JUST WRITE

First of all, a confession. In the past I have posted articles on writing despite not believing you can teach or motivate someone to write, at least not write good material. So the articles I've posted relate to my personal experience which is not entirely successful, at all or articles which give some practical guidance…Read more JUST WRITE

5 Strategies for Becoming a Better Writer That Actually Work

Nico Ryan An interesting article by Nico Ryan for The Writing Cooperative Unfortunately, much of the existing advice for improving one’s writing is either far too generic (e.g., “Write with your heart!”), too simplistic (e.g., “You need to write everyday!”), and/or flat-out mistaken (e.g., “Never write in the first person!”) read more

Donkey Race in Lixnaw

An old short story from Postcard from a Pigeon and Other Stories

Postcard from a Pigeon

https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/maydays-prompt-odds-are-on/

moon

I knew none of my companions before that evening. Yet here we were, all five of us, striding with intent, to our common destination.
A full moon swung in the air like a bare bulb in a dingy pub toilet. The path  was wet and slimy from that evening’s summer downpour,  slippy from the sodden daily grime of a country town’s streets, chip grease, spilt beer, puke and chewing gum. We trudged along purposefully and, it must be said, tipsily.
We were seeking arbitration and judgement on something that on a summer’s evening in a small town in north west Kerry raised issues as fundamental as birth and birthright.There was close to 750 Euro  in side bets involved too.
It’s amazing what a night of carousing can be had from a summer’s night in a country pub with a town festival and carnival in full swing. The posters we…

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The Kekulé Problem Where did language come from? By Cormac McCarthy Illustrations by Don Kilpatrick III April 20, 2017

http://nautil.us/issue/47/consciousness/the-kekul-problem Cormac McCarthy is best known to the world as a writer of novels. These include Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road. At the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) he is a research colleague and thought of in complementary terms. An aficionado on subjects ranging from the history…Read more The Kekulé Problem Where did language come from? By Cormac McCarthy Illustrations by Don Kilpatrick III April 20, 2017

FRY

  Having spent two months grafting under this chef's brutal regime , Gordon has no room for compassion and is deaf to the pleas of this popinjay now trussed up on a hook in the freezer. 'I'll freeze to death in here,' he cries. 'No, you won't,' Gordon smiles, 'You will fry.'

CHUCKLE

  The jewelry warehouse is surrounded. Apart from the SWAT team and the K-9 unit, there's an entire squad of uniformed personnel whose sole task appears to be crowd control and the deployment of barriers. 'We have him,' the lieutenant says, gleefully. Standing beside him, pockets bulging, Mary can only chuckle.