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The Idea of Greatness in Poetry By Gaiyaiobi Zaevan

ON WRITING POETRY

The Idea of Greatness in Poetry
By Gaiyaiobi Zaevan

“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history because poetry expresses the universal and history is particular.

-Aristotle

This quote was actually given to me by a young man in a recent conversation we had about greatness in rap music.  I would like to insert this little tidbit about me and my recent sparing buddy on all things intellectual and philosophical.  We enjoy goading each other to see if one or the other can prove their point.  We have had many discussions that have proven to be interesting and exhausting a particular point of interest.

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Legends of Windermere: Charms of the Feykin By Charles Yallowitz

feykin

Legends of Windermere:
Charms of the Feykin By Charles Yallowitz

Nyx is leading the charge to rescue Delvin and Sari, who have gone missing in the southern jungles of Windemere. Battling through the local predators, the champions are surprised when they reunite in the Feykin city of Rhundar. Instead of captives, the missing heroes have become the city’s rulers and are on the verge of starting a war with those that want to exterminate their new followers. Even with such a noble cause, Delvin and Sari have changed into brutal warlords that may kill each other and their friends long before they step onto the battlefield.

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The Intricacy of Capitalization: Part 1 By Myrna Badgerow

WRITING LESSON

The Intricacy of Capitalization: Part 1
By Myrna Badgerow

The problems of capitalization arise because English is made up of so many different languages; we’ve taken some of our capitalization rules from one language and some from another. The simple explanation of our capitalization rule is that we capitalize proper nouns and the first word of a sentence. But, of course, there are exceptions to the rule, so itís best to look something up if youíre not sure. A good grammar book or the internet will prove to be an invaluable tool in the journey of proper capitalization. Remember that it is easy to create sloppy work and we should try to avoid that as much as possible.

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Children’s Bookshelf: Amanda’s Rainy Day By Anna M Ayyad

CHILDREN’S BOOKSHELF

Amanda’s Rainy Day By Anna M Ayyad

Amanda hated rainy days
She simply could not count the ways
When she heard the tap tap tap
On her bedroom windowsill,
She’d jump up on her little bed
And nod her angry little head.

When the drops fell on her face
She’d run to find a hiding place.
“Oh no!” she would exclaim
And put away her new sundress.
“There is no playing out today
Why does life have to be this way?”

Then she’s stomp her angry feet
And sitting on her bedroom seat,
Look out at the falling rain
The biggest scowl upon her face.
The swing looked all alone and wet
As sad as any swing could get.

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The Confusing World of Grammar By Myrna Dupre Badgerow

WRITING LESSON

The Confusing World
of Grammar

By Myrna Dupre Badgerow

Grammar can be very confusing. Some things you think you know can often be shown to be incorrect. Let’s go over a few of these.

Irregardless
Guess what? It is not a word! I have seen this word so often and have probably used it myself.
Correct word to use is regardless. No suffix is needed.
Correct: Regardless of the amount of damage, we will rebuild.
Incorrect: The team will have a great season irregarless of the injuries.

Bring and Take
Seems simple enough, right? Surpisingly it is a very common mistake made in writing. The use of these two words is all about direction.
Correct: Bring your finished report to this office.
Incorrect: Bring your information out to my receptionist.

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Poetry Is More Than Fools Gold By Gaiyaiobi Zaevan

ON WRITING POETRY

Poetry Is More Than Fools Gold By Gaiyaiobi Zaevan

“… how people take a poem, how people take anything written, how they take a poem particularly. I suppose …
a poem is a kind of fooling.”

-Robert Frost

I remember when I read a lecture from Robert Frost and came upon this quote.  It stuck with me.  I wondered if poetry, or writing fiction in general was a kind of fooling for the writer/poet.  Are we subconsciously building our own perfect, or imperfect, worlds within our own minds?  Are we fooling ourselves into believing that things are better or worse than life really is?

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Ricky and the Magic Tree By Anna M. Ayyad

CHILDREN’S BOOKSHELF

Ricky and the Magic Tree By Anna M. Ayyad

School was almost finished for the summer.  The days were sunny and long, and Ricky could not wait to go swimming and play with his friends.  Then his mom and dad told him that he would be going with them to visit their grandparents in the country.  He was upset because he would not see his friends.  They would play ball and swim and eat ice cream without him.  Ricky went to his room and cried.  He loved his grandma and grandpa but he did not want to stay with them all summer.  They pinched his cheeks and called him cutie pie.  They made him cookies and let him have second treats, but they were not as fun as his friends.  Who would yell ‘all aboard’ when his friends used the old raft on the pond as a pirate ship?
He stayed in his room for a long time and then just before dinner, there was a knock knock knock.  He knew it was his father, as he always knocked three times.  His dad came in and sat beside him on the bed.  He told Ricky that Grandpa was not feeling well and that he wanted to spend some time with him.  He explained that Grandpa was older now and that he wanted to be close to the people he loved.  Ricky thought for a long time and then remembered when his uncle Lou got sick and went to heaven.   He missed his uncle Lou.  When Ricky went down to dinner he told his mom and dad that he wanted to see grandpa too.
They drove for a long time past forests and hills and ponds.  Ricky thought of all the fun games he could play in the trees.  He fell asleep and awoke hours later when he heard his mom say “We’re almost there”.

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Eat Sleep Write Presents: Contractions – the Right, the Wrong and the (often) Very Confusing By Myrna Dupre Badgerow

WRITING LESSON

Eat Sleep Write Presents: Contractions – the Right, the Wrong and the  (often) Very Confusing By Myrna Dupre Badgerow

Let’s start with contractions.  Some do not use contractions in writing projects and this usually has to do with the genre of writing.  If dialogue is being used in the writing project, it is much more likely contractions will be used.  There are tricky things to know about contractions.

Some examples of the tricks to contractions and what they
really mean:

didn’t–did not

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The Wooden Man By Seamus Kane

FLASH FICTION

The Wooden Man
By Seamus Kane

Greycliff, the pretty little village of sprawling flowers and hard granite gave us respite after our journey through storm whipped waves on the coast road. Once there, we parked our sea-rusted Fiat 127 and rushed through the rain to seek respite in Madhatter’s Secret, the tea-room which trapped by-passers with its disarming chintz curtains. We took off our macs and placed them at the base of the teak umbrella stand, exposing ourselves to radiant waves from the wood fire. As we walked to our favourite table with its vista of cobbles and whitewashed antique shops, an elderly waitress smiled strangely at us, as though in disapproved of our smugness. We smiled awkwardly back and sat down .

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