Closing Chapters (aka – Killing your darlings)

In life, and in writing, it is a challenge… The last few months I have had to refocus on writing my manuscript, I have had to restructure the opening of the book. Decide on the tense – yep, stuck with first person, and, (gasp), I have had to “kill my darlings”. Yes that is a […]

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Today’s word is: Adventure

That word is: Adventure One of my best friends weddings, is taking place in two weeks… In Fiji… Now, just to clarify my grammar there, she is one of my best friends. Not one of her weddings. This is her only wedding. Now we have cleared that up, we were talking about how excited we […]

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Today’s word is: Consolation

Consolation: follow the link to the free online dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/consolation. Celebrating an 0 birthday recently meant another occasion to enjoy a favourite cake.  This year however, I had decided to make it myself, and save paying exorbitant cake shop fees. This was going well, having made all but the ganache (cream and chocolate) centre prior to […]

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Today’s word is: Disparity

Disparity: follow the link to the free online dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/disparity A mate and I were catching up at a 1920’s themed costume party recently and the conversation naturally turned to the release of Baz Luhrmann’s latest efforts. My friend was quite taken with the glitz and glamour of the era and advocated the immediate procurement of […]

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Todays word is: Nostalgic

Nostalgic: follow the link to the free online dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/nostalgic. I was talking to a friend who recently lost both a family member, and secondly a much loved family pooch.  Feeling bereft of these special acquaintances, the family had decided to take a small break together, returning to what has been a frequent familial gathering place. The scene where many […]

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Today’s word is: Exposure

Exposure: follow the link to see the free online dictionary definition http://www.thefreedictionary.com/exposure. In recent discussions with a relative I was talking investing. Yes, discussing finances with a relative aside, I was struggling. Why? Once again, I was…lost for words. Or, rather, suffering the loss of a particular word. I was asking in particular about an opportunity that had […]

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Today’s word is: Formulaic

Formulaic: follow the link to see the free on line dictionary definition (scroll down to the adjective) http://www.thefreedictionary.com/formulaic  In recent discussions with my writing buddy I was attempting to describe some guidance I had been given during a critique of some work.  The guidance was in the form of an approach to the flow of story, […]

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