In honour of the Bard’s 450th birthday…

Legend has it that the Bard is 450 today. Which makes it a jolly good excuse to avoid going to Stratford until the traffic dies down again.

So how do we celebrate? With a dance that all can join in of course. As Will might have put it himself, if it had been invented then. Of course he’s British, so it would have been the Hokey Cokey to be authentic.  I can’t help thinking “go girl” is the weak spot.

Shakespeare hokey pokey

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Happy St George’s Day!

St GeorgeOn St George’s day, I thought it would be good to mark it with a wall painting from Helmsley church.

According to the Telegraph, people are too nervous to celebrate England’s patron saint. I doubt if anyone is surprised that St Patrick is better known, as his day is used as an excuse to drink Guinness.

St George was probably born in Turkey, and very little is known about his life. He became popular in England when the crusaders spread tales of his bravery and gallantry. From the 1300s he was seen as our special protector. Before then, many regarded our home grown King Edward the Confessor as our patron saint.

These days there are people who want to change to St Edmund. I think the argument for changing back to Edward is stronger. It is a shame he was ousted in the first place.

Should we have a bank holiday for St George’s day? It is a nice idea, but it isn’t very practical. We have plenty of bank holidays this time of year. If we have another, Trafalgar Day on 21st October would be much more sensible. It would break up that long slog toward Christmas.

By the way, happy 450th birthday to Shakespeare. Roundabout now, anyway. But more on that this afternoon…

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Reasons not to…

Proofreading_and_editing_blog_167OK, so the cartoon is about not writing a book, but how many other tasks fit in just as nicely?

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How to add layers to your historical romance

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_122Here are some basic points about historical romance. It isn’t rocket science, but it is sometimes useful to remind ourselves of these things…

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Don’t panic about self publishing

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_161Does the thought of self publishing make you panic? For many people, the complexities of this relatively new area are quite scary.

If that describes you, read this post to help you calm down.

And remember. Most time spent panicking could be better spent doing something else. So easy to say, but worth bearing in mind…

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How we learn grammar

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_168A study of how we learn grammar has concluded that the different grammatical structures found in languages of the world reflect the deep properties of human minds rather than social and cultural factors.

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A new channel about the publishing business

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_187This might be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

A new YouTube channel about the book publishing business.

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