Time out of mind

Great post, would love to hear more on this.

Seasons of Skorn, shadows of the seas: in search of time

ancient time

From http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-tim1.htm

we learn something of the possible origin of this expression.

It’s first recorded from the British Rolls of Parliament in 1414 and in 1432 in the modern form. The second example refers to a petition by the inhabitants of the little fishing port of Lymington in Hampshire and says (in modernised spelling): “That through time out of mind there were wont many diverse ships to come in to the said haven”.
It is almost identical in meaning to another phrase from time immemorial. Both may be variant versions of beyond legal memory, which refers to the year 1189, fixed by a statute in 1275 as being the oldest date that English law can take account of.
By the time Edmund Burke was writing, in 1782, the phrase had pretty well become a cliché: “Our constitution is a prescriptive constitution; it is a constitution, whose sole authority is, that…

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Short Fiction Post: For No Reason – Part 1

Archer's Aim

The following is the opening section of a short story entitled, For No Reason. I hope to include this story in an anthology in several months. The main character, Dax, is stuck in a magical rut that’s not headed toward a good ending…

Photo courtesy free photo section of Morguefile.com by blondieb38 Photo courtesy free photo section of Morguefile.com by blondieb38

Constant shade draped the cabin built into the narrow hollow, even under the morning sun and clear skies. Birds never sang near his home but his mule cropped weeds along the shadow’s edge. The bearded resident hobbled from the porch into the dim recesses.

“Accursed sickness. Why’s it always dark in here?” His foot caught a stack of broken mirrors. They tipped onto the floor and jangled loose glass. “Blasted useless things.”

Dax brought his lamp to his rough-hewn dresser and twisted the flame higher. The gloom receded as he stood with fists clenched before his mirror…

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Dissecting The Blurb Part 3: Short Stories, Self-Help And Literary Fiction

Tara, this was phenomenal!! I just happen to be self-publishing an anthology of my 25 years worth of slice of life and short fiction. I’m saving this to look back on and if it doesn’t work I may have to force feed you the mime artist’s turnips! 🙂

Tara Sparling writes

So far, in the Great Dismantlement Of Blurbage, we’ve looked at Thrillers,Chick-Lit/Romance, Crime, Historical Fiction, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Now, in the third and final instalment, we look at some genres which lounge a little more on the fringes, smoking. Throwing their ISBNs up to heaven. Sneering disdainfully at the blockbusters.

Oh – and Self-Help.

You just know I’m going to have my fun here… don’t you?

6. Short Stories:

There are two types of short story blurbs. One is for authors you haven’t heard of. The other is for authors who are so revered that the idea of even bothering with a blurb makes angels sigh. Let’s look at them both.


Dissecting The Blurb Part 3: Short Stories, Self-Help and Literary Fiction

Ok, so many of you have never heard of Kevin Barry. But in my opinion he was responsible for the second coming of the Irish short story, and spawned a whole new…

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10 reasons why YOU should join RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (even if you’re NOT a writer!)

Jan Hawke INKorporated

1 ~ The Book Club Selections for Review Catalog

There are over 400 members of RRBC and most of them are independent writers and/or publishers. The book catalog has far more than 400 titles in it, from all fiction genres (including Erotica, subject to Club Policy) YA (new Adult), and non-fiction. What I can’t give you is the link to our main catalog page – only members have access rights to this, so it’s literally an exclusive library for us RRBC people to discover, fresh, exciting new authors and titles. Prospective members can however view our genre pages for a taster! 😀
CLICK HERE for RRBC to join now!

2 ~ Your Fellow Members are AWESOME!

Because the RRBC site is a blog, there’s plenty of little nooks around for you to interact with your fellow members, such as – Book Chat; Peer Support; Social Media…

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THE BLOG TOUR – starring “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Jan Hawke #RRBC #RaveReviewsBookClub

This is a blog you don’t want to miss—by an extraordinary woman who’s lived an interesting life.


Tall ships and stars…

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

Sea-fever by John Masefield


There’s a lot to be said for being self-sufficient, especially if you’re a solitary ‘seafaring’ author. 2015 was a terrific year for me in all its meanings, including the negative. For the first time in my life, and after 39 years of relatively calm marital waters, I found myself living on my own after my husband, Pete, did not survive major cardiac surgery.

We only had about 10 days to come to terms with the gravity of his condition, but, as he’d come through several other serious medical procedures in the past 5 years with flying colours, were fairly hopeful. Our luck ran out basically. The day Pete was in surgery…

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Publishing Advice – Practices & Principles

This looks like a winner to me. I will definitely check Dave Bricker out!!

Jan Hawke INKorporated

This is a ‘must-read’ articlefor all indie writer-publishers, however experienced they thinkthey are!

Dave Bricker is my self-publishing guru – he was the person I needed to meet when I took the plunge and  decided to self-publish. Click the link and get yourself over to THE WORLD’S GREATEST BOOK and subscribe, subscribe, subcribe! 😉

I’m Dave Bricker,transparent-charMFA: author, editor, graphic designer, interactive developer, and design educator. I help writers turn well-crafted manuscripts into beautiful, high-quality books. My website offers straight talk for writers about producing and marketing excellent books, eBook technology, book design, typography, writing, literacy, and the publishing business.

Thank you for reading. Enjoy your publishing journey and get in touch if you want help making your book excellent.

—Dave Bricker

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