Writing “Line by Line”

Great post by createdbyrcw about Line by Line – The Year Long Story. Come and join in the fun

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Do you want to be a writer but don’t have any ideas?
Are you afraid of looking like a fool?
Don’t have time to complete a project?

Then check out the blog “Line by Line”, a project to create a story one line at a time by anyone who wants to contribute.

No money down! No payments ever! No long-term commitments! No sense, at all!

At “Line by Line”, you’ll read sentences like:
“Without realizing I was doing so, my hand reached out for the vial, and Dorgon hesitated before finally releasing it to me, nervously licking his eyelid.”
and
“Instead, I pulled myself to my feet using his adam’s apple for leverage and pushing his face into the floor, such that I finally had the upper hand.”

Check it out!

This innovative new idea for building a story, line by line, day by day, was hatched by Ionia…

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The Dawning by Judy Griffith Gill

DawningThe Dawning by Judy Griffith Gill

Description from Goodreads.

In a world ravaged by biological warfare, two young survivors fight to protect a supernaturally powerful child

Following the devastating Bio Wars, in which genetically modified diseases were weaponized and used with astonishing cruelty, some survivors developed extraordinary powers, such as telepathy. These people, called Talents, are feared and hated by the Normals, who occupy the seats of power in this post-apocalyptic world. As Talents are forced to hide out in wilderness territories, two survivors among them—Serena and Andrew—team up to protect one of the youngest members of their community: a baby, named Grace, who needs protection from the territorial government at all costs.

I gave this book three and a half stars out of five 

My thoughts:

This was an interesting read. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed, but other parts that totally frustrated me. I thought that the ending was a little anti-climactic. I also felt that the plot was reasonably predictable, when you understood the rules of society that defined the world at that time.

I thought that this book was quite Orwellian in outlook, as many dystopian novels are apt to be. It is always interesting to see another person’s perception of how the future could be, and with some major exceptions, this was an almost believable vision of a possible future for the planet.

I liked the relationship between the two main characters, and the way that Serena viewed Andrew, based upon her perception of his actions in the past. It was interesting how the renewal of their relationship grew to the point that he could finally be totally open to her, revealing horrific surprises that she hadn’t expected.

I enjoyed the twist on the stereotypical view of a man not allowing the people he loves to be privy to the inner workings of his mind, his true feelings and thoughts.

I thought that it was relatively easy to divine the identity of the presence, and to foresee the conclusion of the story, but I found that this did not detract from my desire to continue along the journey with them.

This was a relatively easy read and moderately paced with many action scenes. It was always moving on towards the goal of the journey they were taking together, but with the expectation that something needed to happen before they got there.

I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy a different type of romance and that are comfortable with the idea of the futuristic backdrop against which it was set.

This review was based upon a review copy provided by Netgalley and the publisher Open Road Media as part of the Retro Reads programme.

An Interview with author Stacey R. Campbell and an awesome giveaway

Great interview and the opportunity to win a signed copy of Stacey R. Campbell’s, ‘Whisper’.

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16488672 How would you like to win your very own signed ARC copy and matching bookmark of “Whisper”by Stacey R. Campbell? All you gotta do is tweet, facebook or reblog this interview to be entered into the giveaway. A winner will be chosen on Sunday, the 23rd of February. Don’t miss your chance!

*US residents only please

Tell us a little about you and your writing career.

I was told at a very young age I would never be a writer.
I have a learning disability called dyslexia and process things differently then other people do.
Reading was very difficult for me and at first I couldn’t do it. Now you’ll never find me without a book.
Writing was hard too, letters didn’t seem to make sense.
Thirty-five years after I was told I could never write, I took our three daughters to lunch and a street reporter approached us. “What…

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Soon the world will spin again

spinning world

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon the world will spin again

A smile will light this face

Back beside the one I love

Back in my rightful place

 

Even though the time does pass

It does it too damn slow

A second feels just like a year

A day hardly seems to go

 

But when it’s time to fly again

My wings returned for now

I’ll be on my way to you

I’ll find my way somehow

 

Then I will be with you

Time will have lost the race

Back beside the one I love

Back in my rightful place

Painting

imagesCan anyone help?

I was wondering.

Is there an actual physical law of nature, other than the ubiquitous Murphy’s law, that states that:

‘When decorating, the paint will be attracted to any clean item of clothing, any clean surface, or any person, within a twenty yard radius of the area in which you are painting.’

Now I will concede that I am not the best, most careful painter in the world, far from it. However, I have been taking extra special care, using dust sheets, masking tape and anything that I can to ensure that paint does not suspiciously find its way to places it bloody well shouldn’t.

But here’s the thing. It always fucking  does. Always. However little painting I do. However much care I take.

So there you have it. It simply has to be some actual law of nature to which I am not privy.

Your thoughts in comments please.