordDreams…

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Beyond The Veil

Polly

Handkerchiefs, white twisted prayer,
sobs breach and break the mourning air,
death takes, will not be second-guessed,
a shroud beneath the lychgate rests.

The shelter with its angled roof
hears clattering of horses’ hooves,
covers the dear departed, blessed;
her shroud beneath the lychgate rests.

The bearers seated by the corpse
know flesh, bones, come to nothing, naught
to ponder, but in time accept,
a shroud beneath the lychgate rests.

From lych to church seems overlong,
they pause, they pray, they chant their song,
to see her pass this way – none guessed
a shroud around the lych would rest.

A hot ague shook her life away,
the children sobbed, begged her to stay,
but death took life, it sucked her breath,
a shroud beneath the lychgate rests.

Yet that was then and this is now,
time changes, untracked: marriage vow,
photo backdrop, bride with guests,
a shroud beneath the…

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3 (well, 4) free tools for writing better blog posts

Bristol Content Marketing

There are 2.75 million blog posts written and posted every single day. I’ll let that sink in for a second.

I wrote my first blog post in 2003 and despite working in content for as long as I have, it’s still a lot to swallow. With the sheer volume of content out there, mediocrity simply isn’t an option.

Becoming a better writer isn’t easy, but there are tools that can give you a leg-up. And if you find you need some more help, I’d love to see what I can do (drop the team a line here).

Step 1: Start with a blog post idea generator

Not sure where to begin? You’re not the first. As long as you’ve got a vague idea of what you want to write about, this little tool will start you off with a blog post title.

Have a go on the HubSpot blog…

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Nature provides and other words of wisdom…

Years ago I met a cultural anthropologist and “new age” teacher named Angeles Arrien. Small, earthy, and whimsical, Arrien felt familiar to me like a beloved aunt, and I found the combination in her of scholar, Basque heritage, creativity and open heartedness captivating as well as confidence inducing. This delightful woman introduced me in a […]

via Our original medicine — A Woman’s Way of Knowing

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Writing Opportunity for You!

Opportunity is knocking!

Poet Laureate

Join this poetry project for OCTOBER.

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Do you enjoy using visual stimuli as a starting point or the whole point? Ekphrastic poetry/ writing may be your thing. 

This year I am organising a team of poets to join a project at Hanbury Hall. Annually the Droitwich Arts Network (DAN) work with the team at Hanbury Hall (National Trust) to offer local artists a space to exhibit and sell work in the Long Gallery.

In the past, poets have been invited to choose art to create a poem from. ‘Fragile Houses’ included two ekphrastic poems from this event in 2014. Other years have seen poets create videos, display poetry. The possibilities are endless.

Hanbury Hall 2014

Hanbury Hall Ekphrastic Poetry Project 2017 

– FREE entry to the grounds/the Long Gallery,

– a wonderful gallery of local artwork (in many mediums) to appreciate, 

– time and an inspiring venue to scribble notes/poems…

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#BookLaunch A Hundred Tiny Threads by @barrow_judith @honno Howarth family #HistFic series

My copy has arrived!

Rosie Amber

Prequel to the Howarth Family series, this is the new book by Judith Barrow

Judith joins us today to tell us a little more about her series and why she is releasing this sequel.

I didn’t really set out to write a trilogy. Pattern of Shadows was written because I found out that the first German POW in the UK was a disused cotton mill and, as I’ve said many times, it reminded me of when my mother was a winder in a cotton mill when I was a child. I wanted to write about the different atmosphere there would be between the time when I watched the women on the winding frames, the colours of the threads and material, the noise, the smells. And then how different it would be for those poor prisoners, away from home, defeated yet angry. It turned into a love story, a life story…

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History, learn or repeat it

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana (1863-1952)

MARTIN NIEMOLLER (1892-1984)

 

A well known and respected Lutheran minister who made the choice to speak out against the foe, Adolf Hitler. He would spend the final seven years of Nazi dictatorship in a concentration camp for having the courage of his convictions. For finally speaking out

 

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Socialist .

 

And then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Trade Unionist

 

And then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –

Because I was not a Jew

 

Then they came for me – and there was no one

Left to speak for me.”

 

In the early days of the Nazi regime, this Lutheran minister supported Hitler. Later, he was to oppose the regime and imprisoned for seven years.

 

He frequently lectured in the Post War years extemporaneously and this how there came to be varying versions of the above poem.

 

Much controversy has surrounded the poem due to the long list of diverse groups in the many versions. His viewpoint was that Germans – in particular, he believed, the leaders of the Protestant churches, had been complicit through their silence in the Nazi imprisonment, persecution and murder of millions of people.

 

During a West German television interview in 1963 Niemoller finally spoke about himself. He acknowledged his own earlier antisemitism. He made a statement of regret for the burden he would carry for the rest of his life. Regardless, he was one of the earliest Germans to speak publicly about the broader complicity in the Holocaust and for what happened to the Jews.

 

In his book, Of Guilt and Hope (English Translation) published in 1946, He wrote: “Thus, whenever I chance to meet a Jew known to me before, then, as a Christian, I cannot but tell him: ‘Dear Friend, I stand in front of you, but we can not get together, for there is guilt between us. I have sinned and my people has sinned against thy people and against thyself.”

Life, we are all in this together. If we choose to remain silent, yes, it is a choice, we are complicit. 

Acceptance, Love and Peace,

Léa

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A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow #BlogTour #Review @barrow_judith @honno

I’ve been awaiting delivery of my paperback copy and happy to say it has arrived. It has also made it to the top of my TBR stack, okay the main stack, and I am looking forward to it very soon.

It's all about the books

It’s with great pleasure today I get to share my review of A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow as part of the blog tour. My thanks go to Honno Press and Judith for the copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a cracker of a story that is totally absorbing.

Layout 1It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.
The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.
Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.
The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad…

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