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A Poignant Tale of Love, Loss, Hope, Reunion, and More

Love. Hate. Betrayal. Romance. Horror. Hope. Separation. Reunion. Perry Martinโ€™s debut novel Pretty Flamingo promises all of this and much more. It’s a sublime tale that oscillates primarily between two time periods and two places: the late 1960s set in Brisbane, Australia and the early 2000s largely set in California, the US. Itโ€™s a poignant story of loss and separation where, in the end, love reigns supreme. The central idea, nonetheless, revolves around one question: Is it possible that people have ever lived before?

Some More Differences Between Simple Past and Present Perfect

In one of our previous posts, we had explained the rules of the simple present tense and the present perfect tense besides some vital differences between the two. In this lesson, we have listed out some more differences between these tenses that learners ought to keep in mind so they don’t make embarrassing mistakes. To ensure that you comprehend the differences well, we have explained them with the help of several example sentences. So, if you’re ready, let’s begin!

โ€˜Tellingโ€™ Tale

When author Jack Turley was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a bowel disease similar to Crohnโ€™s, he didnโ€™t lose hope or curse his fate. Instead, he turned an evidently painful episode to one that is now bringing him name and fame from right across the globe. โ€˜Writing only started getting significant time and attention in 2018 after I was diagnosed with the disease. Incapacitated and in and out of hospital, I couldnโ€™t go to work, exercise, or socialise. Throughout the last two years of illness-imposed isolation, writing was my escape,โ€™ begins the twenty-four-year-young author, speaking to the Literary Express in an exclusive interaction.

โ€˜My Goal Is to Write Something That Outlives Me in a Big Wayโ€™

On the question of what he would like to tell budding authors who lose motivation if their works donโ€™t do well, Mr Merkel, who works tirelessly for thirteen hours each day, pronounces he would want them to know that doing well is relative. โ€˜Write what you want to read and do it with passion and pride, and you cannot go wrong,โ€™ he suggests.

What Brought Us Here?

Have ever thou enquired what brought us here?
This place with no end seems fraught, strange, and odd.
The stars at night witnessed do not appear
at morning when the Sun above glows hard.

Box That B!

Buzz bees about as bombs blast, boom!
The letter ‘B’ brazen bickers and boos.
Be that as it may, beings work not be.
Breaching banks, blare bays, that d’you see?

Ten Phrasal Verbs With ‘Look’

If you look up the word ‘look’ in a good dictionary, you will end up finding close to thirty meanings. And this word, like many words in English, can function as both a noun and a verb. We, therefore, suggest you click on the link given at the end of this post to get to know all the meanings of this commonly used word. In this post, nevertheless, we have listed ten phrasal verbs with ‘look’ that we feel you ought to know as a learner of the English language. Also, we have stated all the meanings of the phrasal verbs and given several example sentences.

What’s the Difference Between ‘Will’ and ‘Shall’?

In this post, our focus will be on explaining the key differences between the modal verbs ‘will’ and ‘shall’. Many students have the misconception (a wrong opinion) that we use ‘will’ with the second person (you) and third person (he, she, they, it) pronouns and ‘shall’ with the first person pronouns, namely ‘I’ and ‘we’. And while it is true that ‘will’ can be used with any pronoun to denote a future course of action, there are some situations when we cannot use ‘will’. Doing so may not only change the meaning of the sentence, but the sentence may end up being grammatically incorrect as well.

Meet This Gay Author Who Has Served the American Military

Upon being asked to give a glimpse of the life he had led before turning into a full-time writer, Lovejoy divulges that college was a place he never went to. โ€˜Notwithstanding, I have worked in the criminal justice system. First as a cop and then a private investigator where I specialized in criminal defence and helping the families of missing persons. I spent two years as an investigator for the defence team of a federal capital offence case,โ€™ he explains.

Key Differences Between Simple Past Tense and Present Perfect Tense

We generally use the present perfect tense to talk about actions that have a link with the present. Nonetheless, it is also possible to use the past tense to express such actions. Also, the adverbs โ€˜justโ€™, โ€˜recentlyโ€™ and โ€˜latelyโ€™ can be used to denote that the action being spoken about happened in the recent past. It is also possible to use the adverb โ€˜alreadyโ€™ to denote that the action is completed. However, if the sentence happens to be negative, we oftentimes use the adverb โ€˜yetโ€™ provided the sentence is said in the present perfect tense. Look at the example sentences given below:

Ten Interesting Phrasal Verbs With โ€˜Playโ€™

Do you know that a good dictionary will give you close to forty meanings of the word โ€˜playโ€™? Yes, you read that right! You might also find it interesting to note that this cool word is actually derived from the Dutch word โ€˜plienโ€™, which means โ€˜to leap for joyโ€™ or โ€˜to rejoiceโ€™. Nevertheless, I donโ€™t think Iโ€™d be wrong in saying you will have used this word in more than one way while indulging in generic conversations.

‘If We Donโ€™t Fail, We Won’t Learn How to Be More Successful Than Those Who Have Faced No Failure’

‘If we donโ€™t fail, we will never learn how to be more successful than those who havenโ€™t faced any failure. You got to make mistakes, but whether you learn from them or not, thatโ€™s under your control. So, write and write more. Donโ€™t rush, and take your time. The first draft is never a final draft. Take feedback from fellow readers and writers. And most importantly, work on that feedback.’

Ten Idioms You Might Want to Use While Conversing

Using idioms while confabulating is the hallmark of a proficient speaker. If you’re looking forward to enhancing your level of vocabulary, then the list of idioms given in this post can surely be of great help to you. I have chosen ten commonly used idioms that you might want to use in day-to-day conversations.

‘If You Believe in Your Work, Then Itโ€™s Your Job to Make Others Believe in It Too’

‘There are so many more ways to get your work out in the world today than ever before. Donโ€™t wait around to be that very small percentage who gets lucky enough to land an agent or miraculously has their work seen just at the right time by the right person in a big publishing house.’

Remember Thy Guru

Like the Sun that shines, radiating bright light,
a guru disseminates thoughts lofty and wise.
Using his power, directness, and mystical might,
pulls you out of every single and dangerous vice.

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