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Historical Fiction Writing with Universal Class – with City of Joondalup – Whitfords Library


INTRODUCTION

What Is Historical Fiction?

I thought I would first show the definition of Historical Fiction to pinpoint what we are looking at exactly.

Historical, adj. 1. Of, relating to, or of the character of history. 2. Based on or concerned with events in history.

Fiction, n. 4.a. A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact. b. The category of literature comprising works of this kind, including novels, short stories, and plays.

Writing historical fiction is simply writing a story that is set in the past which is usually during a significant time period. For example, the Victorian Period is the period during Queen Victoria’s reign. I find this period particularly interesting and a favourite.

The main thing that I will learn in this course is to do research to come up with the correct setting based on facts. It can also include real people but does not necessarily have to.

When You are writing fiction, it is very important to do your homework so that you can really pinpoint the mannerisms, costumes, conditions,  etc, in order to make the novel authentic. In fact, they also say that historical fiction novels can take years to write because of the amount of research you have to do when writing.

Historical writing includes historical figures placed in imaginary situations

Fictional characters placed in actual, factual historical periods of time or situations

(for example, you can place your fictional character “Alexandra” in Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812); or you can have variations of both.

For example, you could place historical figures in settings they have been proven to have been in or fictional characters in fictional settings in a real period of history.

To recap, historical fiction is writing that is fictional but in which elements from history play the main roles.

When you choose to write historical fiction, you are doing two things at once – you are both the historian AND the storyteller. You are going to tell your readers what happened at the time and what it felt like.

We are going to explore the genre.

We will discuss the various subgenres, the types of characters and settings you may want to explore, character motivations, conflict, plot, plot mapping, editing, and pacing, plus agents, queries, and so much more.

You will walk away at the end of this course feeling as though you know exactly what you want to write and exactly how to write it.

I have submitted my Introduction online and written what book I want to write and then did a multiple choice exam at the end.

You may have to be a member of the City of Joondalup library to access the course.

It is under Online Resources in the Spydus catalogue.

Xx

Emmalisa

Note: 📝 This is through onlineclasses.com

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BOOKS, Lady, library

My current list of Library Books – Girrawheen Library – City of Wanneroo


Today I went to the Girrawheen Library which is a part of the City of Wanneroo here in Western Australia. I picked up FOUR books which I will be listing in this particular blog.

You will find the first book really shows that it is the type of novel I would DEFINITELY read. Just look at the FIRST WORD! But it is BOOK FIVE of the “The Selection Series”.

The Selection Series is a series of five young adult novels written by Kiera Cass. It focuses on The Selection, a competition for the current king’s heir for a hand in marriage. Source: Wikipedia

A selection can ONLY have ONE winner. A PRINCESS only has one HEART. ❣

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty five suitors but as events at the palace force her even further into the spotlight she realised that she might not be content remaining alone.

She still isn’t sure she will find the fairy – tale ending her parents did twenty years ago but sometimes the HEART has a way of surprising you…….

“CHARMING”

“CAPTIVATING”

and filled with JUST the right amount of SWOON!

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kiersten White

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Celebrities, england, royal life, TRAVEL

My time at the Princess Diana Exhibition and Kensington Palace


england, TRAVEL

A day in Windsor! PART 1


Oh! ……. To have a DAY in Windsor!

I’m not going to bore you with a LOT of writing,

Instead I am going to post ALOT of photos!!!!!

This will show exactly HOW MUCH FUN I had in Windsor!!!!!!

It is my favourite town in England so far and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and still can visualise the imperial state crown standing right in front of me when I went to see the Crown Jewels. Also, apologies beforehand, I stood in St George’s Chapel for SO long I missed the state rooms! And missed the arch way that Prince Harry and Meghan walked out of!

Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy the photos I took when at Windsor……. the order of photos have a story to tell!

ENJOY my photos!

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History, Lady, royal life

The Royal Wedding of 2018: Prince Harry & Meghan Markles OFFICIAL portraits


After Meghan Markle said her vows and wowed the enormous crowds with her pristine and classic and totally immaculate white wedding dress She was then declared the Duchess of Sussex.

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How A Stone Fireplace Adds Elegance to Your Living Space


There is no alternative to own house. Isn’t it? Are you planning to decorate your living space in a highly creative manner? That’s great. It is high time to conduct your research so that you may get in touch with some of the best alternatives. You will come across numerous choices, among which inclusion of a fireplace will serve the desired purpose.

Aesthetic Stone Fireplace – Highly Elegant and Durable

Addition of an aesthetically looking fireplace to your backyard will definitely allure you with elegance and warmth. Though bonfires are among excellent starters, high quality and decent stone fireplace is highly elegant and durable too. It will definitely enhance the overall value of your home.

Along with decorating your home, your house’ final look will also be surprising. Moreover, there is no need to spend a huge amount to install a fireplace as it can be done in limited budget too. In addition, a real fireplace has been recognized to be much safer and long lasting in comparison to fire pits and chimneys.

Get an Aesthetic Look to Your Home!

By opting for a thin veneer, it is possible to obtain the elegance as well as richness of a fireplace at a reasonable rate. Real stone veneer can be easily placed as facing on fire worthy bricks. As they are made with the help of real stones, your stone fireplace will definitely hold an aesthetic look.

Stone veneers are not at all cultured stones. Instead they are highly resistant to fire, fading and chipping. Even if they get chipped, the colour will constantly remain a solid one as they are real stones. It is a fact that fireplaces can contribute in extending seasons. You may easily spend a good time with your family members especially during cool spring evenings.

Enjoy with Your Dearest Ones in Front of Fireplace

Drinking a hot tea along with delicious marshmallows in front of a fireplace is definitely an amazing experience! Along with feeling the warmth, you can easily enjoy a gorgeous evening with your dearest one in front of a stone fireplace.

Converting cool winter nights into wonderful and memorable dinner nights remain no more a hard nut. A fine looking stone fireplacewill definitely set the right type of tone for the entire evening. Simply turning on a soothing music will let you enjoy with your guests in the midst of the crackling of fire.  Thus, it has made your winter days special and easier.

Stone Fireplaces – Much Safer Than Chimneys and Fire Pits

Do you know that fireplaces made of stone are much safer than chimneys? Fire pits are highly hazardous to small children and chimneys are the ones that can be easily knocked over. However, a fireplace that has been built with the help of an iron screen will definitely protect your children from sparks. Stone walls on the other hand will prevent accidental burning.

Stone veneer is available in a wide variety of styles. Ranging from square cuts to natural looking stones, it is possible to choose the most suitable option. As they are available in a wide variety of colors as well as textures, your stone fireplace can be built in an aesthetic manner! It will be definitely a great choice in terms of decorating the house.

Stone Fireplaces – Easy to Install and Maintain

Fireplaces built using stone veneer are easy to handle as well as maintain. Regular cleaning will definitely serve the purpose. This is the reason that stone fireplace has gained high popularity among house owners. If you are determined to install fireplace at your home, start your search for a professional installer now.

About the Writer

This post is written by Joseph Webb. Joseph is an excellent blogger and philosophers, His keen observation to provide useful information which helps readers to get more ideas. He can be found on Facebook and on Twitter as @aussiesmag.

Celebrities, History, royal life

Royal Love Stories


With Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle’s wedding approaching this May, royal weddings and love stories are on everyone’s mind. This love for the royal family is nothing new though. For decades the public has come to admire what royal weddings embody around the world, especially when it involves an unlikely couple getting together for a fairytale ending.

That’s why I’m loving this visual from Invaluable that shares different and unlikely royal love stories from around the world. No matter their background or social standing, it goes to show just how powerful true love is. From Prince William and Kate Middleton meeting in their college dorm to Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III meeting at a photo shoot, the love stories behind these iconic couples is inspiring to follow, especially during the month of love!

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Beauty, Lady

Top 10 Hygiene beauty tips for clear, glowing skin


Smooth, glowing skin is something that we all aspire to have. Eating a healthy diet filled with wholesome foods, drinking plenty of water and following a robust skincare regime is essential for clear skin. Unfortunately, even if you’re doing everything right, the pollution and acne-causing bacteria can still cause irritation and blemishes. Luckily, following these simple hygiene tips can help you to combat these negative effects:

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TRAVEL

Parkour: London Guide


Parkour has become increasingly popular in recent years. In October 2016, Parkour was officially recognised as a sport by the UK – the first country in the world to do so. Following this, London has become a hotspot for Traceurs (individuals who practice Parkour) to work on their craft.

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TRAVEL

Top 10 Tips for your Visit in London by a Londoner


Winter is on its way out and Spring is almost here, meaning that London is coming into full bloom. The appeal of warmer weather, an abundance of gorgeous flowers decorating the busy streets and the promise of longer days all make our city incredibly popular in Spring – just make sure you know how to deal with lily pollen stains if you’re heading for the parks!

Whenever you’re heading to London, it’s always a good idea to get some tips from someone who knows it well before you go. This is where I come in! As a Londoner, I’ve put together some of my top tips to help you make the most of your city break.

Avoid Rush Hour

If you’re travelling on the tube, bus, train or any other kind of transport, always, always avoid rush hour when you can. These times tend to be from between 7.30AM-9AM and 4.30PM-6.00PM. It gets super busy so avoid at all costs!

 

Plan Your Day

Before heading out, make sure you’ve planned everything. The places you’re visiting, the right tubes to get there, food places nearby – knowing what you’re doing and when will make your days a whole lot smoother.

 

Get an Oyster Card

If you’re planning on using the tubes and buses, definitely get an Oyster card. They make travel much easier and will save you a whole lot of both time and money! Head to a tube station to pick one up for free.

Buses Don’t Accept Cash

Our city buses are completely cashless, meaning that if you want to hop on you’re going to need either an Oyster card or a debit or credit card that uses contactless payment. We really are living in the future over here!

 

A Free Day Out

If you want to save some cash, there are plenty of things that won’t cost you anything in London. Pop to museums such as The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum or The Victoria and Albert Museum which are all free. If you’re lucky and the weather is good, take a stroll in a park. There are a lot to choose from: Hyde Park, Regents Park, St. James’ Park, just make sure you know how to get rid of lily pollen stains if you’re going in Spring or Summer!

 

We’re Not Big Tippers

Sometimes a tip will be included in the bill in London, but if not then around 15% should be okay. Staff won’t get offended if you don’t leave an exact percentage, though. A restaurant meal is the only time you should always tip, really – they won’t expect it in a bar, taxi or café, though it can be nice if you’ve received good service.

Avoid Shopping on Saturday

I would definitely stay clear of Oxford Street and Regent Street on a Saturday if you can help it. It gets super busy and your relaxing shopping trip will turn into more of a crazy ordeal. Check out quitter places like Redchurch street in Shoreditch for some quirky shopping spots you won’t find anywhere else!

 

 

Travel on a Bike

Boris Bikes are a cheap, eco-friendly and fun way to get around London. You can rent a bike from one of the many docks scattered around London and then pop it back into another one when you’re done.

Check Out Markets

We have loads of great markets that are on throughout the week, including in Camden and Brick Lane – two hot spots for lovers of all things alternative and indie. Check them out online and find one that appeals to you, whether you’re more into fine food, stylish clothing or quirky finds!

 

Places to Explore

If you’re in need of some inspiration of places to explore, here are a few popular areas of London that could be right up your street:

• Chelsea

• Notting Hill

• Camden

• Covent Garden

• Kengsington

• Greenwich

Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and enjoy your trip!

Written by Guest Writer

Kira Kolosova, MAVENS OF LONDON

She has worked as Editor at SHIFT LondonLondon College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and has a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Journalism with London College of Fashion. PLUS a features and fashion editorial intern for PAUSE Magazine and HEARST MAGAZINES UK