#AtoZChallenge: April 12 – K is for Kamikaze

“The Kamikaze (神風?, literally: "God wind"; common translation: "Divine wind") [kamikaꜜze] ( listen), official name: Tokubetsu Kōgekitai (特別攻撃隊?), Tokkō Tai (特攻隊?), or Tokkō (特攻?), were suicide attacks by military aviators from the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in the closing stages of thePacific campaign of World War II” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamikaze Often we talked about … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 12 – K is for Kamikaze

#AtoZChallenge: April 11 – J is for Jalfrezi (a Rite)

April 11: Jalfrezi (a Rite) With a deep bow to @DirtyLittleW and @tinynibbles The light of the dying sun reflects over the tiles in the kitchen. On the stove the large pot diffuses paradise scents: we have refined this dish for years, every step further along the path of… perfection. In the dining room I hear you … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 11 – J is for Jalfrezi (a Rite)

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Chapters One and Two are out! I'm grateful for comments from readers and writers... This is "work in progress", an unfinished novel which is still evolving, with characters running away, doing their own things! The virtual locations, Berlin and then the "Mindless Island" are in Metaverses (respectively Twinity, renamed Tarsus, and SL) but also, in … Continue reading The Page

#AtoZChallenge – April 10: I is for Ibuprofen

“Ibuprofen works as a painkiller by affecting chemicals in the body called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are substances released in response to illness or injury. They cause pain and inflammation (swelling). Prostaglandins that are released in your brain can cause a high temperature (fever or pyrexia).” (From http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Painkillers-ibuprofen/Pages/Introduction.aspx) He knew he had been hit: instant darkness, the … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge – April 10: I is for Ibuprofen

#AtoZChallenge: April 9 – H is for hacker

April 9: Hacker “It is by poking about inside current technology that hackers get ideas for the next generation. No thanks, intellectual homeowners may say, we don’t need any outside help. But they’re wrong. The next generation of computer technology has often—perhaps more often than not—been developed by outsiders.” – Paul Graham continue

A room to write, to think, to escape…

findingtimetowrite

Sorry to disappoint you, but I am not going to give you a summary or review or debate about Virginia Woolf’s seminal and polemical essay published in 1929 entitled ‘A Room of One’s Own’.  There is a detailed analysis of the book on SparkNotes, but reactions to this proto-feminist essay are usually mixed.  When I reread it recently, I was pleasantly surprised to find it much wittier and easy to read than I had remembered, and certainly more accessible than many of her novels.

Anyway, the title of my post today has more to do with that essential element of a writer’s life: the space where they can do the actual writing.  I have nothing but admiration for those writers (Jane Austen, for instance) who manage to write in the family room, a constant victim of interruptions and misplaced curiosity.  For myself, I completely understand Virginia’s statement:

‘It is…

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