Goodbye, 2017 (Wrap Up)

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Well as we slink towards the end of 2017, I thought I would do a wrap up as way of a last blog post for the year.

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The year started badly when my sister went into a coma.  Followed shortly after by another family member going missing.  Thankfully my sister recovered and the family member was found.

Then there was the closing of my office, meaning I was out of a job.  Definitely put a crimp in my plans since suddenly money became tight.

That was followed with a “Bold Move” plan were we decided to leave England and move to Northern Ireland.

We are still coming to terms with the change, but we have plans to get us where we want to be and we are trying to stick to them.

IMG_20160319_214147Sadly the year ended badly when we had to say goodbye to our beloved cat Marvel.  She was over 16 years old, had hyperthyroidism and had recently developed a heart problem.

She took a bad turn last Saturday and was rushed to the vets, were we had to make the heart-breaking decision to let her go.  Both myself and my partner were with her at the end, which we are truly grateful for but her passing has left us hollow.

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Guest post: Playing to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Laura Smith who discusses writing, odds and Academy Awards! 🙂 Apologies to Laura, this should have been up last Tuesday. Oh well, better late then never.

Laura smith.jpgPlaying to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards by Laura Smith

As a movie lover, the Academy Awards are my Super Bowl. As a writer, the awards given out for best screenplays are always especially exciting. My ultimate dream is to have all of my books made into movies from scripts that I have written so that I can be given the chance to stand on that stage one day.

This isn’t so much because I want a gold statue and to have my picture taken with celebrities. Instead, it’s because I want to know that my stories matter and that my work is accepted in both literary and cinematic circles, two imaginary places where I spend most of my waking hours.

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Guest Post: Pre-Writing

On we go with another mid-week guest post!

Pre-Writing

by Matthew J Mimnaugh

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Greetings Eternal Scribblers,

My name is Matthew J. Mimnaugh and this is a guest post.  Today I’m going to be talking about pre-writing, or the various approaches and tools a writer can implement as a precursor to putting words on the page with the intent of sharing with an audience—it’s an important distinction, trust me.  This isn’t a list and I don’t cover everything—not by a long shot.  Instead, much like my own blog, it’s a smattering of ideas with a general takeaway.  So, without further ado, let us begin:

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Talent and Skill in writing

Skills and talentThe terms “talent” and “skill” can often be heard, banded about. I see many young writers, new writers who speak in awe of someone else’s talent. This is often followed, I am sad to say, by talk of “I’ll never be that good” or “I wish I was that talented.”

It is so easy to get disheartened in the creative arts. When I was younger my writing would suffer horrendously every time I read a great book. As the wow factor of the book faded, it would be replaced by a bitterness at myself and my work. This led to my own novel festering away alone as I refused to “waste my time” on it.

Thankfully I have grown out of that annoying habit and while I do still read books that wow me, they are now just a measuring stick by which I can gauge my own development.
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