RichardB

  • Oh yes, I remember that gent, and his habit of taking other people’s writing and, unasked for, eviscerating the piece, stripping it of every possible nuance and subtlety to leave a lifeless skeleton. You mean he once actually admitted he was wrong?

    I’ve just edited out the opposite problem (sort of) to the one you mention in your first para. I…[Read more]

  • Hmm, crossed with everything after Libby’s post. Hence my repetition of the point about the transitivity (Is that a word? Sod it, it ought to be…) of those speech tags.

  • I think part of the problem here is that the author is concentrating very hard on the laudable aim of putting as much as possible – that he is comforting her, that he is speaking with his mouth close to her hair – into as few words as possible. Which can be very effective and satisfying when it works, but unfortunately this doesn’t.

    It’s also a…[Read more]

  • RichardB posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Unfortunately I missed it, but I have found something on YouTube posted by the RNLI itself. I hesitate to post a link because funny things have been known to happen when I do, but a search for ‘RNLI 40th Anniversary of Penlee Lifeboat Disaster’ will find it. Relatives of the lost crew, and others, reminiscing. It’s rather moving.

  • RichardB posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Although, of course, Farage is not a member of HM Government. The fact that he has stood for Parliament seven times (I believe) without ever coming near to being elected is another heartening sign that his poisonous opinions aren’t as widely accepted as he (and others) would like to think.

    • Hi Richard, did you catch the radio programme about the Penlee lifeboat disaster?

      • Unfortunately I missed it, but I have found something on YouTube posted by the RNLI itself. I hesitate to post a link because funny things have been known to happen when I do, but a search for ‘RNLI 40th Anniversary of Penlee Lifeboat Disaster’ will find it. Relatives of the lost crew, and others, reminiscing. It’s rather moving.

  • RichardB posted an update 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    One piece of good news for the new year: subsequent to the vile attacks on it by the Farage thing (and others) for rescuing migrants in the Channel, the RNLI has just announced that donations in 2021 have broken all previous records. The more I think about the implications of this, the better I feel.

    • Yes, I saw that. It’s great. Really marvellous. We seem to have certain people amongst our present government who lack even the most basic decency and compassion*, so it’s heartening to see a positive reaction like this.

      *for the sake of impartiality, other domestic political parties may well have members similarly lacking in humanity.

      • Although, of course, Farage is not a member of HM Government. The fact that he has stood for Parliament seven times (I believe) without ever coming near to being elected is another heartening sign that his poisonous opinions aren’t as widely accepted as he (and others) would like to think.

        • Hi Richard, did you catch the radio programme about the Penlee lifeboat disaster?

          • Unfortunately I missed it, but I have found something on YouTube posted by the RNLI itself. I hesitate to post a link because funny things have been known to happen when I do, but a search for ‘RNLI 40th Anniversary of Penlee Lifeboat Disaster’ will find it. Relatives of the lost crew, and others, reminiscing. It’s rather moving.

  • RichardB posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Happy new year to you, mate. And to anyone else who may chance to read this…

  • RichardB posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    And to you too.

  • RichardB replied to the topic Sounds familiar? in the forum Blogs 5 months ago

    I did actually consider putting in something about rationing, but decided that I’d make my point more vividly by keeping it simple and sticking to one issue.

    Rather more distressing than your neighbour, I had an e-mail argument a few months back with my oldest friend (I haven’t seen him for a couple of years, and perhaps it’s just as well), who…[Read more]

  • RichardB started the topic Sounds familiar? in the forum Blogs 5 months ago

    Let me introduce you to a news story that might have happened in an alternative November1940.

    JAILED DOCKER IS HERO, SAYS MP

    It was a national disgrace to jail a man for striking a blow for freedom, said Marcus Snellgrove, MP for Much Ordure and leader of the Bin the Blackout campaign, after Poplar dock worker Albert Throbbing was sentenced…[Read more]

  • RichardB posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Oh dear, Janette, that sucks on so many levels. All I can do is send you a virtual hug, so consider it sent.
    At least you’ve been getting follow-up care. MrsB fell and broke her left humerus while we were on holiday about fifteen months ago. There were a couple of visits to local hospitals while we were still there, but since coming home she’s…[Read more]

    • Oh, Richard, that’s not good. If she’s still not right, they should be looking after her. I have to say I cannot fault my treatment, and they sent me for a bone density test, which showed up Osteopenia, which they are addressing. Is a consultation with your doctor worth a go?
      Thanks for the hug – sending one right back.

  • RichardB replied to the topic The Future of the Den – Part 2 in the forum Blogs 6 months ago

    Let me be the first to give you a huge thank you for all the hard work you’ve obviously put in.

    The new navigation is a huge improvement over the old impenetrable one. I think you’ve addressed all the concerns I raised. I particularly like the little explanation boxes that pop up when you hover over a heading. Finding your way around the site…[Read more]

    • I too spent some time checking out the new improved site and, without any IT knowledge as to what and how achieved, found it easy and intuitive. (My commenting on it was delayed by my rediscovery of a blog about the narrative arc which, having read Seagreen’s 7 ‘C’s I spent much of the rest of the day trying to apply to my current wip, before…[Read more]

  • RichardB replied to the topic Choices in the forum Group logo of Coming HomeComing Home 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    Train
    Cheese
    Elena

  • RichardB replied to the topic Eagle! in the forum Blogs 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Lucky? Yes, and I didn’t even mention the boat trip out of Mallaig, again in beautiful weather, where we got close up to a school of dolphins. Magic.

    Actually, I feel quite privileged every time a kite comes over our house, even though they they are about the biggest conservation success story of the past century. It’s simply because they are so…[Read more]

  • RichardB started the topic Eagle! in the forum Blogs 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    A few days ago, as part of a railway-based tour of Northern Scotland, we were on a coach trip around the northern part of the Isle of Skye, with a local guide providing a commentary. Every now and then the coach stopped at places of particular beauty or interest for us to get out and take photos. We were lucky to have glorious sunny weather to…[Read more]

    • Thanks for posting this portrayal of a magic sighting, Richard. Over the past two years White-tailed eagles have been re-introduced to my nearest island, the Isle of Wight, and are reported to be doing well.

  • RichardB replied to the topic Beta Reading Discussion in the forum Blogs 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Credit where credit is due: I believe it was Libby who first used the phrase ‘instinctive writer,’ even if she was replying to me.

  • RichardB replied to the topic Beta Reading Discussion in the forum Blogs 10 months, 1 week ago

    I’m probably too instinctive for my own good. I’ve been told at various times that I have a natural feel for plot and pace, that my characters speak with their own distinctive voices, even that I’m good at that notoriously difficult thing, sex, but I never step aside and coldly think about any of these things. When I see phrases like…[Read more]

  • RichardB replied to the topic Beta Reading Discussion in the forum Blogs 10 months, 1 week ago

    I don’t reckon myself as much of a beta reader either. Partly it may be lack of confidence in my own opinions, but mostly I think it’s because I seem to have trouble thinking analytically about writing, including my own. Years ago when I did the S-E Course, I repeatedly had the experience of Debi, or one of the others, telling me I’d been clever…[Read more]

  • RichardB replied to the topic "I write like" in the forum Coffee Shop 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Yes, in my first passage my MC was being smitten at his first sight of a young lady, and in the second someone was getting blasted with a shotgun. Hmm, content…

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