Shunday mash: how NOT to throw a hand grenade

There are many ways not to throw a hand grenade. Underarm for instance. Or while teaching your dog to play fetch. But in a minute, I’ll show you the very worst way.

But before we get to that, in this weeks’ mash we’ll be having a look at:

INSPIRASHUN: In 1941, during the darkest moment’s in British history, Winston Churchill gave a speech at Harrow School and said this:

‘Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in …’

To see a living example of this, watch the story of the ex-paratrooper who was told he would never walk unassisted again. You’ll find this uplifting video at Erica Miles. 

INDIGNASHUN: Every writer should read this letter that David Gaughran wrote about the stance taken by the AAR in the agency price fixing suit. Essential reading: find it here. See also what Bob Mayer has to say about this contentious issue for all writers here.

SELF ABSORBSHUN: If you find some high profile twitterati a little hard to take you’ll love Josh Groban putting Kanye West’s tweets into song. It’s hilarious. Find it at Myndi Shafer’s blog.

WRITING EDUCAYSHUN: When you’re writing, more often less is more. More or less. See Jane Friedman’s excellent post here.

EXPLOITATSHUN: The always excellent Joe Konrath discusses Harlequin and agent fails. This is a must read. You’ll find Joe right here, telling it like it is.

CHILD EXPLOITASHUN: Child brides in Yemen fighting back. A sobering story that gives many young women hope. This is not religion; this is just medieval. Posted here at HistoryandWomen

MISPLACED EXPLOSHUN: And thanks for waiting, here it is: a step by step on how not to throw a hand grenade. Full marks to the instructor for saving this guy’s hide. He even cleans up after him …

And because I want to see you all back here regularly, I am offering a free copy of my novel CORRIGAN’S RUN to anyone who joins my blog today. You can’t buy it … it’s not available anywhere else except here! All you have to do is join up, then write to me at colin underscore falconer underscore author at hotmail dot com. I can send you a copy as a mobi Epub or PDF file.

About colinfalconer

author of bestselling historical novels like Anastasia, When We Were Gods, Aztec and Harem. My books have been published in the UK, US and ANZ and translated into seventeen languages.
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5 Responses to Shunday mash: how NOT to throw a hand grenade

  1. I had to laugh at the hand grenade video. It’s a good thing there were no video cameras around a few times in my life. For instance, after you light a fire cracker, you throw it NOW, you don’t ‘pitch’ it (scared the heck out of my mom). And I learned quickly that if you’re going to be stupid enough to hold onto a bottle rocket, you let go of the stick because the little thing does NOT fly off the end (scared the heck out of ME). 🙂

    • Jeez Kristy, you’re lucky to still be here! Light the blue touch paper and RUN! Brilliant. Who needs Silence of the Lambs when you can hold on to a bottle rocket?

      • Funny! No, maybe what we call bottle rockets are different than what you call bottle rockets. The ONE I held onto was maybe a foot long, and the little thing I thought flew off the end not much bigger than a fire cracker. I don’t mess with the bigger fireworks. Unlike my brothers…who are the poster children for a ‘Kids, don’t try this at home,’ campaign. 🙂

  2. Colin! Tickled to see you at WordPress!! 🙂 Love this post – and thanks for linking my blog. Hope all is well and happy at your end!

    • Yes I finally made the leap to WP and I love it now. And I loved this Josh Groban video from your blog – you find the damnedest things. This one absolutely cracked me up!

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