That’s my house too!!
Once again, Christmas is upon us, and I realize this is the third time I celebrate it with you, my online friends. As a small thank-you, I’ll offer you three nuggets of wisdom. No, not from three wise men, but from yours truly, to put you in the Christmas spirit.
1. Give Thoughtful Presents
Yes, books make great gifts. But that’s a subject for another post. Puns, on the other hand, are NOT a great gift:
2. Mind the Cat
This year, we skipped decorating, save for a handful of unbreakable ornaments. The reason is the wee one, but in fact, I should have thought of it years ago, seeing how we have not one but two cats.
3. Mind the Dog
Oh yes, we have a dog, too. And even though she’s now 13 years old, she’s still as mischevious as a puppy.
That’s it from me! I hope…
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Adding my Christmases wishes to this post!!
Just a quick post to say a very merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you have arrived safely at your destination or if you’re still on your way, that your journey goes smoothly. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this blog and to those who have read what my guests have shared with you. See you next week!
Great article on proper word usage.
When I published The Power of Six, my first collection of short stories, a reviewer said that the book had grammatical errors, albeit small ones. This shocked me, as the book had been professionally edited and proof-read. So, I reached out and asked her for an example. “You start a sentence with a gerund,” she said. “So?” I asked. “So, that’s wrong.”
I was baffled by this. Surely, that’s a matter of style, right?
This seemingly innocent question actually led me into a minefield. As The Economist points out, for half a century, language experts have fallen into two camps. Most lexicographers and academic linguists stand on one side, and traditionalist writers and editors on the other. The question that defines the to camps is deceivingly simple: should language experts describe the state of the language accurately? (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, in 1961, shocked the world by including common…
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The elusive whippoorwill swoops down the mountains.
Through night into dawn it’s song mourns summer’s loss–
as I cry mine.
AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG, a 304 page memoir, opens with eloping teenagers, Micki and Butch, in a bizarre double wedding ceremony with Micki’s mother. The couple share comical escapades, spanning decades. A terrible accident occurs in a placid valley nestled in the Susquehanna Mountains. Micki narrates happier days while confronting an uncertain future. One of her six children is fighting for life in the hospital. The family embarks upon its unbearable journey to the other side of sorrow . . .
And so in the throes of grief, a writing career was born.
I published a short story of this memoir, resulting in 25 years of writing essays, commentary, and slice of life for two major newspapers, and staff writer for the Staten Island Register. I’ve published humor, horror and paranormal fiction in e-zines, print magazines, and contests and a half dozen award winning anthologies. I recently published a children’s story., The cat Who Wanted a Dog. “Don’t Pluck the Duck,” a collection of comedic essays, short fiction and non-fiction stories,will be released in early 2017.
Each day the lives of children are lost through alcohol and drug related deaths. Each of them was special to those who loved them–each deserves remembrance. This book was written for each of them.
excellent article on Amazon reviews
My reviewer friend, C, aka the happy meerkat, recently notified me of some further tweaks in Amazon’s review policy. Most of them make perfect sense, yet a couple raise concerns. The new rules can be read here in their entirety but here are the new points:
- If your review is removed or rejected because it does not comply with our guidelines concerning promotional content, you may not resubmit a review on the same product, even if the resubmitted review includes different content.
- Reviews may only include URLs or links to other products sold on Amazon.
- Customers in the same household may not post multiple reviews of the same product.
- Customers can submit 5 non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews each week, starting on Sundays.
- When we find unusually high numbers of reviews for a product posted in a short period of time, we may restrict reviews…
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