Lions and Tigers and Negan oh no!

We’re three weeks into a new season on The Walking Dead and its moving on a pace, if not chronologically then at least with character introductions, scene setting and a little Daryl whumping. And it’s the new main characters, Negan and Ezekiel, I’ll be writing about.

Lists

I like lists. I often have a long list of things to do. Or I break down a task into a list of smaller steps. I have a list of birthdays. A shopping list. Holiday packing lists. A list of goals. Lists are great. So when I got an email from WordPress as part of…

Stereotypes

This was supposed to be a 300 to 500 word piece taking a stereotype and turning it into a rounded character. It proved difficult to chose a stereotype not turn it into another stereotype. It proved impossible to remain below 500 words! I did edit down from over a thousand to around 600 words. I…

Adding Conflict

This latest task on my course asked us to add conflict to a character we had previously sketched out in our notebook – a collection of ideas and thoughts that might later turn into a longer work. The idea being that adding conflict or a character flaw can lead to a plot – something I…

Red bows and Pekinese

Today was an introduction to plot and the assignment was to ask ourselves some questions about a couple of lines of text, pretty much who and what and why and how.   The lines were A woman on a bus today carried her Pekinese dog inside her handbag. It had a red bow on its…

Clara’s Tale

This is Clara’s story even though she isn’t the one telling the tale. It was prepared for an assignment. A new story or start of a story in less than 350 words. It got more than 350 words so will need some editing. But as it is, here goes… But before we go… I read…

Second Draft

Today’s task was editing my previous story. I wasn’t really happy with my Evening with Schubert anyway so a redraft was probably called for. Mostly I lost the maid. She added nothing to the piece. I had intended her dullness a contrast to Katrine opulence but I don’t think it was needed. Other than that I…

An Evening with Schubert

I had to write a longer piece inspired by the first thing I heard on the radio as I turned it on.. I actually cheated a little as the first thing I heard was a pretty depressing news item that I couldn’t write about. So I switched channels. While the subject wasn’t at all depressing,…

Familiar Words in Unfamiliar Places

This was another writing exercise – to use familiar words in unfamiliar ways. I have to admit it was inspired by my lunch – which wasn’t actually as nice as Clara’s! Clara’s lunch was always an intriguingly awful event. Today’s fare consisted of a vomitus lentil and pumpkin curried soup, interred in an ocean of…