Remake by Ilima Todd is a young adult fantasy dystopian book. Because all books need labels these days.
To break that down, young adult means soppy romance in there, fantasy means unreal, and dystopian means 1984 or Brave New World.
So, brief synopsis is that our heroine, Nine, lives in Freedom One (aka 1984 where everything means the opposite) and due to circumstances, she finds herself outside the province and gets to look at a different option of freedom.
She is brought up as quasi gender-neutral, but only because all children receive hormone suppressant injections. She has no family, rather she is part of a batch of bred hatchlings. Read More
Because if you try and differentiate between the so-called different types of editor you need, you will end up with an infarct, of the myocardium.
An aside, when I was discussing heart attacks – as lay people call an MI – with a clinical colleague, I asked him why it was called a myocardial infarction. ‘Because it’s an infarct of the myocardium,’ he said, puzzled at my stupidity.
But not everyone walks around talking about infarcts and the myocardium. Most of us still talk about heart attacks.
Just as most of us talk about editors, not line editors, or copy editors, or content/developmental/ structural editors. And editors are different to proofreaders. Or are they? Read More
The wonderful thing about the internet (somewhat like Tiggers) is that you can look up all manner of people, school friends, work colleagues, people you loathed, anyone really, from the past and find out what they are up to.
OK, so Helen Fielding, in the year above me at school, isn’t too hard to find. And given that I am not a fan of chick lit, romance or Pride and Prejudice, Ms Jones’ Diary was not my favourite read, and the film didn’t go down well either.
Hopefully you shouldn’t find me in an internet search as I haven’t done anything remotely famous like Helen.
But publishing books and remaining in the newspaper industry does make you more track-down able.
The last I heard from a former reporting colleague was when he wrote to me from California saying that he was working in a lab as a technician, and no longer considered himself a journalist. He doubted he’d return to our profession.