Monthly Archives: October 2013

Good Dog!

The old boy hasn’t been well of late, which at his age is always a bit worrying. However, he’s rallied and is just about back to normal other than a strangely human-like cough and cold. I took him out for … Continue reading

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Origins of Words & Phrases

For today’s offering we are once again transported back to the halcyon days of sail, and we are looking at a saying which means to solve a puzzle, to get to the bottom of something. In ye olde days, many … Continue reading

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DIctionary Corner

After the recent controversy over dictionaries caving in to the misuse of words like ‘literally’ and giving validity to wrong usage, I recently came across another example. A lot of people use ‘enormity’ to mean something of enormous size, but … Continue reading

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Literary Giants

I was reading a posting on the blog of my writer friend Chloe Banks (http://madebythepotter.blogspot.co.uk/) about the writing of Agatha Christie. I’m also a Christie fan, but Chloe was talking about how Agatha’s literary abilities are sometimes criticised – and … Continue reading

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Book Spine Poem No2

Actually, I like to think of this one more as a book spine short story… (I swear I had to put my own book at the bottom purely to make it work!)

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Dialogue in Fiction

I can’t remember whether I’ve brought this subject up before, but a reminder never does any harm – especially with common problems! Very often when I’m reading manuscripts for the writers’ advice services I work for, I come across dialogue … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Another one that caught my eye:

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