When Only A Few Words Create Magic – Khe Sanh

When Only A Few Words Create Magic – Khe Sanh

Words create magic, even only a few. These two words create magic – Khe Sanh. It is the title of a song made popular by an Australian band, Cold Chisel, and the song has become an anthem for two generations. It is sometimes said in Australia that when babies are born, their DNA carry the words to Khe Sanh. It seems that everyone knows the words to the song, almost from birth. From the instantly recognisable quiet few bars of piano that introduce what is a Vietnam War protest song, almost every Australian can launch immediately into the opening line, and then continue singing every single word of the song, which cannot as

Paying To Bully And Insult Writers

Cyber Bullying Authors

Authors and writers beware! While it has been a long-held wisdom that commenting on relevant book related sites and blogs can be useful in building an online presence and promoting your author brand, I have to warn you of a trap I fell headlong into last week. When I came across a short story post, written by an author I know quite well, I was annoyed to find that one of the comments following the post insinuated plagiarism. I was stunned at the line of attack, as plagiarism is the worst accusation one can make against a writer. The first thing I did though, was check with a couple of online plagiarism checkers,

What? You’re On Wattpad?

What? You’re On Wattpad?

  Yes, I may be way too old to learn new tricks, but that won’t stop me trying. It happened like this. I read a blog article, or three, about Wattpad, and immediately thought it was a site for young people with smartphones in hand, reading little chapter by chapter romance or paranormal series. Not for me of course, as I am not at all an author who would be on a young iPhone porting reader’s radar. That was a few days ago, but then today I thought I would take another look at Wattpad. The biggest surprise I got when I tried to set up an account, was to see

Fun With Gerunds and Infinitives

gerunds and infinitives

For some, playing with the English language may not be your cup of tea, but I love it. One of my favourite parts of speech is the difference of meaning between gerunds and infinitive verb forms. While some verbs change meaning completely, others remain more or less the same. But knowing which ones change and which ones take on a new sense are not governed by any logical rules, so as usual with English, you just have to know. Look at these pairs of short sentences and decide if there is a significant difference in meaning. Or is the meaning more or less the same for both phrases?   I