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The art of writing

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 I'll start with this: Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window. -Faulkner  

The MOST BRUTAL RUGBY VIDEO You Will Ever See | SPINE SHATTERING Tackles...

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I was on the recieving end of many of these hits. Even got dumped on my head twice. Once my neck swelled and turned purple. That was worrisome. Back on the field two weeks later. That was also my last season. It was starting to get out of hand. Several fist fights every match. Players knocked unconscious. Blood. Flying teeth. It's all fun and games until you turn forty, and all those hits, and injuries come back to fucking haunt you.

You've NEVER Seen a Fight Like This! Mohammed Jaraya vs. Nordin Ben Moh

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I didn't intend to post this on my Thriller blogger but I don't have a personal blog any longer. I got tired of a bucket load of hits and zero interaction.  This is kickboxing at its finest. I was out of my seat on the third round. 

Sometimes you gotta stop

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I've been going over my book a lot. It is after all my first Crime Thriller. I wrote a new beginning, showing our hero doing normal world stuff, added a few paragraphs here and there to refresh memories of absent characters that will reappear. It's been edited, reedited and pro(?)-edited. Rewritten, added to and cut.  There comes a time when you have to just let it be.  Send that kid out into the world. Even though it's book 1 of 2, it has to fly on it's own merit as a complete stop with one hell of a cliffhanger.  I have spent the morning looking for an assessor to go through the book and while that is happening, I can get a head start on book 2. In fact, I've already started doing that.  Scrivener was my writing app of choice for a long time. But my old 2gb MacbookAir can't support version 3, so instead of using version 2.9 (really slow on my Mac), I have decided to use online writing apps, so I can write from anywhere on any available machine.   I rewrote the

The Haka - New Zealand WW1 Short Film | izakariah

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Crime writers week round up

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It was brilliant. I think they are planning a horror week next.  Some of the days recorded events can be found on YouTube.  Day 2: Of the three events, one 2 were of interest. As I had work the next morning, I watched the replays and really enjoyed "editing with ProWritingAid", although I have edited a book with the program there seems to be more options that I wasn't aware of how to use.  Day 3:  On this day, I only wanted to see: Thriller Writer Panel Discussion (12 PM ET / 5 PM UK). And it was a real blast. Some insightful thoughts and a barrel of laughs.  Day 4: There were 5 events. I wanted to see all of them but missed a couple (lucky there were all recorded and placed online). I did see: How to Market Your Self-Published Crime Novel. I'm not planning of self publishing but still got a few good tips/ideas.  The Interview with Fiona Cummins was great as well. I especially liked (and can relate to) her editor asking if she was writing crime or a horror. She said,

Rakugo

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Late 2019, my wife and I were approached by performance company to translate Rakugo plays for a New York audience. It wasn't as easy as I first thought. You see, Rakugo is a very traditional art form of story telling. There's a man (or woman) sitting on his/her knees, telling a story. Usually funny. Rarely scary. The stories were developed in the Edo period (1603–1868).  The New York performance was cancelled due to Covid-19. It was also cancelled for this year as well. But the students (performers all 55+ years old) had practiced for a year. Most do not speak any English. They did a good job.  I say Rakugo play because this wasn't a traditional performance. There were 8 or 9 people and they acted the story. There were also some songs and dance routines. But they made them funny. It's hard to explain the actual performance as a bit of Japanese ancient culture knowledge is required. They did have a lady standing to one side to introduce the story, with a bit of the backg