Monthly Archives: April 2013

F Scott Fitzgerald

Regular readers will know that I’ve always had a very high regard for the writer Scott Fitzgerald, and in particularly¬† his novel The Great Gatsby. For me, Fitzgerald is the greatest ‘literary’ writer I’ve ever read, the greatest craftsman of … Continue reading

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Origin of Words & Phrases

I was watching a quiz show recently where as an aside they discussed the origin and meaning of a well-known phrase. In Anglo-Saxon England, also know as ye Dark Ages… …a tax was levied called ‘Scot and Lot’ – the … Continue reading

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Dialogue

Dialogue seems to be one of the biggest problem areas for newer writers – not just making it seem realistic and using it to bring characters to life rather than having to tell the reader everything about them, but also … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Backlog             My subtle hint above may have given away the fact that the word comes from a larger log that was put at the back of the fire to help keep it going while … Continue reading

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Signed & Sealed

I’ve been desperately trying to interest a publisher in the biography of a naval figure contemporary with Nelson. He was very successful and famous in his day, and being local to my neck of the woods his name lives on … Continue reading

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Origins of Words & Phrases

When I was doing the research for my story of England’s last fatal duel, A Matter of Honour – a landmark book that made me world-famous in certain sections of Maple Avenue… …I also wrote about the history of duelling … Continue reading

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Pamela Hartshorne Interview

As promised, Rambles of a Writer presents an exclusive interview with the author of Time’s Echo. It’s published by Pan MacMillan and has 4.5 stars out of 5 from over a hundred reviewers! It’s a timeslip story about a contemporary … Continue reading

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