Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 26

Use names that Stand Out in your Stories

Use Names that Stand Out in your Stories It helps to use names that stand out in your stories when choosing what to call your characters. Some names have a certain connotation, whether we like it or not. There are ‘fashions’ in naming babies and sometimes it is because of association with a celebrity or …

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May 22

Writing Session: Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing

Writing Session: Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing   Group Session. A simple check, when editing, will ensure that you avoid repetition of words, and improve your writing. Using the same word, several times close together in a text is irritating on the eye, and suggests a lack of appropriate vocabulary. Even in …

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May 19

Lanzarote Ironman 2014

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  Lanzarote Ironman 2014   Lanzarote Ironman 2014, a stunning event and a triumph, as always, great atmosphere, superb athletes, in some cases grandparents who provided thrills and entertainment as they gave their all in a challenge that defies belief in mere mortals like myself. Every superlative must have been used a thousand times and …

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May 15

‘Bite Size’ Histories of Lanzarote Chapter 4: Living on a Hot Rock

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‘Bite Size’ Histories of Lanzarote   Chapter Four: Living on a Hot Rock.   People sometimes ask, ‘Doesn’t it worry you living on a volcanic island?’ The short answer is ‘No.’ The reality is that there has never been a single person killed, as a direct result of volcanic action, on Lanzarote, in recorded history. …

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May 12

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn   Amazing Amy has disappeared leaving signs of a struggle and no clues to her whereabouts. Inevitably her husband comes under suspicion. The back story is told from two points of view; Nick, the husband and ‘narrator’ and Amy, through her diaries. The more we learn, the less …

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May 07

‘Bite size’ Histories of Lanzarote Chapter 3: Those who came before

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‘Bite Size’ Histories of Lanzarote          Chapter 3: ‘Those who came before.’   History is normally written by the ‘victors,’ and in praise of conquerors. Understandable, but it does sometimes leave a bit of a gap in the recorded information on the ‘losers’. The descendants of the pre-Hispanic settlers of the Canaries, …

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May 02

Group Session: Learning to Write Better Poetry

 Group Session: Learning to Write Better Poetry Discuss some tips and suggestions, at the start of the group session, for learning to write better poetry. (You may like to introduce a few ideas generally and allow the members to expand and draw out the ideas themselves or you can find more detailed advice, in books or …

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