‘Classic Friday’: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott


My book review for Ivanhoe…

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Welcome to Classic Friday with Nisha Moodley, your monthly journey into Classic authors and their Literature!

Nisha MoodleyNisha is a South African writer, blogger, amateur historian, mystery-chaser and former ghost-hunter who, with a completed collection of short-stories under her belt, is currently working on her first full-length novel.

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I hope you enjoy this ‘Classic Friday’ entry and I’ll be back next monthfor some more.

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ivanhoe-penguin-classicsTITLE: IVANHOE
AUTHOR: Sir Walter Scott
GENRE: Historical fiction
DATE PUBLISHED: 1820
NO.OF PAGES: 550 (My copy: Penguin Classics)

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This novel has been credited for influencing our current perceptions of the Middle Ages. A romantic medieval indulgence, Ivanhoe is also noted for perpetuating the famous Robin Hood legend and giving us the now popular attributes assigned to the famous outlaw. As a result Ivanhoe is probably the single most influential novel in the historical fiction genre.

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5-minute grammar lesson, anyone?


I take solace in the fact that it is impossible to know absolutely everything about our trade, whatever that trade may be. And no matter how much we learn, there is always room for improvement and more information to be acquired.

As writers, language is our main tool but I’ll be the first to admit that my English grammar is not perfect. I do break grammar rules and I like to think it’s on purpose but most of the time, it’s due to ignorance.
Often when I learn something new, either one of two things happen: 1) I’m absolutely fascinated or marvel at this new piece of intelligence or 2) I berate myself for not having known that piece of information.
Cue Microsoft Word, who you can always rely on to point out the mistakes you make and to make you beat yourself up afterwards.
While working on a project recently I was beginning to get annoyed as my Word document kept underlying the word womens’. Surely Word has lost its marbles, I thought. So I did a check.
Nope, I was the one who was wrong.
See, the word ‘women’ is already in the plural form so there’s no need for the apostrophe after the ‘s’. The possessive will therefore take a singular form eg. Women’s rights, children’s toys.

See, even professional signwriters get it wrong. Image: My own.

See, even professional signwriters get it wrong.
Image: My own.

Well, boy howdy. What d’yer know? All this time I was writing the apostrophe after the ‘s’. Embarrassing but I learnt something huge there. And I probably have a lot more to learn.

So, how good is your grammar? And be honest. Was there any grammar rule that eluded you but made you want to crawl into a hole in the ground when you finally learnt it?

NM 🙂

Classic Friday #7: Louisa May Alcott


Highlighting the life and works of Louisa May Alcott…

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Classic Friday

Welcome to Classic Friday with Nisha Moodley, your monthly journey into Classic authors and their Literature!

Nisha MoodleyNisha is a South African writer, blogger, amateur historian, mystery-chaser and former ghost-hunter who, with a completed collection of short-stories under her belt, is currently working on her first full-length novel.

https://nmwritersbloq.wordpress.com

I hope you enjoy this ‘Classic Friday’ entry and I’ll be back next month for some more.

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Louisa May Alcott

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She is most famous for her iconic novel Little Women but Louisa May Alcott was a prolific writer and the author of many other childrens’ novels, poems and short story collections. She was an amazing, strongheaded woman whose beliefs and values seem to have been far ahead of her time.

Early Life

Louisa May Alcott was born on 29 November 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA. Her father Bronson was a Transcendalist philosopher and teacher while her mother Abigail was…

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The ABC Award


This post is three months overdue so my sincere apologies to Beckster who tagged me for the ABC award in March. I’ve never been tagged for this one before and it seems quite exciting, so basically what I do is make an A – Z list of things that have to do with ME!

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I won’t be passing this on to anyone but I want to say thank you to Becky for thinking of me and for giving this site some much needed blog love. 😉

Aaaand here goes…

A is for Amethyst, my favourite gemstone.

B is for beaches and Ballito, Durban. Some of you already know that I’ve relocated and Ballito is my new home for now.

C is for Chocolate, cheese and cookies! The only 3 food groups that matter in my opinion. (What do you mean they’re not food groups? They’re so are, dude…)

D is for Dates. I might be an Archaeology major and History buff but I suck at remembering dates. It’s true. I’m surprised I don’t forget my own birthday.

E is for Edinburgh, Scotland. That’s where I lived for almost two years and I miss it. 😦

F is for fairies or faeries. They exist, you know 😉

G is for Gothic. Love anything gothic, whether it be art, books or architecture.
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is for horsies. I would really like to take up horse-riding sometime in the future, so if anyone wants to buy me a pony…

I is for Island. I will buy my own one day.

J is for Jack The Ripper. I consider myself a bit of a Ripperologist. Just don’t ask me the dates of the murders.

K is for Kale. Because we don’t get it here in SA(well, I haven’t seen it) and I have no idea what it tastes like.

L is for Libra. That’s my starsign.

M is for Mexican food. I make a mean Enchilada. Just saying…

N is for Nocturnal Baking. Peace, quiet, nobody bothers you. Awesome!

O is for OCDs. I have quite a few, enough to warrant a separate blog post, methinks. 😛

ID-10092877P is for pomegranate-scented products. For some reason most of the products I buy seem to be pomegranate-scented: my hand cream, my facemask and even my dish-washing liquid. LOL.

Q is for Quill. I use to own one. And an inkpot. It was fun writing with it although I must admit it’s not the most convenient of writing tools.

R is for Reality TV shows. I HATE them. Especially celebrity ones. I never watch them so don’t talk to me about them.

S is for seven. The number of kgs I’m trying and hoping to lose before summer comes.

T is for TEA! In a previous post I think I mentioned peppermint and Jasmine as my favourites. But I think I’ll add coconut and cinnamon to that list too.

U is for Underworld. Kate Beckinsale as Selena is my hero. 😀

V is for Vincent D’Onofrio. Because I really miss Robert Goren from Law and Order: Criminal Intent. 😦

W is for Weird. Taking stock of all the words that people have used to describe me over the course of my life, this one seems to be topping the list.

X is for X-men. Because how can you not love the X-men?

Y is for the Beatles’ classic Yesterday. Because I cannot get the scene of Mr. Bean going Suddenleee out of my head. 😀

Z is for Zulu (or isiZulu). In an attempt to kick my dreadful unilingualism to the kerb, I’m currently studying the most spoken language (in terms of number of people) in South Africa. Unlike my failed attempts at Spanish and French years ago, I hope to reach semi-fluent levels at least.

NM 🙂

Images

* Jack The Ripper courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
* Fruits courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Random thoughts after a writing break.


Yesterday I picked up my WIP for the first time in four months.

There is a certain irony I’ve discovered about myself which I’m not really sure happens often to other writers. During my busiest moments when it was essential for me to focus my energy on my priorities, I found myself thinking about my novel or my short stories and feeling the need to have a look at them or write something down at least (this is not a good thing to happen the day before an exam, I assure you).

Yet when I think of all the times I was free and had nothing to do but procrastinated my time away I want to kick myself. Stupid irony.
Now that examinations are over however, I can now continue working on my MS without getting any weird writing itches.

Just for the record, I can now understand the advice some of you guys gave me last year about waiting awhile before editing. Looking at my current WIP after so long was a strange feeling. It was like reading somebody else’s story and I was experiencing a weird detachment to what I had written. As a result, mistakes and holes were glaring but I also found myself being pretty pleased about the particular parts that I enjoyed. Distancing yourself from your MS for a short while can be beneficial so I fully endorse it. 😀

NM :)

Classic Friday #6: Frankenstein


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Classic Friday

Welcome to Classic Friday with Nisha Moodley, your monthly journey into Classic authors and their Literature!

Nisha MoodleyNisha is a South African writer, blogger, amateur historian, mystery-chaser and former ghost-hunter who, with a completed collection of short-stories under her belt, is currently working on her first full-length novel.

https://nmwritersbloq.wordpress.com

I hope you enjoy this ‘Classic Friday’ entry and I’ll be back next month for some more.

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NB. Because Nisha is busy with exams this month she would like her readers to please note that the following piece is an old post from her own site, so it may well feel familiar to some of you. She will be back in June with a completely new piece. 

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THE MOST IMPORTANT NIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF HORROR

Frankenstein 1In the summer of 1816, a couple holidayed with their friends at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The man, Percy, despite being married to…

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Classic Friday #5: The Woman in White


My book review for The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins…

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Classic Friday

Welcome to Classic Friday with Nisha Moodley, your monthly journey into Classic authors and their Literature!

Nisha MoodleyNisha is a South African writer, blogger, amateur historian, mystery-chaser and former ghost-hunter who, with a completed collection of short-stories under her belt, is currently working on her first full-length novel.

https://nmwritersbloq.wordpress.com

I hope you enjoy this ‘Classic Friday’ entry and I’ll be back next month for some more.

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TITLE: THE WOMAN IN WHITE

AUTHOR: WILKIE COLLINS

GENRE: 19th century Detective/Mystery Fiction

DATE PUBLISHED: 1860

NO. OF PAGES: 728 (My copy: Collins Classic)

the-woman-in-whiteDescribed as one of the very first sensation novels, first –time readers were captivated by Wilkie Collins’ story, The Woman In White when it was first released in serial form in 1859. Apparently, a true-life case of the wrongful abduction and incarceration of a woman in a mental institute in the 18th century was the inspiration for…

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