All posts for the month November, 2014

Jungle Jitters – Gemma’s gone already?

Published November 20, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Oh my goodness!  What’s going on in the jungle?  I can’t believe Gemma has given up already.  An avid camper she is not!  I really wanted her to give it a go and stretch herself in the jungle tasks and see her blossoming like the jungle bloom I thought she was going to be.  What a shame she has given up so quickly.  Oh well – you just never know how you are going to cope in a given situation until you are there living it.  But really – she was only there a few days – I’m shocked!  Such a lovely big personality and she fell apart so quickly.  I hope she doesn’t completely give up on her career in television because I think she could be amazing, still.  Still – I am excited to see who will be next to be dropped into the camp.

Let’s have a recap of Gemma’s short stint in the jungle…

So…yes…well… “can we have some eye candy?”  Sounds like a good idea to me.

See you soon jungle fans and if you want your little ones to join in the jungle fun – my children’s workshops theme happens to be the jungle at the moment – purely coincidental I can assure you LOL   and if any grown ups would like some inspiration for some jungly creative writing –

the adventure continues…

You’re Not Alone – Tinchy Stryder – dedicated to the Celebrities in the jungle!

Published November 18, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

This is dedicated to the celebs in the jungle.  I’m falling in love with lil tiny Tinchy, he’s such a cutie.  He has a little light in his eyes, like he’s really on some kind of spiritual journey.  He’s kind and thoughtful and really cares for his new jungle buddies.  Bless him!  And Gemma – you’re not alone girl.  You can do it – you just need a bit of faith in yourself!  I don’t want to hear any of you saying: “I’m a Celebrity get me out of here!”

I might comment some more on this series of Celebrity cos it’s brilliant!

F*ck This! I Quit…Kind Of: On Poetry, Contests, and Opportunity Cost by Les Kay

Published November 15, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

The Sundress Blog

Last December, I received an urgent text from my father: CALL ME. My father, like most fathers, normally reserves the use of brief text messages in ALL CAPS for important news or emergencies. Since he’s retired now, well into his 70s, and his wife has been diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer—a cancer that should have been caught much earlier and should have been curable with simple resection—I assumed the worse, something health-related and horrific.

When I phoned, my father told me about an advertisement he’d seen for a poetry contest, a Christian poetry contest with a small fee and cash prizes. Instead of counting my inevitable winnings, I imagine my brow furrowed as if I’d just heard the compensation package for an adjunct teaching position. I thought immediately of and similar scams, suspecting that if I were to enter such a contest, the only plausible response would be solicitation…

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How to Write a Sonnet

Published November 15, 2014 by Laura Crean Author


The sonnet is perhaps the most misinterpreted style of poetry in the English language. For too long, it has been associated with Shakespearean dandyism and caricatures of half-witted Don Juans trying to woo their lovers with pithy flower metaphors. This myopic view has prevented many aspiring poets from honing their craft and incorporating structure to their unstructured verse. I’m here today to teach you how to write a sonnet, but I also want to explain how it can be beneficial for the average writer–and even the non-poet–to use the sonnet as a training ground for keeping ideas sound and cohesive.

OK. But what is a sonnet?

A sonnet is a 14-line poem developed by the Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374) during the 14th century. Enamored by a lifelong love for a mysterious and elusive woman known as Laura, Petrarch composed 366 of these poems (for every day of a leap year) that…

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My Grammar Resource – Prepositions

Published November 13, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Just when I think we have covered nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs – along come these little extra words…

Oh Lord!  Ever get the feeling this English Language business just goes a little bit over the top with all the rules and grammar tools? LOL

I think that’s enough you tube for today – time to hit the books…

My Grammar Resource – quick recap of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs

Published November 13, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

This teacher is fun – this helps ( a bit more) but I’m still not completely set…

O…K lets add some music…

This is fun if you are a teacher – I could use this in the children’s workshops that way I might actually look like I know my verbs from my adverbs LOL

Who am I kidding?  I’m still confused – especially when I am given a long, complicated sentence and asked to identify the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  I think my head is going to explode! LOL

Help!  Any teachers out there want to break it down really, really simply for me and show me how each word in the sentence works and how they all interrelate?


My Grammar Resource – Adverbs AND Adjectives

Published November 13, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

OK.  So this is where I start to get confused!  Hope I can get the hang of all these word classes before the exam!

So adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives AND other adverbs, they give more information.  I don’t know about you, but I am finding it quite difficult to differentiate between Adjectives and Adverbs.  I’m hoping that watching these videos a few times might help me.  Comments welcome and if you have a resource you think might help me to learn my word classes, please, please, please add it in the comments.  Thank you.

I think I need more time to get this…

This is quite a useful little lesson


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