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    jonmark
    "jonmark" commented on stephenterry's Blog "How to write a best-seller during the Bank holiday...".
    Stephen, Never heard of Leigh Bracket before. But I must look him (or is it her) up? And Nicholas Sparks - Great comments . Where do you get all these writers quotes from? Write a good story
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    Jill
    "Jill" commented on Mat's Blog "Film Review".
    Let us make it a virtual wedding anniversary next March, Mat!!! My dear departed mother loved to tell me the tale of the first cinema visit I ever had with my parents and big sister. It was Disney's Bambi and I fell asleep apparently. Don't ...
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    Jill
    Jill Not only am I living in a weird global time zone at the moment in order to get everything done, but now I seem to be preparing for a very early Christmas with visitors whom we won't see at that time!! Eccentric or what? :)
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      Jill PS: Love the fun on the Cloud this Rainy Bank Holiday Monday. Have a brilliant rest of the day folks. :)x
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    Daedalus
    Daedalus commented on Interesting Times's picture.
    Beautiful. What an evocative scene with the tramp steamers and that stunning barque. I believe it was a sister four master from the same line (Herzogin Cicilie?) that suddenly appeared in the middle of the Battle of the Falklands in 1914. The ...
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    chrissy
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    chrissy
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    bazbaron
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    German four master Herzogin Sophie Charlotte in Albert dock 1905
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    Jody Klaire (JK)
    Jody Klaire (JK) is officially a hot new release and a top twenty bestseller in the US... *munches cake*
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      Squidge Hooray!!!
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      Newbie Congratulations. You're not eating chocolate cake are you? ;-)
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      John Taylor Cake! There must be cake for JK!
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    Jody Klaire (JK)
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    CeJA
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    Jill
    Jill Well, now I've had a little laugh and a rest on Cloud, it's back to the grindstone. Another laugh ~ my dearly departed Dad used that phrase when I was little and I asked if The Grindstone was his hotel. :)
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    Giselle
    "Giselle" commented on Mat's Blog "Film Review".
    Mat, thank you for this! Loved it. I wish I could fall asleep in movies. I have a horrendous memory of watching Pokeman, in French, while my 6-year old (at the time) dozed off. We didn't have cell phones at the time, I couldn't even escpae into an ...
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    Jill
    "Jill" commented on Mat's Blog "Film Review".
    Needed a laugh right now to keep me going. Thank you, Miss Clever Clogs Whisks. :) Was that comment a subtle hint that my English wasn't up to standard in the way I phrased my comment? :( If so, I have an excuse ~ been up since well before ...
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    Woolleybeans
    Woolleybeans The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: 50 pounds of pots rated an “A”, 40 pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work-and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay. — Art and Fear- David Bayles and Ted Orland
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      Jill I'm liking this more and more. Thought provoking. One counselling course I did was Adlerian and one gem of wisdom was similar to the Chinese: 'The Courage to be Imperfect'. All good for the melting pot of life and its truths. :)
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    • Jillybean
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      Jillybean I really like that, WB
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    • Woolleybeans
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      Woolleybeans What I'm getting from it is we should weigh our writing. Or make pots... ;)
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    • Jill
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      Jill We probably should weigh our writing, Woolleybeans and make sure there are not too many weighty or unnecessary words. :)
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    • Woolleybeans
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      Woolleybeans Ah, but by this rationale, we should have as many unnecessary words as possible, so we have more weight and can have an A. :)
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    • Woolleybeans
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      Woolleybeans I do really like this tale as an analogy to all art and other efforts, though. Perfectionism never leads to my best work. Or to work. Though it does lead to much cowering in a corner and being scared to move. I'm good at that.
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      Daedalus Fascinating. I can see how that can relate to writing
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      Jill Ah, hadn't thought of that angle, Wb! I was in a rush when I scanned through the anecdote, but I think I might prefer your interpretation of the rationale. :) I find that, in the end, the characters and storyline decide upon length and words, speaking as someone who writes brief poetry, short stories and longer tomes. As for perfectionism, isn't it the Chinese who purposely create a flaw in, say, fine pottery! Their rationale is that 'Only God can be perfect.' As a bit of a perfectionist myself, it is good to remind myself of that one. Happy writing, both.
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      Jill Oops, perfectionist in me has spotted a typo ~ ! should be ? Hey ho...
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    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD Ray Bradbury said "Quantity gives experience. From experience alone can quality come".
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    • Woolleybeans
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      Woolleybeans A wise man.
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    • Raine
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      Raine I like this muchly.
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    • Jill
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      Jill I'm liking this more and more. Thought provoking. One counselling course I did was Adlerian and one gem of wisdom was similar to the Chinese: 'The Courage to be Imperfect'. All good for the melting pot of life and its truths. :)
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    Mat
    "Mat" commented on Mat's Blog "Film Review".
    Thank you. We are having a party, you are all invited.
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    Ange
    Ange is now a member of "Historical Novel".
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks Anyone have 43m of 48" galvanised welded wire mesh, 16 gauge, 1"x1" holes, PVC coated, that they could let me have, asap? Be most grateful. Many thanks.
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      Raine Sure. In purple, hope that's ok.
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Mat's Blog "Film Review".
    Jill and Mat are married? Have been for 45 years? Wow. Never knew. What an interesting couple you make. :-D
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    Jill
    "Jill" commented on Mat's Blog "Film Review".
    I'll make a mental note of both films and maybe get to see them one day. I think I might enjoy the film about emotions and relationships, which as a psychology buff would appeal to me and I do like subtlety. Also, who are you calling 'old' and ...
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