Monthly Archives: July 2013

5 Writing Habits That Could Be Destroying Your Creativity (and Income) | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe

5 Writing Habits That Could Be Destroying Your Creativity (and Income) | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe.

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Book Review: The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

Oh happy days! It takes nearly two years for the wonderful English translations of Fred Vargas’s books to reach across the pond, but oh when the latest Commissaire Adamsberg mystery flies across we are at once gently, intelligently and with great sophistication dropped into that world described best by the Commissaire himself:

“Among my officers, I have a hypersomniac who goes to sleep without warning, a zoologist whose speciality is fish, freshwater fish in particular, a woman with bulimia who keeps disappearing in search of food, an old heron who knows a lot of myths and legends, a walking encyclopaedia who drinks white wine non-stop – and the rest to match. Theyy can’t allow themselves to stand on ceremony with me.”

Is it any wonder then that Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg (recently found to be the father of a twenty-eight year old fondly known as Zerk) can readily engage this group of Major Crime officers in a series of murders seemingly cast by a thousand-year old myth? Do the grisly half-decomposed ghost riders in Ordebec commit the crimes for which they are accused? Or rather is the sinister reckoning of this mere village informed by the myth?

As is always the case Vargas packs the plot with arresting personae: in this book they are animals. An abused pigeon, Fleg the ancient dog, butterflies in Brazil and the languid cat that resides on the warm photocopier in the Major Crimes Office in Paris.

    The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

is a No.1 best-seller in both France and Italy; it will add to the plethora of awards garnered by the amazing Fred Vargas.
As with all Fred Vargas novels, this, her seventh goes nicely with a chocolate croissant and foamy cafe-au-lait. It is just that much of a treat. Available through www. Penguin.com it is a Penguin Mystery Original.

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The Incomparable S.J. Bolton

images crime scene German shadow on cobble stonesDear Readers,
It is not often that I read a series backwards! In this case I merely transposed the S.J.Bolton

    Dead Scared

for

    Now You See Me

. The fascinating experience of tucking into a partnership, in this case DC Lacey Flint and DI Mark Joesbury, after the initial meeting in

    Dead Scared

. Realizing I had sacrificed backstory for a fresh plot I found myself actually enjoying that. Therein lies yet another talent of the amazing Ms Bolton: the ability to nearly shape-shift her main characters through grisly, gothic and rather graphic crime story. Both of these are multiple award-winners; I found myself looking back at the character development with a practiced eye of a crime/mystery writer myself. There is tension between the two, of course, rather a necessity – but there is almost a tentative development. Nowhere in either novel is plot sacrificed for character – they seem to develop each other.

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Picking and Choosing: Bloggers as Curators

Wonderful description of me!

The WordPress.com Blog

Your blog is the space where you show the world the things that make you tick. You put together stories and images that entertain and enlighten, and invite your visitors in. It’s your own carefully designed museum-living room-coffeeshop packed into a screen.

Some rooms feel a bit cozier, though, with a choice item from the flea market or the antique store. Likewise, your blog can come to life with some well-chosen materials you’ve collected on WordPress.com (and the web in general). Many bloggers are already curating thoughtful content on topics as diverse as design and science — here are some ideas on how best to find and present others’ materials on your blog.

Digging for content

The WordPress.com community creates, collectively, over a million posts every single day, generating an endless wealth of information and opinion. This shouldn’t deter you from looking for content to enhance your blog. On the contrary, you…

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Reviews My Way! Films, Television, Books

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Reviews My Way! Films, Television, Books.

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