Problem Words

August 14, 2014

writerraebeth:

This is a great one! Thanks for posting, Vonnie!

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

I try not to be guilty of any of the 30 problem words and phrases listed in this blog post. Alas, there are times when I fall into the pit of bad grammar and cliches.

Some writers say readers don’t notice or care if they make “small” mistakes. I say, readers do notice and do care. Writers who respect their readers should work hard to avoid sloppy writing.

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. :-)

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Northern Barred Owls

August 9, 2014

writerraebeth:

More cool owl lore

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

This is the twelfth blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

12 Bells small Owl art: One of my owl pen and ink sketches from Owl Light.

Owl fact: Owls are found on all continents except Antarctica. But, alas, only 19 species of owls are found in North America.

Owl folklore: Artemidorus of Daldis, a 2nd century Greek diviner and dream interpreter (and author of Oneirocritica or in English: The Interpretation of Dreams), believed to dream of an owl meant a traveler would be robbed, shipwrecked, or meet with some other disaster on his journey.

Owl link:…

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Pronunciation Problems

August 7, 2014

writerraebeth:

SupposEDly not subposably

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

I went through these 50 often mispronounced words, and found that I was guilty of a couple of them. (But I will not confess to which ones!) Who cares? – you might ask.

I suspect quite a few people will notice if you don’t pronounce a word correctly. People like a job interviewer, a reviewer, a potential client, an agent, a librarian at a library branch where you’d like to speak, an audience, a classroom full of kids, or a radio, television, or Skype interviewer.

How many of the 50 do you mispronounce?

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. :-)

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Quotable Keith Richards

August 6, 2014

writerraebeth:

Cool dude–you never know who your readers are…

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Ocean Bourne “The library was the only place around where I willingly obeyed the rules.” – Keith Richards

Okay, a Rolling Stones’ quote is not my usual selection, but Keith Richards is a perfect example of someone you don’t think about visiting a library. Yet, this comment from him tells us he values books and libraries above most other things. So whether he appears as Johnny Depp’s (Captain Jack Sparrow’s) father again in another Pirates of the Caribbean movie or not, he’s got my vote for being a cool rock-and-roll guy who respects libraries and books!

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. :-)

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Other publications news of interest

August 6, 2014

Page and Spine released an essay entitled ” Self-Promotion. Makes Me Nauseous” which they requested me to write. Check it out and see what their calls for submission entail.

New action at Ask the Girl Arts

August 6, 2014

Http://Paintersandpoets.com

Featuring a wonderful collaborative effort in ekphrasis by my writing and fellow artist colleague, Scott Bennett. Check it out!

International Owl Awareness Day

August 2, 2014

writerraebeth:

Very cool

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Get ready to celebrate! August 4th – International Owl Awareness Day is upon us.

This is the eleventh blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

Barn Owl sketch for cover Owl art: The original owl pencil sketch, which became a pen and ink drawing, which was the basis for part of a painting, which eventually became the front cover of Owl Light.

Owl folklore: A Gloucestershire legend says that Jesus visited a baker looking for something to eat. The baker put a loaf into the oven for Him, but the baker’s daughter decided it was too large, and divided it…

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Quotable Beatrix Potter

July 30, 2014

writerraebeth:

I commented on this blogpost. Vonnie has been asking some interesting questions in her blog postings. I d urge my own readers to find them and think about them or leave your own thoughts. Today’s question is how do you feel about the various endings a story can have? Do you like to be surprised or do you like to guess? Read on. Look forward to hearing from you.

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Beatrix Potter “This looks like the end of the story; but it isn’t.” – Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

I love this quote, because in the best books, you think you know the end of the story. But you don’t! Everything you need as a reader to figure out the conclusion of the book is there, but the writer has woven the tale so masterfully, you don’t see the finish line until you’re nearly upon it.

Of course, there are times I want a happily-ever-after ending, and I know by the final page characters will die, dreams will collapse, and wars will be lost. Like in the movie, Atonement. We think the joyful story of young lovers reunited is true, but alas discover the soldier was killed and never returned to his beloved.

How about you, do you always recognize the “real” end of a story

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Quotable Cicero

July 23, 2014

writerraebeth:

I could not agree more with this. My Complete Tales were inspired in part by my then 3 year old next door neighbor and our adventures in the garden my husband and I created in the front of our old stone house. My little friend came every day whether to pull maple seed spinners for a penny a pull or to help plant seeds, to water, to wrinkle noses up at stinky compost and then to hang with me in shady trees where we had hammocks and she and. I read many books. In part the Complete Tales began because after knowing her ten years, when her teen years began things were tough as they are for many. It was something I thought to do to comfort her. We spied many a faerie and ran giggling from possible witches. Those were good times. Gardens, books and children are a definite match.

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

154 “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero

As a gardener and an avid book reader, I agree. Which is why I not only share books with my grandkids, but encourage them to help me in the garden. Yes, sometimes they pull up flowers instead of weeds. Yes, mulch goes everywhere. Yes, I end up covered in more dirt and debris than I would if I gardened alone. But visiting a library and gardening with children are ways to make the world a better place.

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. :-)

(And, yes, I know Cicero is kind of a geeky favorite — but I took Latin for years, and read quite a few quotes by him).

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Help Needed from Readers

July 20, 2014

writerraebeth:

Check out this new book

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

I’m really excited my newest book, Owl Light, has been published. I’ve added owl information and videos to Whimsical Words, but I need help from my friends and readers to make Owl Light a success.

My publisher, Cold Moon Press, is indie. What that means is their marketing budget is tiny, but YOU, my friends and readers are mighty.

I’ve compiled a list of things you can do (#1 requires spending money, but the rest are free) to help promote Owl Light. (And, if you choose, my other 2 recent books, The Enchanted Skean and The Greener Forest, also from indie presses).

I’ve tried to make the tasks on this list as easy as I can – in some cases, a simple cut-and-paste. But, as easy as these tasks seem, each and every one of them will have a huge impact.

I hope you’ll consider taking…

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