Poem: Ordinary Extraordinary

 

 

He has a strength of character,

empowering,

gentle,

strong,

compassionate,

passionate.

The type of person

who inspires

and unintentionally makes

you feel like you don’t do enough,

the kind of person who is ordinary

and pushes themselves so much

beyond their limits.

 

 

And when he isn’t fighting for rights

and for attitudes to change,

he likes running marathons

just for the challenge,

learning about new foods

that keep him healthy,

painting and drawing pictures

that express himself and his ideas.

 

He’s the kind of activist

the right-wing fear,

one who pushes through fear

to get his point across

and that bravery is

inspiring of course

but it’s also kind of sexy,

much more braver

than someone going into a boxing ring,

he faces emotional insults daily

and most of all he’s the kind of activist

the right-wing fear

because he’s an everyperson,

ordinary and articulate

in extraordinary circumstances

in which he feels he has no choice

but to fight

and the best activists

can be found

when pushed to the limits,

the choices he makes come

from his brain

but they are most powerful

because they come from his heart.

 

 

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Poem: Stars

 

 

 

It was a clear night,

she wrapped her fingers

through hers

as they rested on a blanket

and looked at the stars,

it was like a scene from a movie

only more mundane,

she listened as she told her

facts about stars and space,

suddenly interested in

something she’d never been before

because she was storytelling,

she kissed her on the cheek first,

courage stopping her from kissing her lips

though she really wanted to

then she kissed her back on the lips gently,

their first kiss,

they both blushed

and were unsure how to act

so they cuddled up in each arms

and she continued talking

about stars and the space

knowing they both felt

they were in a wonderful new galaxy

together

like stars in the sky

till the end of time.

Writing 101: Location/Setting

 

 

 

Welcome to lesson 7 of Writing 101. This time we will be dealing with location/setting in your story. Location/setting is important in stories. It’s not as important as character or plot but it’s still important to authentically write your setting and in small ways,sometimes large mostly in poems, it can even add to your piece.

So without further ado, let’s talk setting and location …

 

1.      I’ve Got A Great Character And A Great Plot. Isn’t That Enough? Is Setting Really That Important?

 

The honest answer is that in comparison to character and plot your setting isn’t as important. However it’s a nice cherry on top. For example, if you write a character from Ireland, it isn’t enough to just say they are from Ireland. You need to show an overview of what it means to be Irish. That doesn’t mean an old man in a pub sitting at the bar saying, “That young one is running around with all the men. She’s a right little hussy.” That’s a stereotype but you could do it because there is people like that everywhere. But what I more mean here is something like how catholicism was a strong force in Ireland but now it’s becoming an increasingly secular society so your character for example could be an atheist and you might have their parents from older Ireland not agreeing with that or likewise a catholic scared to seem behind the times because they believe in God. In short, let your setting bleed into your characters’ stories because in real-life the circumstances which surround us do impact on our lives and our views in varying ways.

 

2.    Research, Research, Research!

 

I have heard of many writers visiting the countries where they are setting their novel. It’s well if one can do that but not every writer is financially able to do that. But thankfully we live in a world where all the information we need is on the internet and in books. You can even get a feel for what it’s like to be in a country or part of a country by watching YouTube clips of the country or part of the country. But do research places in some way whether that’s books, the internet or TV because it will make your writing so much more authentic and readers will feel like they are there with the characters even if the writer has never left their living-room.

 

3.     Be Unpredictable

 

There is many novels and their location is very predictable. So many romances for example are set in sunny climates that would work just as well in a small building of flats anywhere. They are done for glamour and there’s nothing wrong with it but if you do that, the story still needs to be down-to-earth, the characters still can’t be caricatures and the glamour of the location can’t take over. Likewise many thrillers are set in cities that are thought of as gritty. There isn’t anything wrong with this either but it would be interesting to see a lot of them set in a sunny climate. The predictable setting is fine but vary it up a bit. That way, you’ll see new avenues you can go now with the story that are fresher than many stories and help yours stand out.

 

4.     Time Is Setting’s Cousin

 

Going back to the example I said in the first section, 1950s’ Ireland would be completely different to today. So if you had an atheist in your story, they more than likely wouldn’t say they were openly. They might feel guilty about it or they might be ahead of their time and know it’s fine to be themselves but they more than likely wouldn’t say it out. Fast-forward to now and they could be as free to be themselves as they wanted to be. So time needs to compliment setting and vice versa. After all time is a huge part of your setting.

 

5.      Have Central Settings

 

This is good news. Yes, you’ll have to know these places very well but the good thing is you get to choose the places so pick places that you’ll be comfortable writing a lot about. Usually it’s the character’s home and work place/college/where they volunteer and somewhere they like to go like a pub or a cafe. Setting is not a major part of stories but it does add a consistency and a realness to your work. We all have certain places where we spend a lot of our time and your readers will get familiar with the places your characters spends most of their time in. In a sense their house, etc … are like very minor characters but still they add much needed detail to the overall story.

 

Key Points Summary

  • Location/setting is not as important as character or plot but it is important in it’s own right.
  • Your setting gives your story an overview and helps your readers understand the circumstances that your character faces.
  • Let your setting bleed into your characters’ stories because in real-life the circumstances which surround us do impact on our lives and our views in varying ways.
  • Research your setting/location very well. Use the resources which are at your disposal like books, the internet and TV to help you to write your setting authentically.
  • Predictable settings for genres are fine but unpredictable ones can also freshen your work up.
  • Make sure you factor time into your location.
  • Work hardest on your central settings. Your readers will begin to associate your characters with these settings.

 

 

Culture Vulture Express Wins Real Neat Blog Award!

 

Real Neat Blog Award

 

I was recently nominated by petrel41 from the blog Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. I accept the award and would to thank petrel41 for this wonderful award and for taking the time to read my blog. It’s all very much appreciated. 🙂 Make sure to check out their blog too which is wonderful.

In accepting the award seven questions were put forward to answer which I have done so below:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

Most views come from the United States but I also get a lot of visits from the United Kingdom as well.

2. What is your favourite sport?

My three favourite sports are football, tennis and hockey. I always grew up supporting Liverpool from when I was 3 and I used to play tennis with my sister a lot when I was younger on the tennis court in Oldcastle which was where I grew up. I also used to enjoy playing hockey in school. But all in all I watch a lot of sport but I don’t really play sports. The fitness tests in school I found a nightmare.

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

I was very proud of my article being featured on the Bi+ Ireland website. Being both pansexual and Irish, it was nice to be featured. We still live in a time where many people who fall in the middle of the sexuality spectrum face a lot of prejudice from both straight and gay people so it was an honour to be part of a project where I could be so open as an Irish pansexual person and so many other Irish bi+ people could be too. It made me feel less alone.

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

I adore writing and literature so English was my favourite. But I find in schools, writing and literature is made quite uninteresting. Maybe that’s why so many people think it is boring. But despite all that I love any opportunity to read and write pieces. I also loved history as it was mini stories of non-fiction and I had a teacher who made it feel like a continuing story. And I also liked CSPE as it was all about social issues and politics. We only were able to do it up to Junior Cert and it’s the only A I ever got between the Junior and Leaving Certificates which probably says a lot about how passionate I am about equality. My mum was absolutely chuffed with the A.

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

I think to worry less about the future. When I was younger, I didn’t know where I was going in life. I still don’t but I don’t worry about it as much anymore. Everything tends to work out in the end not too badly.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

I would love to be able to play a musical instrument. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to play guitar, drums and keyboard. I’m not giving up but I don’t think my mind is wired to play musical instruments. I have a lot of respect for musicians. They make it look so easy and it really isn’t.

 

The rules of the award are as follows:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

  1. What is your favourite type/genre of book to read and do you have a favourite book?
  2. If you ruled your country for the day, what law would you bring in?
  3. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
  4. What made you want to start a blog?
  5. Who is your favourite music artist/band?
  6. What is the thing you’d most like to do in 2018?
  7. What is your plans for your blog?

I am nominating the following blogs because I want to show that I appreciate their work but they are under no obligation to accept and/or complete the questions.

 

My nominees are:

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

Cindy Knoke.com

Dazed and Still Dreaming

Carries Book Reviews

Moody here

Roth Poetry

The Tony Burgess Blog

Ultimatetravel

Ricardo Sexton

Blase’

Percolating Poetry

Bedtime Stories

The Militant Negro

Die Erste Eslarner Zeitung

Shehanne Moore

 

Congratulations everyone! 🙂

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to thirteen nominees!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most…

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3rd Halloween Poem Contest – Last Group Of Submitted Poems —

Writer's Treasure Chest

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Halloween Offerings by Eva D.R.Force

The templates we walk carve our
path in the stone…Polished and smooth
From the rubble of bones

We remember the ghosts
being tossed from their thrones
Hurled in the truncated
Pits of Livation

.The lamplight
….grows dim
Even darkening our stations
I remember the devil with his
Opposing negations

Offering a sweet candy
Poisoned temptation
To mark us bewitched
With his evil predation

Offerings of tempest
The lamp lights grow dim
Calling us out .. all…

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