Monthly Archives: January 2015

fb. Why are old people defined in terms of their health, rather than their experience. Where are the words to give voice to the invisibly ageing.

Baby, infant, newborn, toddler, terrible twos, child, preteen, tweenies, teenager, teens, in betweener, youth, young, girl, boy, lad, lass. All describe the first 20 years. But what words describe the ageing process, the last life filled living of 20 years … Continue reading

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How not to cook Sunday Lunch. Lil reflects on old age and entertaining.

My cooking days are numbered, it is one of the things about old age that they don’t warn you about. Cooking becomes a stressful chore not worth bothering with. I am now a self respecting rabbit, who munches on vegetables … Continue reading

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How to write and edit your own book. Part Two : The Snowflake Method. by Fleur Butler

In my last blog How to write and edit your book part one.  I discussed The 8 step narrative arc and the 3 act story as useful tools that writers can use to help them write and edit their books. … Continue reading

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Is your book readable? How to write and edit your books. Part one: The 3 act story and the 8 step narrative arc. by Fleur Butler

Writers are the very worst people to be able to look at their work objectively.  We are all so engrossed in our own prose, and our own characters we can’t see the dross and the heavy sentences for the light … Continue reading

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Darkness Descends, and the Bungalow is closed. By Fleur

The lights go, darkness descends as the primeval  wind whips round the house and the sleet bashes down on the windows.   English weather, for which our houses are not prepared.  Built over a hundred years ago, with the earliest factory … Continue reading

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Panic in a time of Snow. by Lil

Isn’t snow beautiful?   I had no idea it had arrived till I flung back the curtains, except there was no flinging, just a sleepy twitch of the curtain, and there it was. What I like best is the narrow white … Continue reading

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Lil reflects on exercise in her essays on age and growing older.

“Legs, Bums and Tums” leaves me like an elderly beetle lying on my back with my legs waving in the air.   I tried one perfect press-up, the others did six.   Mine sagged in the middle and I collapsed long before … Continue reading

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Why are you writing and what type of editor do you need? by Fleur

The script is raw and rough but the story line is good and the characters are well known.  So what should a writer do next?  Get on an edit of course, but where to start? Ask yourself. Why are you … Continue reading

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Self Publish, Indie, Traditional Agents, Ebooks and Print on Demand. Where does an author start? by Fleur

I edit mum’s books, I edit my own.  We have books ready to launch. I meet others who have written and struggle to find agents, publishers, an audience. And they are good writers, have hopes of being accepted as a booker … Continue reading

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