Episode 51– Newbie Writers’s Podcast
Special Guest- Amy Durrant
My book is called ‘Prisms’. It’s a dystopian thriller about the innocence of youth against a powerful police state. Here’s a link to my book on Amazon and I’ve pasted the blurb below. The tag line for my book is ‘No One Out Runs The Runners’.
Year DC12. The parallel worlds of Earth and Mara are wastelands of corruption, ruled by the unforgiving conference. Seventeen-year-old Faye finds herself thrown into the heart of rebellion with one aim; destroy the conference at whatever cost. Time is ticking. The Runners are coming. But can she win out before she loses herself forever?
Is this like the Hunger Games?
And does that matter?
Is this a YA book or adult? It sounds like YA mostly because some of the more difficult and scary themes are often for YA because the adults can’t handle complicated and dystopia themes. What do you think about that?
Write about where you would love to go. Where do you want to travel? How do you want to travel? Luxury? Coach? Backpacking? Write for twenty minutes, then look up your dream destination, it may be more doable than you think.
Word of the week:
It’s a fine example of a rhyming doublet. It started life in the seventeenth century as a way to describe reckless or careless persons, often young men.
These days it’s much more often applied to unruly football games (“There was a harum-scarum finish to what had looked like a harum-scarum game”), reckless undertakings (“Every few years they come up with some harum-scarum scheme to get around our Constitution or do away with it”), unrestrained performances (“Staccato raw guitar harum-scarum stuff about a deluded bloke whose girlfriend left him”), and disorganised offices (“Day-to-day operations remain harum-scarum in the department”). It’s becoming less common to find an example that’s directly attached to a person:
What you can expect is a braggadocio celebration of the vices attributed to harum-scarum artists throughout time.
Windy City Times (Chicago), 23 Sep. 2009.
The word is usually said to be a combination of two verbs, hare and scare. The latter is obvious enough. The former may have reminded its coiners of the zigzag track a hare takes when it’s being chased, often doubling back to deceive its pursuers, or it may perhaps just be a reference to the speed with which it can move — literally haring along. Dictionary makers think this because early examples are written hare’um scare’um (“hare them and scare them”).
Curiously, however, the very earliest form is harum starum, which might have come from a rather different idea. This stayed around for a while and was used as part of a famous character reference during the American Revolution:
He is Clever, and if any thing too modest. He seems discreet and Virtuous, no harum Starum ranting Swearing fellow but Sober, steady, and Calm.
A letter by Eliphalet Dyer to Joseph Trumbull, dated 17 Jun. 1775. The man concerned is George Washington.
World Wide Words
Damien has to give a shout out for himself for doing the show while Catharine is in Cologne Germany. Thank you Damien!