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Sunday, 30 August 2015

THE VERY LAST POST

This is the last post on this blog. 

From today, all new posts will appear only in my new website athttp://stuartaken.net/ Please join me there.

I would like to thank all my readers for their support here on Blogger over the past few years, I really appreciate it. 

So, why am I giving up this blog? Well, for one thing, as a free blog (thank you Google, for your support) it's open to the whims and fancies of its owners and controllers. 
Also, as a free blog, it has no real facility as a website.

I've migrated to a hosted site on Wordpress, where I have much more control over the style and content, where I can present my content in exactly the way I want it. 

Please do join me there. You'll find it easier to comment as well, should you be so inclined.

Once again, thank you all for your valuable support here on Blogger. To those who don't wish to follow me into the new venture, I'm sorry to lose you. To those of you who click on the link above and join me on the new site, 'Welcome' and enjoy the read!

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Last Post


This is the last post on this blog. 

From today, all new posts will appear only in my new website at http://stuartaken.net/ Please join me there.

I would like to thank all my readers for their support here on Blogger over the past few years, I really appreciate it. 

So, why am I giving up this blog? Well, for one thing, as a free blog (thank you Google, for your support) it's open to the whims and fancies of its owners and controllers. 
Also, as a free blog, it has no real facility as a website.

I've migrated to a hosted site on Wordpress, where I have much more control over the style and content, where I can present my content in exactly the way I want it. 

Please do join me there. You'll find it easier to comment as well, should you be so inclined.

Once again, thank you all for your valuable support here on Blogger. To those who don't wish to follow me into the new venture, I'm sorry to lose you. To those of you who click on the link above and join me on the new site, 'Welcome' and enjoy the read!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Ruled by Intellect or Emotion? Tips on Word Choice #23

just before the one mile marker
just before the one mile marker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Certain words/phrases can induce fairly specific responses in readers. As writers, we all know this, but do we use the power of emotion in our work?

For these few weeks, I’m looking at something subjective: how to choose between emotional and intellectual words for effect. You won’t always agree with me, of course; you’re writers. But, hopefully, my suggestions will get the thought processes going.

In this series I’m looking at the difference between words that seem intellectual as opposed to those that evoke a more emotional response. How you use them is obviously up to you. The point is that the alternatives have the same, or very similar, meanings, but their effect upon the reader can be markedly different. I’ve made some suggestions here, but I’m sure you can think of others.

Intellectual: Donate
Emotional: Give

‘There is an opportunity to donate funds to a worthwhile cause on my blog. Please consider making a donation to support my half marathon and raise money for ME/CFS through this link. Thank you.’

‘Go on, give us some dosh for Action For M.E. It’s a good cause, mate. Just text MESA76 to give £5 by text to 70070. Ta, ever so.’

Intellectual: Fortunate
Emotional: Lucky

‘I have reason to believe I have been very fortunate in recovering from ME/CFS after suffering the condition for nearly ten years.’

‘Talk about lucky: fancy getting over chronic fatigue after ten years, eh?’

Intellectual: Must
Emotional: Has To

‘In putting myself forward to run the half marathon at the Great North Run, I have placed myself in a position where I must train seriously if I am to satisfy the wishes of my sponsors.’

‘Anyone daft enough to run a half marathon for charity just has to do the training; it’d be madness not to, wouldn’t it?

My almost apologies for playing this card in this post, but I’ve allowed emotion to overcome intellect in this case. The cause is dear to my heart and I feel I must use every opportunity to raise both awareness and some funds for a cause that helped me in a time of need.


And a piece of information: I intend to finish this series, which will take another 2 posts, and I shall then probably cease to use this blog. From that point, all my posts will be restricted to my new, developing, website at http://stuartaken.net/  Please do join me there.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Ruled by Intellect or Emotion? Tips on Word Choice #22

English: Terrorist Banker - PortoCartoon 2009,...
English: Terrorist Banker - PortoCartoon 2009, - Jup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Certain words/phrases can induce fairly specific responses in readers. As writers, we all know this, but do we use the power of emotion in our work?

For these few weeks, I’m looking at something subjective: how to choose between emotional and intellectual words for effect. You won’t always agree with me, of course; you’re writers. But, hopefully, my suggestions will get the thought processes going.

In this series I’m looking at the difference between words that seem intellectual as opposed to those that evoke a more emotional response. How you use them is obviously up to you. The point is that the alternatives have the same, or very similar, meanings, but their effect upon the reader can be markedly different. I’ve made some suggestions here, but I’m sure you can think of others.

Intellectual: Haste, Hasten
Emotional: Hurry

‘You must hasten toward a solution of the problem before the public recognise the issue for what it truly has become.’

‘If you don’t hurry up and get this sorted, even the idiots will soon know the truth.’

Intellectual: Jesting
Emotional: Kidding

‘Cameron is jesting when he suggests that we are all in this together, of course.’

‘You’re kidding: how can a millionaire ever know what it’s really like to be poor?’

Intellectual: Tidings
Emotional: News

‘We’ve received glad tidings concerning the suppression of information relating to our bankers’ bonuses.’


‘Great news that we bankers can have our great big bonuses without letting on, eh?’

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Running and Writing for ME/CFS #19

Running:
And, again, at last! My first run since the move that I’ve managed to complete outside. Running around the house is okay for those days when the weather is too cold to bear outside, and the stairs make the whole exercise a little more ‘real’ than it would otherwise be. But there’s no substitute for running outdoors.
This morning, I ran from the front door, down part of the road that slopes toward the main road and then branched off up a narrow and fairly steep public footpath and into the forest. The track took me along a slow rise to the old railway bridge, where I turned and then came back the same way; downhill for most of the way, until I reached the road and had to climb back to the house.
I slightly mistimed the run, turning slightly before I needed, as I’d not really been aware of the upward slope on the outward leg. But the route back took me down and I therefore covered the distance more quickly and ended up doing only 13 minutes and 42 seconds instead of the advised fifteen minutes. Still, a good and testing run. Next one will be Wednesday.
So, this week, I’ve completed 3 runs, of ten, fifteen, and nearly fifteen minutes.
This afternoon, Valerie and I took a walk along the same route but then continued our saunter under the bridge and back down to the road via a different route. I used the opportunity to take the picture that accompanies this post. It shows the turning point in the forest, an old bridge that once carried a small railway along the valley side.

Writing:

At last! I’ve started the actual writing of the book. 2,000 words so far, which constitutes the opening chapter. Of course, the way I write means I’ll have to edit when I’ve finished the whole book, but that’s all part of my creative process. I’m aiming to have the book finished and ready to publish in Spring.