Archive | March 2016

Proofreader Marks (humor)

Be a better editor….LOL

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Amazing Rain Pictures

What I would find if I looked up the word “wonderful”….so creative. Love them! Thanks to Monsieur Jacrot, and thanks to Chris for the reblog that allowed me to enjoy these!


Christophe Jacrot, also known as Rain Man, is a French photographer who takes awesome pictures of cities caught up in bad weather. He travels around the world, intentionally experiencing different weather conditions, in order to convey some melancholy and romantic charm through his works.

Paris, France

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This entry was posted on March 17, 2016. 5 Comments

Don’t Always Believe What You Read Online

Great advice!!

Luanne Castle: Poetry and Other Words (and cats!)

When I started writing creative nonfiction/memoir, the issue of dialogue tags rose its nasty little head early on. I’d never given them much thought in fiction writing, and they don’t exist in poetry. For some reason, nonfiction made me think and rethink what works best. Maybe it’s that more expressive word choices conveyed more information than plain old “said,” but in nonfiction it seemed like overkill to write “stammered” or “giggled” about oneself.

These “more expressive” tags look something like this:

Eventually I took courses online and learned that all the creative and imaginative tags I’d debated were worthless. I think these teachers were right, so I’m sharing what I learned from them.

The idea is to stay as far from “tagging” as possible.

That means that if you can write dialogue where it’s clear who is speaking each line, you don’t need any tags at all. Sometimes you can start…

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No Music in My House

Wonderful post. Of course I liked the ending the best.
::::Cheshire grin:::

Luanne Castle: Poetry and Other Words (and cats!)

Usually I think I know myself pretty well. But every once in a while I get an epiphany that shows me something I hadn’t quite realized. Maybe the knowledge was somewhere inside my head or even my body, but it hadn’t come to the front of the brain yet. Then, snap, there it is. Today it was about my relationship with music.

I love music. Sometimes I go to symphony concerts, classical and pops. Sometimes I go to old-timer concerts. I love Broadway musicals and have a ton of “soundtrack” CDs. I have an eclectic assortment of music on my iTunes. When I hear country music, I love it. My favorite is bluegrass. And jazz. In the car, I always play music (my daughter’s singing some of the time).

But I rarely play music at home. And I can’t talk country music with people because I’m not familiar enough with…

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RESOLUTION: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure

I’m intrigued (yes, cats can be intrigued),

Andrew Joyce

Resolution-800 Cover reveal and Promotional

It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year.

By happenstance, a fifty-nine-year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure.

Someone should have told them, “Be careful what you wish for.”

When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six hundred mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man. With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next.

On the frozen trail, they are put upon by murderers, hungry wolves, and…

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This entry was posted on March 16, 2016. 2 Comments

Zoe and the ‘Twenty Questions’ Story…

Like I said….a creepy story…..meow!!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Zoe eyeballing the laptopHello! Zoe here, being not only a Fabulous Feline but a gracious one as well. Emily (remember her—my foolish human?) got such a kick out of sharing my spotlight last month that she asked me, “Can I contribute a story this month . . . one that’s purely my own . . . can I?”

I thought, “I’m not sure you can,” but what came out of my mouth was a very cordial, “You may.” I mean, let’s get one thing straight: I am a lover of words, a wordsmith. Call me a purist. But if she does not know the difference between “can” and “may,” well . . . I am not going to waste my time explaining it to her or on this introduction. Let’s get to it and get it over with. (I can’t get her off the computer, anyway, so I may as well…

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This entry was posted on March 8, 2016. 2 Comments