About to start editing chapter 3! This probably is going to be the hardest; I already know some scenes I must delete, rewrite, and add. But I’m ready to tackle this one! ☕️ #campnanowrimo
Come writers one and all, come readers and be enthralled!
The book I've ungraciously cropped in half is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, originally published in 1962 and it has to be one of my favourite books of all time. The language is poetry and the story is both magical and chilling! It's not an easy read at times and is certainly surreal. But there is so much writer can learn from his characterisations and descriptions of people and his vibrant and unusual action sequences.
For example. 'There was a thing in Dad's voice, up, over, down, easy as a hand wringing soft in the air like a white bird describing flight patterns, made the ear want to follow and the mind's eye to see.' (p.33 Gollancz edition 2008)
Bradbury's ability to show emotion through descriptive language stands out. He gifts his characters unique and defined inner voices, which are key to successfully showing rather than telling emotions. 'His skin was suddenly a lizard's skin. His stomach filled with blood turned to rust. His mouth tasted of night damps.' (p.50)
Here a character is afraid and unnerved and we as the reader feel it through the prose without being told explicitly. Bradbury was truly a wordsmith!
I could list endless examples, I've not even gotten to the part with the blind witch in the air balloon and the extraordinary language used in the action sequences! But this isn't the place for an essay, so get hold of the book if you can and read it.
Also featured is my prettyful candle from @wildestdreamscandles
Look at the gold sparkles, look!
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Ooops.... let’s see if I can get back on track 😅
I am grateful that my step kids love me but the cats definitely crashed the writing party this morning.
Day 6 of #12daysofbookstagram
, so here’s today’s workspace. When I write, I always like to have books nearby, maybe to inspire me? 😜
For those who don’t know, I’m working on a YA novel and I’m completely in love with my characters and their story. I’m about 2/3 the way through, and I try to a spend few hours a couple days a week working on it (hopefully summer will bring more writing time!). •
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I'm a little overwhelmed right now having reached 1k followers! I wanted to extend a huge hug to you all and thank you for joining me on this Instagram journey, liking my pics, and commenting on my ramblings! I've met some increadible people in the short time I've been part of bookstagram. This truly is one of the most increadible online communities and I feel blessed to be a part of it!
If there is any particular content you want to see, more bookish goodies, more reviews, more discussions on writing or parts of my WIP please don't hesitate to tell me! This space is your space!
Stay magestic lovelies 😊
p.s My Enter the Dreaming international giveaway is coming up at the end of the month. Keep an eye on my feed.
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BETA’s needed for The Golden Oak Estate book 1. Weather you’ve done it before or not, as long as you can read my book and give me honest feed back is all I need. As I will be beginning my first draft very soon, I’m doing some forward planning and finding some BETA readers. My book is a young adult fiction, please note that there will be countryside activities such as shooting, horse riding/hunting so if your not into these activities (please no comments on this as I know some people aren’t and that’s fine, everyone is entitled to an opinion) then this isn’t the book for you. Swipe across to see a brief sypnosis and some images I gathered for inspiration from Pinterest, the only photo on the collage that belongs to me is the top left. Please message me or comment if you would be interested, I’m not sure exactly when I will be sending off for reading but I want to get everything ready in place. #thegoldenoakestate #goldenoakestate #book1 #betasneeded #callingbetareaders #writer #aspiringauthor #writing #amwritingfiction #amwritingya #betareadersneeded #betareaderswanted #betareaders
I thought I'd share some of my research material for my novels.
1.The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate.
2. Alchemy Rising by Helophilus published by Scarlet Imprint.
3. A classic John Gerard's Herbal, this edition is from 1927.
4. Another herbal I use is by Deni Brown and was published in conjunction with The Chelsea Physic Garden into which I have added copious amounts of notes on the folklore and magical uses of herbs.
Creating a whole magical system for my series was a challenge. I wanted it to be logical and feel plausible (magic asside) but also maintain mystery and a sense of history and timelessness. So, I looked at a lot of folklore and social ritual. I have alchemy in my world and consulting a book written by a modern practicer of the art felt essential. The herbals have helped in so many ways, such as describing smell and ingredients for magical tonics and teas.
Let me know if you're interested in seeing more of my research material. 😊 .
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Day One: #bawritinglife
Introductions: I’m Michelle, teacher, writer, poet, aspiring author, cat mama, coffee addict, pen and notebook obsessive, procrastinator extraordinaire,
I currently teach middle school, and have been teaching overall for 18 years. Having dealt with anxiety and self doubt since, well, birth, I am finally getting the courage to seriously pursue my writing passion. I am weeks away from having a polished poetry manuscript to send off into the world, and I have 16 other writing projects...part of that anxious mind issue...and why I am #writereclectic
😜 Though right now I am working on a YA novel in verse.
I am excited to read everyone else’s posts this week who are doing this challenge. May everyone have an amazing start to the week. .
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This is my, “I can’t believe I get to work in an awesome bookstore on my days away from my design desk” face.
Ignore my massive eye veins. It’s my daily migraine medication.
I know. Sexy.
#bookstore #luckygirl #bookworm
📖 Oh, hey there! I thought it was time to introduce myself.
📖 I’m Jolie Taylor, and I love to write. ❤️ I also enjoy reading, studying and playing with books.
📖 I have a secondary education degree in teaching English and health. I student taught, and after that I stayed home with my three sweet kiddos (6,4, and 1).
📖I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
📖 I’m married to the man of my dreams and this year is our ten year anniversary!❤️ Time flies.
📖 I love to learn and try new things. My love of learning has led to some fun tricks, such as pole vaulting, juggling, and flips. 😜 I look forward to showing you some of these on my YouTube channel (link in bio).
📖 Bookstagram is one of my new favorite hobbies. I’ve met so many kind and fun people on here. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better and meeting even more friends.
📖 Tell me about you below!👇🏼
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