Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
First, the ice maker went on our new fridge that we just got 5 months ago. We replaced the old fridge because of the ice maker. Grrr. I'm ready to buy a fridge with NO ice or water dispenser and just make my own. It would save a lot of grief, headaches and messes to clean up.
Then I came down with the stomach bug...again! My daughter had it twice, and this is my second time. Double Grrr...the weather needs to warm up like now! My family of 6 doesn't know when to leave me alone, even when I'm sick. Nope, the demands on Mom and contant running around are endless.
If there were only 5 of me.... I'm neck deep in writing book two of the Fortune Teller Mystery series (Corpse in the Crystal Ball) and I need to be writing 10 pages a day to finish on time. I only finished 6 out of 10 pages yesterday because of the above problems. So what did I do? Said to heck with it all, put myself in a time-out...and it was wonderful!
Off in a room by myself, no TV, no one allowed in, just me and a few books. There's nothing like a great book to lift your spirits. What have I been reading lately? Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb Feline Fatale by Linda O. Johnston The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews Larceny and Old Lace by Tamar Myers Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston
Some of these books are older and the first in a series and some are newer ones. Some I've read before and others I am reading for the first time. But ALL of them are awesome! I love to read and even re-read books that make me chuckle and make me think and make me strive to make my own books great. There's nothing like a good puzzle and trying to figure out who done it.
So tell me, who are your favorite mystery authors and what books do you love? Maybe it's time you put yourself in a time-out! Just sayin'.... Kari Lee Townsend
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
As for mysteries, I have loved them for so long, I'm not even sure which mystery I started with. I wasn't really a big fan of Nancy Drew, although I do remember reading them one summer to keep from going stir crazy while babysitting some neighbor kids. I'm sure the tykes got away with more than they should have while I was engrossed in unmasking one criminal mastermind after another. A while later I discovered Agatha Christie books, which seemed so elegant, and sophisticated, not to mention a world away from the crimes Nancy Drew and I had been solving together in my suburban backyard.
So mysteries can prevent boredom while you discover you're not cut out for parental activities, and they can transport you to a place more in keeping with your vision of your future life, even if it's in the past.
That makes perfect sense, doesn't it?
A lot of people seem to love reading mysteries because they like solving a puzzle, or they want to see justice prevail. Those are definitely good reasons, and I would feel cheated if either one of those were missing when I finished a mystery. But that's still not the main reason I love them. I read mysteries because of what I learn about human nature.
Yep. I confess. I'm nosy. Mystery novels are one of the best ways to discover the real, ongoing mystery in life: why do people do what they do?
The sleuth interviews a ton of different people in an effort to solve the crime, and each person has secrets, as well as reasons for hanging on tightly to information they want to keep hidden. With each scene, the sleuth gathers bits of information, hoping to link it together to find the criminal. In the process, we learn just what people value the most in life, what hurts they are holding inside of them, and how far they are willing to go to protect something--or someone--important to them.
In the most entertaining mysteries, we also learn about the sleuth as they go about uncovering the criminal. A sleuth who has frailties or issues is often forced to confront them as they interrogate potential suspects with other frailties and issues.
That, to me, is the motherlode, million-dollar lottery epic win, because I am more interested in the whydunit than the whodunit. Our daily lives are filled with so much randomness, and uncertainty, not to mention unpredictability. Reading mysteries helps give us a frame of reference for human behavior that initially seems whacko and outrageous...until we see what motivated the person to act as they did.
So that's why I love mysteries. Now where are the margaritas? While you're pouring, tell me what you love about reading, and writing, mysteries.
Donna Cummings has worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorous contemporary and historical romances. Currently she resides in Massachusetts, although she fantasizes about spending the rest of her days in a tropical locale, consuming mojitos for breakfast and wearing flip flops year-round. She can usually be found at the local Starbucks, fine-tuning her caffeine levels while working on her latest manuscript, or on Twitter, talking about writing, and coffee. To find out more about Donna, check out her website http://www.allaboutthewriting.com/
Monday, March 28, 2011
We are honored to have my friend and fellow author Christie Craig here today to talk about her new releases and tell us how she got to this stage in her career and signed a BIG deal with St. Martins Press with her new YA series. Not only is Christie laugh-out-loud funny, but she's got some great giveaways, including a Kindle! So with no further ado, here's Christie.
Years ago, in another life, I wrote and published a Silhouette Romance. It was a sweet story with wholesome characters, and I’m proud of that book. However, after having some difficulties selling another book, I put novel writing on the back burner and focused on my photojournalism career. I took pictures that appeared on the covers of national magazines, and I wrote nonfiction, wrote words to feed knowledge-hungry individuals. I wrote about China, about the homeless, about calligraphy, about horny felines, window fashions, skunks, tomato horn worms, ugly shoes, and bad moles.
Basically, if an editor would pay for it, I wrote it. And after about an eight-year sabbatical from writing novels, and too many years of writing about things other people thought were important—like tomato horn worms—I suddenly had an uncontrollable urge not to die a one-book wonder. I wanted to write my own thing, to write my own story as it played across the screen of my mind.
Now the thing you have to know about me is that when I really get a bee in my bonnet,I don’t play around. I announced my intentions to my husband, to my kids, my friends and to the innocent bystander behind me in the grocery store line. I even announced it to my gynecologist, during a pap smear. I, Christie Craig, was going to write, sell, and publish another book even if I had to kill somebody to accomplish it.
While I didn’t realize it at the time, that’s exactly what it would take to make my dream come true--killing someone. Well, it wasn’t just one person, there were several. And I admit when I whacked my first person, I suffered terribly. My heart ached and I cried, and guilt sat on my shoulders like a five-hundred-pound gorilla. But as soon as I knocked off the gorilla and washed the imaginary blood off my hands, and I reread my deadly scene, I had an epiphany: Nothing can liven up a party or a plot like a dead body. I really found my mystery-suspense voice and that’s when I sold my books.
Since then, suspense, mystery and murder are as prevalent in my work as flies are on a bad banana. Yes, there’s romance, and lots of humor, but to be honest, I’m not sure I can write a story without having one person kick the bucket. Or at least having someone try to kick someone else’s bucket. Let’s face it, death or someone facing death, just adds a zing to a manuscript. It can be more of a zinger than even a hot sex scene.
Now since then, I’ve sort of gotten creative on how I kill people, or how I keep my characters from being killed by other people. Of course, I’ve used the typical guns, knives, and an occasional vehicle—from a Cadillac to a Saturn. But I’ve also gotten creative and threatened people with toilet plungers, the tank top of the back of a toilet, a tampon, and an egg beater. Hey...it just keeps things interesting.
And when I was approached to write a young adult, my first question was: will I still be able to kill people, because I’m good at that?
The editor assured me that I could kill people, bring them back to life, and then kill them again if I wanted to—this was going to be a paranormal. Another thing she told me was I wasn’t going to have to stop being a smartass. As a matter of fact, she said the reason she wanted me to write a young adult was because I was a smartass. Dag-blast it, I didn’t even know I was a smartass. Yeah, I had a few zingers here and there but . . . Right then, I added being a smartass to my list of talents. Hey…you take what you can get.
Writing young adult has been a blast. If you are familiar with my Christie Craig books, you’ll still see some of my smartass humor in my Shadow Falls series for St. Martin’s Griffin. And someone is either gonna die, or come close to dying, and while these books might not have as much sex, you’ll find plenty of sexual tension.
In a nut shell, Born at Midnight, the first book in my new Shadow Falls series under my new pseudonym C.C. Hunter, is about young girl who has spent sixteen years trying to figure out who she is, only to discover she doesn’t know what she is. As the tagline of the book says: It’s not your average identity crisis. Kylie Galen is about to go on an adventure of self-discovery, love and friendship. There just happens to be some vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, faes and a few witches around, too. And when she’s told she’s one of them, but they don’t have a friggin’ clue what she is, well her life pretty much goes to hell in a hand basket. Trying to figure out what she is is a real mindbender.
Personally, I think identity crises aren’t just something that happens to women in their teens. Heck, with each new stage of life, I find myself reevaluating--trying to reinvent myself with a new wardrobe, hair cut, or hair color. And when I look at the woman in the mirror, sometimes I just stare at her trying to figure out who the heck she really is. Life is a journey of self discovery. It’s so difficult at times it can drive a person to being a smartass and a murderer on paper. Not that I’m complaining, those are my talents.
So there you have it, how I went from sweet romance to being a murdering smartass who also writes YA. Ahh, but it’s been a good journey. I hope some of you will give Born at Midnight a try. You can even snag my free short story, Turned at Dark. It’s Della’s story and it introduces the Shadow Falls series. You can also read the first three chapters of Born at Midnight, too. All you have to do is visit my Born at Midnight page at Macmillan on March 15th – Born at Midnight Page. Or you can download a free eBook copy of Turned at Dark at all major online retailers. The download also has the first three chapters of Born at Midnight on there as well.
To celebrate the release of Born at Midnight, I’m running a “Tweet my Book and Win a Kindle Contest” from March 22th through March 29th. The grand prize will be the Kindle but I’m also giving away copies of Born at Midnight, some Shadow Falls swag and ARCs of Awake at Dawn, which is scheduled to release in October. All the details will be at my blog beginning March 22nd – Blog. So, please drop by and help me tweet my book and you could win a Kindle!
Finally, for those of you waiting for my next Christie Craig book, it’s in the pipeline. Don’t Mess With Texas, the first book in my Hotter In Texas trilogy put out by Grand Central, will release August 23rd. And, yeah, my editor let me kill somebody in this one, too. In fact, the dead body shows up when . . .well, that would be telling too much. But trust me. It’s funny . . .in a smartass kind of way, I mean.
Thanks so much Liz for allowing me to visit with your readers. And I’d love to offer a free copy of Born at Midnight to one person who posts a comment and tells me a little about their own identity crisis. Or maybe about some of their talents in life. Come on, share a little.
Friday, March 25, 2011
FACTS OF THE CASE:
* One 5x7 thick padded envelope
* 100 bookmarks bound in two groups of 50 with rubber bands
* Mailed First Class from New York to California on March 7th 2011.
* Arrived in California on March 22nd 2011
* Took 15 days to deliver!
* Envelope arrived torn and empty
* Contents were a tight fit--nothing could have simply fallen out on its own
100 of Kari's lovely little bookmarks for TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES: A Fortune Teller Mystery.
Kari, the proud mother of said bookmarks, is very distraught. She labored long and hard to produce such pretty little pieces of pride and joy. She did all she could do to help them develop into the outstanding masterpieces that they are today.
Kari was so proud when they left the nest to venture out into the world, all the way to the Left Coast Crime conference in Santa Fe. All she wished for them to do was make a difference and let their voices be heard. To spread the word on what was most important to them: making Tempest a huge success :-)
Kari is in mourning and only wishes to have piece of mind. To know what happened to her babies. Were they kidnapped by members of the post office because they were just too cute for words, and then adopted by readers who just couldn't live without them? Or were they accidentally lost, and then abandoned in some desolate location, unwanted and unloved and forgotten forever. Or, gasp, were they murdered by some savage beast who stole them, looking for something a bit more valuable, who was angered over the contents of the package, only to rip them in half and carelessly toss them in the garbage like trash?
Kari is offering a REWARD for the person who comes up with the most creative answer to: Where are Kari's Bookmarks?
The Cup of Destiny is a traditional fortune-teller's cup and saucer used for reading tea leaves. It has a cool design, and it comes with a book that tells you how to read your own tea leaves and interpret the symbols.
* Follow this blog.
* Leave a comment with your answer to what you think happened to Kari's bookmarks and where they are now.
* Include your email in your comment, or send privately to Kari at email@example.com so she can email you if you are the winner.
Contest starts Friday March 25th and ends in one week on Friday Arpil 1st (just 4 months before Tempest is to be released). The best answer will be chosen by the M&M judges (Liz, Anita, Kari, Barbie & Cassy). The winner will be announced on Wed April 6th on M&M during the Kari's Kave segment. The winner will receive the tea cup set and one of the infamous Tempest bookmarks since Kari (mom of 4) is very fertile and busy creating more ;-)
PS The countdown to Tempest in the Tea Leaves release is on. Kari will throw a fun contest once a month until release day. This contest is the April contest, so have fun and check back for the May, June & July contests. And then in August, one lucky reader will win a copy of the book!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
On the one hand, it's so exciting to finally have fans. To open the mail or open my email and receive actual fan letters. The fist one I received for Fused was unbelievably thrilling. I thought, "Holy cow, someone that is not related to me that I don't even know who likes my story!" ... and I didn't even have to pay them :-)
Then I started getting mail from people about Tempest and that hasn't even come out yet. (Guess my publicity is paying off) They say things like, they can't wait for the book to come out, or that they have pre-ordered it, etc. Some have asked me to speak, and some have asked for a copy of the book as a giveaway or for a basket at conferences that take place right after the release date.
I love all this, and it's still so thrilling, but it does have me thinking...
Should I get a PO box? I mean, my address is public and my phone number is listed, so if someone really wants to find me, then can pretty easily. But to respond now, I have to use my home address which is blatantly exposing where I live, and at the very least, making it easy for people to just "show up."
Not that I'm famous or that people would even care to show up, but hey, I can dream that someday I will be that famous :-) Maybe I should nip this in the bud right now while I still have the chance and while people really don't care and will forget about the info I already put out there. It makes me think of Facebook and blogs and personal info and pics of my kids and all sorts of things I never really thought of before.
Where do we draw the line? How paranoid do we become? To what lengths should we go to protect ourselves and our families? Hell, I don't even use a pen name. Look me up, and there I am. But still, looking me up is more work than just reading what I put in front of you.
And here's another one. Many times fans not only love your work, but ask questions and hope for responses. Or what about kids in school that are doing reports on you? I've spent a lot of time on my website, offering fun extras and lots of info about my life on my frequently asked questions page. So do you ignore those fans, direct them to your website, or take the time to answer every email? Again, that's not an issue yet because I don't get "that" much mail. But we are all busy with writing, deadlines, family, etc. And answering emails takes time. Do we nip that in the bud now, too?
So many questions, so much to do, so little time!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
How do you come up with names for your characters? Do you use a baby name book? Telephone book? Do you skim through magazines, go through old year books,or shake up scrabble tiles(which I’ve personally never done, but now that I put it out there…that might be fun!).Me, I’ve never had a problem coming up with my characters first names. I like to hunt in the recesses of my brain for something different. It’s last names that always have me searching because they just have to be a good fit. And if I get really stuck, I resort to the address book on my cell phone. Yup, I do. I scroll down looking at each name and pairing it up with my hero/heroine name. I’ve also been known to try sorting my music list by artist and trying out their last names with my character. And in a real pinch, I’ve thought back to my favorite TV shows and the main characters names. There’s usually a winner or two in there somewhere.
And what about locations? Do you write using real places, or do you make them up? Sometimes I will use actual names of towns but put them in different states. I have that nagging fear if I write about a factual place, someone will find fault and try to prove that something I put there never existed. Have you ever used places you’ve been to on vacation? I wanted to write a Caribbean setting…but when we went on our cruise, I was so relaxed I couldn’t concentrate on research! Yes, I have memories of beautiful locations, but my heroine would have to be passing through because between the sun and fun and cocktails I don’t remember enough details to set the entire story there! So unless I ever decide to write a non-fiction book, I’m going to mix and match my cities and states like my darling Diva mixes and matches her hair bands.
One thing I did subconsciously when I wrote Extreme Love Makeover was use street names from my local town. When the Dreams & Desires Anthology came out, my mother read the story and pointed out the ‘familiar’ names I’d used (as only a mother can). Ever since then, I’ve noticed just how much I do it. I use department store names from my childhood or even from my current town. And for some reason I’m partial to using names of people on my husband’s side of the family. And every once in a while my characters take on characteristics of some of my bestest friends (although I’ll never tell them!). The funny thing is…it just happens. I’m not intentionally doing it, but I love the results!
I guess when they say “write what you know”, it means more than just topics and plots. As writer’s I believe we put into our stories so much of ourselves even in the subtlest of ways, right down to having a character treasure the recipe of great grandma’s molasses cookies. And who knows, the old girl might even have a starring role, reliving her youth as your next heroine!
And if we write it right…readers will love those places, those characters and those details too. What a tribute to the people we care about, and the places we loved to live in or visit. If we write with heart, how can we ever go wrong?
So tell me – how do YOU come up with the names of your memorable characters and settings? I’d love to know! I’m off to toss my scrabble tiles and see what name I can spell first but I'll be checking back to hear what you have to say! Happy Tuesday Everyone!!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Let me forewarn you that there will be very little information about writing today. Frankly, I’m sick of it myself. I got my copy edits for Liver Let Die a month ago, and they’re due at the end of the month. Book 2, Beef Stolen-Off is due April 1st. After writing like a mad woman for two solid months (I’m a crisis junkie, remember. See my post on February 21 - A Twelve Step Program For Writers), I’m finally ready to relax.
Anyway, with all this on my plate, I had 2 full manuscripts to edit for two friends who are also my beta readers. How could I say no?
Then on Thursday, I got the call at 6:45 am that my daughter-in-law was in labor. After driving to their house to pick up my 2 year old granddaughter, I rushed home and showered and left hubby to babysit while I drove like a speed demon to the hospital. I barely made it there before she gave birth to an 8’3” beautiful little girl.
All through the pregnancy she and my son said they were thinking about using Anne (after my mother who's in heaven) as a middle name for their new baby. As if that didn’t already choke me up, I find out the name they picked when they saw her is Alice Elizabeth. Talk about tearing up. I felt like I was the one with the screwed-up hormones.
Anyway, as you can see, Alice is beautiful. After a bout with jaundice and a stint under the bili-light, she and Mama came home on Saturday. Abby, my DIL, had big plans to make the transition easier for Ellie, the 2 year old sister, but like everything in real life…stuff happens! We writers know it as the black moment.
On the day they went home, Ellie came down with a 102 temperature and the doctor said she shouldn’t be around the newborn. So, I’ve had her for 4 wonderful days. She’ll go home tomorrow, but she’ll be missed.
Oh, I forgot to mention, Alice was born on St. Patrick’s Day–the day my sister Theresa died many years ago. My nieces and nephew refer to it as Theresa's heaven birthday, and this year she was 13 years old. I tell you this because yesterday I received a note from a good friend who recently lost her own sister to a devastatingly quick illness. I had sent her a note and mentioned how she now had her very own angel looking after her from heaven just like I did. It touched her and she wanted me to know.
My point in all this—finally, you say—is that no matter how stressed we feel with our writing and everyday lives, something happens to make us realize we are so blessed, even in our grief. My friend gained a heavenly angel and I gained a real live one.
Life is good and will bring my friend some peace in time. As for me, I have a new grandbaby to spoil!!
And that’s my blog for today. I was so touched by everything this week, I had to share. And now I have some more great news. We have two new bloggers joining us at M & M, and boy, are we excited.
Anita Clenney is a debut author who has a suspenseful paranormal romance coming out in May with SourceBooks. You can preorder it here. She is currently writing a cozy mystery.
Barbie Jo Mahoney (Witek) is knocking at the door with her Middle Grade and YA stories and her cozy mysteries.
Since April guest slots have already been filled, we’ll start the new schedule in May with Liz on Mondays, Anita on Tuesdays, Kari on Wednesdays, Cassy on Thursdays, and Barbie on Fridays. In the meantime the two of them will share Fridays and tell you all about themselves.
So join me in welcoming Anita and Barbie to M & M and ask them anything you want. Now’s the chance.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Cassy sparked the game bug within me, so let's spin off of her game and onto mine. The: Who are you? game. Okay, so it's not really a game, but it is kind of fun. We are faced with choices and decisions every day both in our personal lives and our writing. Sometimes we have to make decisions quickly. So try not to think too much and just answer the questions below with the first decision that pops into your head, and feel free to add any new ones you can think of. I'll start us off....
cats or dogs dogs (I have a cool cat in my book, but I would probably own a dog)
beer or wine wine (Hands down!)
pepsi or coke pepsi (I switch between the two but like Pepsi a little more)
early bird or night owl early bird (I turn into a zombie at night :-)
Alaska or Hawaii Hawaii (I've been to both and they both rock, but I love the heat)
black or white Purple (LOL)
italian or mexican Mexican (yum yum)
beach or rock climbing rock climbing (Love adventure and get bored at the beach)
sunshine or rain sunshine (it brightens my mood instantly)
car or bicycle bicycle (love riding bikes and motorcycles!)
hot weather or cold weather hot weather (I would rather sweat then freeze any day)
sugar or carbs sugar (I could skip meals and eat sweets all day, forget the bread)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I was a research pundit in past careers but the footwork required to write mysteries turned out to be the best fact-finding adventure ever. Too bad a serious lack of foresight in youth resulted in my complete failure to anticipate my need for a partner in crime.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Last week, I did a blog talking about the very first copy edits from my publisher. I listed a few of the rules she mentioned along with the corrections. This week, I’m going to finish up with some of the things I learned. So, grab a cup of coffee and read on.
I’ll start with commas: Before I get to her corrections, I want to rant a little and prefix this by telling you I am a self-proclaimed comma freak. It drives me crazy when I’m reading a story, and I find all kinds of comma errors. I can’t tell you how many contest entries and manuscripts I edit from “seasoned” writers with misuse of commas. Before two independent clauses, there must either be a conjunction PLUS a comma or it must be two sentences. We’ve all heard that if you have a short sentence, you can get by without one, but for the most part, put one in.
Here’s the way some people do it.
Jordan stopped by Food Warehouse on her way home from work, she picked up a loaf of ninety-nine cents bread, which suited her budget and her culinary skills.
No, no, no! Here’s the way it should be.
Jordan stopped by Food Warehouse on her way home from work, and she picked up a loaf of ninety-nine cents bread, which suited her budget and her culinary skills.
If you take out the pronoun after and, it makes it a dependent clause, and you don’t need the comma.
Jordan stopped by Food Warehouse on her way home from work and picked up a loaf of ninety-nine cents bread, which suited her budget and her culinary skills.
Again, the rule is – if the verb in the second clause has a noun in front of it, it either needs a comma and a conjunction or it needs to be a new sentence.
I know authors get away with some things in our writing, like:
Jordan stopped by Food Warehouse on her way home from work, wishing she didn’t have to, hoping she’d be quick. (I know - crappy sentence but you get the point!)
But the comma rules still apply.
One of my most common comma (tongue twister) errors is when I use the word then.
Jordan stopped by Food Warehouse on her way home from work then picked up a loaf of ninety-nine cents bread, which suited her budget and her culinary skills.
The rule still applies – no comma here. If I said and then she picked up – I’d need the comma.
I may have mentioned I am a complete idiot when it comes to hyphenated words. Those I do hyphenate shouldn’t be and those I do should. Here is the rule she sent and a list of the words I screwed up on.
Leave adjectival; color compounds unhyphenated before the noun. (Ex. jade and black necklace, reddish brown hair)
light-colored (since the color modifies the adjective instead of the noun??)
Olive-skinned (same reason as above)
Another rule – blond is for men and blonde is for the girls!! Really?? And fiancé for men and fiancée for the ladies.
And it’s backward, forward and toward –no “s” at the end.
Now on to punctuation:
Punctuation appears in the same font –roman or italic-as the main or surrounding text. Exception: Exclamation marks set italic if the word preceding it is Italics. (Smart girls like me never knew that!!)
Italicize direct thought, imagined words, and words that are mouthed but not spoken aloud. Indirect internal thoughts set roman.
She grabbed my hand and mouthed Help me!
Italicize written letters and notes.
Foreign proper names, including recipe title, set roman. (I thought this was just the opposite!)
Now on to numbers:
Spell out whole numbers one to one hundred and any of these numbers followed thousand, hundred thousand, million, ‘etc. Spell out all numbers beginning a sentence Spell out numbers in dialogue unless awkward construction, (EX: years, phone numbers, numbers with decimals, numbers that are part of a proper noun, colloquial expressions in which figures generally appear.
Money: $6.52 and six dollars
Highways – Highway 82
Time: eleven fifteen
Percentage – fifteen percent
Anyway, I hope this hasn’t confused any of you. I found it terribly enlightening and will keep the rules by my computer when I’m writing. And from now on, I will Google every word I think I should hyphenate.
Oh, and one last note – it’s for goodness’ sake with an apostrophe!! Who knew??
So, now that I feel like a total grammar nerd, does anyone else have a good grammar rule we can use. Where’s the former copy editor who commented on last week’s blog? Now would be the perfect time to assure me I don’t need to go back to school like you did last week. And where's the Grammar Divas when you need them?
All I have to say is thank goodness Berkley liked my story!!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Cassy’s Corner—How do you read?
We’ve had a huge transition in our family. We are moving more and more to electronic readers. I confess to having a Kindle, and now (thanks to my husband’s Christmas present) an iPad. Don’t hate me. The funny part of it all is that my husband is technologically challenged at a level that defies explanation- I love him beyond belief, but to give iPads at Christmas is like having a swimming party in the winter—not expected to happen. He is over the top in love with his iPad. It practically follows him like a puppy on a leash.
I have also become a believer. It combines many important functions all at the same time. BUT, it also means that you have one more object in your life and are a slave to your 1) telephone, 2) computer—who can give that up??, 3) your e-reader, and 4) whatever other device you have plugged into your life. In fairness though, the iPad does mix enough of those tasks into one format that maybe you only need to cart around your phone and the pad. The computer can stay on your desk waiting for your return.
But reading is the point. My Kindle is great but doesn't quite do it for me. I download books like crazy to my iPad and find myself reaching for it when it's time to take a break. I love a "real" book. I love the feel, the aroma, the turning-of-the-page. But, I also love having a gazillion books right in my hand, having the chance to check the weather in where ever my husband happens to be, and of course, email. I'm becoming a junky.
This sounds like a commercial sponsored by Apple. Not so. I am a confessed heavy Apple user, but still I’m not trying to push their products. Rather, I’m interested in hearing how all of you work the equipment so readily available and now so necessary to stay on top of our lives. And, HOW YOU READ.
We’ve talked before about the social networking challenges. We discussed how important it is to have a presence on Twitter, FB, LinkedIn and so on. This blog is an example of something we three of M&M both wanted to do and felt was important to do. But the question I’m asking today is, what are the machines you need in your life to keep on top of all you do? Feel free to add household machines if that’s what comes to mind. I have a robot that vacuums- yup, it’s true. Doesn’t do a great job but the dogs love it.
But most importantly, again, what gets you reading and what do you think about how the words make it into your living room?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I'm not a trouble-maker, really. In fact, I'm a peacemaker, but I don't tend to do things in a normal fashion. I'll pull weeds from my garden while in my PJ's, on the way home from the bus stop, holding the dog leash with one hand. I'll decide to clean the toilet as I'm rushing out the door, late for a doctor's appointment. I'll sit in the car and put my makeup on rather than doing it in the bathroom with a lighted mirror. (I have a large purse with a stash just in case I'm stranded overnight and need to look good).