Monthly Archives: August 2016

Ronovan writes#112

Rushing rivers roam
over shingle, sand and stone,
chuckling as they go


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Electrical storm

Thunder and lightning 

invigorate the senses

and recharge  the soul

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The Great British Write Off – 2016

An interesting letter arrived through the post this morning.No hint on the envelope as to the contents. Upon opening, the first thing I noticed was the forwardpoetry logo printed at the top of page one. “”Ahah, ” thought I, “this could be interesting.” My surprise was complete when I found that a Haiku I had submitted to the competition for 2016 was chosen as a shortlisted entry and was to be included in the anthology due for publication on 30th. November, entitled, “The Great British Write Off – Timeless Echoes.” A great feeling  knowing that I am going to see my writing and name in print in a well regarded publication. Obviously a first for me. My hailku writing has improved immeasurably over the past months thanks mainly to the prompts provided by the . “Ronovan Writes,” weekly haiku exercises, long may they continue.

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What Puts Readers Off Self-Published Books?

Agree strongly with point one, point two may be irrelevant as the blurb is generally considered over the cover and by the time you are at point three the book is sold anyway

Tara Sparling writes

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Oh, we’ve come a long way from What Makes People Buy Self-Published Books last week, ladies and gentlesirs!

Brace yourselves now, as we enter the dark side of book marketing: the things which make you REFUSE to buy self-published books.

And we’ve all experienced this to some degree. Self-publishing often gets a very bad rap. If people avoided some of the behaviour which follows, the industry can only benefit.

Cobbled together from the feedback from you, the nice people who comment, I now have a list of what’s most likely to make sure you will never buy a book from a certain author, let alone read one.

These fall loosely into 3 categories:

1. Pushy Marketing Tactics
2. Bad Book Design
3. The Writing Itself

These categories also come in the order which they would turn readers off a book. Even if a book didn’t…

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A Short Analysis of Philip Larkin’s ‘The Whitsun Weddings’

A fine conjectural précis of an outstanding example of the craft

Interesting Literature

A summary of a classic Larkin poem

‘The Whitsun Weddings’ is the title poem in Philip Larkin’s 1964 volume of poems. The poem, describing a journey from Hull to London on the Whitsun weekend and the wedding parties that Larkin sees climbing aboard the train at each station, is one of Larkin’s longest great poems and one of his most popular. You can read ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ here; what follows are some words of analysis of the poem’s language and meaning.

Although ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ describes a train journey from Hull to London during the Whitsun weekend (the seventh Sunday after the Easter weekend is Whit Sunday), the inspiration for the poem was a train journey Philip Larkin undertook on the August Bank Holiday weekend between Hull and Loughborough, the midlands town where his mother lived, in 1956.

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #109-Hope&Up

Cast your eyes up-wards,
gaze upon the face of hope,
on a wooden cross

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A Furious Hope – A Call for Submission to an Anthology

I hope you will enjoy writing for this one. Hard times, meaningful lines, all go together well.


It’s been hard to know how to do anything over the last few weeks and months. These are tough, tough times. I wanted to do something positive, something that shows that now, in these times, art is vital.

A Furious Hope is the working title for an anthology for hard times. We are currently inviting submissions of poetry and flash fiction on the theme of hope.

We are looking for pieces that explore hope in the broadest possible sense; glimmers of hope, searching for hope, finding hope in unexpected places or circumstances, meditations of what hope is and looks like.

Please send up to 3 pieces of Flash Fiction or Poetry (or a mixture of the two). The word limit for Flash is 500 words, and Poetry up to 60 lines.

Previously published pieces will be considered, so long as the writer retains copyright and the other party are…

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Are You on the Right Track?

Nice concept with plenty of scope


The A3 Review has launched a short story and flash fiction Critique Service. Stories up to 5,000 words will receive detailed feedback and guidance from The A3 Review‘s editor, Shaun Levin, and guest editor, KM Elkes.

Find out more about the Critique Service and the Editors here.

This month’s A3 Review contest is the last chance to qualify for inclusion in Issue 5.The theme is TRACKS. Some things to think about for inspiration: Write about tracks listened to and tracks run on. Your favourite track, the song or tune that sends you back, the track you’ve played on a loop or cannot bear to hear. Use your favourite music track as inspiration (listen to it as you write). Write about the karaoke tracks you’d choose, the tracks that make you want to dance or cry. What do you listen to when working out or running…

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Thursday photo prompt-Liminal – 04 #write photo

Ivory white columns

open and expose a pit

the threshold of life?

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Ronovan writes Haiku challenge #108

A mackerel lies,
once so sleek, now he sizzles
on a charcoal bed

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