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The Editor’s Clinic: Good Talk

In the comments on a recent Editor’s Clinic, the question came up as to when you should treat a language colloquially – contractions, a relaxed, familiar syntax — and when you should use a bit of formality to create a sense of otherness.  The example then was of a conversation …

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See the final dinner dates

S.Pellegrino Sapori Ticino 2019 is drawing to a close after another star studded series of lakeside dinners. But, there’s still the chance to dine out in style if you haven’t yet! This final spread of dinners finishes on the 16 June, but not before more Michelin star chefs come to town …

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What Makes a Story Epic…To Me

Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry Did you hear it? That epic sigh of relief, coming from the southern end of the Lake Michigan shore? Yeah, that was me. Sorry if I interrupted anything important. It’s just that I finally finished a draft of my WIP. This one is book three …

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The Food News Stories from The Week in Bites 19th May 2019

Lording it outside of London, where to wine in Helsinki and Asia’s sustainable restaurant in Bali. As well as you Game of Thrones menu, an expensive Bordeaux blunder and Heston is now cheese, some of the stories that tickled our tastebuds on Fine DIning Lovers.  Manor houses, beautiful gardens and …

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Dissecting The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden so effectively writes about life under the unrelenting Medieval Russian winter that reading The Bear and the Nightingale could probably be used as air conditioning. This is the first line: “It was late winter in northern Rus’, the air sullen with wet that was neither rain nor snow.” …

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