Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Author and Agent Online Chat Fest! Chloe Neill and Lucienne Diver will be featured guests in TKA's chat room, Thursday, April 30th @ 9pm ET
See you there!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
(....as well as the idiosyncrasies of the English language)
3. ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.
4. IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?
5. THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE.
6. I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN, 'WHERE'S THE SELF-HELP SECTION?' SHE SAID IF SHE TOLD ME, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.
7. WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?
8. IF A DEAF PERSON SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HANDS WITH SOAP?
9. IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?
10. IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?
11. WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO 'GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?'
12. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?
13. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?
14. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?
15. WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL CLEAN THEM?
16. If A TURTLE DOESN'T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?
17. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?
18. IF THE POLICE ARREST A MIME, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?
21. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?
22. ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.
24. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?
25. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?
26. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?
27. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?
28. WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD 'LISP' TO HAVE AN 'S' IN IT?
29. WHY ARE HEMORRHOIDS CALLED 'HEMORRHOIDS' INSTEAD OF 'ASSTEROIDS'?
30. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN'T SHOOT AT THEM?
31. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?
32. IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL PERSON IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES DO THEY BECOME DISORIENTED?
33. CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
"Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda
There's also no "try and."
I cringe every time I read "try and" instead of "try to." And I've even read this on an agent's blog (not mine, obviously), which chills me to the bone.
Seriously. Stop it. It's not proper English. And it makes me want to hurt something.
Try to keep that from happening, okay? Thanks.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I'm headed to Orlando today to hang with my peeps at RT. If you're going to be there (or are already there) come say hi! I'll be the tan one. ;o)
I'll bring back pics, I promise. Mostly. Somethings that happen at RT have to stay at RT.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
dis⋅com⋅bob⋅u⋅late [dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-leyt]–verb (used with object), -lat⋅ed, -lat⋅ing. to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
Discombobulate is one of my favorite words. I use it quite frequently to describe my mental state of being. Please use it in a sentence and you shall be rewarded with the most delicious virtual chocolate you've ever had!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
In the scheme of things, what do you prefer when it comes to blog posts? Short and to the point? Long and explanatory?
Personally, long, rambling blog posts usually mean I don't read the whole thing. There, I said it. I'm a skimmer. I comment on a lot of blogs, and sometimes, I just don't have the time (or the inclination) to read 15 paragraphs about why your coffee maker gets grounds in your coffee (Not that anyone actually posted that, just an example.)
As a result, I strive to keep my posts succinct. I don't always succeed, but that's what I aim for. (I consider today's post short. But then I wonder, is it too short to be interesting? *sigh* Such a conundrum.)
So what size works for you? Does size matter?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Yep, it's a writing cave day. I have one errand to run outside the house, then I'm gluing my fingers to the keyboard and writing like a woman possessed. Possessed by a muse, that is. I must finish this book! I'm within 50 pages of the end - I hope anyway. Sometimes, this story seems like it wants to keep going and going and going like a literary Energizer bunny. But I have to find a place to stop it soon.
I really need to vacuum and fold two baskets of laundry, too. Why must housework get in the way of writing? Why don't I have a live-in maid? Why can't cats be taught to vacuum? *sigh*
What are you doing today?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Then and Than. Two words that can sometimes cause confusion. Especially if you've been staring at a manuscript for too long. Let's see if we can make this easy.
Than refers to the COMPARISON of two items.
Then refers to TIME.
Wrong: Chocolate is better then liverwurst .
Wrong: If liverwurst is served, than chocolate is my choice.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Er...Dogurday? Bunurday? Whatever the title, here's a little Easter treat! It's the ever popular America's Top Supermodel Dog, Pepper. As you may recall, Pepper allows Roxanne St. Claire to live with her. She's a giver, that Pepper.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Lately I've noticed several comments online about writers being scared to submit. Literally frightened. So much so, some can't get up the nerve.
Let me just say here and now, I don't get it.
I get that no one wants to be rejected. But to actually fear the process? To shake at the thought of pushing the send button?
Don't those writers understand that for every one of them, there are 100 other writers who aren't afraid to submit, who aren't going to spend days agonizing over whether or not they should send their book to their dream agent or wait until they've revised it for the 209th time? This is not a business for the faint of heart. You need a thick skin and a bold approach.
You know what else? Those fearless writers are the ones who will end up with representation and a contract first.
Dorothy Thompson said "There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings."
I love this saying because it really applies to fearful writers. If you're afraid to find out the truth - that your writing isn't up to a certain agent or editor's standards and you're afraid to find out why by working on your craft, why are you a writer in the first place? Getting rejected sucks, but it's not scary. It should be a motivator for you to study the craft more, find out how you can make your work better. Not cower in a corner.
Look, if you're too afraid to submit but you want to pursue writing as a career, you have a choice to make. Get over it, or do something else with your time. What else is there?
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Last night, Hotrod and I took the class to get our concealed carry permits. And I shot my S&W 9 mil for the first time.
It was a little scary at first. Not because I was afraid I was going to shoot myself, but because I was afraid I would yelp like a girl when I fired the first round. It was loud on the range, even with the headphones, and I knew the gun would have some kick to it. I squeezed the trigger and sure enough, when that round fired and I saw the muzzle flash and heard the pop of the explosion, I squealed like I'd just seen a spider. (The instructor was very helpful and stayed with me until I felt comfortable.)
Once I knew how it was going to feel, I was fine. It was a lot of fun, actually. There's something very satisfying in knowing how to handle a gun. I can't wait to go back and shoot again! I brought my target home and while every shot didn't hit the paper (I know that first one didn't), I'm proud of the one that hit dead center.
Beware. I'm now cute and lethal.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
I've been taking a slow but steady ride on the progress train lately. It's good, but frustrating.
See, I like to go fast, but the progress train is no Ferrari. Am I getting where I need to go? Yes, but not fast enough.
I'm doing well pushing toward the end of my WIP, but I want it done already!
I'm struggling to keep up with working out daily, but I'm getting a decent workout in at least 5 days a week. Of course, that means I'm not losing weight as fast as I'd like either.
Why are we such an instant gratification society? Why don't I have more patience? What things do you wish would happen faster?
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
I thought I'd start Monday off with a writing tip type thingy.
Further vs. Farther - do you know the difference?
Farther refers to length or distance. It is the comparative form of the word far when referring to distance.
Further means "to a greater degree," "additional," or "additionally." It refers to time or amount. It is the comparative form of the word far when meaning "much."
I hope that clears things up. (Also, if you say further and farther over and over, they stop sounding like words that mean anything.) Now get writing! Let's make this Monday productive, shall we?
Correct: Manhattan is farther north than Miami.
(Refers to distance)
Correct: This idea requires further study.
(Meaning "additional study," refers to amount)
Correct: By my watch, we should be further along.
(Refers to time)
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
It's that time of year when a young man's fancy turns to - oh, honestly, who cares what a young man's fancy turns to? I've been thinking about shoes.
And cute little flirty tops.
But before I can buy any, I need to clean out my closet and make room. There's a lot of stuff in there I'm not wearing. I don't have the excuse of winter clothes either. Yes, we get cool weather in Florida, but not the kind you really need a whole 'nother wardrobe for.
How often do you clean out your closet? (And no, that's not my actual closet, although I do have a shoe wall in the back like that. Well, not exactly like that. Mine doesn't have any open spaces.)
Thursday, April 02, 2009
a rascal; rogue; scamp.
1690–1700; earlier rascallion, based on rascal
Please use today's word of the day in a sentence and I will send you a cyber cookie!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Apparently last month's alien abduction was not as harmless as I originally thought. I woke up this morning and realized that at some point during the night, I had actually given birth to an alien baby.
The baby seems to be doing well, although Hotrod is mysteriously missing. Also, I might add, the baby does not seem hungry.
In other news, Elvis is coming for dinner.