Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Miscellany

This is really a different MishMash today. 

Anyone here recognize the name Ray Buduick? If I add a small clue (Dec. 7, 1941) does that help?
How about if I add Honolulu and pilot as keywords?

Yes. Absolutely. He's the guy who did what he always did on a Sunday. He flew his small aircraft out over the beautiful Pacific Ocean and right into a sky filled with Japanese Zeroes. I can hear him now, "Golly gee whiz!"


What about George Mason? Does that ring some bells? No?

He's the guy that wrote this: "All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent natural rights, of which. . . they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity: among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring the possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety." Virginia Declaration C. 1770


Here's Jefferson's version written a tad later.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Granted, Jefferson's has a much better cadence, but even his "Pursuit of happiness" came from John Locke.

Plagarism? No. It wasn't that. It was synergism. Minds spinning ideas from other minds and making those ideas better.

So why this post on a blog that dedicates most of it's time to new books and writing and grammarness?

Stories are everywhere, that's why. Not only stories, but characters and moments that make for amazing scenes.  I keep stumbling on stories about lives and incidents that I crave to write about. How about you? Do you have any people or any incidents that you've tucked away, hoping to write about someday?

Hope you'll check in at J. L. Campbell's for a super giveaway starting Wednesday the 27th.

This will be my last post for the week. I have to pull back and take care of some things that need attention. I'll try to come around and say hello to my readers because I enjoy seeing what they have to share.

Have a great week. See you in April and Happy Easter.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Small Things Like "If" & My A-Z Theme Reveal

A viklit Creation

One syllable.
Two letters.
Very small, yet offering amazing possibilities. How would you complete any of these sentences?

If I could be anything I'd be. . .
If I had three wishes they'd be. . .
If I could go anywhere in the universe I'd go. . .
If I could contribute one great thing to this world, I like it to be. . .

Here are my answers:

. . . I'd be me, only a little taller!

. . . they'd be to have four wishes just in case the first three didn't work out.

. . . I'd go to another universe just to see how big things really are out there.

. . . a line of bright, entrepreneurial, philanthropic descendants.


And now *Drum Roll* my A-Z Theme

But wait, revealing it by just saying what it is, isn't much fun. How about one those clever riddles that my friends over at The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow?

I'm long and short and carry loads far bigger than most things my size.
I twist tongues, delight people who see me, and reveal so much about the inner life.
When I'm in good company I'm exciting, but when I'm not, I soon lose my sparkle.
I have a very large family and a long history.

What am I?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday! And I Have a New Book For You! Plus a Grammar Grappler. Ready?

It's Paranormal. It's Romantic! And you can win one.

I stuck my neck out and interviewed Rena. She's the main gal in Carrie's book and one tough cookie. Want to see what she says? Read on.

Rena, you are a petite blonde who seems to be very active. Besides working out with that punching bag, what's your favorite exercise?
I used to be in gymnastics, and then I was on a martial arts kick, but the only exercise I'll have time for is running between classes this semester. Seriously. I scheduled a couple back to back, and they're on opposite ends of campus. Bleh!

You'll be buffed by end of term!

Can you tell us how you met that hunk, Wallace Edwin Blake?
Oh God. Are you going to lecture me, too? We ran into each other—as in, a face meets chest collision. Everyone thinks I had this dangerous run-in with the madman, but it wasn't that big of deal at all.

No lecture from me! But I've heard "madman" bandied about. Just . . . well onward.

What is there about him, not including the fact that he's gorgeous, that attracts you to him?
Attracts me? Easy there, lady. We just met yesterday morning. I mean, he seems pretty considerate, and he wears this tortured expression that makes me want to jump his bones, but I wouldn't say I'm attracted to him. I hardly know the guy!

Er, sorry. But... well... jumping bone.... Never mind. Let me move on to another touchy question. I'm fearless, you see.

I notice a few bruises on your arm, and I hate to be nosey (not in the least), but how did you get those?
Ugh. Don't remind me. I swear, I'm vitamin deficient or something. Wallace grabbed me once, and I'm still wearing his handprints. Isn't that ridiculous?

Aha! I mean, of course. Ridiculous. Absolutely.

There's a rumor that this guy Wallace Blake is kind of a . . . how should I put this . . .wild guy. What do you know about that?
So help me, if I hear one more person bring up those stupid rumors. Yes, there are screams and growls and... God knows what else coming from his room every night, but that doesn't mean Wallace is crazy. We let those stupid rumors get out of control, and now looked at what's happened. The guy is a freakin' pariah. I'm sick of it.

You got a little defense just then. I'm sorry, but my readers really like to know what goes on behind those closed doors on campus. Hope you don't mind if I ask one more rather personal question.
*Sigh* It's okay. I'm just... never mind. Let's continue.

Do you have any reservations about being up close and personal with Wallace? Is there any hope for a relationship? I've heard rumors, just so you know. 
I'll say this: I don't know what goes on in that room every night, but I refuse to write him off because of it.

Well, there you have it. I need a drink. Not water.

What people are saying:

“Carrie Butler is now on my must read list.” ~Lynn Rush, author of Violet Midnight

"I carried Strength with me everywhere. Grocery shopping, the dinner table, you name it. The storyline was addictive, and the characters were hilarious. I couldn't put it down." ~Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Her Grammarness Grapples with Gerunds . . . sort of.

Here's a riddle: What looks like a verb, but acts like a noun?
Ans:  (Surprise!) A gerund.

Writing can be hell. Editing can be tedious. Re-writing is the pits!

See? Each underlined word looks like an -ing verb, doesn't it? But they're subjects in sentences, so they're nouns. So what's the big deal?  *Ho hum. *Yawn.

Well, here are two reasons to know about this versatile (aka tricky) grammar bit.

1) Create sentence variety. Use a gerund form once in a while to vary your sentence structure.

2) To be grammatically correct, use the possessive form with the gerund. Instead of writing, 

"Dear Editor, I appreciate you making all those red ink marks on my manuscript." 
You'll write (and correctly so), 
"Dear Editor, I appreciate your making all those red ink marks on my manuscript."

Ta! Off to find some red ink.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Miscellany With A Special Guest, Angela Brown

In today's Monday Miscellany I get to show off Angela Brown's fabulous cover. 

Add this to your TBR list on Goodreads 

Here's the short of it! 

Two teens...
Two lies...
Their paths collide when...
One bite changes a life.

Here's the long of it! A series called . . .

NEO – Network of Extraordinaires and Otherworldlies:
Those who answer the call from NEO play their part in maintaining balance in our ever-changing times. With power-hungry malcontents, jealous gods, and even those with misguided good intentions, the fate of our world has oft been held in the hands of unsung heroes such as those that are members of NEO.

But before NEO, these heroes and heroines had lives, loves, issues and interests that didn’t involve saving mankind.

In Frailties of the Bond, it only takes one bite to change a life…

After a hiking trip gone wrong, sixteen-year-old Luca should have been dead. Since then, he’s drifted from one school day to the next, annoyed by the looks of suspicion. When a vampire attack claimed his mother and forced his first shift into animal form, Luca set out for Texas, vengeance bound, only to discover so much more when Aimee crossed his path.

Flesh-born of vampire parents sixteen years ago, Aimee shouldn’t exist. Magic, though, made dreams come true for an undead couple desperate for a child all their own. But this magic came with a price, a cost Aimee discovered after one forbidden bite.
Must read? Here's your AMAZON link.

Some Miscellaneous Tid Bits Gleaned from Penny Sansevieri, Marketing Expert

  • Put your most important information in the top left corner of your website. Surfers look there first. After that their eyes will scan the center of your posts.
  • While Content is King, White Space is Queen. Give your readers eyes a break by breaking up your prose.
  • Myspace members don't buy books as often as FB members.
  • Goodreads is the place to be if you're an author.

My quote for Monday.  "Writing is like sausage-making; you'll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what's gone into it." Anonymous.

Friday, March 15, 2013

It's Friday. It's Time To Talk About Small Things

A Viklit Creation

Life's Small Things

Seconds, breaths, sips of cool water
Heart beats, tears and first steps
The brush of a lover's lips
That ring of commitment and a baby's sigh
A whispered goodbye

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Book and Her Grammarness Just Won't Let Up, Will She?

New Book

Book One of a Series

Anna Silver

Sapphire Star Publishing
Coming April 4, 2013

Confined within Capital City’s concrete walls, London keeps an impossible secret: she dreams. And she’s not alone. Her friends are seeing themselves in “night pictures” too, as beings from another world. Together they uncover the story of their avatars, astral shamans they call Otherborn
When one Otherborn is murdered and another goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their Otherborn to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them?

Anna Silver grew up with a passion for words, books, and storytelling. She began writing as a child and eventually landed at St. Edward’s University in Austin where she studied English Writing & Rhetoric. She has always nurtured a vivid imagination and a love for art, expression, and fantasy. Currently she resides in the greater Houston area with her family and pets where she continues to read, write, and dream. Otherborn is her first published novel.
Author Links:

Anna would love you to stop by and say hi and follow her. Here's where you can find out more about this author.


Book Links:

Excerpt  Read a bit of Otherborn.

What people are saying:

"Anna Silver weaves a dark new world full of taut suspense and characters that leap off the page." –Sophie Jordan, NYT bestselling author of the Firelight trilogy

"Travel to a world where dreaming is a radical act that can save the world… Anna Silver’s post-apocalyptic vision is rich with imagery and metaphysical ideas, grounded by vivid, three-dimensional characters. A truly fresh take on dystopian." –Nina Berry, author of the OTHERKIN series

“Silver built the right amount of conflict and tension to draw readers into her dystopian world, and created characters who are leery, yet determined to embrace New.” –Natasha Hanova, author of Edge of Truth.


Her Grammarness

We English speakers have done a lot to simplify our language over time. Take gender, for example. Unlike Spanish we don't have to remember things like choosing the right article for the noun depending on whether that noun is male or female.  We can say the table and the tree, but when we switch to Spanish, it's la mesa  and el arbol. However, we still have that thing called "case" that seems to confuse so many of us. So which is standard English? 

A. Between you and me, I hated that book. 
B. Between you and I, I hated that book.

A. He saw Amy and me slumped over the writers' conference podium.
B. He saw Amy and I slumped over the writers' conference podium.

A. Hello! You're an agent? Yes, of course, this is I.
B. Hello! You're an agent? Yes, of course, this is me. 

Now the BIG question is WHY is one wrong and one right? 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Miscellany

Cover Reveal Ta Da!

Tricked into slavery by the man she loved, the Djinni Leela has an eternity to regret her choices.
Awakened in the prison of her adolescent body, she finds a new master in possession of the opal that binds her. But seventeen-year-old Jered is unlike any she’s seen. His kindness makes Leela yearn to trust again, to allow herself a glimmer of hope.
Could Jered be strong enough to free her from the curse of the Binding Stone?

Want send a quick TWEET of support? Now's your chance.
Want to add this to your TBR list on GOODREADS? Here's the link.


After that eye-catching cover all the rest of this blog is blah by comparison; however, I had to share a few authorly quotes for your entertainment and inspiration.

"I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing it." Cormac McCarthy

"Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered." W. H. Auden

"Some Writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written." George R. R. Martin


I love to read banned books. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Yummm). The Grapes of Wrath (Read this twice. Loved it both times. Will never forget it.) The Color Purple, The Golden Compass and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. 

Ban. Ban. Ban! I say. Those are the books that go to the top of my TBR pile.

So now you have The Binding Stone to read, you have some pity quotes by notable writers to consider and you have some books to write that are ban-worthy. Get going!