A Book Contest – Evaluating the Evaluation

I’m sure most of us have the experience of writing a government-sponsored exam. It may not be one of our favorite memories.  However, not many of us have experience in marking any of these dreaded exams. Over my thirty plus years of teaching, I had several opportunities to work on marking teams for provincial writing …

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For Sale – Four Horses and One Apocalypse

“What is wrong with those people?” I happened to be wandering by the Corral when I overheard the conversation between four of the old hands who’d just ridden in after a hard day in the fields.   The one speaking was shaking head as he turned his red horse to face the other three, sitting sadly …

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A Book Contest, Prizes and Reviews – Part Two

In my last blog I outlined the BookLife Prize for authors with unpublished/self-published books.  If you need the criteria for the contest, it’s in my last blog, where I mentioned entering all three of my novels for evaluation: ‘The Odin Incident’, ‘Punto’ and ‘Punto and Me’ (all these novels have excerpts in earlier blogs if …

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A Book Contest, Prizes and Reviews – Part One

Some of you will no doubt have encountered Publishers’ Weekly (PW), a company that devotes itself to the book publishing industry.  If you’re a collector of first edition modern literature, you may have checked out their list of ‘Best selling books in America’, or the ‘Best selling children’s books in America’ that tracks sales of …

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Really Old Classics – Boccaccio’s Decameron

One of the advantages of the current COVID isolation is the abundance of time with which to read.  While I enjoy many genres of contemporary fiction and modern writers, I occasionally dip into some of the classics of yesteryear.  For many readers, the old ‘classics’ are difficult to wade through if only because of the …

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