One of the lessons hammered home – and often taken up with zealous alacrity by writers early on the learning curve – is to ‘show’ not ‘tell’. Telling is the first way most people express themselves when writing, but it doesn’t work too well to capture readers. It doesn’t fire up the imagination; it plods,… More The secret behind ‘showing’ not ‘telling’ in your writing
There are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week’s is tabouret. It’s the term for a low or small table, from seventeenth century French. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew… More The obscure word of the week is tabouret
Last week I posted on Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing ‘Knights of the Sky’ exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, near Blenheim in New Zealand. This is no ordinary museum. Jackson’s team have brought the world of First World War aviation to life with a succession of dioramas – interspersed with traditional museum displays that… More Reliving the First World War at Omaka, New Zealand…
This week’s short story challenge is a photo I took of Sydney Opera House – one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with… More This week’s short story challenge
I saw a documentary the other day about Project Orion – which to me underscored just how much times have changed since the 1960s. Owing to a severe attack of geekiness, I already knew quite a bit about the idea, but this added interviews with project scientists such as Freeman Dyson. What was it? On… More Surfing the nuclear blast wave – with science!
Last year my sci-fi novella ‘Missionary’ was published in Endless Worlds Vol 1, part of an anthology of seven sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories. That was an initial release pending the issue of the full publication. And that’s out now – paperback, e-book and a very cool new cover. The thing about anthologies is that… More Why sci-fi anthologies are a Good Thing…
I’ve been talking lately about the new world of independent publishing – the way all authors can, if they so desire, become publishers. A lot of the terms can be daunting and today I’m going through some of the ones associated with book binding. The three main ones are: Perfect binding. This is when the… More Getting in a bind over book binding