01 Feb 2013
in Aren't You Curious?, Books, Curio's Meows, Pets, Animals & Plants
Tags: Bing, Buzzymag, Chuck Wendig, Diane J Cornwell, Dragon, Literature, short story, Theresa Bane, unicorn
Buzzymag has published my short story! Here’s the link:
Please check it out and let me know what you think, good or bad.
There’s several people I have to thank for helping me: Diane J. Cornwell, Josh Gosselin, Leia Coleman, Tracey McGill, Holly McGill, and Theresa Bane. They all took time out of their busy schedules to read the story for me, giving me feedback and making it the best it could be. I also have to thank Chuck Wendig for his Friday challenge to write a short story containing the word ‘unicorn’. I’m glad I accepted the challenge.
I found this incredible picture on Bing Images. There was no one I could find to credit except Bing.
19 Jun 2012
in Aren't You Curious?, Books, Curio's Meows, Family & Friends, Fat Tuesday
Tags: Art Garfunkel, Bob Evans, candy, carrots, cd, Clarissa Ross, Friday, Fruits and Vegetables, fudge, gothics, Green bean, green beans, Hershey Gardens, I Only Have Eyes For You, lemonade, Mashed potato, Pretzel, roasted turkey, Saturday, Scarborough Faire Canticle, Simon and Garfunkel, sugar, The Hershey Company, used book store, wheelchair, YouTube
Just chugging a long in another good week. I’ve stayed off sugary foods for about twenty days now. Friday and Saturday were difficult days with cravings hitting at odd times; for instance a craving hit in a used book store. Looking at old, stinky stacks of books was fun but the aisles were narrow and hot. I started feeling a bit nauseous and decided to just go with what I had in hand.
Remember our conversation a couple of weeks ago? Yeah, they had fudge and other goodies stacked around the registers. That fudge knew my name. Holly smacked me in the arm to get my attention off the candy. I walked away with a couple of books (old gothics by Clarissa Ross), a couple of cds and a small bag of pretzels. I thought the pretzels were a good compromise.
On Saturday Holly, Faith and I went to Hershey Gardens. After a lot of walking in unaccustomed heat, the long and short of it is I ended up in a wheelchair to get back to the car. I guess my body just needed to refuel so the craving hit hard but I was able to ignore it and drink lemonade and lots of water when we got to Bob Evans. I ordered yummy roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, carrots, and green beans. I only ate half of it, saving the rest for lunch the next day.
This week’s goals are to eat more fruits and veggies. I got a good start this last week but I need to eat more. Walking is another goal, but not all in one day; walks in a shorter distance should be what I’m doing.
This week’s reason to stay off the sugar and lose weight: there’s no sense in being old, fat and bald. I can’t do anything about the first item but the other two I’m working on. I notice the less sugar I eat, the less hair I have in my brush.
Here’s some music to enjoy:
27 Apr 2011
in About Writing on Wednesdays, Aren't You Curious?, Books, Curio's Meows
Tags: Allen Wold, Amy Sturgis, Baen, editors, Faith Hunter, genres, Georgette Heyer, Holly Lisle, How to Think Sideways, Magical Words, Marion Zimmer Bradley, motorcycles, narrator, network, publishing, Regency, Robert Heinlein, rules, Starship Troopers, Stellarcon, story, Toni Weisskopf, Writers, Writing
Every writer has his or her own approach to writing but when we write the same basic rules apply to all of us. Most rules are inviolate, some are more like guidelines while other rules are made to be broken.
As writer’s we want to use our voice to create characters and worlds that has readers coming back for more. Whether we break or bend the rules or not we are manipulating them to create our own unique voice.
The trick is to know which is what. Got that? The first rule before breaking the rules is to know the rules. You have to know what you’re doing and why before you decide not to do it.
The Ten Rules About Writing panel was hosted by Amy Sturgis, Faith Hunter and Allen Wold at Stellarcon. They had a lot more than ten and I added to their list. The distinction between rules that can not be broken or bent and the ones that can are my own.