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Arnside Break

I posted some pictures from my break in Arnside, so now I shall ramble about said break.

So, Arnside. Arnside is a village that was once a fishing port, and is now reasonably popular among tourists. There’s not that much for a holiday resort in way of shops and stuff, but that’s OK. The main attraction is in the landscape. It is part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is extremely pretty, and there’s a distinctive edge to a lot of the landscape.

For example, one thing I noticed was the weird trees. Most of them are normal looking, but there’s a noticeable amount of odd ones. They look like they’ve been blown to one side by a strong wind, then frozen in that moment. I’m sure there’s a reason for this, but I don’t know what. All I know is that I really liked the way the trees look.

Arnside is situated on Morecambe Bay, on the Kent Estuary. As is the general rule of Morecambe Bay, the beach is a dangerous one, with sinking sand and a tide that comes in quickly. There’s even a siren letting you know when it’s coming.

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Antiheroes and Villain Protagonists

Antiheroes and villain protagonists obviously aren’t the same thing, but I think they can be somewhat similar to write in spirit, so I’m writing about them both here. With both you get to have your protagonist do things that a standard hero wouldn’t, and get away with it, because if readers know a protagonist isn’t supposed to be nice, or even good, they’ll generally be more forgiving of any questionable things they do. So antiheroes and villain protagonists are fun to write and, when well done, fun to read about.

So, first off, the difference, which is really right there in the words. An antihero is still a hero, no matter how unsavoury their methods or motives may be. Even if they cross the line and do something unforgivable, overall they are working towards something good. They may lose sight of it at some point, if they get caught up obsessing over revenge or something, but they start off at least with admirable aims.

A villain protagonist is a villain who happens to be the main character. They are doing something wrong, and even if the reader is kind of rooting for them, they are still painted as being clearly in the wrong. They may get redeemed at some point, they may end up teaming up with the heroes to defeat a worse villain, or even trying to stop their own plan. But they are still bad guys themselves.

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Beginning a Story

Time for another post of me rambling inanely about writing. As usual, I’m hesitant to give any definitive opinions about what does and doesn’t make for a good story start, so I’ll just do as I normally do and ramble through different ways you can open, and my thoughts on them. And as usual, I’m just some random person who’s not yet managed to get published, so my opinions are of no more value than anyone else’s, and less value than some people’s.

So, a pretty vital part of writing a story – or anything – is the beginning. If you don’t grab people at the start then they don’t have any reason to read on, and a promise of ‘it gets better’ won’t help very much. People can’t be expected to read something they don’t like in the hopes that they may eventually start liking it. They sometimes do; I’ve ended up liking some things that I initially had to force my way through. But I’ve also put books down because they didn’t catch my interest fast enough. Whether or not I keep on going depends on my mood and what else I happen to have on hand that I could be doing. And I don’t think any writer wants to rely on readers being in a charitable mood and having nothing else to do.

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Linton to Hebden

This post is about a walk from Linton Falls to Hebden, along the river Wharfe.

Linton Falls are a bit away from the main body of Linton. Well, there’s an entire chunk of the village just completely separate from the rest of it, which is where the falls are. There’s a car park here, which is a handy starting point for the walk.

Starting with your back to the car park you go left along the road, until you reach a path going down on your right. This leads first to a little packhorse bridge, which you ignore if you want to cross the falls, but it is a nice little bridge, and I always feel a need to photograph it when I pass by that way. Anyway, you turn right and continue along until you reach the falls, which have a much bigger bridge going across.

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Beamsley Beacon

Beamsley Beacon is a hill in North Yorkshire, by the village of Beamsley. Apparently it’s also called Howber Hill, but Beamsley Beacon is the name I’ve always known it by.

The shortest way to walk it is to park in the parking area just at the bottom of the hill. You can start from further away, and I believe I have in the past, but not for some time. So this is starting from the parking area.

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