Monthly Archives: November 2016
November 28, 2016 · 12:41 PM
How ya Doin? Fine. How you Doin? Fine. You Sure you Okay? Well, I’ve Been Better. Yeah, I’ve Been Better, Too. Actually, I’m Feeling Pretty Rotten. Yeah, I’m Gonna Lie Down.
November 21, 2016 · 11:42 AM
If I Were a Word and You Were a Word Would We Fall in Love and Forever Be Separated by an Evil Semicolon Bent on Word Domination?
Being an author, it goes without saying I use a lot of words. In fact, without words it would be hard to call myself an author. To take it a little further, there would be no need to consider myself an author. To take it a lot further, there’s no way I could be writing this blog, and civilization as we know it would more than likely collapse. But I digress.
Words, in and of themselves, are interesting little creatures; however, we tend to get a little carried away in their usage. For whatever reason, we have a hard time allowing one or two words to describe a subject. For instance, simile, metaphor, analogy, and euphemism are four words used to describe very similar things.
We have the words laceration, contusion, and abrasion. Do we really need three more words like cut, bruise, and scrape to describe the same conditions?
If we use the word “stuff”, we find ourselves with an avalanche of similar words at our disposal. Now I’ll be the first to admit that multiple words saying the same thing can be useful, but enough is enough.
No wonder American English is so hard for someone of a different culture to assimilate, especially when you figure in words spelled the same but pronounced differently. I’ll leave you with a few examples: minute, read, wind, lead, live, wound, tear, bow, close, and excuse. You get the idea, and with that last word, if you use it correctly, that’s my excuse to end this post!
November 14, 2016 · 10:39 AM
If You Thought You Were a Character Who Thought They Were You, Would the Character Think You Were Wrong or Would You Think You Were Right? Personally, I’m Thinking You’re Both In Need of Help.
This is an odd question, but do you ever consider personalities? Okay, have you ever considered your own personality? Now it pretty much goes without saying that we all consider other people’s personalities, whether good or bad.
It’s kinda like Jesus when He said, and I paraphrase: remove the plank from your own eye before removing the speck from your neighbor’s eye.
I guess you’re wondering what this has to do with anything. Well, I’ll tell ya. Do you feel that you pass on your personality traits to the characters in your books? You would almost have to, to some extent.
It would also depend in which genre you chose to write. In my case, I write science fiction, fantasy, action adventure and now, I’m in the middle of a children’s book for my grandson. Go figure.
I certainly hope the attributes I pass on to my characters are basically good, although I know that’s not necessarily the case. I have loads of nasty, and downright mean, characters threaded throughout my writings. I wouldn’t be surprised if a sliver of me found its way into some of these creatures. Or perhaps I’m writing in this fashion, looking for a way to express the feelings that I don’t possess…Yeah, that’s the ticket.
So in conclusion (since I’ve determined I’m not a ghoul), maybe examining your writing would give you an inside look at yourself and save loads of money on therapy.
November 7, 2016 · 11:35 AM