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The Fiction Challenge: ‘The Morris Family Killings’ by Peeush Trikha

My Fiction Writing contest entry 2017

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The Fiction Challenge: 'Losing a dear friend' by Peeush Trikha two drops of ink

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The Morris Family Killings

The Death of a Friend

“No Jarvis, No!”, my loud shout went in vain as I saw Jarvis Rivaldis fell down of the edge of the railing.

The masked man in black tracksuit tried to aim his Masker K-70 semi-automatic at me, but I was fast enough to pin him down with three bullets from my Beretta 10.

I hurried to look down from the edge of the railing. The fall down towards the edge of the Ashleytown forest was no less than 100 feet. Jarvis’s body was just faintly visible as a thin dot from where I looked.

I closed my eyes. This would be a scar for the rest of my life, and something I will never really forget.

“I could have prevented this, if I had not gone chasing for the truth,” I thought out loud.

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BAD WRITING? FIX IT!

Just like iterative Programming aka Agile, here comes the equivalent iterative writing- revise, revise and fix- a wonderful article by Dr. Noelle Sterne.

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By Noelle Sterne

06/23/2017

You’re writing along like butter, and suddenly a stomach-wrenching jolt slams you up against a figurative concrete wall. The thunderous voice in your head rebukes: “THAT’S THE WORST, MOST HORRIBLE, STUPID PHRASE SINCE  . . .”

Such a message doesn’t have to plunge you into a full block. Recognize it for what it is—merely your old programming, maybe residue of parental strictures, telling you that you shouldn’t be writing, you’ll never be a writer, and you might as well go sell burn phones (if that’s not already your day job).

I’ve experienced this forbidding voice many times. But its fearsome fireworks, like those of the Wizard of Oz, mask its instability. And, as Dorothy and her friends proved on the yellow brick road, the terrifying presence is vanquished when we take one step after another and trust that we’re on the right path.

When I first…

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A Lovely Surprise

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At my alma mater, Berry College, we have a tradition called Mountain Day which is sometimes difficult to describe.  When asked, “What is Mountain Day?” I usually just say it’s like homecoming, because it is easier than giving a full explanation. Martha Berry, the school’s founder, had her birthday on October 7.  The celebration all started back in the early 1900s. The poor mountain students wanted to give Martha a gift for her birthday, but they knew she wouldn’t accept a gift for herself.  Instead, they each gave the number of pennies of their age in a basket as a scholarship for other kids to be able to come to Berry. That was a big deal. The students wore uniforms back in those days; women in pink and men in blue.  The seniors had the designation of women in blue and men in white.  They gathered at Lavender Mountain and…

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Writing Advice: In a World Full of Topics

Some very amazing and simple ideas for writing our next stuff.

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By Michelle Gunnin

10/13/2017

As writers, we are always looking for material.  It is a built-in instinct for us to keep eyes and ears open for the next fantastic idea.  We carry laptops to coffee shops.  We always have a pen nearby in case we are struck by inspiration.  We have written hooks on napkins and the back of business cards.  Our active imaginations are part of the package which comes with our propensity to take in our surroundings.  In school, we got in trouble for daydreaming, or doodling, or both.  We see things differently than others, and we are insatiably curious about, well, everything.  You would think all of this would translate into millions of topics to write about.  However, sometimes it only clutters our desks with scraps of paper and half-finished ideas.  If we don’t have some kind of system, in short order, we will likely be buried…

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Grammar Shorts: Make Your Writing Better Using These 3 Suggestions

Want to make your next work better.. read on

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“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”
~Dorothy Parker~


By Jayne Bodell

09/01/2017

When you use unnecessary words in your prose, you’re committing verbosity. At this point, I’m required to inform you of your writer’s rights. You have the right to remain silent. Any words you use can be used against you in the forum of Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or other forms of social media. If you choose to use these words, then you may have to pay for an editor. If you cannot afford an editor, one may be appointed to you.

Please don’t let the grammar police seize control of your computer. Try these suggestions. You’ll clean up your writing and never…

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The cricketing legend : It was virtually an era when he played

Yesterday I saw a video clip of India’s 2002 Natwest series final against England in which Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were instrumental in guiding India to a win.
In that match, Indian batting genius and a cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar fell early to Ashley Giles, who had earlier in a series in India also, had proved tough for Sachin.
I thought when Sachin played this match he had already been playing 13 years, and he went on to play for 11 more years.
That makes it 24, and suddenly that number struck me in my mind.

24 years with very few bad patches is a big achievement. May be there were matches when he could not do much to avoid India’s defeat.
Or, may be did not play as well as expected in some of the key matches.
Yet it now looks that when he was playing it was a different era altogether.
And there can be no player like Sachin. He has been a unique genius!

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Paris : A Delectable Culinary Journey

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Image may contain: night, sky and outdoor The iconic Eiffel Tower in all its glory post sunset (Image Credit : Dipayan Ghosh)

Paris is often regarded as the world capital of fashion, architecture, music , food and the art of people-watching. Once you decide to look beyond the awe-inspiring enigmaof the famed Eiffel Tower and explore the alleys, corners and backstreetsof this French city, you would be able to see the ethereal beauty that Paris has on offer. Thus would begin a never-ending love affair with a city that is immersed in captivating elegance and enchanting grace!

Image may contain: 4 people Every corner of Paris resonates with musical notes (Image Credit : Dipayan Ghosh)

Paris has gorgeous weather all year through, and is a city where it is not uncommon to see stylishChanel-clad ladies in their Jimmy Choo high-heels , walk their well-bred poodles along the grand boulevards. Wherebeautiful people can hold your attention for hours as…

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Living a Golden Era? Are you a Serious Writer?

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By Peter B. Giblett

It is curious how many of us look back to yesteryear as some golden era, a time when things were perfect. For many writers of the current day, this may harken back to Paris of the 1920s when great writers like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were at home in the city’s Montparnasse district, spending time on the Left Bank – home of the great artistic people of that era. They were also friends of renowned artists, like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. Just mentioning those names stirs such great possibilities, it is possible to see the conversations between reputed friends and rivals.

Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Leigh Bracket, Arthur C, Clarke, Bertram Chandler and others were at home creating Science Fiction’s golden age during the 1940s being active in that genre during a time of change, maturing in their craft. It was…

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Don’t Freak Out! How to Remain Calm in the Face of Word Count Requirements

Tackle your word count blues with these useful tips.

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By: Lisa Edwards

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Do word count requirements stress you out? I don’t know about you, but when I sit down to write something, I don’t like to think about how long it has to be, or in some cases, how short it needs to be. I prefer to write my first draft without thinking about word count at all. But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes (okay, most of the time), writers have to play by the rules.

And that means you can’t go over the word count limit, or under the minimum.

I’ve learned through experience that if I don’t spend some time preparing and outlining my piece before I begin, I’ll have to do that much more editing after the fact to meet the word count requirements. Personally, I’d rather spend more time writing, but planning how to get your message across within the given word…

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Poetry Break: Sonnet V

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I just thought I’d share a quick anecdote about how we came to call our poetic posts a Poetry Break. My wife is a very smart but shy woman. And, she’ll kill me, but she’s a far better writer than I’ll ever be. She has a couple of published posts here, just search them out. When we were dating, despite her shy demeanor, she would often send me emails or texts with poems in them. When she did, she would title them – Poetry Break! It made poetry feel like it’s supposed to feel, like a beautiful distraction from the hustle and bustle 0f this crazy world. A peaceful interlude from concrete and capitalism. And now you know. 🙂

By Mark Cayou

A green eyed babe, too precious for this world,

Born unto Heaven, needed by the Lord.

Let trumpets resound, banners be unfurled!

Moments with her mama…

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