Some Misstatements About Age

You often hear about young soldiers who added a few years to their age so they could enlist but it happened at the other end of the age limit too. These are three I’ve come across. The AIF (Australian Imperial Force) requirements changed over time The requirements in August 1914 were 19–38 years, height of…

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York Street: a disreputable neighbourhood

York Street, between Wellington & Brisbane. On the left is the car park for the new city Woolworths supermarket. Down the far end, just before the intersection are a couple of conjoined cottages. On the other side of an intersection is an old corner shop. Empty now but it was recently an antiques/collectables shop and…

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GRUMPY TORTOISE’S GUIDE TO EDITING (Not really)

At the bottom are some useful looking links. I only skimmed them because reading all of them closely seems like a quick trip to confusion & frustrations. Don’t do this! But first, remember, the process of editing IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERY WRITER and different for every work. Be flexible. Be prepared to try things to…

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The Streets of Launceston

NAMED SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF HIS HONOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ARTHUR, WITH THE PRINCIPAL PLACES IN EACH —10th JANUARY, 1825. (from the Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, 26 January 1825. Original text is in italics, with my comments below.) 1. Brisbane Street — running from the Government Cottage to the western extremity of the Town, and…

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Nanowrimo: Some tired thoughts after a bad morning

This morning was not a good start. I looked at my laptop sitting on the table waiting for me to sit down and type, and the story felt stupid. Pointless. Shallow. Silly. A waste of time. I was almost in tears. I knew what I had to write so I sat down and managed to…

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Nano Prep: changing of the guard

I have to admit that #2 has become #1. And does that matter? OK, when I do Nano, I have my main story, the one I focus on during the preceding months, the one I tell people I’m writing when they ask, the one I do research for or whatever, and when it comes to…

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Nanowrimo Prep: how to make story without planning

Tonight was our first regional Nano-prep session. The topic was Plotting. Fortunately we just talked about what we were doing and no plotting. So I was thinking earlier, how do you make story without planning it out beforehand? There are some questions I use consciously or unconsciously. Starting with the basic: What’s stopping them from…

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Nanowrimo Prep: the first question

I don’t outline. Anything resembling an outline invariably turns out to be a bad idea (presents as evidence, Evil Fantasy Novel). Last year reminded me that even having plot points can be problematic. I am happily writing along when I remember Something Has To Happen at this point. It makes things harder, slower, ploddinger. (Is…

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