Monthly Archives: October 2012

Choosing the Right Word

The English language is very rich, and as a result there are often several words available for saying the same or almost the same thing. We can get something, obtain it, acquire it. In normal speech or when writing to … Continue reading

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More Fun in a Bottle

Deliciously following on from my previous post

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Not Today, Thank You

I’ve noticed that my local pharmacy is selling ‘Infected Eye Drops’. I suppose they might be handy for someone who wants a few days off work, but I think I’ll pass on that particular product…  

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Problematic words

I recently read a manuscript where on more than one occasion the writer described his character as being ‘disinterested’ in some situation, meaning he wasn’t interested. This is a common mistake. The correct word is ‘uninterested’. ‘Disinterested’ means unbiased or … Continue reading

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Writer’s Retreat: Friday

Just when a place starts to feel like home the end of the week comes looming up. I don’t even bang my head when I’m going into the kitchen any more (although I’ve developed a permanent stoop which may require … Continue reading

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Diary of a Writer’s Retreat: Thursday

So, it’s the day before the last full day (I can be a bit pessimistic in that way). I was dismayed this morning when the professional noise makers set up shop right outside my cottage very early on A pretty … Continue reading

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Diary of a Writer’s Retreat: Wednesday

I heard on the local news that a combination of the highest tide of the year, strong winds and a sea-swell had led to flood warnings all along the south-west coast this morning. When I went to get my paper … Continue reading

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