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Complete song lyrics are as follows:

“Push the cow over the moon,

Who swept the tide out with a broom,

Send a letter of reply,

To the ocean’s tide,

But the tide did not return,

And the orchestra adjourned,

When the poets cancelled lunch,

Oh this caused much fuss.

 

“And while the priest was busy drinking diamond white,

Oh what we were searching for we couldn’t find,

Oh no, no, no, no.

 

“Push the cow over the moon,

Who swept the tide out with a broom,

Send a letter of reply,

To the ocean’s tide,

As the seagulls flocked,

To mock Elgar’s symphonies,

Well angel Gabriel,

Booked a flight to Tel Aviv.

 

“And still the priest continued drinking diamond white,

But what we were searching for we couldn’t find,

Oh no, no, no, no.

 

“So the bride and the groom,

Argued the off side rule,

As the majorettes,

Threw their batons too soon.

 

“Ah, ah-ha.

Ah, ah-ha.

 

“Push the cow over the moon,

Who swept the tide out with a broom,

Send a letter of reply,

To the ocean’s tide.”

>Push The Cow Over The Moon, music & lyrics by Ida Barker.

How do you dress for duress in times of hardship?

New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo14

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Hedda Hopper was known for wearing flamboyant hats to draw singular attention to herself. A visual identity, a sartorial signature to affirm her celebrity. But more importantly – self-preservation.

People who are notable for a particular manner of dress are protected in hard times, because their signature outfit represents a lifetime.

A signature outfit says all by itself: Here is who I am, no matter what’s going on right now – any momentary bad spell will disappear quickly. It helps remove the person from reality, like a character in a film or book, so long as they are reasonably successful – then – is the presumption of success about them.

“Happiness is wonderful, but if you have more than 5 consecutive minutes of it, it means you are not thinking.”

Have you chosen a style of clothing for which you will be immediately recognised for? I wrote a particular “dress for duress” for one of my characters in short story: Caught In Amber, from book #GirlRogues: Braggadocio.

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New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo5 – how Nancy Dell’Olio’s interview with Jan Moir influenced my #GirlRogues writings by Zizzi

Nancy Dell’Olio – a feisty lady who has the power to turn a setback into an opportunity

Nancy Dell'Olio influenced #GirlRogues by Zizzi Bonah

Nancy Dell’Olio picture telegraph.co.uk – Jan Moir picture theguardian.com

Fearless, feisty, feminine females –

When I began writing the collection of short stories and verses for my fantasy fiction book, #GirlRogues: Braggadocio, I purposely set about writing female characters that had resourceful natures – who nurtured a strong desire to turn any encumbrance into a hidden opportunity waiting in plain sight.

Nancy Dell’Olio‘s interview with Jan Moir from The Daily Mail  highlights – to my mind, an intelligent woman who exercises the right to such desires and throws sand in the face of difficult questions in response to her former lover’s autobiography.

Quote Jan Moir on Nancy:

Lesser women might have hidden away. Thrown themselves on the empty double bed and sobbed into their mink coats. Not Nancy Dell’Olio.

Jan Moir goes on to describe Nancy’s Dell’Olio as being  – “a resourceful person with bomb-proof confidence in herself” – something most females would like to aspire to – so with this at the forefront of my writer’s mind, I penned the verse “I’m Not Fond of Him, I’m Fond of Me!”

While I must say, this verse is not strictly about Nancy, it is a celebration towards females who live by their own terms – and Nancy is certainly an inspiring voice – one from whom you can always expected the unexpected.

TITLED: I’m Not Fond of Him, I’m Fond of Me!

I want to be wined. To be dined.

To be adored. To be admired.

To catch the eye of a billionaire,

So I’ll never be poor ever again.

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He’ll buy me all the friends I’ll ever need,

So I’ll never be lonely.

And as for the colours of my dreams?

I love diamonds, not daisies.

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You see I intend to always travel light.

Love is the last thing on my mind.

For when it comes to passions of the heart,

I’ll fall in like, not in love.

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What’s the point of being rich?

If there’s no-one there to share it with.

Half the fun should be spending it.

More to the point someone else’s.

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A girl must start as she carries on.

You make your own luck in this world.

Don’t estimate the fuel of her fire.

You might overlook an element of desire.

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For my persuasion has always been,

Diamonds, not daisies.

You can’t be wise and in love,

At the same time for it’s impossible.

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Yes, I intend to always travel light.

Love is the last thing on my mind.

It only leads to confabulations.

Whereas diamonds never diminish a #GirlRogue.

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That’s why I’ll fall in like, not in love.

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To view Jan Moir‘s interview with Nancy Dell’Olio:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2509095/Nancy-DellOlio-Sven-hated-flirting-lipstick-scarlet-catsuit.html

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10 commandments of an authorpreneur by Zizzi Bonah

10 commandments of an authorpreneur by Zizzi Bonah

1. Thou shalt NOT wear one’s own merchandise in a bid to encourage others to buy

T-shirt merchandise by Zizzi Bonah from book #GirlRogues

Who else is going to wear it – if not me, me, me – www.tostadora.co.uk/zizzibonah

2 – Thou shalt NOT produce the “SAME” story as everyone else

Quote by George Burns - The Cinderella story

Why break a winning formula?

 

3. Thou shalt NOT use photoshoped banners of celebrities to rise one’s profile

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I don’t know what you mean?!

 

4. Thou shalt NOT use un-authoritative quotes to promote the quality of your published book

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What’s the saying? – “Mum knows best”

 

5. Thou shalt NOT show one’s own teeth when another author takes a bigger bite out of your popularity

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Oh dear – tendencies as dark as bitter chocolate – pic mirror.co.uk

 

6. Thou shalt NOT misuse the 3 Rs – reading, riting, rithmetic

Alphabet Thief verse from #GirlRogues by Zizzi Bonah

1 out of 3 Rs isn’t bad – verse from book #GirlRogues: Braggadocio

 

7. Thou shalt NOT talk about oneself in the third person

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What can I say? – It reads better…

 

8. Thou shalt NOT use long book titles – less is more

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Ten syllables including hashtag – if you say it quicker, it sounds shorter

 

9. Thou shalt NOT design one’s own book cover – and moreover – not include picture of oneself on the front!!

#GirlRogues book cover showing author top left corner

 

Oh dear – ego-go – strikes rather than strokes

 

10. Thou shalt NOT under value one’s writing by giving it away for free

Quote from The Beatles song, Paperback Writer

If you really like it you can have the rights
It could make a million for you overnight
If you must return it, you can send it here
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer
(The Beatles, Paperback Writer)

 

Which of these “10 commandments of an authorpreneur” have you found yourself making and then breaking?

 

Phantasy fiction – 3 points – from writer’s imagination to publication

More often than not the advice to budding writers is to write what they know. But there are exceptions to this rule – and none more than when writing phantasy.

Engage from the get go of your story

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  • POINT 1 – kick start your story with something phantastical – don’t wait until the end of first chapter to engage the reader

Be consistent with the rules you choose to write

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  • POINT 2 – the writer makes the rules, but take care not to break the rules you put in place. If you have created a structure by which your characters live by, such as they can’t pronounce the letter R because it was stolen, don’t then change this rule half-way through the story by having them speak perfect English.

Extract – #GirlRogues Braggadocio, verse “Alphabet Thief”

WANTED: A cwiminal stole a piece of the alphabet: that which follows Q but pwecedes S.

 

The suspect was seen escaping on wollah-skates passed the “Wagon ‘n Hose” as fah as one day gone by.

 

A witness who wishes to wemain nameless said the culpwit was: “Not wed, but wudely wouge, with wosey cheeks and winkled ankle boots.” Adding: “She was equipped with a wolling-pin and skillfully disagweeable.”

 

The imminent wace is on to find the stolen alphabet epistle in the hope of stopping the wobba wunning a mock of the witten language.

 

If you have any news of the wogue in question, please contact the authowities on: twiple-thwee-twiple-eight.

 

Please note it is an offence to supply a false statement.

 

Penalty: a wun wound the woundabouts with Wobbie Willis.

3 – Remember characters should reveal themselves like people do

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  • POINT 3 – what motivates baddies to be the way they are? Not all have complex issues, maybe it’s just because they can. Nevertheless, there is a reason. Your characters should reveal themselves like people do through APPEARANCE, VOICE, MANNERISMS, ATTITUDES and in doing so, allowing us to see them for who they really are…

 

Why do you think the “Alphabet Thief” stole the letter R in the verse above?