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                FIONA  DONOVAN

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Brilliant Minds

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (502)
So, it's 2020 already. Wow, there goes another year that I didn't finish novel #3. 
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. I hope that 2020 treats you well.


William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest of writers in English. His literary masterpieces are many. He sprinkled just the right words in just the right places to make a specific point, define a character, create drama, continue the plot, or provide a punch of comedy. His countless words may not be used much today, but they made his work come alive and stand the test of time. Like a master craftsman, Shakespeare has used his knowledge of words to entertain audiences for over 500 years now. The parts of speech serve as the foundation of literacy.

How many of his literary works can you name without looking them up?

Brilliant Minds

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 9:58 AM Comments comments (450)
Ronald W Reagan,40th President of the United States 1981-89. Noted for being a Conservative Republican, his fervent anticommunism, and his appealing personal style, characterized by a jaunty affability and folksy charm. The only movie star to become President, he had a remarkable skill as an orator that earned him the title "the Great Communicator".  During both his Governorship and his Presidency he wrote all of his own speeches. He also authored 33, yes 33 books!  One particular speech from over 30 years ago discusses the same problems that the USA are facing today. Watch this U-tube clip.

Another Award

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (221)
Done it again! 7 years in a row now! A small achievement, but an achievement non the less.

Brilliant Minds

Posted on February 24, 2019 at 3:59 PM Comments comments (949)

"I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been a preparation for this hour and for this trial."

Winston Churchill offered an unparalleled eloquence of the English Language. He often chose, from his vast array of vocabulary words, rhetoric to stir the souls of his countrymen. With lucidity and a majestic style, he rallied England in a desperate hour during World War II with these words: "I have nothing to offer but blood toil, sweat and tears.

In 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his mastery of historical and biographical presentation and his brilliant oratory.

More grammar problems

Posted on February 3, 2019 at 12:01 PM Comments comments (90)
Hi there my fellow book lovers. Found some more grammar problems that tend to get mixed up in this difficult language of ours. Hope that you find them helpful. Until next time, Ta Ta.


Posted on November 4, 2018 at 10:53 AM Comments comments (195)
Although I enjoy hearing your comments about my blog articles, I really DO NOT appreciate some of you using my site as an open forum for you to advertise your various wares. Some of which I find to be highly offensive. DO NOT ADVERTISE ON THIS SITE.  Thank you.

A book is not just a book.

Posted on August 25, 2018 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (457)
A book isn't just a book. Not to the author anyway. A great deal is put into writing that story; time, thought, research, skill. A story is not only written once, it is edited and re-written many times before it is available in the stores. Many decisions have to be made during the writing and development process, making it quite an involved and complicated process. It is a great accomplishment to write and have a book published. Something to be truly proud of.                                                                                                                                                          

Award time again

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 11:27 AM Comments comments (115)
Well, once again for the 6th year in a row I have won this award for my marketing of my books. Although, I do have to say that like my writing the marketing has also slowed down. It's only a small award, but it's an Award and I'm proud to be the recipient of it.

Write what you know

Posted on March 26, 2018 at 1:04 PM Comments comments (156)
Whatever you are writing, whether it be an essay, newspaper article or book it is generally rule of thumb that you know what the heck you are writing about. Do your homework on the subject, research it to make sure that you really do know what you are writing about. If you don't know the subject well it will reflect in your writing.

Another rule of thumb is don't try to impress the reader by using big, uncommonly used words which some of us have probably never even heard of anyway. There's nothing worse than having to read a book with a dictionary by your side, it's frustrating and off putting.

English is weird

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (265)
The English language is weird;

It can be understood through tough, thorough thought though.

A Murder of Crows
Back in the Middle ages someone decided that a group of crows should be called a murder. What do crows have to do with murder, who knows for certain. Some people believe that they are a sign of death, while others see them a sign of luck. This makes for a macabre collective noun.