Title: DIY Delights
Author: Taylin Clavelli
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
While renovating his first house with his partner, Mike, Duncan discovers a plethora of reasons to use his favourite word… Bollocks!
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I LOVE the word bollocks. It can be used in so many situations. For instance:
Accident: “Bollocks! Mike, I broke a plate.”
Frustration: “Bollocks! Fuckin’ thing’s not working—again.”
Wonder: “Bollocks! Look at the size of that! Isn’t the Grand Canyon deep?”
Haha—I bet you thought I was going somewhere else with that.
Statement: “You’re talking a load of bollocks.”
Action: “Those would be a pair of bollocks you’ve just dropped, nurse.”
Description: “Those bollocks are far too hairy to belong to a gay man.”
And my favorite—fact: “Don’t you go anywhere, Mike! Those bollocks are mine.”
I’ve used the word with all those meanings during my brief history. I didn’t wait until adulthood, either.
In the course of my adolescent years, I went through the stages every teen did.
Do I have to?
I’m playing a game.
And the ultimate
Through those phases, bollocks was used as an under-the-breath forerunner to the answer I shouted to my parents. If ever they heard me say it as part of the answer, I was truly bollocksed.
In later teen years, it was my parents who used the word, mostly. Mum and Dad were stoked I was getting off my bum and doing stuff. Unfortunately, for some, vacating a seat meant putting a power tool in my hands—and that scared them. Following the development, I’d usually hear the word in anger from Dad, due to the mess left behind after a job.
“Bollocks! Duncan,” he’d yell.
While getting to a place to save my game, I’d slowly slide off my bed.
Walking down the stairs, I’d hear Mum say, “You should know he can’t do any job unless a power tool is involved. The broom doesn’t plug in.”
Frequently, during that couple of years, my mouth wasn’t attached to my brain. Basically, I was a cheeky bastard.
“One step at a time, Dad. I’m not at the stage where I can do a job andclean up. The transformation takes time.”
About the author:
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.
More from Taylin Clavelli
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