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Write what you know

Whatever you are writing, whether it be an essay, newspaper article or book it is generally rule of thumb that you know what the heck you are writing about. Do your homework on the subject, research it to make sure that you really do know what you are writing about. If you don't know the subject well it will reflect in your writing.

Another rule of thumb is don't try to impress the reader by using big, uncommonly used words which some of us have probably never even heard of anyway. There's nothing worse than having to read a book with a dictionary by your side, it's frustrating and off putting.

English is weird

The English language is weird;

It can be understood through tough, thorough thought though.
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A Murder of Crows
Back in the Middle ages someone decided that a group of crows should be called a murder. What do crows have to do with murder, who knows for certain. Some people believe that they are a sign of death, while others see them a sign of luck. This makes for a macabre collective noun. 

Grammar anomaly

Another grammar anomaly seen and sent to me by a dear friend. The following appeared on a coffee mug; 

i before e
Except when your foreign neighbor Keith receives eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. Weird.
Borrowed from WritingaboutWriting.com.

So I challenged myself to see how many random words I could come up with, using I before E, and use as many as I could in a sentence like the one above.

Upon review it is the belief of the Police Chief that a dark fierce fiend was what caused the courier to die, causing my friend to suffer much grief as she seeks some brief relief by viewing the field's sadly dried up crop yield she cried deeply.

Won one more time

For the 5th year in a row, I have won this award from my local town. It is a business award in recognition for the marketing I do as an Author promoting my books.
 
Work on novel #3 is still a work in progress. My aim is to be finished by year's end.

Event

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 
September 17th  Saturday   10am - 2pm
 
FORT PAYNE BOOM DAYS
 
AUTHORS IN THE PARK
 
Come on by, come sit a while, come chat a while with some of our local talented authors.
 
Hope to see you there!

It's been a while

It's been a while since I posted anything. I have actually begun writing the 3rd novel in the John O'Bryan series. As usual I'm taking my time as I don't want to give my fans a sub standard piece of work.
 
Found this litle grammer gem to help you remember all those confusing words that sound the same.

Writing has begun

Alrighty then. I know that it's been a while since I posted on here, but I've been busy doing interviews with John, taking copious notes and also checking stuff out on the web. Doing research too to make sure my facts are correct. I have now started the writing process of John O'Bryan novel #3. To date I have tip-tapped out about 6,000 words and am on a good run. Won't reveal any details, but it's gonna be good. I don't know how long it will take me this time, but I'm not rushing.

Favorite Christmas Carol

Happy New Year to you all! January is almost over. Recently we had a snow storm, which I love but is rare here in Alabama. It reminded me of an old favorite Christmas carol that I learned as a kid. It was based on a poem by an English poet, Christina Rossetti back in 1872. It was later set to music by the composer Gustav Holst. To me , it really describes the essence of winter.
 
 
In the deep mid-winter,
Frosty wind made moan.
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone.
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,

A comma is a comma.

Thought that this was kinda cute and thought that I'd share it with you.
 
Not much news to report on the new book I'm afraid, it's slow right now. My health tends to get in the way which doesn't help matters. I really need to get with John and do some in depth talking with him so that I can get going on writing again.

anniversary

Hi folks, Wanted to share with you that today marks the !st anniversary of The Beginning being released. Hard to belive that it's been a year already!. Things are slow on my next book, I'm hoping to get moving on it soon.
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