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How to create a convincing fictional therapist

Posted on 16/02/2015 by  Annecdotist  ( x Hide posts by Annecdotist )

In the midst of my writing, when I’m floored by a factual question to which neither Google nor my encyclopaedic husband can furnish the answer, he tells me to make it up. After all, it’s fiction I’m creating not the instruction manual for launching a rocket to Mars. While close attention to detail lends our work credibility, we should also cut ourselves some slack. It would be unreasonable to expect us to get everything right.

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Whitechurch Seeds

Posted on 20/12/2014 by  Bunbry  ( x Hide posts by Bunbry )

This is a site about my other hobby,gardening.

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Mind and Body

Posted on 08/12/2014 by  Jorgi  ( x Hide posts by Jorgi )

Healthy eating and nutrition for the elderly is important for their well being and ability to carry on enjoying life. During the mature years of life, the body will lose bone and muscle and gain fat, when the hormones begin to slow down.

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Aloe Vera

Posted on 08/12/2014 by  Jorgi  ( x Hide posts by Jorgi )

Aloe Vera, the wonder plant that has numerous health benefits for the body’s system. It can in fact support the system naturally, and this is why products containing aloe vera are very popular. Aloe vera grows vigorously in warm, dry climates, and although it has the appearance of a cactus plant, it originates from the Lilly family. There are many varieties of the plant; approximately 400. However, it is the Aloe Barbadensis Miller, that has been used for thousands of years for health and beauty purposes.

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Celiac Disease

Posted on 08/12/2014 by  Jorgi  ( x Hide posts by Jorgi )

Celiac disease, is an autoimmune condition and not an allergy. It is a bowel condition, which is caused by an intolerance to gluten; a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten is used to produce many foods, such as bread, biscuits, pasta, cereals and cakes.

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Food Safety

Posted on 08/12/2014 by  Jorgi  ( x Hide posts by Jorgi )

It is important to handle food safely to reduce the risk of getting food poisoning, salmonella, E-coli, or Campylobacter.
It all begins with hand washing. Our hands house many types of bacteria, some are more tolerable and friendly, where others are not, and can cause illness or even death!

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Healthy Eating For Kids

Posted on 05/12/2014 by  Jorgi  ( x Hide posts by Jorgi )

Educating the kids is not just about the ABC or Maths, it's also about teaching them on how to eat sensibly to maintain a healthy system with some exercise thrown in! Fast food has become a huge part of modern life these days, making it very hard to teach a child how to eat healthy.

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National Short Story Week

Posted on 18/11/2014 by  SueL  ( x Hide posts by SueL )

This week (17th-23rd November) is National Short Story Week

The aims of which include:

to get more people reading and listening to short stories


to get more people writing short stories

I recently enjoyed reading Zoe Gilbert’s post addressing the question ‘Are writers the only - or the best- readers of short stories?’

and loved this analogy:

'all really good short stories, even ascetic, simple, realist ones, should be treated like rich desserts, to be pondered over and definitely not followed by every other pudding on the menu. Otherwise, all those complex flavours are lost.'

Her conclusion was that:

'You don’t have to be a writer to enjoy great short stories. I think you just have to understand what they are. '

I will definitely read some short stories this week. Looking at my bookshelves, I only have a few contemporary short story collections. These can be seen on my Pinterest (pathstothepast) board ‘Short story collections - read’

So I just need to decide whether to go back to those stories I’m familiar with, or try some classic short stories instead. Maybe by F. Scott Fitzgerald (hence the image of the dustjacket for ‘Tales of the Jazz Age’ at the top of this post) or Anthony Trollope or Thomas Hardy….

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New TV series

Posted on 28/10/2014 by  jeffreynti  ( x Hide posts by jeffreynti )

I am currently writing a great TV series and am looking for new and experienced writers to get involved. I will soon upload a synopsis of the first season. If your you're looking for something brilliant to get your writing skills involved in, whether you're experiencing a writers' block or looking for a golden opportunity to show what you you've got then I believe I have the remedy...


Highlights of the HNS conference

Posted on 29/09/2014 by  SueL  ( x Hide posts by SueL )

This was my first HNS conference and I was unsure of what to expect and as a newbie was rather nervous about meeting people. I needn’t have worried.

Highlights included Conn Iggulden’s keynote address and Lindsey Davis in conversation with Jerome de Groot.

A key part of the Society’s remit is to encourage writers of historical fiction, and two awards were given during the conference.

Elizabeth Chadwick presented the inaugural HNS Indie Award to Linda Proud for
A Gift for the Magus.

The HNS Short Story Award for 2014 was presented by Ian Skillicorn (founder of Short Story Week) to Lorna Fergusson for Salt

I’m hoping that an ebook of the 2014 shortlisted stories will be published, like the 2012 entries were as The Beggar at the Gate & Other Stories.

The panel sessions were in turn informative:
(Selling Historical Fiction: the challenges and triumphs with Matt Bates, Carole Blake (CHAIR), Katie Bond, Nick Sayers, Simon Taylor, Susan Watt) - how important the book cover is.

fun: (‘My Era is Better than Yours’ with Angus Donald (Medieval), Suzannah Dunn (Tudor), Antonia Hodgson (Georgian), Giles Kristian (Viking & Civil War), Harry Sidebottom (Ancient Rome), Philip Stevens (CHAIR)) - Vikings had big axes.

thought provoking: (Freedom, Independence & Equality: Tackling the big issues with Emma Darwin, Elizabeth Fremantle, Margaret George, Douglas Jackson (CHAIR), Andrew Taylor, Robyn Young) - Margaret George refers to her novels about famous women in history as ‘psycho biographies.’

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