Tuesday, 22 April 2014

R is for Responsibility, Rejection, Rapacious and Rewrites

Right back when I was a little tacker I disliked the three R's.
Reading was okay but Writing and Arithmetic, which was always known as Mathematics, did not start with R. I did not understand how anyone who was supposed to teach me expected me to respect their ability to do so if they could not spell.
I did not know about assonance and consonance back then and I still do not think it is sensible or intelligent to abbreviate and misspell for children. We get plenty of that forced down our throat every day in advertising.
We have a responsibility to teach our children the correct way in the early learning stages but they too are bombarded with confusing messages.

I really should not watch the news.

 Novel Under Construction  Guess what. I have added several scenes and introduced a second potential love interest. My MC is learning what it is to live in a non tech world. No electricity, no phones, no computer and a cow to milk. Poor girl was mortified at the size of the cow "They don't look that big on a computer screen" She had to learn to make a fire with a flint and steel and has discovered the toilet is a midden pile - very medieval.  Certainly a shock to her modern girl system.
 OOH Here is my participation prize for doing my Blog every day(almost) and going to the other blog and reading and commenting.


It's time to announce the winner of the "Superhero Writer" t-shirt. The winner has been drawn by a random number generator selecting from active participants. (The shirt is white. I'm not sure why Blogger has decided to turn all the whites in my pictures grey, but lately, it has been an issue.) 

And the winner is:

Cecilia Clark!

Congratulations (again), Cecilia!

RhyPiBoMo. Today the lesson was on NOT writing Rhyme  unless it is something we are really really sure of and absolutely cannot possibly stay away from it. I think the warnings did not scare me off.
 It was also about how to write lots of odd little poems.
I am working on 

The Acronet – by Patricia A Farnswort-Simpson 2008
This poem is a combination of an Acrostic (an acrostic, the first letter of each line when read vertically spells out a phrase) and a Nonet. (A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.)

It is not coming on too well but I should have it done by tomorrow.

I had a story rejected last year for being too short. The editors loved it but felt the short story length did not do it justice and they suggested I take it away and make it longer so in May I am going to do just that and turn my post apocalyptic western steam punk into a whole novel.  I think it will be fun. It currently sits at 4709 words and needs to be ten times as long or more but it is a good kernal of a story.


  1. This is very interesting -- a great many Rs. Great discipline, not writing rhyme. :)
    Sorry about the rejected story ... if anything every rejection is a lesson. We learn and we move on.
    Silvia @

    1. OH I am not sorry about the rejection Silvia as it gives me the opportunity to make the story so much more. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I don't know how your character will do it! I'd be lost if I had to try to make a fire with only flint and steel.

    1. she manages eventually but it takes quite a few tries and a lot of frustration. Thanks for commenting Stephanie.

  3. I cannot wait for your steampunk story to evolve either. I imagine it to be a Indiana Jones type romp.

    1. ask me again in June it should almost be done by then. :)

  4. A kernel is a good place to start! That's the most important part. Everything else is fluff! Good luck expanding it and congrats that you got a positive response.
    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

    1. Thank you Marlene, a kernel is a beginning of a whole tree. :)

  5. Arithmetic was not good for me and I too, don't understand why it is one of the 3 R's either.

    1. Bizarre is it not? :) Thanks for visiting.

  6. Nice going Cecilia! A major portion of your novel ready that's great! It'll need some sprucing up of excitements in some pages and, hey presto! At least the big headaches are surmounted. Keep at it!



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