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parakletos's blog: Back online......

    .....again.

    The better news is that I've made us of the time to write and more of Sins has been written. There are a couple of fair sized holes in the narrative but thankfully not in the plot. I realised that some of the chapters I've started on in the past had long sections where there was lots of tell and very little show. As I've discovered when talking to other writers, telling them to show rather than tell is easy (take a bow Kezza), but actually changing the tell to show is a bit harder.

    parakletos's blog: Dead again...

      ..... my Internet ... again. Access is being provided by a neighbour who hasn't heard of encryption. My fire wall is on full alert :)

      parakletos's blog: Back online..

        Our internet died on Friday and is only just back.

        It wasn't a pleasant experince , especially when job hunting, but at least I got some more writing done.

        I have finished the third chapter of Sins, at least as far as the narative goes. Its taken a year to write so I think it'll be a real mess. Only time will tell.

        parakletos's blog: Sins.....

          I actually wrote some more of this last night. Not much but enough to get me past the bit that was causing me problems. The next bit isn't any easier to write but hopefully won't take as long. This chapter is the hardest one to write as it has the least action in it, just a lot of everyday stuff.

          I keep changing my mind about Harry talking to Dumbles. It would be fun to write but would it actually move things forward? I'm not sure.

          parakletos's blog: I've been meaning to ask this for a while....

            ..... is it new trend on the Englsih language to use the present tense all the time. And example....

            The man sits in his chair a looks at the window....

            Whereas I would say....

            The man sat in his chair and looked at the window.....

            Just wondering......

            parakletos's blog: work update

              First the bad news.....

              Signed on for the first time to day, was patronised and insulted to hell until, that is, the person dealing with me found out I was a financial adviser. She then proceeded to quiz me about the staff pension scheme I had there. I didn't say anything because, well, I would have let rip and who knows what would have happened to my claim then.

              And now the good news...

              parakletos's blog: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

                IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.

                I've looked at this book on a number of occasions and never got around to buying it. Now that money is in short supply I've often rued the fact that I hadn't bought it. However, a few days ago I happened upon it in a news group and happily downloaded it.

                parakletos's blog: Fights

                  Don't think I've every written a fight before.

                  They are hard, very hard. I'm not talking about HP fights, this is original fiction and it involves swords and shields. Anyone else have any success in this area? Any pointers you can give would be very useful.

                  parakletos's blog: And now its personal

                    The recession became personal today .... I lost my job. The payoff should last us until the end of January so hopefully I'll find something by then.

                    Perhaps, now I've got time on my hands, I'll get round to writing some fics.

                    x posted to Lj

                    parakletos's blog: In Defense (sic) of My American Friends

                      I was listening to someone from the OED the other day talk about American English. She stated that a lot of the words we identify as American - gotten, quit, fall - are actually Elizabethan English. So whilst they had become obsolete over here by the 19th century they carried on in every day use in the US.

                      Of course I still struggle with the scarcity of prepositions (I'm going to write Harry) and the miserly use of the letter 'U' (color) and those lonely 'L's (cancel), but I think progress is being made.

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