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24 Festive Tasks | Door 11: Russian Mother's Day

Total point of 1 (so far) 


Task 1

Tell us: What is the mother of all writerly sins in your book (tropes, grammar mistakes, telling instead of showing, etc.)?


Preaching. Especially spreading dangerous woo-woo stuff with wrong information. 


That include any diet book with the word "detox" in it. if the body has toxin that the liver cannot get rid of, go to a hospital instead of reading a book with misinformation. 


The Fast Track Detox Diet - Ann Louise Gittleman The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality with Recipes, Menus, and Detox Plans - Elson M. Haas, Daniella Chace


Or any book that suggest Earth or Universe is created by a being without present any scientific evidence. That include any book that promote the religious bullshit called creationism while going against scientific proved Evolution. 

The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God - Hugh Ross Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution (P.S.) - Kenneth R. Miller Mere Creation: Science, Faith & Intelligent Design - William A. Dembski, Henry F. Schaefer, Michael J. Behe, David Berlinski, Phillip E. Johnson, Stephen C. Meyer, Hugh Ross


Or any book that denies climate change as a fact. 


Global Warming False Alarm: The Bad Science Behind the United Nations' Assertion that Man-made CO2 Causes Global Warming - Ralph B. Alexander


Or any book written by anti-vaxxers. 


Melanie's Marvelous Measles - Stephanie Messenger


False information really pissed me off.  


Any book that claimed the universe could be influenced by one animals in one species living on one planet. The arrogant and stupidity really get pissed me off. 


The Secret - Rhonda Byrne 



Task 2

Do you have a favorite Mothers’ Day memory that you are happy to share? Photos welcome but optional.




Task 3

Perhaps the best-known scene in the James Bond novel and film From Russia With Love is 007 being poisoned by Russian agent Rosa Klebb with a venom-laced blade hidden in her shoe. Tell us: Have you ever owned any particular / outrageous / funny / best-beloved or otherwise special pair of shoes? Post a photo if you should still own them.




Task 4

Make a traditional Russian dish like borscht, blintzes, pirogi or solyanka soup, and share a picture with us. Find recipe suggestions here 


Maybe later. 


Book Task

Read a book set in Russia, or involving a story within a story / play within a play (like the Russian matryoshka dolls stuck inside each other), or where a key character (not necessarily the protagonist) is a mother.


Maybe later. Couldn't think of one right now. 


Total of 1 point.