Novel Excerpt From The Widows Blade

The Widows Blade by Hamish McKenna

……………. She felt that way now, as they made their way back to the car after watching Toy Story 4 at the movies. Their children were talking to each other about the movie and laughing as they did so…………..

……………..It was only three months after their second son, who they named Matthew, was born that Kathleen’s husband was given a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The tour was to last twelve months. Kathleen was devastated. She was now to be on her own with the two boys for an entire year. She had been aware that this could happen but never in a million years thought that it actually would………….

………………She and the children all waved goodbye to him happy in the knowledge that this would be his last time away from home.

© Hamish McKenna

The Widows Blade

is a novel currently being written by Hamish McKenna.

These snippets have been used with the author’s permission.

Novel Writing Month

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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November Is Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. This month is devoted to encouraging writers and authors to write a complete novel in a month.

You may think that to write a novel in a month would be either an impossible task or that the resulting work would be rubbish.

Not at all. The movement for the National Novel Writing Month is a strong one. There are continual prompts and challenges thrown down by the organisers in order that you will succeed, even if this is your first novel or novella.

Should you want to jump on board or perhaps be reminded next year, simply visit the NaNoWriMo site, and sign up. It is free.

And hey, if you do not get your novel finished, at least you have got it underway.

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Authors Day Is Today

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Today Is Authors Day

Authors Day will be celebrated by writers from many genres. An author is not simply someone who writes a book.

Being an author involved in any type of writing needs determination, resilience and a degree of intelligence.  an author may be a reporter for the newspaper. Just because the pieces they write may be no longer than this blog does not mean that a considerable amount of time and effort has not gone into it.

The author that writes a novel must do an amount of research to make the scenes and the characters in the book seem real to the reader.

Those that write reference books do an incredible amount of work compiling facts for insertion in their writings. So you can see, writing a book is something done with a great deal of thought and, yes, even emotion.

Innocent Death – a Novella by Hamish McKenna available as an E-Book or in Print

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Enter The Humble Pen – Today is Biro Day

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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

This phrase was coined by an English author named Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, way before the Biro was invented.

 

The Biro was actually invented in 1943 by two Hungarian brothers named Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro. Until then the most modern type of writing implement was a fountain pen.

 

To use one of these efficiently you needed to have blotting paper to hand as early ones tended to leak making writing a messy business. In the 1800’s you would have probably been using a quill and an ink well.

Now, of course, the humble Biro has advanced into a ballpoint pen with all sorts of variations and costs.

For example, do a search for “pen” on Ebay, in the pens and writing instrument category, will yield results of from $1 to $38,450.07!

 

Paper-Mate produced pens that had a double heart symbol on the clasp. This was to indicate that the pen had a “pump” which gave it the ability to be used for writing at any angle, even upside down.

 

Not too sure why you might want to lie on your back and write a letter though.

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Writing is a dying art. By that I mean that almost no-one writes letters to pen pals or friends. We all use emails or text with a phone.

 

Would it not be nice to receive an actual letter that was not a bill?

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