Word of the week (16)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a word of the week, or anything actually, but hey, that’s life right!

So this word is really fun to say, it feels nice, I think its the use of the ‘th’ in it.

A plethora is a large quantity of something, like the shells in the background of the picture (see what I did there?!).

Instead if saying ‘there were loads of puppies’ you can now say ‘there were a plethora of puppies’. See how much fun that word is?!

It’s one of my favourites, so how will you use it this week?

See you soon….

 

 

10 Unconventional Writing Prompts

Hey!

So today I am here to inspire. Look below and take from them whatever you want!

  1. Tell me about the personalities of flowers?
  2. “You can’t come in here” She screamed, “This is my hiding place!”
  3. “Golf. You had the chance to make one sport the sport of the future and you chose golf?!”
  4. What if the demons were actually the good guys?
  5. “I hid the truth serum in the hand cream”
  6. Why do you write? How does it make you feel?
  7. Fairies were not tiny little flying creatures that everyone imagined them to be, they were 8 foot tall and really mean.
  8. Three things to put in a story, cantaloupe melons, a haircut and one red shoe.
  9. Write a tragic comedy about your favourite fictional character.
  10. A genie that can’t grant wishes, but can draw really really good circles.

Good luck with your writing my friends!

See you soon!

Let’s talk about fan fiction (fantic)

Have you heard of it? Maybe you’ve written some yourself? I happen to think it’s a very underrated form of writing. To write in someone else’s style takes a lot of skill and talent. Of course, there is some shockingly bad fanfiction out there, but there are some absolute gems too.

People put whole books up online, usually, a chapter at a time for you to enjoy, and some of the most wonderful quotes come from fanfiction (don’t believe me? Look it up, you won’t be disappointed!). These people are brave, amazing and talented. And a little bit weird.

There is something for everyone too, there will be a fandom (community of excellent fans) for everything you can think of, from real people to fictional characters and everything in between. You can have stories that are rated U and fine for all, all the way up to x-rated kinky stuff, smut. They almost always come with warnings, so if you are looking for heterosexual romantic stuff you won’t suddenly start to read dude on dude porn. There is a LOT of smut out there peeps, be warned, or excited, I’m not here to judge!

The words fascinate me too, Wanna learn some of them?

‘Shippers’ people who really REALLY want two people to get together.

‘Canon’ which means the original work by the creators, the official universe.

‘Non-canon’ is where writers have used their characters and world to create their own fanfiction. They must state that they do not own any of the characters or the world, this is a copyright thing.

‘Cross-overs’ are where you cross two forms of fiction, so you may have Dean from Supernatural in a relationship with Phoebe from Charmed.

‘AU’ or ‘Alternate Universe’ in which the story is set somewhere else, or in a different time, or reality. These can be lots of fun, seeing how the characters react to different circumstances.

‘Fanzine’ is a bunch of fanfictions put together to make a magazine for fans.

There is a rumour, a very exciting rumour surrounding fanfiction, it is said that writers/producers/generally important people sneak on and read fanfic incognito as a way to see what the fans want from the show they create (I hope you did a dramatic, ooooohhhh at that?!). I can neither confirm or deny this rumour, mainly because I’m not any of the above people.

I love it! I love it all! I didn’t know about such things as fanfiction existed until this year, and now I read it all the time. I have yet to write anything myself but I have the utmost respect for those who do write it. As a reader I will ask other readers to do one thing, let the writer know you have read it, comment, like it, do whatever is acceptable in your fandom but please let them know that their hard work is appreciated. Be kind. Don’t write ‘this is crap’ if you didn’t enjoy something, be constructive, these people are proud of their work and it takes balls to put it out there for all to read. Be nice. Lend a hand, help them with grammar or sentence structure.

Here are some good sites for reading fanfic, please be aware of the age bands, they are there for a reason!

https://archiveofourown.org/

https://www.fanfiction.net/

https://www.wattpad.com/user/Fanfic

One more thing before I go, some of them are shockingly bad, I mean, really really bad, but please remember that you started somewhere too, let’s help these people, help them to improve. And also some of them are written by young teens, please be aware of that too.

Want me to read your fanfic? Sure! Send it my way!

See you soon!

The ‘Really Sporadic Book club’ Reviews Good Omens

I’m in a book club, have I ever told you that? I don’t think I have, anyway, it’s just me and my friend Alpha (and BookStephen, my bookmark, obviously). We call it the ‘Really Sporadic Book Club’ because we are both very very very slow readers so we only meet for book chats sporadically. When I say book chats, I don’t mean wine and stuff, I literally mean we get together and discuss the books we have read. It’s a proper grown-up book club, like in the movies!

Our most current book has been Good Omens, which was written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, this is my review. All opinions are my own.

I won’t spoil the plot for you, I really hate it when people do that, especially without warning. It’s annoying.


Pros –
It’s really interesting and very funny in places, you will find yourself giggling, so if you are reading it in public, be warned!

The characters are well thought out (did you expect anything else?!), they compliment each other well and in a world of supernatural characters, they are believable. Especially Aziraphale and Crowley, they are highly amusing.

The plot is gripping and substantial, with all questions answered. No gaping plot holes or even small pinprick ones. It’s philosophical and has biblical references throughout.

Personally, I love the names! (Read it and you will understand what I mean) Especially when they choose their own, though complicated, they are fun.

The footnotes need to be read, they are entertaining and occasionally add to the plot.

Cons –

The plot, though brilliant, is complicated, you have to concentrate on what you are reading, it can be hard going at times. I found myself re-reading a couple of things to ensure I had understood it and remembered it correctly. This is not a ‘leave your brain at the door’ book.

The footnotes can be a bit distracting.

If you love proper chapter names or numbers so you can stop at appropriate points then you will be disappointed, there are only a few mega chapters.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed it, I have tried not to give too much away so you can enjoy it too. I thought that the descriptions were very engaging, easy to picture in your head and a bit amusing at times. The book is a little dark and a little light, it’s the perfect mix of both. I did find it hard going through and a couple of times I found myself huffing when I picked it up to read again.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, but I found it complicated.

See you soon!

 

Make your own mistakes guys!

We have all heard and read so many helpful posts about things people wish they knew before they began writing, or mistakes that people have made that you can learn from, and those posts are great, but, I have a different theory.

Make. Your. Own. Mistakes. Simple right? We, as writers (yes, we are now calling ourselves writers, let’s get in character people!) need to make mistakes in order to learn what suits us, someone’s mistake is someone else’s success.

Sometimes going through the process of the mistake is what enables us to grow as writers. The first draft is full of plot holes and boring characters. So? (shrugs shoulders) Who cares? It’s the first draft, its allowed to be pants, along with drafts 2, 3, 4 and 5 if necessary. It can take a plethora of drafts before your characters are who you want them to be or the plot finally make sense on paper. I’m here to tell you that’s ok. You don’t have to follow ‘protocol’, you can literally do whatever you feel compelled to do. Often when I start something I have a vague idea of what’s going on and go from there, and I read through it as I go too. I can feel the glares from here! What can I say? I’m a rebel!

So do it. Go and make your own mistakes, then learn from them, or don’t, it’s your choice, your journey.

Catch ya later!

Word of the week (15)

I literally didn’t know there was a word for this, I have used sentences like ‘they look like they are sucking on a lemon’ or ‘they were so posh it looked painful’. No offence to posh people, you guys rock! This is such a great term to drop into conversation.

Mimp is to speak in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips.

Pretty cool huh? I love listening to people mimp, it sounds so surreal!

Enjoy the word guys!

Word Of The Week (14)

Oh! It’s a good one guys! It’s the sort of word that reminds me of olden times where the gentleman in the cravat turns to his fellow drunkard and remarks that this person cannot be trusted!

So what is it I hear you cry?

It’s,

Say it aloud! Slyboots! If someone is slyboots they are sly or mischievous and generally speaking are to be dealt with accordingly.

What a wonderful word, this is definitely one to use down the pub among friends, a way to warn others of the slyboots in the corner!

Come across many slyboots on your travels this week folks?

See you soon….