Plot Bunnies' Writing

Extracts, Book Reviews, etc

Between Teas and Ticking

    Evelyn could never trust her ears. For a moment, the ticking sounds like
home. It bounces her back into her kitchen and the chilli-shaped clock above the
door. A gift from her sister, Vivian. The matching kettle whistles for her to take it off
the heat. She pours, orange-scented steam rising into her face like a sauna. She lets
the tea steep as she wipes the counter, preparing her mind for the part of the
evening she dreads. She has a final finger-burning squeeze of the tea bag and
chucks it at the bin, rather disappointed that it lands on the floor next to it with a plop.
No matter. She will put it where it was headed tomorrow. She takes her tea and flicks
the light off.

'Renegade' by James Lambert

This is a mini story written by James Lambert, age 13, a friend of Brighton Plot Bunnies.

Slow Dance

I don’t feel comfortable in this dress. My friends forced me into it after they saw the floaty summer dress I had been planning to wear, but my chest feels constricted and I’m pretty sure if I bend over my knickers will be on display. They wanted me to go commando, but I have my limits.

Six Shooter

This is one of a series. You can find the continuing adventures of Benton and Seth at bentonandseth.wordpress.com

A short short

This is a short, standalone scene.
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    Since the accident there had been nothing but an endless stream of forms, coming at her in every size and colour. All to be neatly done and filled in triplicate and each needing to be completed before she could even begin to think about the next.

Etch-a-Sketch

This is the beginning of a novel.
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    When I was seven, my favourite plaything was a magic drawing board. For the other kids in my small suburban infants school, the toy to die for was the Etch-a-Sketch. It later featured with its classic strawberry red case in the supporting cast of Toy Story. But I hated its crude jagged lines. It didn’t matter how carefully you worked the knobs on each side in an effort to draw a diagonal or a curve, the result was always ugly. The Etch-a-Sketch was no more than a status symbol, created by and for mechanistic minds. It was limited in its scope and predictable, much like most of the kids in my class.

A Journey

February's writing challenge was: A journey. This was my effort.
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    I have been on this train for thirteen hours. The tedium is unrelenting.
    The couple sitting opposite me are wrapped in each other’s arms, oblivious to everything else except him, her. Nothing to bother them like it’s bothering me. Good for them.

'The Name of the Wind' by Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s not their fault that the world is full of hard choices and hunger and loneliness. What can you expect of people when demons are their neighbours?”
-Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss’s debut fantasy novel takes a little while to warm up, but it soon grows into a real page turner. When it comes right down to it, it’s a story about stories. It’s about how legends are told around deeds; how we turn into what we pretend to be; and the importance of storytelling and folklore.

'The Name of the Wind' by Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s not their fault that the world is full of hard choices and hunger and loneliness. What can you expect of people when demons are their neighbours?”
-Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss’s debut fantasy novel takes a little while to warm up, but it soon grows into a real page turner. When it comes right down to it, it’s a story about stories. It’s about how legends are told around deeds; how we turn into what we pretend to be; and the importance of storytelling and folklore.

'Angelmaker' by Nick Harkaway

The title alone made me want to read this. That, and the promise of clockwork bees. At 566 pages (ignore the thing below, it's wrong), it was set to keep me quiet for a while, and indeed it did. But still less than a week, because I couldn’t put it down.

Nick Harkaway is the son of one John le Carré, but I didn’t know this when I began reading. Not that it would have made any difference if I had - I’ve never read anything by le Carré as it doesn’t seem to be my thing.

'Angelmaker' by Nick Harkaway

The title alone made me want to read this. That, and the promise of clockwork bees. At 566 pages (ignore the thing below, it's wrong), it was set to keep me quiet for a while, and indeed it did. But still less than a week, because I couldn’t put it down.

Nick Harkaway is the son of one John le Carré, but I didn’t know this when I began reading. Not that it would have made any difference if I had - I’ve never read anything by le Carré as it doesn’t seem to be my thing.

Songs of the Dying Earth

Songs of the Dying Earth is a collection of short stories commissioned and collected by George R R Martin (currently best known, perhaps, for The Game of Thrones - now a TV series) and Gardner Dozois, another well known name to the cognoscenti.

Songs of the Dying Earth

Songs of the Dying Earth is a collection of short stories commissioned and collected by George R R Martin (currently best known, perhaps, for The Game of Thrones - now a TV series) and Gardner Dozois, another well known name to the cognoscenti.

'Daodejing' by Laozi

Perhaps less recognisable using the Pinyin spelling (you may know it as the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu), this may be a strange choice of book for a review. Nonetheless, I read it again recently with a better understanding of its meaning than the first time I read it, because of certain lectures and other events at my kung fu club.

'Daodejing' by Laozi

Perhaps less recognisable using the Pinyin spelling (you may know it as the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu), this may be a strange choice of book for a review. Nonetheless, I read it again recently with a better understanding of its meaning than the first time I read it, because of certain lectures and other events at my kung fu club.

'The Frost On His Shoulders' by Lorenzo Mediano

Translating a novel is an art form in itself, as it is far more than merely transcribing the original text word-for-word. A translator has to possess an ear for poetry of their own, as well as sensitivity towards the language and rhythms of the story in its native tongue. I have had some insight into this myself, having struggled through the poetry of Ovid and Catullus in Latin class, miserably comparing my rather leaden efforts with the versions put forward by my teacher. Arriving somewhere near a rough sense of each verse was, for me and my classmates, an achievement.

'The Frost On His Shoulders' by Lorenzo Mediano

Translating a novel is an art form in itself, as it is far more than merely transcribing the original text word-for-word. A translator has to possess an ear for poetry of their own, as well as sensitivity towards the language and rhythms of the story in its native tongue. I have had some insight into this myself, having struggled through the poetry of Ovid and Catullus in Latin class, miserably comparing my rather leaden efforts with the versions put forward by my teacher. Arriving somewhere near a rough sense of each verse was, for me and my classmates, an achievement.

Pages

Published

Charlie has an ongoing project where he posts much of his writings, here. Charlie is probably our most prolific writer and has been the Municipal Liaison for the Brighton NaNoWriMo group for a few years running.

Emma has had a story published on the Diabolical Plots website, here. This story was born of a conversation about weddings and is typical of the sort of thing we talk about at meetings.

Dawn and Laz have an ongoing joint (huge) science fiction project and their website is full of snippets, bits and pieces, timelines, character profiles and sketches, as well as several short stories. It can be found here.

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bookworm_chic's blog

Member bookworm_chic has a blog called Narration Sidetracks, please have a look around and let her know what you think.

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WikiRiffs at Wattpad

WikiRiffs, aka Jonny, uses Wattpad to showcase some of his writing. You can get to it by clicking this link, and you will find poetry and shorts, which Jonny adds to regularly.

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Blogs

black_faerie has a blog here, which she updates (reasonably) frequently. Sometimes it's about kung fu, much of the time it's about writing (either her own or other people's) and sometimes it's just rambling.

Do feel free to read and comment on any of the entries, and please keep things friendly.

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