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So You Have Finished Writing Your Book

So You Have Finished Writing Your Book

So you have finished your book. Wheee!! Break out the champagne. You deserve it. But now you have sobered up, what do you do now? Well, the first thing is to put it away and forget about it, at least for a fortnight. Go on, forget all about it. Weed the garden. Tidy your desk. Write a few short stories. Then get it out again. The next thing you need to do is read it through, as critically as possible. Read it out loud, that is the best thing (stock up on the throat sweets). Make more...
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Innovate Magazine and its Great 1st Anniversary Competition

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The Body In The Bed: Plot and Settings Insights

The Body In The Bed: Plot and Settings Insights

The Uruguayan economy, as was the Argentine, was mainly based on beef, leather, and dairy products for almost two centuries. Before commercial scale freezing and shipping of beef and beef by-products after World War II created competition from Australia and New Zealand, corned beef, canned beef, dried beef, and leather goods from Uruguay were shipped to Europe. Exported beef products were the source of enough wealth that the Uruguayans had one of the highest per capita incomes in the entire...
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A Haunting We Will Go

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“A Second Ghost Story” “Oh my Yudda Yudda! Where do I start?” He said to himself as he stared out of the eyes of his best friend and buddy, Jemmie Stewart. “Start from why you're trying to possess me.” The red being, with huge saucer eyes and brown antenna and lots of pink spots and candy stripes running up and down its ghost body, twitched uneasily. “Well, it's not exactly like that.” “Then what is it exactly like?” Jemmie asked, looking at himself in the mirror image of himself...
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Nathan sits down on the same bench he sat on almost fifteen years ago. Today the market square has been prettified with decorations for Christmas. He wonders if his contact will be the same as last time, or just another grey man, in a grey suit, with an MCC tie. A man called Charles, terribly British sounding. Nathan wonders if they are all called Charles. When the call had come, late last evening, he had gone into a state of shock. Nicola had been out at her art class. To be honest, he...
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Once upon a time, there was a miserable man. Yes, he was miserable, totally, utterly miserable. Nothing he had was of any good, as it seemed to him. He was healthy, but not good looking. He had a job, but his earning was not up to his deserving. He had a home, but it was too small. He had a wife, but she could never sympathize with him. He had two kids, and he was sure both would turn out to be useless idiots. In short, life had given him nothing good, and he was truly miserable. So miserable...
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French Saviour
by Jackie from Australia
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It was in the centre of Paris that I was run over. Our ever-faithful bicycles were used to the maximum around the city. It was rush hour, and the reputation the Parisians have of being the worst drivers in the world was justified. Admittedly, we were on the pavement, studiously avoiding the square-hatted policemen who had told me off earlier that day for riding on the path.
We were sitting at the lights, and when pedestrians were shown the green light, off I sped. A lady in a small car hurtled around the corner through the red light, we collided. Actually, I pushed myself off the car, only knowing too well that I could be sucked under. All eight lanes of traffic came to a halt; Paris came to a standstill. The lady in the car was distraught; I was shocked.
Without really knowing what happened, a tall, handsome man picked me up and almost carried me to the pavement, while crooning, ‘Madam, you are ok, non? You are not hurt, non? Madam, you fell like a ballerina, like poetry. I am so sorry. You come all this way to our country to visit and this is what we do to you? I am so sorry, madam. What can we do to make it better?’
My knees were weak, not from the accident but from the smooth, poetic voice that caressed my ears. As I stared up into the beautiful, dark face of my saviour, letting him lead me to wherever he wanted to go, I felt a sharp pain in my ribs.
The magic of the moment was shattered with a, ‘She’ll be right, mate,’ from the unmistakable Aussie twang from my husband as he elbowed his way between my rescuer and me.
Reluctantly, the man let me go. As I thanked him, my heart sank as he disappeared. I think I loved him for a short time, if not him, then certainly the romance of the situation. In true Aussie form, Noel handed me my bike and said, ‘Come on, let’s go!’ And off we went. I was somewhat shaky, but smiling.



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