Archive for August, 2014

Problem Words

August 14, 2014

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

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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.

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Northern Barred Owls

August 9, 2014

More cool owl lore

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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.

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Pronunciation Problems

August 7, 2014

SupposEDly not subposably

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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?

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Quotable Keith Richards

August 6, 2014

Cool dude–you never know who your readers are…

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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

Very cool

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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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