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A book is not just a book.

A book isn't just a book. Not to the author anyway. A great deal is put into writing that story; time, thought, research, skill. A story is not only written once, it is edited and re-written many times before it is available in the stores. Many decisions have to be made during the writing and development process, making it quite an involved and complicated process. It is a great accomplishment to write and have a book published. Something to be truly proud of.                                                                                                                                                          

Award time again

Well, once again for the 6th year in a row I have won this award for my marketing of my books. Although, I do have to say that like my writing the marketing has also slowed down. It's only a small award, but it's an Award and I'm proud to be the recipient of it.

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.
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