Consequences 1: Burt on a Friday

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A new year has begun – so let’s tweak the Friday quotes – to spice it up in 2016 let’s play the old game of consequences, or whatever you call it over the Ocean?!

Each Friday quote should link…and off we go – I’ll begin!

(If you want to join in, just add one in a comment, and I will pick it up and carry on from there…)

‘…all that happens leaves its traces upon the earth by nightfall…’

Isabel Burt, TOXICS 

TUESDAY THESAURUS – Chorleywood Indie Fair

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I am escaping! My favourite thing – off to have some fun with other authors, and have a lovely afternoon chatting of books and men!

Actually, it’s not till November, but I had to mention it now – Felicity, Reuben and I are going along, and I may even bring them out of Toxics to life, for a moment.

Meanwhile, in order to prepare for that, we are going to practice meeting our readers -I may even share with you my early experiences of reading aloud to my victims – something I have successfully avoided doing since school days :)

I would love to hear how it went for you, if you found yourself, as a new indie author – holding your book in your hands, and speaking those words aloud for the very first time!

 

Chorleywood Indie Fair

TUESDAY THESAURUS OF THOUGHTS – ROGET’S INTERNATIONAL THESAURUS

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Thesaurus is defined as ‘a storehouse of information’ in its simplest Little Oxford dictionary definition circa 1972.

I hope my Tuesday musings can be perceived in this light. The Greek word translates, simply, as ‘A TREASURE’. That would be a fine aim :)

Someone once asked me why I call my Tuesday blog a Thesaurus, so I felt compelled to add ‘of thoughts’ to TUESDAY THESAURUS. My writing really began with the gift of my own Roget’s International Thesaurus, circa 1973.

I wrote without, but in the editing of TOXICS I found I was frustrated with the slightly worn palette of my vocabulary, and TOXICS is richly endowed with variety from the beginning to the end. I blew off the dust, uttered a prayer of thanks to the two people who had told me (circa 1972) that I should be a writer, a painter of words, a scribe, author, novelist, essayist, yielder of the mighty nib, etc., and had some fun.

In the end, I found my original word was more often than not the one I kept, but I went on such a journey of delight I could spend hours pouring over the extensive lists. And sometimes a true gem appeared.

If you never have; go read Roget’s Thesaurus. It may not give you a better word, but you will have a wonderful time!

TOXICS: 682.5. poisonous, toxic, toxicant, toxiferous; venomous, envenomed; virulent, noxioius, malignant, malign, destructive, deadly; mephitic (al), miasmal, miasmic, miasmatic.

In wanting to destroy, harbouring destructive intentions, filled with hatred and bitterness – and trying to infect all their own species with this wickedness – yes I think the creatures who gave my novel – the first in the Old World – its title, fits in with Mr Peter Mark Roget’s list, do you?

Peter Mark Roget

 

 

TUESDAY THESAURUS OF THOUGHTS – A ticking clock of books.

Big Ben When I was barely eleven, I wrote a poem that I was asked to read out to a hall of new people at our local secondary school. I had written it in primary school, and now found myself standing in front of a large room of terrifying uniforms – quite wondering how I had ended up in this position.

It had been an exercise in transition, perhaps, for us newbies to take an immediate part in our new school. I’m not sure it worked, but I never forgot that poem!

It was titled: TICK-TOCK :)

It begins, ‘Tick-tock, tick-tock, the clock says tick and we must tock,’

and so forth.

It was meant to engender a sense of rising panic. It certainly succeeded for me, and I think now at that, as I attempt to read all the wonderful books of my author friends, my bookclub, and on the new avaricious Goodreads,

A scene from Star Trek where the furry creatures burst out of a cupboard comes to mind.

What I want to know is – how many books are you all reading per week?

Tick-tock :)

CALLING YOUNG ADULTS, OLDER CHILDREN, AND CHILDLIKE OLDIES!

 

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COME TO WATERSTONES, MARKET HARBOROUGH, UK, AT 11-2PM, SATURDAY 24TH MAY!

(Where I will be signing copies of TOXICS :) )

Of course if you would like to buy an unsigned copy there are endless retailers and buttons on this site to choose from!

TOXICS IN THIRTY WORDS:

GIRL DROPS INTO PRIMITIVE WORLD. CUTE BOY. TALKING PLANTS? ANGRY GIRL. ANGRY PLANTS. BEFRIENDING BEASTS. GOOD TIMES/ BAD TIMES. GETTING CLOSER. SCARY STUFF. BEGINNING TO CARE. SAVING THE OLD WORLD?

Click on the Book if you want to know more!

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Tuesday Thesaurus of Thoughts – A bit of fun at the week-end!

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Oh what fun – a book signing on Saturday!

Time to talk Toxics today :)  Click on the BOOKS tab above if you’re interested!

But for those of you who can not lift your arm to click, here is a thirty word precis of the book, copies of which I will be signing on Saturday. Of course if you would like to buy a copy online there are endless retailers and buttons on this site to choose from!

TOXICS IN THIRTY WORDS:

GIRL DROPS INTO PRIMITIVE WORLD. CUTE BOY. TALKING PLANTS? ANGRY GIRL. ANGRY PLANTS. BEFRIENDING BEASTS. GOOD TIMES/ BAD TIMES. GETTING CLOSER. SCARY STUFF. BEGINNING TO CARE. SAVING THE OLD WORLD?

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