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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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

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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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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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A Short Analysis of Andrew Marvell’s ‘The Definition of Love’

A bold analysis of a work by one of my favourite writers, whose work exemplifies all I love and admire in the poets art.

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A reading of a classic Marvell poem

‘The Definition of Love’ is a poem by Andrew Marvell (1621-78), an English poet who lived in Hull and whose work is closely associated with the Metaphysical Poets of the seventeenth century. In this post we offer a short summary and analysis of ‘The Definition of Love’, paying particular attention to its language, meaning, and themes.

My love is of a birth as rare
As ’tis for object strange and high;
It was begotten by Despair
Upon Impossibility.

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