Monthly Archives: August 2012

My two modes of editing others’ work – basic and ugly

(I’m procrastinating.  A friend from college has asked me to swap critiques and, well…I thought I’d write a blog post instead.) In my job that pays the bills, I frequently have to review reports. Sometimes the report I’m reviewing is … Continue reading

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Know Your Words

It’s time for another post on how spellcheck does not always work. Especially when you use a word that looks right but means something else. SlushPile Hell put up a good example on August 27th.  Sadly, it took me looking at … Continue reading

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There is not one true way

(Side note: Whoever typed Xcalumkin into a search engine, I love you.  On a further digression – in college I was writing a paper about a Mayan hieroglyph that’s only found at that site and, for various life reasons, I … Continue reading

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The basics – using apostrophes

I was reading a blog yesterday (not anyone who follows this one) and noticed a pretty blatant apostrophe error.  In this case it was an omission.  The blogger wrote something about staying at a hotel and the hotel’s pool, but wrote … Continue reading

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Handling distance and time in a fictitious world

I’m trying to distract myself from paying attention to my first beta reader feedback.  I only have one back so far and I want to wait until I have two or three before I take any action, but it’s really, … Continue reading

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Finding the happy medium where a story is good enough

It’s the weekend and I feel a bit lazy, so I’m going to provide a few links to other people’s thoughts about how much time and effort you should put into your novel, story, what-have-you.  As anyone who has tortured … Continue reading

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Two women I respect discuss reality vs. fantasy (or something like that)

For some reason I can’t articulate how I see these two articles connecting, but when I was looking through my file of specific articles I’ve bookmarked, it struck me that these both discuss the same concept from different angles. I … Continue reading

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Someone other than me has finished reading my book

But I don’t know what they thought of it.  This waiting for Betas to read my book thing is killing me! My buddy gave the book to his seventeen year old daughter and she finished it, but then she went … Continue reading

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“You should make your book into a movie”

I was reading through some random Absolute Write links yesterday and stumbled across this post from Ally Carter called “A letter to Baby Author Me (circa 2004).” In the post she says, “People are getting ready to start telling you … Continue reading

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Conference Call Etiquette (Mute Your Microphone)

True, this is not directly related to writing, but if you are fortunate enough in your writing career, chances are you’ll someday end up on a conference call.  (Or, if you’re like me, and unfortunate enough in your real life … Continue reading

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