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A Brief Respite

It’s been three weeks now since I last posted; I’ve been writing but the words have been faltering. Blog posts, and indeed some other writing is jumbling itself up between my mind and the keyboard/paper so it’s time for me to take a breather again.

I will be visiting all my brilliant writer-friends’ blogs. You guys are all my continuing inspiration and I will keep at it in the background. There’s still at least a week’s worth of Japan left to share and then there are the other ideas! So things will be quiet here at A&I but I’m not going anywhere. I hope that when I return I’ll see all the familiar faces that I’ve grown so fond of in this awesome little e-space.



How Do They Survive? (The Zombie Conundrum)

I think a lot; about both normal things and abnormal things (I’ll let you decide which sphere I spend the majority of my time in) and this one thing has been bothering me for quite a while. It’s a two-part philosophy that has been part of zombie fiction for as long as it’s been around:

If the only way to kill a zombie is to destroy its brain and¬†zombies eat brains to “survive” – how does the zombie population grow exponentially?

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You Can Quote Me On That

I’ve been out for a run this evening and I’ll be honest – I’m chafed. It happens pretty much every time I go out either because I’m still too fat or because of my running style. I have the ancestral genes of¬† men and women who toiled on the land as dairy farmers; that’s a whole lot of full cream. While I was in Japan I went to the gym with a friend of mine who, if I had to draw a comparison, I would say was a fair resemblance of Jason Statham. He once told me that I had “The build of a hiker”. That’s the nicest way I’ve ever heard someone tell me I was fat. What does that have to do with this post you ask? Not much – and yet, a lot.

Earlier this afternoon I decided to update some of my Facebook information and there’s a section that I’ve purposely avoided up until today: the Quotations section.

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Fictional Forays – “Decisions”

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I’ve decided to do something a little different. Today’s post is a short story! It’s far from great I know, but I thought I’d stretch my fictional writing muscle and see what happened. The only way to improve after all¬†is to practice, right?

Please feel free to offer any and all feedback; I’d really love to know if you enjoyed it or what I can do to improve as a writer. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.¬†I don’t expect this to become a regular thing, just something that might pop up from time to time.

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A Book Review. Kind Of.

This year I resolved to listen to more music and read more books. Because even as a casual and crazy writer it’s important to know words and understand the different writing styles that exist. Even if I never use them myself, I¬†am determined¬†to become better at this hobby of mine.

I’m a bit of a pretty¬†big fantasy geek. This is true for both books and movies. I’ve always loved ancient history and the myths and legends of cultures around the World. Of course, this kind of interest makes for some pretty¬†unusual imaginings and dreams. I’m ok with all of that.

I’ve challenged myself though to expand my horizons beyond the world of mythology and fantasy. At least somewhat. I picked up Wolf Brother’s copy of “Cujo” a couple of months ago; a copy which I believe was handed down to him from my Mum when she had moved on from Stephen King to Patricia Cornwall and James Patterson.

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Homage To H – Holla!

This post is the result of a few things. Primarily my quirky brain, but also spawned from a seed planted in another (unpublished) post and only mildly coincidentally connected to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this week. My mind makes some very curious connections indeed.

This is just me being a little oddly creative. It’s a strange¬†post I’ll admit, but you know the kind of blogger I am. If a bit of wordplay based on a single letter of the alphabet isn’t your thing, feel free to browse my archives instead. I know it’s not for everyone. Happy Friday!

Hallelujah for H!

Hark now! Hear¬†this humble human’s half-baked and heedlessly histrionic¬†homage to the honorable letter ‘H’!

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Write That Down

As a budding blogger I’ve learned a few things recently:

  1. I don’t do enough crosswords – My vocabulary has fallen horrendously over the years that I have spent doing other things;
  2. Ideas for writing are EVERYWHERE – Just by paying a little more attention, there are infinite sources of inspiration;
  3. It certainly pays to have a notepad and pen on hand at all times – I don’t even need to substantiate this one.

Now I have no plan to become a best-seller. I can write reasonably about silly topics and I have been known to put together a half-decent short story in my time. I’ve always enjoyed word smithing and story crafting; it’s a creative art that I think I have a mildly successful connection with. Visual arts and I, on the other hand, don’t really agree. I expect it’s just because of the way my mind works.

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The Nature of the Beast.

This post is of a reasonably serious nature. I have no intention of making this a regular thing, but it will happen from time to time. Apologies in advance for any disappointment.

Thank You. Yes, You.

Browsing through some of the hundreds of thousands of blogs here at WordPress I’ve come across many interesting topics and talented writers.¬† The human perspective is an extremely intriguing creature to me and I thoroughly enjoy reading about other people’s thoughts and opinions.¬† As I read these blogs, I reflect on my own writing and I often wonder what I can do better.

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