Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Years Bloggers

May your new year be merry and bright. May you go into the next year with a lot of hope and ambition.  Ready to take life by it's reigns and ring it's neck until you squeeze every last drop of fun and progress out of it.  May you jump from roof tops and explore new worlds great and small, whether that's by plane or by imagination.  Smiling at little babies and kiddies alike.  Grinning until your half mad and kicking up the seasons, so they don't beat your behind.  That's all for now, till next year.
“Since I picked up your book, I couldn’t stop laughing. Some day I intend to read it.” — Groucho Marx

Friday, December 30, 2016

Turkey visits the Global Dig Blog

"What makes a first sentence so interesting?  It's exact shape and what it says and the possibility to make another sentence."-Verlyn Klinkenborg

Monday, December 26, 2016

“There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are.” — W. Somerset Maugham

Monday, December 12, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days—but not without poetry.” — Charles Baudelaire

Thursday, December 8, 2016

After 20 years of correspondence, the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary learned that his major contributor, W.C. Minor, was an inmate at a lunatic asylum.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Interview with Fanni Sütő

Friday, December 2, 2016

Isaac Asimov has published books in nine of the ten categories in the Dewey Decimal System.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shakespeare invented over 1,000 words, many of which we use today.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Everyday may not be good but there is something good in everyday.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was once arrested as a spy while on a walking tour of Scotland.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

“Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” — Robert Heinlein

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was famous." Robert Benchley

Friday, November 18, 2016

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ken Kelsey was a state champion wrestler in High school.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

“Writing is something that you can never do as well as it can be done. It is a perpetual challenge and it is more difficult than anything else that I have ever done—so I do it.” — Ernest Hemingway

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dante's love for Beatrice was one of the first examples of courtly love.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Robert Frost won four Pulitzer prizes in his life.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Controversy of Saudi Women's right to vote

I found this link on the Nytimes relating to why it's controversial for women to vote in Saudi.

Statistics say only 30,000 women are registered to vote in Saudi.
“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shovelling sand into the sandbox so that later I can build castles.” — Rachel Stirling

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Interview with Author: Becca Patterson

I'm excited to inform readers that I will be posting an author's interview once a month. This is a chance for readers to get to know up and coming writers in the world of Young Adult books.

Today I present to you Becca Patterson, a fellow writer hailing from Minnesota. Becca writes both Sci-Fi and Fantasy, she has been writing for as long as she can remember, and takes much of her inspiration from the teenagers she works with. In her spare time, Becca enjoys making her husband laugh, and playing string with her three cats. Becca is also an ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreter who mostly works in High School.You can follow her on her website at , on Twitter @mreauow or on Amazon

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And now for the interview. Becca, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t give up. There was a time, shortly after high school, when I listened to the nay-sayers. People I thought I could trust who told me that I wouldn’t make it as a writer. They said that it was a silly dream, that I wouldn’t be able to support myself and all that other wonderfully practical advice.
The thing is that being a writer isn’t about being practical. It’s about listening to that quiet voice deep inside that says: You have a story to tell, so tell it.
The nay-sayers were right about all that practical stuff and completely missed the point. For a time I listened to them and gave up my writing. It was a dark time in my life. Now, I’m back to writing, even though I have to do all that adult stuff like paying bills and cleaning the house. I have a day job that brings in most of the money, and the time I need to put into writing.
It’s not supporting me yet. It may never reach that level, financially/practically, but it’s keeping me happy. That’s the important part. So don’t give up.

How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?

I write as often as I can. Somedays that can mean hours upon hours and some it means I scratch out a few notes in the 15 minutes before I go to bed. Most days I can pull together an hour or two to focus on writing.
I used to carry around a spiral bound notebook that I could write in whenever a few minutes presented themselves. Then my dear friend gave me a bluetooth keyboard that links to my phone. Now I can pull out that keyboard just about anywhere and type to my phone so I don’t use the notebook anymore. It’s given me the freedom to write anywhere and anytime, so I do. On good days I probably spend 5 or more hours writing, but it’s broken up into 15 minute spurts.
The only set time that I write is Tuesday Nights. That’s when my writing group meets. We meet at a little gaming shop called “Your Mom’s Basement”. We spend most of the night writing, and some of it reading what we’ve just written or asking for help getting out of a sticky corner. The rest of the time is spent laughing over just about anything that comes up. It’s my most productive time of the week. I never have to wait for my muse to show up, she’s usually already there waiting for me with a basket full of ideas.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I could tell you that Your Mom’s Basement is my favorite spot, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. That’s just my most productive spot, and that’s only on Tuesdays. My favorite spot is in my office.
That’s where I have my large monitor and the ergonomic chair and all my stuff. I don’t really need the stuff to write, but it makes me happy and when I’m happy writing is easier. It also has my cats. When I’m in there, at least one of them is sleeping on the side desk or the back of my chair. Sometimes they can be annoying, especially when they bump my hands to remind me that I’m not petting them enough, but there’s nothing quite like the sound of purring to keep me focused.
Of course, I have my favorite table at the library. And one at the local all night restaurant. I have my favorite coffee shop and my favorite place at work. I have a lot of favorite places to write.

How does real life impact your writing?

Real life seeps into my writing in many ways. I spend a lot of time writing in restaurants and coffee shops, and I eavesdrop. I pay attention to the kids at the school where I work. I watch for character traits I want to use. That’s the normal stuff that so many writers talk about. I don’t use enough of any one person for them to recognize themselves, so I don’t worry too much about that. The more interesting story is why I spend so much time writing in coffee shops, libraries and restaurants.
I live with three cats, and for the most part they are cool with my writing. When I’m sitting at my desk all day it provides them with ample lap and shoulder time. However, one of my darlings, Dawn, is very sensitive to my emotions. So much so, she won’t allow me to argue with my husband (which isn’t fair, because doesn’t care if he gets upset). It also applies when I’m writing scenes with high emotions. Love confessions, teary goodbyes and especially fight scenes. She gets so upset about it, she just can’t let me write in peace. Sometimes I can get away with closing the office door and putting in my headphones. Most of the time I just go somewhere else when it’s time to write those kinds of things.
There’s one character though, a bad guy, who’s so evil all he has to do is call my main character and Dawn’s going ballistic. Closing the office door doesn’t work, because she’ll just go get my husband. We decided that I’m not allowed to write this character in the house when Sweetie denied her entry to my office and she bit him. Not hard enough to bleed, but not a love nip either. So now, whenever he’s in play, I transfer the scene to Google Docs, pack up my little keyboard and phone and walk to the library or 24-hour restaurant to write. I come home when the scene is done.  

When did you decide to become a writer?

I think I was born that way. My favorite Sesame Street character was the typewriter. In second grade when the teacher handed out the journals and told us we would have to write five whole pages every week, I squealed while the rest of the class groaned. I filled that journal, and another one that year. In sixth grade I broke the school record for journals used (6 college ruled composition books) by the end of February. In May that year I turned in my ninth composition book and was told I didn’t need to continue the assignment. I’m not sure if it was because they didn’t want to give me a book I wouldn’t have time to fill or they were afraid I would fill by the end of the year 3 weeks away.
In high school I discovered the joys of word processors and continued to write. My English teachers encouraged me, read my work and offered advice, even when I wasn’t in their class that semester. I found out later they passed my stories around the staff room. The teachers predicted that I would learn to live on other worlds my senior year (the students said I would fall off the face of the Earth).
After high school, I listened too much to my family and stopped writing so I could concentrate on getting a good degree which would lead to a proper career. I fell into depression until an astute counselor told me to start writing again. Shortly after that, I had a professor who encouraged me to try publication. Then I started going to Sci-Fi conventions and found a lot more encouragement. My stories don’t fall neatly into genre boxes, so I never had much luck with traditional publishing. I didn’t let the ever growing stack of rejection letters stop me though. I’m a writer - I write.

This concludes the interview, but readers be sure to follow Becca on her blog at . Thanks for reading.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

My Birthday Tomorrow

To Those of you who are unaware, it is Trin Carl's Bday.  My bday. Hooray!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

 Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

Listen to a free audio book without downloading.  Great narrator and great website at the guardian

Sunday, October 2, 2016

“A character is what he does, yes—but even more, a character is what he means to do.” — Orson Scott Card

Saturday, October 1, 2016

D.H. Lawrence was married to to the sister of Baron von Richthoffen, AKA theRed Baron.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” — George Orwell

Thursday, September 22, 2016

“As for the adjective, when in doubt leave it out.” — Mark Twain

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

“The six golden rules of writing are read, read, read, and write, write, write.” —Ernest Gaines

Sunday, August 14, 2016

“Write about things that are important to you, not about what you think readers will want to read.” — William Zinsser

Monday, August 8, 2016

William Faulkner donated his Nobel Prize winnings to establishing a fund for the support and development of new writers.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

  “For a man to commit his thoughts to writing when he can neither manage them nor bring any new light to bear upon them, and, indeed, when he has no attraction whatsoever to offer to his reader, is a senseless waste of time, and of paper, too.” Cicero

Thursday, August 4, 2016

“Every man's memory is his private literature.” — Aldous Huxley
“Every man's memory is his private literature.” — Aldous Huxley

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Short Story based on the Prompt:The Moment you seize to Believe is the Moment:

The Moment you seize to Believe is the moment Margaret was at.  She roller her walker towards me and asked what my name.
 "Patricia," I said. 
"Patty?"  She asked.
"No Patricia."
"Patty?"  She asked a second time.
"No, Patricia."  My voice raising, and my head coming closer to hers.  She smelled of baby powder.  She was smacking Juicy Fruit; probably the closest thing to anything she put in her mouth all day.  She couldn't weigh anything more than ninety pounds.  Her saggy skin was bunched up to hold together her bones.  She reached for a Kleenex and another piece of Juicy Fruit.
"Patricia, huh?" She said.  Finally getting it right that time.  She asked me if she could have my number.
Should I give it?  Should I give it?  I wondered.  Giving a woman with Dementia my number is a decision I could regret.
Alexander Pope was only four and a half feet tall.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

“A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. If you find that writing is hard, it's because it is hard.” —William K. Zinsser

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

 Samuel Beckett used to drive his neighbor, Andrea the Giant, to school every day.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

 I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.” — Mark Twain

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Emily Dickinson wrote over 1,800 poems. Only seven were published in her lifetime, all without her consent.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

If you don't feel like you are writing somewhat over your head, why do it? If you don't have some doubt of your authority to tell this story, then you are not trying to tell enough.” — John Irving

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

“I am faced with a stark choice between being a bad correspondent and being a good novelist.” — Neal Stephenson

Monday, June 13, 2016

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” — E.L. Doctorow

Sunday, June 12, 2016

“I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.” — Peter De Vries

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

“Every author, as far as he is great and at the same time original, has had the task of creating the taste by which he is to be enjoyed.” — William Wordsworth

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Writing Style

Avoid phrases like "I heard" and "I saw". It separates the reader from the sensations.

Example:I could hear the creak of the door.

(Better to write) The door creaked as it opened.

Punctuation rule

If action is used as a dialogue tag, the dialogue should end in a period, and the action should be capitalized.
“This is silly." He dropped his hand.
“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” — Graham Greene

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A baby is born with a need to love and never outgrows it-Frank A. Clark

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Besides writing The Canterbury Tales,Geoffrey Chaucer worked as a civil servant, a diplomat, a courtier, and a scrap metal collector.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I'm reading "The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.  I didn't start getting into it until I plopped the cursor to the middle of the book and started describing a scene where a volunteer stole a sculpture from ground zero in order to commemorate a memory from his deceased wife who died on 9/11.
“In writing,use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.” — Kurt Vonnegut

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Earnest Hemingway and Phillip Roth often wrote while standing.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

In accordance with his wishes, Hunter S.Thompson's ashes were fired from a cannon.

Friday, May 6, 2016

I really like this snarky review of a book

Remembrance: A Mediator Novel Paperback – February 2, 2016
by Meg Cabot  (Author)So, Paul Slater is back, again, and trying to force Suze to sleep with him. I was sooo tired of this storyline. So what does Suze do about it this time? Get a restraining order? NOPE. Only normal people think with the brains they've been gifted with. Does she tell her fiancé that Paul is trying to blackmail her? NOPE. She just lies some more, which has truly become her modus operandi. Paul has decided that he wants to relieve Suze of her virginity. So, why wouldn't she just move her wedding up, then that little issue could have been dealt with easily enough... But, oh no, we can't have that because Jesse wants to drag the sexual frustration out for years on end. The whole story just kind of peeved me off. This kind of stuff doesn't happen in every day life because we call the cops when needed, tell our fiancé(s) the truth, and we don't buckle under to ridiculous blackmail and then drug people later to try to get out of it. What a silly mess this book was. I get that it's fiction, but Suze turned into an absolute idiot as an adult. I could forgive some of her stupidity as a teen, but unfortunately, the adult version of Suze hasn't gotten any better.
AMAZON!!! Why did I pay $12.53 for this on 2/1/16, just to have the price drop to $10.99 a few days later? Maybe I won't preorder things anymore, if I'm going to get ripped on the price.

review by By DvusLeoGirl


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