Archive | December, 2013

The CREATE & WRITE Micro Fiction Whimsy:

23 Dec

‘Christmas Visit’

I’d met him this time last year, on a dusky, lamplit evening. The heel on my boot started to crumble. I rolled my eyes in exasperation. That’s when he came to my rescue. A dark, handsomely dressed stranger. His gaze was disarming yet he spoke so kindly, holding his umbrella over me as the snow became a blizzard. ‘This is the only time of year I feel truly alive,’ I told him. He smiled as he hailed a cab and I stepped inside. I turned to offer him a lift but he was gone. I looked at the spot where we’d been standing, and saw, in disbelief, only one set of footprints in the snow. His. The cab sped me into oblivion but I vowed to return. And here I am, hovering in the shadows, waiting for him to appear under the dusk lights again.

– Susi Moore


The CREATE & WRITE (let it snow) Haiku

23 Dec

‘All Heaven and Earth
Flowered white obliterate …
Snow … unceasing snow. ‘ 

– Hashin 


The CREATE & WRITE Weekend Quote:

6 Dec

‘Writing is a form of personal freedom.  It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us.  In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture, but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals…’

–    Don Delillo


In the words of a great, humble and wise man …

6 Dec


Authors & Dialogue – has punctuation fallen out of favour?

2 Dec

Novelist Julie Myerson (amongst others) dispenses with punctuating dialogue in her writing as she feels that in the real world there are ‘no marks separating out what I think and what I say, or what other people do.’

It’s true, in our three-dimensional real lives, we don’t generally visualise quotation marks as we speak!  However, on the flat page, where we are without the cues of sound or vision, well placed accents separating speech from thought can be vital to separate interior from exterior (and, oh yes, to tell us just who is speaking and when!) 

Is it ‘elegant’ or ‘cool’ (oops, those quotation marks again) to dispense with punctuation or are we just disguising the fact that we never quite fell in love with all that bothersome stuff from English 101? 

Taking Myerson’s (and others) views to the next level, and dispensing altogether with punctuation, maybe I should have omitted the quotation marks that credited the author’s quote (above) as being the author’s quote? 

Article about the ‘decline’ of punctuation below.  What are your thoughts?