Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday February 15th 2021 – #Swearing The Story Reading Ape, #Deserts Cindy Knoke, #Speedreading Robbie Cheadle

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days..

A guest post on the blog of The Story Reading Ape by Jaq D Hawkins on the subject of swearing in books.. fiction and non-fiction. I use a few choice words myself but find it irritating when television dramas, films and some fiction books think that wanton profanity is the best way to communicate…As for fantasy worlds.. what swear words would you create for your characters… anyway head over to voice your opinion.

With people finding more time to read in our current circumstances, I thought I would address the topic of swear words in fiction writing.

Many people have children at home while school is delayed and somehow, we all become more conscious of swearing when children are around, not that any of us can compete with what they say among themselves when they’re actually in school together! Gone are the days of “gosh,” “dang” and “drat!, not to mention “Jimminy Cricket!”

Personally, when I start to read a book and find a character dropping F-bombs left and right, I get bored quickly. I’m not a prude about swearing and in person can be rather potty-mouthed myself depending on the situation, but I find it doesn’t translate well in fiction, or worse, in non-fiction. I read a book within the last year that was non-fiction about dietary habits and the constant swearing just made the book sound unprofessional.

Sometimes it can be justified in fiction. I don’t read a lot of crime fiction, but this is one situation where a character might be rough and some swearing in dialogue would feel natural for that person. However, in most cases, I find less is more. Dialogue peppered with swear words in every sentence gets quickly tedious. On the other hand, sometimes an exclamation is a natural reaction to a crisis situation in the plot.

Head over to read the rest of this interesting post and leave your views for Chris and Jaq: Fantasy Swear Words – Guest Post by, Jaq D Hawkins…

When you see the word desert, you assume the images will be of sand dunes and cactus… but Cindy Knoke shows another side to this landscape…brilliantly as always of course.

Image ©Cindy Knoke

Head over to enjoy all the stunning images : Cindy Knoke – Deserts Reflected California

Another fascinating post in the series Growing Bookworms by Robbie Cheadle and this week – Does speed reading matter for kids? Hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth on Writing to be Read.

When I was ten years old, I was one of a handful of kids in my grade who were selected to attend a speed reading programme. We attended a separate class where we were given a machine with a screen that displayed a page of text. There was a solid covering which moved down the page, covering the text as it descended. I remember having to read quite quickly to finish reading a sentence before it disappeared. The speed with which the covering moved could be increased or decreased by twisting a knob on the side of the reading machine. This was under the control of the reading teacher.

Speed reading suited me and with practice I became a very quick reader. Some of the kids never took to the exercises and gave up quite quickly. I was keen to learn to read faster. Faster meant more books in a day or week. By the following year I was reading 14 children’s books a week and making two trips a week to the local library on my bicycle. I bribed my younger sister into giving me her three library cards. I had four of my own.

Head over to read the rest of the post and are you a speed reader?: Growing Bookworms – Does speed reading matter for kids with Robbie Cheadle


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

24 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday February 15th 2021 – #Swearing The Story Reading Ape, #Deserts Cindy Knoke, #Speedreading Robbie Cheadle

  1. Very interesting post, Sally. Centuries ago, I had a class in speedreading, but I confess to not having absorbed much. I marvel at and am envious of Robbie’s ability to read so quickly. Cindy’s image is extraordinary. And, Jaq’s comments are well made. Thank you for the enlightenment everyone! 🙂

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  2. I must confess, this speed reading machine is looking wonderful. We never had something like speed reading at school. ;-( Cindy’s images as wonderful as always. She is definitely living in paradise. Have to reread the posting about swear words. Seems to be useful sharpening my knowledge on the English language. 😉 Thank you for the wonderful composition of postings, Sally!

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  4. Great articles, Sally. I recently had to give up on a collection of short stories because of the overuse of profanity. It was too bothersome for me. I don’t mind some swearing where it is appropriate but this was way too much.

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