Monthly Archives: May 2016

Availability Heuristic

“How was your day, darling?” asked Olivia. Stuart groaned. “Three bipolar, two PTSD and one so batty I don’t even know what to call it,” he said. “Don’t they have to have a diagnosis before they send them to you?”

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12 Things I Noticed While Reading Every Short Story Published in 2014-15 by Kelly Luce

‘It’s hard to write a compelling, original piece of fiction based on a real experience of doing drugs with your friends’, says Kelly Luce. As an editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize, she read every piece of fiction in

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Fiction Review: The Score by HJ Golakai

Most people go to lodges in the Little Karoo to get away from it all. Vee Johnson didn’t want to go in the first place, and she definitely didn’t go to explain how a man came to be hanged with

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Invitation to Ypres

They sent me an invitation to the party, but I didn’t want to go. It was bound to be a bore, and getting there was no fun at all. Hours in cattle trucks and full day’s stroll down Belgian roads

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Inspirations: Umberto Eco Gives us a License to Thrill

More than 60 years after the first James Bond novel, 007 is still a cultural icon. Umberto Eco described the elements that made Ian Fleming’s novels so successful. Fleming’s novels combined a few narrative elements in various ways. Bond’s role

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An Infirmity of Ideas

Martha’s father didn’t know the chimney channelled the low rumble of his voice into her bedroom. “I must insist on your absolute discretion, doctor,” he was saying. “I understand, I understand.” The doctor’s voice was thinner, conditioned by years of

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Greater Minds: Stephen Hawking on black holes

Stephen Hawking gave this year’s Reith Lectures on the subject of black holes. Hawking combined quantum mechanics and relativity to show black holes emit ‘Hawking radiation’. Hawking radiation shows that unpredictability is inherent to the structure of the universe. Hawking

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Parthenon Gallery

Sit down and watch. Get someone to budge up if you need to. There are only so many benches and so many people feeling the need for a sit down. Start with watching your benchmates. Look as directly as you

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Group Dynamics

Originally posted on Scribbling In The Storage Room:
I am a firm believer in critique groups. Critique buddies lend encouragement, keep you accountable to a writing schedule and see flaws in your work that you can’t. Nevertheless, group dynamics can…

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Non-fiction review: Churchill’s Iceman by Henry Hemming

In 1914, a 21-year old journalist escaped from a German internment camp using an optical illusion. It was neither the most bizarre nor the most brilliant act of his life. In 1942, the British Chief of Combined Operations, Lord Louis

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