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    Short Story Writing , Five Useful Websites

    Short Story Writing Generally speaking, a short story is a piece of fiction under approx. 5.000 words in length. Is it just a shorter version of a novel? Not really, short stories actually have more in common with the genre of poetry. You are taking a specific character/event/emotion and focusing in on it like a magnet. “To see the world in a grain of sand” William Blake It’s like concentrating on one photograph on someone’s Facebook, rather than their whole timeline…But, of course, that photograph would need to have something unique or intriguing about it. And, of course, create a strong emotional response. That, to me, is the most important…

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    Pod 125, Hebrus Valles, Mars

      Pod 125, Hebrus Valles, Mars    Ting bip bip bip. Ting bip bip bip. Ting bip bip bip. The buzzer beeps relentlessly until I point my index finger at the red, flashing square. It takes quite a bit of finesse because it’s located right in the middle of the Pointer Box over the door. Smart move, there’s no way you’d be able to turn it off unless you were fully awake. The switch-off starts the predictable morning routine in motion. I stretch myself up on the bed…A loose term really, it’s more like a flat-packed coffin. The only difference is that it’s made of white recycled plastic and it…

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    Seven January Targets

    Seven January Targets Having read over my December Review, I realise that I’ve been slacking a bit. It’s okay to make the usual excuses about Christmas etc, but if that’s true, so is this: January is traditionally a time for making new starts, so here goes with my seven January targets.   Seven January Targets Read “On Writing” by Eudora Welty, Pulitzer prize winner and one of the 20th century’s greatest literary icons. Write a post about this book. Edit and publish some of the stories I’ve written as part of my Creative Writing course with Pauline Clooney. Take some new photographs and publish at least one in the Photography section…

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    December Review

    December Review I have to start out by admitting that I didn’t achieve many of my December Targets. As I mentioned in my previous post about the Christmas Open Mic with Pauline Clooney, the season seems to have a mind of its’ own. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, you end up swirled into the mix…At least, that’s always been my experience. So, bearing that in mind, here is my December Review: Christmas Theme Well, at least I managed to keep to my targets here. I wrote a blog post about the importance of Home at Christmas and managed a photo story about the Christmas Open Mic.…

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    Christmas Open Mic

    Christmas Open Mic I was delighted to be part of this year’s Christmas Open Mic hosted by Pauline Clooney.  I’d never been at this type of event before and found it really interesting and great fun too. Pauline had invited along both current and past members of her creative writing groups. Basically, we each took turns at reading pieces of our own writing.  There was a nice mixture of poetry, short stories, and novel extracts. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous when my turn came around, but I guess everyone felt the same. On the night, I decided to read a few poems: Prism Spluttering Silence Dance…

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    Christmas Home Time

    Christmas Home Time Today I saw my first Reindeer Car, so I know that Christmas has well and truly arrived! I’m not really a fan of all the commercial hype. It seems to suggest that we can’t have a happy Christmas unless we spend, spend, spend. The list is endless…Decorations, kitchen equipment, furniture, clothes, gifts and enough food to feed a small village for a week. I’m not a Grinch, though, because I still do all the Christmas stuff and there are certain things about it that I love. One of the best parts is sharing time with the people I love, so I’m thrilled that both my son and…

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    Balance

    Balance     Photograph: Balance This is the photograph “Balance” that won the judges’ award at the Happy Snappers camera club exhibition. As I said before, I was absolutely delighted to receive this award. We all submit our pictures, but we do it not thinking about winning anything, it’s just nice to participate. Sometimes I think that my images are a bit too left of centre to do well in competitions, I tend to break rules rather than follow them. The creative spirit, I guess…Or maybe just being awkward!? Anyway, it was a lovely surprise to see this picture win the judges’ approval. Background When I first spotted this picture in my…

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    Spluttering Silence

    Spluttering Silence That night was a night like no other. A night of dark and brooding skies, Blue-tinged clouds and Shooting stars which bore the scars Of a million flickering miles. Slowly, silently, all was dimmed and A moon which hung disconsolate, Its light no longer needed and Useless as a burst balloon, Simply faded and receded. The stillness matched the darkness In intensity and pain, Until from deep within the earth, From its very core, hot like fire, A sound began to resonate, A rumbling explosion that roared and rushed to the surface, Spilling scalding red rivers And Sulphur fumed ashes Upon a once verdant landscape. Earth’s death throes,…

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    Old Files, Lucky Finds

    Old Files, Lucky Finds One of my December targets was to start backing up the photographs from my PC onto an external hard drive. The first step was obviously to find a hard drive! That meant rooting through several “jumble boxes”…You know the type that is full of old leads and chargers and you have no idea what belongs to what. While searching through one of the boxes, I came across a hard drive that I hadn’t seen since I moved house a few years ago. In fact, I didn’t even remember having it, so was curious about what might be on it. In amongst the house-moving documents, I found several…

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    Ten December Targets

    Ten December Targets   I can’t believe that Christmas is almost upon us, it seems only like yesterday that I started this Cavewoman blog back in September. It has certainly taken a slightly different course than I envisaged in the beginning…I never thought I’d get around to doing so much creative writing. Still, there are several areas that need more work. I had a look back at my November Review and came up with the following ten December targets:   My Ten December Targets   Camera Work: Focus on a Christmas theme, indoor or outdoor is fine. Behind the Image: Write a few “Behind the Image” posts. Include camera data as appropriate. Photo…