Monthly Archives: April 2016

Into The Void Magazine Seeks Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry for Issue One

Great opportunity to be in at the start of what promises to be a successful and worthwhile publication. Remember though, Ireland is a begetter of beautiful words and language so it had better be good.


logomagInto The Void Magazine is a new literary magazine based in Dublin. We are accepting all genres and styles for Issue One. We’re looking for short stories, flash fiction, essays, and poems that grab and enthral and refuse to let go. We prize heartfelt and genuine writing above perfect grammar and technique. Above all, we’re looking for writing that screams to be read. Previously unpublished writers stand as good a chance of being accepted for publication as others—it’s all about the writing. Some work that doesn’t make it into the magazine will be accepted for publication on our website.

Published writers receive a token payment as well as two copies of the magazine–one print and one digital.

We also want cover art submissions.

Head over to our Submissions page on our website to see exactly what we’re looking for and how to submit.

The deadline for submissions is 25th June, 2016.

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The Night Stalker (Robert Hunter, #3)The Night Stalker by Chris Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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10 Weird and Wonderful Words about Literature and Reading

Well! we can learn something every day and if you follow these links you probably will

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Interesting words related to literature and reading

We love to collect interesting words, especially those related to literature, reading, and other such things. Indeed, since the stuff of literature is words, we love to delve into the wonderful world of the lexical. Here are ten of the best literary words we’ve encountered recently, with a definition for each. If you enjoy these words, you’ll probably enjoy our 10 words for book-lovers and our 10 words for writers.

A panchreston is a broad thesis that purports to cover all aspects of its subject but usually ends up as a gross oversimplification.

Papyrocracy is government by paper, especially newspapers and literature.

Rhapsodomancy is divining the future by picking a passage of poetry at random.

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Poetry Writing Exercises 854: Tuesday 26th April

Every day inspiration with a chance for feedback if required. Exercises to keep the writing flowing and the fingers flexing.

Morgen's Online Poetry Writing Group

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page).

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

854 notebook 918300Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: viewing, fly, easy, Sunday, 12.30
  2. Random: changing his looks
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Eye in the Sky

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere…

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #93 Sun&Moon

Every week a new creative challenge with the chance of constructive criticism or encouragement, I would urge many more to join in with these enjoyable exercises


Haiku Poetry Prompt Writing Challenge Useful Links.

ClickHEREfor LINKS to last weeks Entries for Friend&Shiver.
Thesaurus:Sun, Moon.
Haiku in English
How to do a Ping Back

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge Image.The Challenge Words!


(REMINDER: Check that your ping backs are working!)

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to articles for other forms of Haiku.

*Use the 52 Week Photo Challenge hosted by some of our Haiku Challenge friends in unison with the above prompt words. This week’s photo prompt is Reflection. Click HERE to see the full 52 prompts. And yes, EXTRA can be used with the Haiku words, although I didn’t plan it that way this week.

The Guidelines are simple.

  1. Use the two prompt words in a Haiku. I use Haiku in English …

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Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays

Everyone knows Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Richard III (or knows of them at least). Even Richard II, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra can be said to be well-known …

Source: Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays

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10 Interesting Myths about William Shakespeare

Time to celebrate all things, “Shakespeare,” methinks.

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Ten common misconceptions about Shakespeare

As this Saturday sees the 400-year anniversary of William Shakespeare‘s death, we thought we’d turn our attention to the Bard and the numerous myths that have grown up around his life and work. Here are ten of our favourites. As with many of the details of Shakespeare’s life we cannot be sure these are all complete nonsense, but nor can we confidently say the opposite; but we should be wary of making too many assumptions about Shakespeare’s life.

He coined hundreds of new words. Shakespeare was clearly a linguistic innovator, a poet who could use words in ways hitherto unseen. ‘Light thickens’ (Macbeth), for instance. But did he really coin all of the words usually attributed to him? He may well have invented some of them, but the actual number is undoubtedly somewhat exaggerated. The more we learn about word history…

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Call for submissions

Opportunity with a capital, “O”. Don’t let your writing remain eclipsed, have a go and reap the rewards.


Unknown-4Story Friday in June is very near to midsummer so we’ve chosen the theme SOLSTICE.  We’re looking for stories about summer and sun, whether ice-cream or Icarus, and yes, the occasional pagan ritual might go down well…  Maximum word count 2,000, and do make sure your story reads well out loud.  The event is on 17th June at Burdall’s Yard in Bath.  Please make sure you can come along before you submit – but you don’t have to read if you’d rather not, we have some wonderful professional actors who will read your story for you if you prefer.  Deadline is 6th June.  To submit, go to the A Word In Your Ear website here.

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How Businesslike Are You?

For those wondering if all the email and social media checks that you feel need to be crammed into the day are worthwhile, this does provide food for thought.

Sally Jenkins

I recently spoke to a successful copywriter on the telephone and was impressed by the businesslike way he handled both the call and his freelance working life.

We prearranged the call for a specific time and he rang me on the dot. He opened the conversation by determining how long I had available to talk. Then he briefly explained what he’d like to cover in the call (this gave us an agenda) and kept the discussion on track. It sounds rather strict but was all done in a very friendly manner.

During the course of the call he mentioned that he only checks email twice a day, once in the morning and again at the end of the afternoon. He doesn’t do social media and he doesn’t make himself available 24/7 via electronic gadgets.

I feel there’s a lesson to be learned here. Perhaps it’s something along the lines of…

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8 Great 80s Songs Inspired by Literature

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Classic music inspired by classic books and writers

Music has often taken inspiration from great literature, and 1980s music was no exception. The following eight songs were all written, at least in part, because of a classic book or a well-known writer.

T’Pau, ‘China in Your Hand’. Carol Decker, lead singer with T’Pau, has said that idea for the chorus (and title) of this song came about when she was doing the washing up. China in one’s hand seemed like an apt metaphor for the fragility of one’s dreams.

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