Location, Location, Location #1

If you are writing a novel, one of the key parts of your research must be to visit the locations in the story.

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Location No. 1 – St Mary’s Church, Rufford

Come on a journey with me…

The setting is very important to a novel: the sense of place, time and social environment contextualizes the story so that the reader can visualize and experience it.

I thought it might be fun over the coming weeks for us to go and visit some of the places where my novels have been set. Each time I’ll give you a little of the background as why these locations were important to my story and important to me, and you can read how they fit into the narrative of the book.

We’ll begin in Rufford, a little village in West Lancashire, England, where my debut novel, The Silver Locket, is mainly set.

My route to work each day took me through this pretty little place with its traditional houses, surrounded by flat, fertile farmland. In…

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cookie, cookie, cookie.

Are they cookies or biscuits? Depends on where you live in the world, but here is an interesting history of them.

I didn't have my glasses on....

“happiness isn’t a fortune in a cookie. it’s deeper, wider, funnier, and more transporting than that.”

-elvis costello


The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word koekie, meaning “little cake.”

Hard cookie-like wafers have existed for as long as baking has been documented. Not surprisingly, they traveled well, too, though were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern-day standards.

The origin of the cookie appears to begin in Persia in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region. They then spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. Cookies were common at all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from the royal cuisine to the street vendors.

Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies. In…

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Stonehenge versus Avebury

Everyone who visits the UK wants to go to the legendary Stonehenge, but just 17 miles north is an equally impressive site, Avebury.
Avebury is the largest stone circle in Britain and also has burial mounds and more to see and experience.

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The world-famous Neolithic monument of Stonehenge is on everyone’s bucket-list, or seems to be – going by the droves who visit it every year – but many miss out on its sister UNESCO World Heritage Site at Avebury, only 17 miles away. What are they missing out on, and is it even better? Does it out-henge Stonehenge?

When in Wiltshire, one should most certainly visit Stonehenge, which is undoubtedly the world’s most famous stone circle. But one should also make time to visit Wiltshire’s “other” stone circle, Avebury — which holds the distinction of being the largest in the world.

Stonehenge has long been a must-see for any visiting England and venturing beyond the capital – and rightly so. The iconic stone circle, standing proud on Salisbury Plain, is one of the seven ‘modern’ wonders of the world (as opposed to the classical ones, of which only the Great Pyramid of Giza

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The Coronavirus – a brief guide

Thought as this was topical and way too funny to not share widely, reblogging would be in order.

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Sol beer sml 2Unlike people, viruses are smart and evolve quickly, making them a challenging adversary.

Scientists are racing to perfect a vaccine, but in the meantime what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?

Here’s the handy halfbananas guide to the (almost) pandemic.

Avoid drinking Corona beer, a possible source (allegedly) of infection. You’ll be safer with Sol!

One meaning of corona is a crown, so it makes sense to avoid royalty at all costs. They travel a lot, spreading all sorts of nasty bugs.

Cheap surgical masks are not very effective, but add a few drops of chloroform and voila! You can stay home and take a nice nap instead of going out and risking infection.

Viruses can be disrupted or destroyed by heat and possibly by certain sound frequencies. Initial lab results show promise, especially with Christian rock music and anything by Vanilla Ice.

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A Poem About How To Rhyme When Writing A Poem

This is an excellent play on words from Jame Proclaims. He has a great way with words, enjoy.

James Proclaims!

When trying to rhyme, it isn’t a crime
To use the same word twice
Or thrice or quatrice
Quatrice is not a real word
But it isn’t all that absurd
To make up words
If you poetate with a valid license
But never poetate without a license
Otherwise people won’t be able to tell
That poetate is not meant to be potato
And you just can’t spell

And when I’ve lost my muse
A simple ruse is to overuse
Poetry to express my views
But I often confuse the rules
Of the various forms
Though it isn’t a crime not to rhyme
And when you rhyme, it isn’t a crime
To use the same word twice
Or thrice or quatrice or even quintice

It’s better to say twice twice
Than say rice, if rice has no context
Any more than mice or lice
And frankly it isn’t nice to talk…

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