Monthly Archives: April 2012

Lessons in Rape and RACE

Children of the pre-judo/karate era had two basic forms of combat. The first, used mostly by younger kids, was a sort of wrestling where the two combatants would try to force the other to ‘give up’ by, usually, the simple … Continue reading

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Accessing the InterGel

Notice how some novels are swapping genres without changing their content? Where some stories were planted solidly in the Sci-Fi catagory ten or so years ago, they sit comfortably in the mystery or thriller bracket now, even with their content … Continue reading

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A Bush-child in England

In Gloucestershire, my maternal grandfather passed away in the mid-fifties when I was eight. The following year Mum inherited enough money, when the will was probated, to take herself and us two children to visit her widowed mother for the … Continue reading

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Character Values: Where lies the truth?

Writing novels is such character-building stuff!  A small part of that is made of values and how that affects the plot and the story. What is honesty? Not telling lies? Only telling the truth? Exposing all subterfuge?  Socially, a totally … Continue reading

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Effects of Genes and Upbringing

Is a child, raised in a home from a few days after birth for six months before being reunited with his mother, thereby influenced for the rest of his life? Is his psyche dented forever? And, what effect, the blood … Continue reading

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Resonance & Rhythm

Harmony is obviously a smooth cooperation of different elements, the thing that transforms several instruments into an orchestra. Rhythm is the beat that coordinates the movements of a dancer and also the unity of a group of dancers. Resonance is … Continue reading

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Multi-Interests

Most avid readers that I know, as well as the few writers, have such a huge range of interests that I hope to be able to cover at least something that will start a discussion. One of the acknowledged tenets … Continue reading

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