The Great Debate: Books Vs. Movies

Omar: Books are better than movies. A false statement used to conclude a meaningless debate. Have you ever felt that a movie was better than the book it was based on? Didn’t declare this opinion in fear of condescending looks from your extremist book friends? Well, you are not alone. Some people are convinced that all books are better than their movie versions. This claim is taken as an absolute fact, while being based on so many false assumptions and prejudice.

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Guest Post: Books to Make You Laugh Out Loud

I almost felt depressed after reading the newspaper last night. If doom and gloom gets you going, you are onto a winner. Page after page of bad news and sad news, unnerving tales of a rising tide of crime and economic woe. To top it all there was a piece on Nostradamus and his prediction that world war III will start this year. The only saving grace was a tiny article in the bottom left hand corner of page 15, about a lost cat that found its way home. Whoop-de-do.

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Friday Feels…Excited: It’s Holiday Time!

Friday feels…excited.

Yep, I’m off on my happy holidays today. I’m going to Wales to visit family, and I’m super excited. I get to see folks I ain’t seen in yonks, and I’m going to have a nice, relaxing week. We’ve got tickets to go to a comedy club, we’ll be going for a tasty carvery, we’ll be having a few beers too no doubt. Perhaps we’ll go to St. Fagans with my nieces and my nephew, and my brother and sister-in-law, or Warren Mill Farm. I’m going to stay up as late as I want, and sleep in until noon if it takes my fancy.

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100 Word Wednesday (on a Thursday): Determination

Months she had spent pensively pacing and wringing her hands as her mind whirred at the thought of this day, but she had known without knowing that she’d be ready, when the time came. She had known all along.

A warm breeze tickled her arms, and a calmness washed through her core. The quiet around her quietened her soul and a smile crept upon her lips. This was it. It was now. With her head held high, she marched towards her greatest fear and she knew, finally, that nothing could stop her.


Thanks Bikurgurl for the prompt, and William Stitt for the photo.

Three Line Tales: The Crowd

I stand and await my so-called reward, people buzzing and jumping around me.

I began this journey to stand out from the crowd, to have something different, be someone special.

Now here I am, one among many; we’re all the same.


Thanks Sonya over at Only 100 Words, and thanks Faustin Tuyambaze for the photo. 

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining

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Short Story: Sally Slug

A bit of a silly one today – thanks for the idea, mum! (Before anyone asks – my mum is not a slug, but she did once compare herself to one.)

Sally Slug slumped down the stairs, leaving a trail of slime behind her. Sally Slug hated mornings. She slimed across the cold, tiled floor, shivering as she went, and ducked under the wooden door. She slid into the kitchen and groaned with the realisation that she was no longer asleep. Her eyes drooped and sagged – they were even more slug-like than the rest of her – and the corners of her lips wilted. She reluctantly raised her slimy head, her sad feelers hanging down like long, floppy ears, and stared up at the table towering above her.

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Book Review: Sprocket and the Great Northern Forest by Bryan Pentelow

From the top of his telephone pole, Blaggard the crow (who believes in the occult) watches a mysterious man push a parcel through the fence of 7 Pudding Founders Lane – the address of one Mr. Brassroyd and his delightful bull terrier, Mrs. Mumbly (who wouldn’t mind some tasty bacon rind, crispy black-pudding, and fat-soaked fried bread, thank you very much). Follow the story of these three delightful characters as they uncover the mystery of what’s in the box, learn all about dragons, fight against big corporation, and race to keep Brassroyd Environmental in business.

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Should Authors Praise Their Own Work?

So I was happily browsing the internet this morning when I came across an article on the Independent website, all about Stephen King mocking James Patterson for praising his own work. It’s old news, I know, but when I read the headline, I was expecting it to be about a gushing James Patterson going around telling the world how simply amazing he his, how he’s better than all other authors, that he does nothing wrong. That would be uncouth at best, certainly unfair, and perhaps even a little despicable. Upon reading the article, however, I found it was nothing of the sort. In fact, it all came about as a result of this:

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Guest Post: About the Author

One of the hardest things you do in life is a self-assessment and an analysis of who you are and what you want to do with your life. We feel like that especially when we’re about to go to college or when you’re in college wondering what’s in store for you after you graduate. Did I make the right decision? Definitely. Not.

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Three Line Tales: The Power of Music

The wave of music slowed, a relentless pound turning to a gentle flutter of sounds.

His cheeks flushed with the heat of excitement as he pulled the audience away, washing them downstream and leading them astray.

He played his fiddle well and they followed where he went.


Prompt from Only 100 Words

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

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Poem: The Reader

They say you only have one life, that this is it for good,
But you can have so many lives, no matter where you’re stood.
This I know with a surety, I’ve had plenty more than that,
All because I am a reader; I’ve donned a literary hat.

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100 Word Wednesday: Escape

She ran her hand through the long grass, each blade thumping against her fingers, and she sighed deeply. It wasn’t meant to turn out like this. It was meant to be good. She closed her eyes and let the warm sun embrace her face. The calmness of the field enveloped her. If only she could make them see sense, make them see how everyone is suffering now but…

She sat cross-legged on the damp earth, the tall grass reaching above her head and she felt safe, if only for a moment, hidden from the world and protected by nature.

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Thanks, Bikurgurl!

Review: Bermuda Phoenix by Jo Roderick

Meet Andy. Andy’s moved to Bermuda after some troubles in New York, and he settles into an idyllic island life with sunshine and cocktails. How could it get any better? Enter Emily…

Bermuda Phoenix, at its heart, is a romantic comedy. Yeah, yeah, I know – I hate romance. How could I possibly find any joy in this book then? Well, I’m not going to lie, I’m still not a fan of romance and this is most definitely a romance, but it’s more than that too. The plot, thank goodness, is more than a simple ‘boy meets girl’. There  were other plot lines that weaved neatly into the main drag of the story, and these plot lines kept me going through the sickly sweetness of the romance (and speaking of other plot lines, I do love a cleverly tied-in title – but I won’t ruin it by saying more).

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The Science Behind Why We Read

 

I love reading, and I can give you a few reasons why: I like the escape, it’s entertaining and relaxing and educational all at the same time, I get to experience things I perhaps would never have a chance to do otherwise. There are loads of reasons, but none of them really get to the heart of the matter, the why of it or what that thing is that drives us to pick up a book, let go of ourselves, and vanish into someone else’s life for a few hours. Is it really just a hobby, something we go back to again and again because it’s familiar and pleasant? Or could it be something more?

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Guest Post: Memoirs of a Bookworm

Memoirs of a Bookworm

It’s not very hard to spot a bookworm these days.

 

In fact, we can even play that game right now. If you’re in a café, or in a restaurant, or any other place that lures the above mentioned rare species, turn your head around and start your quest of finding one! Though I’d strongly advise against observing strangers up close, you’ll easily manage to recognise others of your kind.

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Three Line Tales: Fisherman’s Friend

“Red sky at night, sailors delight,” he muttered to himself as he glanced up at the sky and pulled tight the final knot of his fishing net.

He sighed and gruffly rubbed the tilted head of his curious Yorkshire terrier.

“Tiger, it’s gonna be a fruitful day’s fishin’ tomorrow, me thinks,” he said to the dog with a bright certainty he didn’t feel. “Here’s hoping, ‘ey?”


Thanks Sonya!

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

tltweek66

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Bookshop Bistro

There’s a little gem hidden in this wonderful internet of ours, a little gem that not enough people know about. It’s called Bookshop Bistro, and today I’m going to tell why it’s awesome.

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