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I spotted something doing the rounds on Twitter today, and thought it looked like fun for writers.

A free App analyses any section of the text you have written in a story, and tells you the closest connection to a famous writer with a similar style.

I chose this small section of my writing from Part Three of my new serial, ‘The Fear’

There had never been any celebration of birthdays or Christmas in the house. After all, my birthday was also the day of mother Paula’s death. And Christmas was just a reminder of how much she had loved that season. However, I was coming up to a significant birthday, according to a telephone conversation I overheard. Standing outside the door of father’s study one morning, waiting to accompany him to the workshop, I heard him talking to the family solicitor, Mr Dean.

Analysed very quickly, the App decided…

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Film Review: The Droving (2020)

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I am pleased to bring you this review of a film in which one of our fellow bloggers, Jon Risdon, has a significant role. It is a recent independently-made film, and is currently available on Amazon, free to watch for Prime members.

Martin is a serving soldier with a dark past in the military. He has returned to England to investigate the disappearance of his younger sister Megan, one year earlier. Obviously troubled, and set on revenge, he goes to the town of Penrith in the Lake District, determined to find out what happened to her. It is the time of the annual festival, The Droving. What had once been a large market for drovers to sell and trade sheep and cattle has now become a local celebration, with parades, fancy dress, fireworks, and the recreation of old legends.

He meets up with one of his sister’s friends, and she…

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A-R International … Self-Isolating Authors Edition: Part 2

Thanks to my great friend Susan for this!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

This is the second part of a series in which Authors who I’ve promoted in the Authors-Readers International series tell Readers what they’ve been doing during these past few months of self-isolating … See the introduction to Part 1 for a further explanation. (All links on the authors’ names will take you to their A-RI promotion.)

Fred Stenson

Pincher Creek, Alberta, is my home since last summer, as I believe you know. The advantage is that Pincher in Iso is quite a bit like Pincher not in Iso. Have to watch my step only at the post office and Co-op. And strictly avoid Walmart. Two hour walks are frequent—to offset my beer consumption.

Working on a film with Tom Radford. Great fun.

Marcello Di Cintio

I’ve been reasonably busy during the pandemic. My book about the secret lives of taxi drivers has been delayed due to all of this chaos…

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10 Types of Readers you Meet During a Lockdown

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Nicholas C. Rossis

Woman reading | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Angela Haupt of the Washington Post recently shared a fun list with the types of readers you meet during a lockdown.

I belong to the very first group. With a restless 4-year-old always around and with both Electra and me working from home, getting a free moment to read is pretty much impossible…

The working parents who are suddenly also stay-at-home parents

As I can attest, this group is lucky to get through a page of the New Yorker before passing out. These “readers” crave little more than reading the backs of their eyelids. They are caught in an all-day juggling act, and most books are too heavy to juggle.

The solution for parents and anyone else who is wildly distracted — and exhausted: fun short stories.

The readers seeking deeper meaning in the occult

In her 2008 book “End of Days,” the late psychic Sylvia Browne…

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