Daily Archives: June 7, 2013

FWF – The Cost of Memory


I have had this FWF open in the background all night (I haven’t been online the whole time) waiting for muse to hit me and help me write this week’s time and place scenario- and muse has finally made a call! Here’s my FWF – click the button to find out more.


The Cost of Memory

You’re young. You are standing in front of a shop window watching something on the black and white television inside. A woman grabs your hand and runs down the street, pulling you along…

I see the television boxes in the window, I have always wished I could be like some of the other kids. Lying on the carpet watching the flashing light from the box. I can’t really imagine lying on our floor. I might get splinters. I like to stand here watching these boxes. Many screens with the same magic moving across them. It helps me. Helps me forget, takes my mind elsewhere.

Elva had planned this one for some time, with Smithy’s help. He had practically moved into her room. She didn’t like that, the sleaze she had to put up with just to get by, to keep Christine safe. She had to. There was no choice. Most of the time she hated it, living by the rule of the gun. Smithy had taken full advantage of the day. And he really had been right. Most people’s backs were turned, watching the events unfold. Gathered around radio’s listening or engrossed in the television. Elva had even managed to slip through the Department Store without detection.

But then something. People changed. The atmosphere. People racing out onto the streets, traffic moving. She glanced at the clock tower, it was too early. Torn between the plan and keeping Christine safe, she left JONE’S & SON’S and ran down the small narrow alley. She could see her innocent child, the other side of the street. Exactly where she had left her. Outside Roy’s Electronics. She was a good girl. Elva tried to force the thoughts of the beatings to come out of her mind. She had to find some way to live and survive. But she could move on. She had a brimming haul from today’s work, enough to put down on a room somewhere for a few days.

Elva knew she had no choice now. This was too big for her.

Christine was so captivated by the screens she didn’t see the reflections moving about her in the window. Hadn’t realised the once quiet street was now filling out with a human population all frantically rushing to a different place. Before she knew it a woman grabbed her hand and starting running down the street. Her arm was being pulled from it’s socket it hurt. She called out, but no-one took any notice, the street was thick with people rushing about, holding their hats on. Her own green winter coat seemed to be splitting at the seams, it was cutting into her armpit.

Christine really wanted to know what was going on. The Televisions all showed the same word she wasn’t sure, something about Balloons or Ballet, the last bit she could read T-I-N, Tin, like the bath they used at home.

The man didn’t have any balloons. He had a big thing attached to his head, he listened and talked and was handed new bits of paper to read. He sometimes looked straight into her face and seemed to blink a lot. He touched his glasses at the side and looked at somebody who was inside the box and not on the screen. Then a shiny circle with a bird on it and some big words Christine had not seen. She could read the abc on the screen at the end. That’s as much as she could ever remember;

A is for Apple… B and C.

None of it made sense, she’d ask Mum when they got back. She looked up from her running red shoes, her arm was still hurting.

“You’re hurting me!” she yelled over and over, she looked up.

It wasn’t her mum!

Rhetorical Compostion II – Brainstorming Activity – The Beginning



Over the next week I will be posting parts of my next Rhetorical Composition II assignment, part of the brief is to publically publish it. I have chosen my blog. I have also chosen a subject area which may be useful to the followers of this blog (with some help and encouragement from you – see Related Articles). cloud_writing2


I have chosen to focus on Self-Publishing, for the record the first time I free-lanced (in the 90’s) I was of the ‘traditional print publishing camp’ because the whole process back then was different and there were many poor examples of books that weren’t picked up for a reason.

However, with the advances in technology and the way people receive the printed word, the advent of e-readers, niche markets, having several friends successfully market their work in this way and the global recession, I am beginning to reconsider my ‘snobby’ opinion of self publishing.

So here is my assignment brief.

imagesCANYEEWSYour opinions matter!

  • Please leave a comment, discuss the content and your own opinions freely.
  • Please remember that this is for an academic research project – although the purpose of the writing is to inform and persuade you.
  • Grammar and technical writing errors needn’t be pointed out, it is a peer reviewed course and with international (ESL) students we are not focusing on the level of language used.




“I’m interested in” Statement:

As a writer, I’m interested in creating a series of blog posts that are intended to persuade an audience of writers to consider the self-publishing route in light of e-publishing and technical advances over the traditional route of publishing. Self-publishing used to be looked down on by ‘real writers’, nowadays there is still a stigma attached to self-publishing but depending on your writing goals it could be a successful route for you and be quicker and more financially rewarding than the traditional publishing route. These articles will also inform the readers of details about the world of publishing.

They are intended to help writers who have reached the pitching stage to consider which route they’d like to take. Many writers start with a list of publishers and once that list is exhausted they look into the route of self-publishing. My articles will help them in this process by informing them with the how’s and why’s and what’s.


Researching and collecting facts to be used as the core of my rhetorical appeal. Recent research shows that many more writers are considering the self-publishing route. There are a wide range of resources available to me to complete this research, I have already collected a range of media articles, blog posts and web links as a starting point.

Definition: Stasis Brainstorming Questions

 Facts The problem is the stigma attached to self-publishing despite advances in technology and global markets that writers should and could take advantage of.  The problem may possibly never be changed, although some print publishers have struggled (as all business) in the recession and with the advancing market on electronic books maybe people will see self-publishing as a positive alternative.

As I complete my research I will also ask myself useful critical questions such as:

  • Where did I obtain the data and are these sources reliable?
  • How do I know they’re reliable?

I am almost certain that the facts I will discover and statistics will support the argument that self-publishing should be seen and validated as another possible option and not something that only weak, amateur writers do. I am sure I can use this research to add to the strength of my persuasive argument.


The problem is the stigma attached to self-publishing. Opposition from writers, publishers, editors and agents. The larger class of events this issue stands in is – the world of publishing and the how’s and why’s for new writers.


It is a good thing that there are a variety of publishing options, it is a bad thing that this route is looked down upon because for many writers it may be the most logical option.  This issue is not as serious as my PSA (Public Service Announcement) however it is a subject area I hold a personal interest in and it fits my blog and might help some writers I know too. The problem affects writers and publishers.

Here, I’d need to acknowledge any counterarguments that exist and persuade my audience that having a working knowledge of the self-publishing process may have beneficial results for their project. I need to first undertake some research, gather some facts that I hope will demonstrate that self-publishing may be the way forward for some writers.


  • Related Articles:




ENDNOTE: The great website I discovered this morning whilst in Ohio State University Mode is an online graphical dictionary. It can be used as a good starting point tool for writers. Find it here and have fun!

Oh, Oh, Ohio State University!


Oh my! I have been up for over 2 hours (just before 6 AM) desperately trying to complete 2 course quiz assignments before the deadline of 7 AM…
I attempted them last night but in the end (yes, you guessed it!) fell asleep at/on the laptop!
So here is my story for Friday – already and the day has just begun!imagesCANYEEWS

Ohio State University Online Course – Rhetorical Composition II

The good thing is the tutors realised after high voltage forum posts in week 2 that they would have to amend the schedule of the course. Most people work full time and couldn’t find the time to meet the deadlines. It does take several hours to sift through the initial academic jargon and get to the point of each challenge. (Despite videos, print resources, links etc.)

Another positive if they have Google hangouts and the tutors communicate fairly well with the 2000 virtual students they have enrolled!

I spent over an hour this morning completing the research and activities in preparation for a 10 question pop quiz. (These interim activities count towards course credit and have to be done.) The deadline (so I thought) was 7 AM, logging on at 6AM I spot a 14:00 deadline and once I had FINALLY submitted my paper it registered it as being sent last night!

So in theory rather than having to go back to bed now (and on very little sleep, I do!) I could have gone to bed at a sensible time and woken as normal and still completed this before work!

The 2nd quiz was easier as I knew more about the subject matter – and whilst I was still ‘in the zone’ I have completed the 3rd quiz (due on the 14th) because I don’t want another 6AM alarm call to meet a deadline!dl



The GOOD NEWS is last night before I fell asleep I finally managed to get to grips with the initial forum post suggesting my research topic (as helped to be chosen by you!)

I will post that with links to the Online Course posts before I go back to bed!

And breathe…

(Now I know why I haven’t gone to uni since the 90’s! The brain gets old quick!)

I learnt ONE cool thing in the entire scholarly morning and I will share this fab website with you in my next Oh, Oh, Ohio State Uni Post!