Open borders…

Sue Vincent is a rare connosuer of food and culture. This blog so neatly ties together the essence of humanity with all of its flavors of life and habitat. This is a joy to read. Re-blogged from

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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The virus that has been bugging me for the past week or two, manifesting itself under various  guises in order the hide from effective treatment, finally decided a couple of days ago that it would try pretending to be a cold. I am still not convinced that this is not just another feint and it will find some new avenue to explore, but a cold I can handle. There is an old saying, ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’. I decided to feed it. We have a workshop in a little over a week’s time. If necessary, I would feed it out of existence.

Thus, at six thirty in the morning, I was already in the kitchen, working on the premise that if I shoved some stuff in the pot early enough in the day, then whatever time I managed to get home from work…

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5 Tips for Improving Dialogue

Good tips that I need to follow in my own writing. I don’t much care for the sound of my own voice, but will try reading my writing aloud. Thanks. re-blogged from

I recently had a discussion with a fellow writer about dialogue, and decided to share the processes I use to improve authenticity within my work.



  1. Give your imaginary friends a voice: I’ve talked about this before, but I often allow my characters free rein to have a discussion out of context, which basically means I let them loose to talk about whatever the hell they want. Those conversations, or pages of dialogue (almost like a script) rarely see the light of day. It’s the same as practising our skills by writing a scene or short story that is dialogue only. You can ignore all the normal rules; you don’t need any kind of structure. It’s like gathering a group of imaginary friends and allowing them the freedom to play. It can be fun, and is an excellent way to get to know your characters better.
  2. Follow…

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