‘Superb tools and ideas’ | Master Networking, by Tracey Smolinski

I started to read this book at the start of lockdown (quite by accident) after seeing it on my husband’s desk and becoming intrigued.I have to admit that prior to reading this book, I had thought traditional networking to be a bit outdated and a waste of time. How wrong was I?Because roll on a […]

Catoptromancy | Words We Caught This Week

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Catoptromancy: divination by a mirror or by crystal gazing. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catoptromancy Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share catoptromancy with you as we first thought it had something to do with cats. Oh, how wrong we were! Here’s an example of it in use: ‘I’m learning catoptromancy,’ said Hannah. ‘Oh right, so […]

Challenging Crossword for Publishers #1 | Friday Fun

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for some fun! Every Friday we have something you to help you get rested and relaxed for the weekend, from word searches to crosswords. Today, we’re blessed with a challenging crossword for publishers, the first in a series. Across 1 picture not specially commissioned, available normally for a fee (7,7) […]

Answers: Challenging Crossword for Publishers #1 | Friday Fun

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As we promised, here are the answers to the first challenging crossword for publishers. If you’ve not yet completed this crossword, don’t cheat! Here’s the link back to the crossword itself. I hope there wasn’t any cheating! Do let us know if there were any words you just couldn’t figure out.

‘Very poignant’ | Thoughts of a Simple Man, by David T. Nelson

A must read…. My copy arrived this morning and has already been read cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed! The little stories behind the poems add extra interest and gives a good insight into what the poems are really about At the back of the book, the author tells us a little about himself which […]

How My Physics Background Helps Me to Write History | Ray Noyes

Physics and history are both exercises in fact. Having become habituated to this in his engineering career, this was a natural transition for Ray: it was easy for him to avoid too much speculation or conjecture, while inserting the vital narrative element that makes any good work of hisotry. Q&A Video Series with Ray Noyes […]

Lockdown Before Lockdown Was a Word We Knew | Q&A with Colum Sanson-Regan

What Is Your Writing Process? Colum’s writing process has undergone big changes since he first began as an author. What started out as late-night writing sessions after gigs with The Fly Guy soon morphed into days-long dedicated writing getaways once The Tall Owl and Other Stories was on the cards. You might say he placed […]

Netizen | Words We Caught This Week

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Netizen: slang term derived from the combination of the words “Internet” and “citizen.” [. . .] An individual who spends a lot of time on the net. https://www.webopedia.com/definitions/netizen/ Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share netizen with you because we hope you qualify for this honour, given the allure of the […]

‘An inspired imagination’ | The Seaborne, by A. G. Rivett

Enthralling. If you awoke one day to find yourself part of a remote island community, centuries in the past, and you had the knowledge at your disposal to change their ancient world for what you perceived to be for the better, would you? Or might you decide to direct them in an entirely different direction? […]