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The Realities of Being a Writer

You are a writer. You are sitting in a deck chair on the veranda of your beautiful, rambling home (paid for by the proceeds of your writing) looking out over the beach of a remote tropical island. Drink in hand, you are thinking about your next bestseller, and as the ideas tumble freely into your head you jot them on a pad beside you. You have already received a sizable advance payment, and your publisher is eager read more ...

Books and Trust

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Did Lemony Snicket get it right? What do you think? How do you feel about people who don’t read – or about people who do? Share your thoughts on the Birdcatcher Books Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Birdcatcher-Books-1651262361756685/ It's only fair to share... read more ...

Grace and Faith

  Grace and faith are two of the most important aspects of our Christian walk. Grace is offered to us by God on the basis of the completed work of Christ at the Cross, but it does not automatically take effect in our lives. We need to appropriate it to be able to live the kind of lives that God has designed us to live. Likewise, faith is given to us by God, but we have to take it up and use it to establish a read more ...

A Room Without Books

  I agree with Cicero. Of course, it depends on what type of room we are talking about – for instance, I like to keep my bedroom for sleeping, although I know many people love to read in bed. Pretty much any other room is likely to have books – lots of them, strewn all over the place, several at various stages of being read. The soul is the realm of the mind (books teach us) of the emotions (books read more ...

There is No Friend As Loyal as a Book

Do you agree with Ernest Hemingway that there is no friend as loyal as a book? Leave your comment on our Facebook Page. It's only fair to share... read more ...

Origins of Words and Expressions

Have you ever used a word or an expression and wondered, “Why do we say that? Where did it come from?” I find the English language fascinating, and I love to discover the origins of the words and expressions that we use. Here are a few that I have discovered: Potholes – we all hate it when we are driving down the road and hit a hole, but have you ever wondered why they are called “potholes”? In mediev read more ...

Active and Passive Voice

In spite of what many writers – and, unfortunately, some teachers of writing – believe, active and passive voice has nothing to do with the “strength” of the verb. Rather, it is about the direction of the action. In active voice, the subject acts upon or toward the object. The construction is a simple subject – verb – object: “The boy (subject) kicked (verb – acted upon) the ball (object).” “Fre read more ...
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