Archive for October, 2006

On spelling and grammar

I am not a good speller.

I know it’s a weakness in my writing and something I have to be eternally vigilant about. I think this weakness comes from three sources:

  1. Lack of confidence at spelling as a child. A classic example: in my final year of primary (elementary) schooling, I had a total mental blank during a test as to how to spell “who.” (Stop laughing; this is serious.) I ended up having a go: “hoo.” I was mortified. What if I was having a very early onset of Alzheimer’s? At age 12?
  2. A fear of making mistakes. That goes for many aspects of my life.
  3. Correcting so many pieces of writing over my many years as a teacher of emerging writers in my classes at school – to the point where I sometimes wondered just how some words were actually spelled.

A dictionary is my constant companion. I work hard at getting the correct spelling. I know I make mistakes, but I try to spell correctly.
I struggle with correct grammar.

Another weakness.

I would like to say that this is also the result of so many years of hearing and reading the woeful attempts at the use of the English language made by the young students in my classes. If language abuse was a reportable crime I’d have hundreds of names of potential candidates on my Word Crimes list.

I work hard at getting my writing as grammatically correct as possible. I know I make mistakes, but I try to write correctly.

Many Bloggers cannot use the English Language

I am astounded by the vast numbers of bloggers who cannot seem to spell basic words, nor can they string together more than two words in constructing a comprehensible sentence. Most, with a little effort, could make their writing far more accessible and interesting by following a few basic rules.
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For an excellent, comprehensive article about correct grammar check out

I am a S.O.B.

I have just discovered that I have been given the official badge of recognition as a S.O.B. over on Liz Strauss’s Successful and Outstanding Bloggers‘ site.

What does S.O.B. stand for? Successful and Outstanding Bloggers.

Aaah! That nice warm feeling one gets when one’s achievements are recognised in some way.

Thanks Liz.

The badge can be seen by scrolling down the left hand side of this page.

Short Fiction #19 Deception


Kerry stared at Peter.
“Where have you been?” she asked coldly.
“I’ve been busy at work.”
“BUSY?” she yelled. “I don’t believe you.”
“But I was at work,” he protested.
“You’re lying – and I can prove it.”
“All right. Prove it.”
“Here,” she said. “This video clearly shows you in the crowd at the football.”

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Copyright 2006 Trevor W. Hampel.

Haiku #23 Grevillea

Grevillea flowers

Grevillea flowers

The Grevillea
Stretches out its spidery
Blossoms fingering the sun.

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Poem #11 Our Child

Our Child

How can it be
That so tiny a baby
Can grow into someone like her?

She was once
Our bundle of joy
Soft, delicate
And so small.

But now!

Such a tornado
Of endless energy,
Of endless busyness,
So alert and alive,
So bouncingly full
Of rough and tumble.

She entered our lives
Quietly and unobtrusively.
But now she disrupts everything
With a smile and a giggle,
A toy crash for attention
Or a loud piercing shriek of delight.

Her day is filled
With a thousand discoveries,
A hundred accidents
And a handful of tearful tragedies
As well as an occasional parental crisis.

And is that our child
So quietly sleeping?

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Copyright 2006 Trevor W. Hampel.