Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Sound Advice

Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Saturday, March 24, 2012, In : Inspiration 
In An Essay on Criticism Alexander Pope writes: 'The sound must seem an echo to the sense.'  He continues:
'When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw,
The line too labours, and the words move slow:
Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain,
Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.'
It's still great advice, and I endeavour to follow it.  More than that, I find that it isn't only the words that change tempo, but the speed at which I write them.  If I'm writing somethin...
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A Bolt from the Blue

Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Inspiration 
Tell someone you write and one of the first things they'll probably ask is where you get your ideas.  My usual answer is, "I only wish I knew."  This week I'd be able to tell them something more definite, if not more useful.

1.  A television programme about moving house visited the river side in Bedford and sparked a memory of playing in a samba band at the festival, and the basis for a short story.

2.  In another television programme, a soprano spontaneously bursting into an aria in a town squ...
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Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Tuesday, March 13, 2012,
Marketing my novel, Discord's Child, has had some unexpected side effects.  When I first set up this blog and website, and joined Twitter and Facebook, it was because a prospective publisher had asked about my 'online presence'.  At that time I didn't have one.  I'm not sure that any of these things have gained me readers, but they have brought me other things.
I have found work writing copy for web designers and various businesses via Facebook.  Getting my cover contest in Network Arts' news...
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US vs. UK

Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Saturday, March 3, 2012,
When e-publishing is it better to use American English (spellings, vocabulary and grammar) or UK English?  If you're submitting to an e-zine or publisher, they will usually say which they prefer in their guidelines and, if they like your work enough, will correct one or two oversights that might occur if, say, American English isn't your first language.  However, if you're self-publishing you have to decide which one to use–or do you?
There's less risk of making mistakes if you stick to UK ...
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About Me

My writing career began as a freelance feature writer for the local press, businesses and organisations. Now a prize-winning playwright and short story writer, my work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic. I write as K. S. Dearsley because it saves having to keep repeating my forename, and specialise in fantasy and other speculative genres.

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