Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Friday Rant: Little thieves

Kids today. Yeah, I know, I sound like an old granny with her cane and hair net, but I just don’t get it. Why are kids today such little thieves? From my house, I have had four Ipods stolen. Four! … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesdays: Hyphenating adverbs correctly

Adverbs are a pain in the butt. Do you hyphenate or not? Here’s some basic rules: 1. Don’t hyphenate compound adjectives — modifiers — that contain adverbs. “He was a highly acclaimed actor,” not “highly-acclaimed.” Why? Because the -ly lets readers know … Continue reading

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The Friday Rant: My weird grand-dog

Why do all of the weird animals in this world end up in my house? Here’s our current tally: Four cats, two hamsters, and two rats. Right direction, right? The mice are gone, and the snakes. But no. My daughter … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesdays: Should you e-pub or self-pub?

You’ve tried the traditional publishers (herein called “trad pubs”), and you’ve gotten nowhere. Agents are cautious these days, and who can blame them? In the old days, the trad pubs had recent college grads willing to work for peanuts to read … Continue reading

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The Friday Rant: Isn’t there a middle ground somewhere?

If I asked you, should an 18-year-old kid–someone who was brought here illegally by his parents when he was five, doesn’t remember his “homeland,” has never been “home” since, and didn’t make the decision that  brought him here–be deported back … Continue reading

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Writer Wednesdays: Ambience

One intangible that I love in books is ambience. How do you describe ambience? Merriam-Webster defines it as being “a feeling or mood associated with a particular place, person, or thing : atmosphere.” You’ve probably been in a restaurant (or bar) … Continue reading

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Embassy attacks

Okay, so a red-headed guy says something bad about me. I feel my honor has been insulted, so I go out into the streets to kill him. I don’t see him, but I see another red-headed guy, so I kill him … Continue reading

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