Archive | February 2016

The Last Excerpt from RESOLUTION

Intriguing excerpts. Eagerly awaiting this new book from Andrew Joyce!!

Andrew Joyce

Jim Bridger

He was Huck Finn, the celebrated lawman. In his day, back when the frontier was still wild, he had tracked men through fiery deserts, up impassable mountain trails, and into places no sane man would venture. He’d been shot at and wounded; his blood had marked his back trail. Once, in the Sonora Desert, he went without water for four agonizing days and had almost died of thirst. But he had always traced his man and brought him back to face justice, or if he put up a fight—buried him where he had found him. However, he was younger in those days. Time had not taken as much a toll on him as it does on some men. But all men slow down with age, yes, even Huck Finn.

He walked the valley as in a dream. He would halt his forward movement every five steps. And standing knee-deep in…

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Use Your Outside Voice – Active and Passive Voice in Writing

Great perspective, humorous explanation of the bane of many writers’ lives….enjoy!

Eric Lahti

I’m starting to write some of these little notes down, partially in case someone comes along wondering what something is, but also because it helps me commit the ideas to memory.

The Internet is already full of definitions of active voice and passive voice, but writing it down gives me a chance to internalize it and, hopefully, will help someone who was wondering about the differences. It’s mute, sludgy testimony to the intricacies of the English language that such a variation in sentence structure can even exist, let alone have an impact on writing.

If you dig around a little you’ll find all kinds of definitions of active voice and passive voice and they all come down to the same kinds of thing: subject, verb, and object placement in sentences.. The definitions of grammar are written by grammar experts who have not only their own jargon, but their own argot

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This entry was posted on February 12, 2016. 1 Comment

Got this email about a fishing trip from an old friend…

Let’s hear it for another fabulous feline!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

A man calls home to his wife and says,

“Honey, I have been asked to fly to Canada with my boss and several of his friends for fishing. We’ll be gone for the long weekend. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I’ve been wanting so could you please pack enough clothes for a three-day weekend.”

And also would you get out my rod and tackle box from the attic? We’re leaving at 4:30 pm from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up … Oh! And please pack my new navy blue silk pyjamas”

The wife thinks this sounds a bit odd but, being the good wife, she does exactly what her husband asked.

Following the long weekend he came home a little tired but, otherwise, looking good. The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many…

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Zoe’s Valentine

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Zoe’s Valentine

Zoe Face Photo

Hello from Zoe the Fabulous Feline! I’ve decided to allow my human, Emily, to co-write this month’s story. We offer our collaborative effort in honor of the upcoming holiday. Before we get to the story, though, we’d like to wish you all a lovely Valentine’s Day!

To prove to Emily that writing is actually work, I assigned her the background research, and since our offering this month is a tribute to the month most celebrated by lovers, she has researched St. Valentine. Yours Truly—that would be moi—has penned a love song which should be a “purrfect” ending to this story. And speaking of “story,” let’s get to it.


Valentine was a third century Roman priest who lost his head to love—more or less–courtesy of Emperor Claudius II Gothicus, also known as Claudius the Cruel.

It’s been said that St. Valentine was martyred during the time Claudius…

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This entry was posted on February 10, 2016. 1 Comment