The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
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Below you will find links to online pages relating to the 2014 Newcastle Herald Short Story Competition.
This year’s Herald Short Story Comp published its first shortlisted story on Boxing Day (26th December 2014). I was thrilled to hear that my story ‘Yellow wool‘ has been shortlisted and will be printed in the newspaper (on Saturday 10th January 2015).
Is there a story you read in your childhood that has stayed with you forever? That when you go back and read it, even just a few lines, it brings back a wave of emotions that you thought you would never feel again?
Well for me, unfortunately, Charlotte’s Web wasn’t one of those books.
The eighth book in my 100 book challenge somehow missed my childhood altogether. I don’t remember reading it. At a stretch I might have seen the movie.
I used to find the literary technique ‘deep point of view’ pretty annoying. When I first heard it described in our writing workshop by tutor Karen Whitelaw I admit I put it in the I’ll-never-use-that basket. I believed good writing was about showing a character’s thoughts and opinions through their actions, not from spelling out exactly what was going on in their head. I guess I saw ‘deep point of view’ as the lazy way out.
Ahhhhh… but then I read The Catcher in the Rye.
A simple cover for a book that has well-earned its place on the classics list
This story, written in 1951 and set mainly in New York, is written deeply in the mind of teenager Holden Caulfield. It is written as though he sat down with you – no doubt over a packet of cigarettes – and rambled a story for a few hours, then it was transcribed word-for-word into a book.
Audrey Niffenegger is a genius. The impact of time-traveling on love is such a clever idea. The issues the main characters deal with in their relationship are common (love, lust, guilt, desire, pain) but the reason for the issues is so unique (Clare’s husband keeps disappearing unexpectedly because he’s a time traveller).
This is the 6th book of my 100 book challenge and while I was reading it I felt like shouting from the rooftop that everyone should read this book. Sure, the ending was a bit disappointing. But I’ll get to that.
Time travel is so confusing!
I’m the worst audience when it comes to stories about time travel. I always manage to get myself confused. In fact, the characters themselves don’t even have to time travel: a simple flashback in the story and I’m lost.
Tuesday 25th of November 2014 was White Ribbon Day, a day with an aim to end violence against women, and a day for those affected by violence to openly share their stories.
So why did it take me a whole week to write this post?