Friday, 3 May 2013

Writing - Roman zebra crossings + a giveaway

A weekend giveaway!

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Raphael's painting in the Vatican Museum

I wrote about 'Roman minutes' the other day. Well there are lots of examples of how Romans do things differently but one huge difference between us in the UK and the citizens of Rome is the way we use these things:-

Zebra Crossings

In the UK, for those outside this fair land, if a pedestrian steps on the crossing with the express purpose of crossing the road approaching traffic stops. If you try waiting for traffic to stop in Rome you'll wait a long time unless it is a light controlled crossing! This may seem dangerous but in fact it works. The drivers of vehicles manoeuvre round you and everyone seems to take it fairly steady so I never felt threatened when completing this everyday task. In fact I was quite impressed. Good fun when you don't know though!


'A book is a friend that does what no friend can do - stay quiet when you want to think!'

I gave a talk Tuesday evening, at my church, to a group from the congregation, about what inspired me to write. It seemed to go pretty well but what I was doing was what we  storytellers like to do when we aren't writing and that is talk about writing. It is such a massive subject and so very important. As one of my audience said, even ebooks are important because they are getting people reading.
It was interesting that in the news this week that paperbacks are just about holding their own against the explosion of ebooks. For me the important thing is that people are reading and therefore our audience is not disappearing, if anything it is getting bigger.
I include part of the Powerpoint presentation I used on Tuesday for your edification.

We are all in debt to our parents in some measure.
Dad was a word nut. Throughout my formative years my father was careful that I wrote and spelt correctly. He also hated poor use of language on TV.
Mum taught me to read and as she was what is now referred to as a ‘stay at home mum’ I could read before I started school.
Literary experience
School required learning included
HG Wells – War of the Worlds
C Dickens - Great Expectations
Plays
W Shakespeare – Macbeth and Julius Caesar
Personal choice in my formative years
Robert Graves – I, Claudius and Claudius the God
Alistair MacLean
Dick Francis
Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol, Tale of Two Cities , NOT Barnaby Rudge

How lucky was I? BUT what that has turned to now is as rich as the dipping of my toe into classical waters. The circle of people who write and who I now consider colleagues and friends provide a wealth of experience and knowledge and they are from all over the world.

God Bless