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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel


Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak,’ Verse 9 ‘There are many privileges to being the biggest rock star this country has ever produced and c...
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel


Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak,’ Verse 8 The city at night is a dark and dangerous place. Revellers and ruffians vie for space. People ...
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Japanese poetry


Everyone, well a lot of people who are interested in poetry, that is, will have heard of the haiku. This is the epigrammatic Japanese verse form comprised of just three lines and seventeen syllables. It doesn’t need to rhyme, but is more of a challenge to write if it does. It is hard to find good examples from famous Japanese poets as the translation will often have more or fewer syllables. But here is one from Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1696): In the twilight rain / Those brilliant – hued hibiscus / A lovely sunset. And here is a very bad example of my own: The sky is so grey / The sun is behind the clouds / I hate the winter. A typical haiga – painting plus haiku Not many people realise that the...
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Hold the Front Page!


My first problem as a writer is coming up with a compelling opening paragraph. The harder I try, the more contrived it becomes. Very occasionally I succeed but, exhausted by the effort, the rest of the story just peters out. As a result I have some sympathy for the jobbing journos on local newspapers who week after week are expected to create not one, but several eye-catching stories even during a week where nothing much has happened on their patch at all. The magazine, The Oldie, has regularly printed examples of such non-stories in  their column Not Many Dead, and some years ago they compiled an  short anthology using the same title. Here are a few of my favourites from the section on loca...
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel


Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak,’ Verse 7 The next evening and Mac sat thinking in his chair. Inteachán sat beside him waiting. The coal...
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Can you write a six word story?


It feels like there are more and more competitions for short stories these days. And by short, I mean really short – flash fiction competitions for stories with fewer than 500, 300, or even 100 words. Even a competition run by the Sunday Times for a 10 word story. It seems like a modern trend, but Ernest Hemingway was celebratedfor his brevity nearly one hundred years ago. Not just were his novels spare,without a word wasted, his first story collection, in our time, featured eighteen stories in which only four had morethan 250 words, and the shortest was a mere 75. (For comparison; I’ve alreadyexceeded 100 to get to this point.) Hemingway was thought for many years to have written a storyin ...
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel


Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak,’ Verse 6 Mac looked out into the darkness and smiled awkwardly. ‘I think that it is fair to say that wh...
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Charles Dickens and copyright law.


Charles Dickens is famous as a Victorian storyteller par excellence. Through his novels he campaigned for social justice and educational reform (Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby to name just two); created memorable male characters (David Copperfield, Pip in Great Expectations, and Scrooge in The Christmas Carol); but wasn’t so hot on portraying realistic women (Little Dorrit). His works were very popular, with readers waiting impatiently for each installment, and family groups gathering round the hearth whilst the new episode was read out loud (no telly in those days). But, despite personally campaigning through his literature for better education for all, his books were primarily bought by t...
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Beware of ‘writing fancy.’


Beware of ‘writing fancy.’ This is the advice of Benjamin Dreyer in his book Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. Some writers and grammarians would argue that there is no such thing as an ‘utterly correct’ way of writing; words and grammar evolve, and so long as your reader can understand clearly what you have written in the way you intended, it is correct enough. But Dreyer is the chief copy editor of the American publisher, Random House, so his advice may carry more weight than the writers of other style guides – especially if you want to get published by Random House. Perhaps surprisingly, Dryer approves of Twitter. For him “It’s brought a punchy smartness to ...
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel


Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak,’ The Lily and the Dying Bird By Butler F. Temple   The Lily and the Dying Bird   The lily is a favored ...
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Writing Fiction – encouragement from the best.


If you want to improve your fiction writing, there areplenty of guide books out there to help you. So many, in fact, that you couldspend all your available time reading them and never get round to putting pento paper yourself. I don’t think that two of my favourite novelists readsuch books. If they did, they certainly didn’t mention it. But both, in theirown way, managed to include words of encouragement for other authors into theirmanuscripts. It was a craft they were both truly proud of, and recognised thehard work that goes into writing good fiction. Here’s Jane Austen addressingfellow writers in Northanger Abbey. Let us not desert one another; we are an injured body. Althoughour producti...
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A poem for the morning after the night before.


Writers in English love playing about with words, often withhumour and to take a dig at the more po-faced or traditionalist among us. I amsure it is not just an English speaking and writing phenomenon, but my languageskills are so limited that I can’t put it to the test. I’ve been sorting through the last of my late mother’spapers recently, and came across some documents she had kept that had beensaved by my father who had died nearly twenty years earlier. He was a great onefor press cuttings – mostly about his swimming club and my brothers’ prowess inpool or on the running track, but also articles and letters to the editor, or poems,which had amused him. One I felt particularly apt for a Su...
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel


Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak,’ Verse 5. ‘Your father told me that he had uncovered something so terrible that it meant the end of all...
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Meet Author Robert Hoppensteadt


I meet a lot of interesting people on this blog, who have come to writing along very different routes. Robert says he sobered up when he was thirty five and really started thinking about writing again then.  It had been an old dream that got lost in the chaos.  Before that he had a lot of different jobs.  Once he got it together he established a very lucrative professional career and found that he did not have what it takes to devote the time to writing a novel and also handle the demands of a stressful and responsible job. He did take some time off and self-published a novel in 1990s when print on demand was in its infancy, but after that he found poetry to be great outlet and something he ...
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Meet Author David W. Thompson


David W. Thompson is married, and the proud grandfather of twelve. He loves fishing, hiking and kayaking (well, pretty much everything outdoors). Indoors he enjoys woodcarving (and has even won an award or two) and makes his own fruit wines. He attended classes at the University of Maryland University Campus, mostly in Nuremberg, Germany, but also in Georgia US, during his stint with the US Army. He graduated shortly after his Expiration of Term of Service release. He’s been writing for some time (mostly short stories), but became more serious about it once he retired from a management position at Boeing in 2013. What is the title of your latest book? The latest is Sons and Brothers and it’s...
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel


Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, ‘Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak,’’ Verse 4 ‘I have known you and your family for an exceedingly long time now,’ said the old man in the...
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Plain – or Plane – Sailing?


Last month there was an article in The Times titled Turning a boat into artwork isn’t plain sailing. This prompted a curt letter to the editor from a retired merchant naval captain who said that the term was plane sailing not plain sailing. Plane sailing, he explained was ‘a simple method of sailing short distances, assuming the earth is flat.’ He’s right that this is the correct definition of plane sailing – I looked it up. But what, therefore, does plain sailing mean? I turned back a page in the dictionary and discovered that the most commonly understood meaning of plain sailing these days is ‘smooth or easy progress.’ It also means ‘sailing in a body of water that is unobstructed.’ The Ti...
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel

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Terminal Transit Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as its starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, ‘Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak’’ Verse 3 Following the inquest, the Coroner’s Report confirmed that ‘Dr Butler F. Tem...
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Character Interview

One site, "The Protagonist Speaks" has the fantastic idea of interviewing the character instead of the author. Yes, my characters do have more to say... https://theprotagonistspeaks.com/2019/05/24/bridget-etheridge-of-mystic-evermore-by-cecelia-hopkins-drewer/ Original link
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Terminal Transit – Irish, Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror Novel

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Synopsis A brilliant research student discovers a plot fulminated by demons from another dimension and kills himself in the process. The fate of the world is left in the hands of an elderly academic and a mysterious orphan. Using the facts surrounding Ireland’s economic collapse in 2008 as it’s starting point, Terminal Transit is an apocalyptic adventure dealing with death and destruction in a Dublin slowly devastated by demonic intervention. Can the end of the world be avoided? Or is this planet simply scheduled for Terminal Transit? Terminal Transit, ‘Chapter I ‘The Song of the NotBeSpeak’’ Verse 2. It was Professor Mac an Bhaird who woke one rainy night from his lonely dreams to hear sobb...
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