#3: The Spook’s Secret [Night of the Soul Stealer]

After what happened in Priestown, Tom, the Spook and Alice get a little time to rest before winter comes. They must go to the Spook’s winter home in Anglezarke.

On one cold night, the bell that calls the Spook is rung and Tom must go and see who it is. He arrives and a hooded figure is awaiting, dressed like a Spook. He has a letter for Mr. Gregory and he leaves just as mysteriously as he arrived.

Tom gives the letter to the Spook and upon reading it, he is not pleased at all…

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Return To My Roots

My grandparents had six children, five boys and a girl; my aunt and uncles. I am named after my dad who was named after my grandad. Apparently in tradition that makes me grandma’s husband, don’t ask me how, I don’t understand myself .

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Back I return, to these dark hallways on hallowed grounds.

A place where silence reigns and there is never a sound.

I turn a corner, not sure of what I’ll see,

As slowly the voices start to surround me.

I should not have returned, this should not have to been done.

But as the last, it is my duty ‘for this world comes undone.

I doubt myself, can I perform this rite?

For this task, I shall have to trust in my minds sight.

Beyond time and space, beyond present and past,

What I do now, I must make sure that it last.

And so it begins, or it ends in my case,

In hope that I have lived well and it wasn’t all in waste….

Dante

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STEAM Bootcamp

I am coder, and I jump at every chance to learn anything new….

Today I got the opportunity to attend a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics} workshop whose main focus was game development… in Africa.

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The workshop was hosted by NdunaGirls and the guest speaker was Eyram Tawia, CEO of Leti Arts and a STEAM Africa member. the venue was courtesy of B2C Co-working. Eyram and his team are one of the first companies to produce a game and comics based on African stories.

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Stephen King’s 10 Best Tips for Becoming a Phenomenal Writer

I was already doing some of these. I’m looking for this book.

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The King has always been the sort of writer who can release one bestseller after another. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his works.

Wouldn’t that be nice? To be able to sell that many books? To be that productive?

Well, in 2002 King temporarily gave up on writing horror novels, and wrote a little book chronicling his rise to fame and discussing exactly what he believes it takes to become a good writer. Since then, it’s become the most popular book about writing ever written, which is understandable.

On Writing is not only about the basics of writing, and something that you should approach as a craft, but also a passion. Other writing books are focused on the mechanics of the written word, while King shows you how to capture the joy of the craft.

Yes, this little book will make you want to write, not for…

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Are We Losing Our Humanity?

I rarely like being in a car when mum is driving. The play by play commentary on drivers and random opinions I care not for.

The last time I was in the car with her driving, she said something that got me thinking. It got me doing a lot of introspection.

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Forays Into Grammar (the Sequel)

I’m back again with another Foray Into Grammar . For so long as there are people who butcher grammar, I will be there to address it.

Today I’ll talk about:

Irregardless

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What you should be using

They way I see this word thrown all around without a second thought really makes me beg the question: “Did you really understand what you were trying to say?”

Let me dissect this word:

Prefix – ir meaning not

Suffix – less meaning without

Irregardless is, as I believe we’ve learnt in mathematics class, a double negative, and would translate to not without regard“.

I highly doubt this is what anyone who uses it means to convey, it’s actually the opposite.

Just because you are trying to sound learned, of the thousands of words in the English vocabulary you could pick, you choose that one? I’m so amused at just how much it defeats the purpose.

Reiterate

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The re is rarely ever necessary

The situation is much worse with this one.

This whole assuming and not verifying is the reason why this word is so abundant in everyday speech.

By adding the prefix re meaning again, you think you’re getting your point across. What you have done is shown just how well you do not know the English language.
Iterate on its own, already means ‘to say or perform again/repeat something’

In programming, when you have a line of code that needs to run multiple times that process is called looping, repetition or iteration not reiteration.

The only time it’s acceptable to use reiterate is when you were iterating again.

In my experience, only one group of people are capable of using the word correctly but never do; church pastors/preachers/ministers.

You people really make me miss my English lecturer. Now there was a man who knew his shit.

Dante

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