Thursday, June 23, 2016

Grammar Dos and Don'ts

For those of us who write, whether it be newsletters, blogs, or stories and poems, we're forever checking our grammar. And that's a good thing. We should edit, edit, edit, and revise, revise, revise. Then that's when we need to edit and revise again.

I'm amazed how many times I can go over my stories, send them to Beta readers, edit and revise yet again, publish, and realize there are still mistakes.

Online are tons of articles on dos and don'ts, but know what? Don't get caught up in them. There are too many experts out there telling us all how to write and words not to use and common grammar errors.

I just read Robert L. Bacon's current Perfect Write Newsletter 
that discusses this topic and I agree entirely on what he says. (I do suggest subscribing to his newsletters. They're always full of great info for authors). Basically, you don't have to edit your work based on somebody's article on what you should or shouldn't do.

Robert L. Bacon has a wonderful book on:

Just follow the link to purchase it for $7.99.

When I wrote my first novel 'Always' I followed the advice on every website I could find. Boy, there were lots of reading problems when I was done.

This article in Stumble Upon also talks about useless grammar corrections. We're a more relaxed society today when it comes to reading, so don't get all caught up in 'omg. the author left out a comma'. Read for enjoyment. Write your stories so others can enjoy them.
17 Grammar Mistakes Stumble Upon

I'm not saying don't pay attention to grammar and spelling. I'm just saying ease up a bit and especially write in your style. Be you.

And if you're wondering if 'dos and don'ts' is correct, well, one of my favorite sites is Grammar Girl
From Grammar Girl:
Dos and don'ts is an especially unusual exception. The apostrophe in the contraction don't seems to make people want to use an apostrophe to make do plural (do's and don'ts), but then to be consistent, you'd also have to use an apostrophe to make don't plural, which becomes downright ugly (do's and don't's).
Style guides and usage books don't agree. The Chicago Manual of Style and others recommend dos and don'ts. The Associated Press and others recommend do's and don'ts. Eats, Shoots & Leaves recommends do's and don't's
What Should You Do? Unless your editor wishes otherwise, if you write books, spell it dos and don'ts; and if you write for newspapers, magazines, or the Web, spell it do's and don'ts. If you're writing for yourself, spell it any way you want.

I'd also suggest (Kindle version $4.25):

If you're a truly die-hard must be perfect writing, you can purchase The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Use, and Punctuation for only $45.

Love, Honor, and Respect

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Gingerbread Warmth and my Novel Always

I love gingerbread and gingerbread cookies, especially during the winter months. The reason I do is all the spices mixed with brown sugar and a nice cup of something hot brings a warmth during those cold days.

In my novel 'Always', Aunt Tillie loves to make loaves of delicious gingerbread.
So, today I'm starting a new post titled 'Gingerbread Warmth.'
What simple thing
gives me that wonderful gingerbread warmth?
My electric cup warmer.  I'm not fond of cold coffee or tea, so this little item, that cost me a whole $5 is what makes me happy.

Always is available at amazon for only 99 cents.
Always - more than a love story. A roller coaster ride of emotions.

What brings you that gingerbread warmth? I'd love to hear.

Love, honor, and respect.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DIY Quick Craft PinBoard With Granny Squares

Well, I'm still at it, making quick crafts. It's not the only thing I'm doing. I'm writing and editing too, but I'm just in that mode for quick crafts.

Yesterday while I was straightening my crafts closet, I came across half a piece of cork board and several crocheted Granny Squares that were left over from another project. So I thought, 'Either throw them out or do something with them.'

I looked at my craft area. There was this bare spot on my wall so I made a Pinboard.
This is it, hanging on my wall.

It was simple. I matched the Granny Squares and glued them on the board so they would stay still while I worked with them.

Then I fitted them onto the board and pinned them in place with small sewing pins. That was it.

I mounted it easily enough using Command Picture Hanging Strips, available almost anywhere.

Simple, easy, and efficient.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

DIY Quick Craft Thread Catcher.

I love to craft, but I'll tell you, I can get quite messy and when I sew I often have to pull out stitches. Does your sewing area look like this?
I'm working on a project right now, but I got frustrated with the bits of thread and material, trying to pick them up and get them into the garbage.

So I searched online for a simple, quick Thread Catcher, and to my surprise, there are a lot of patterns, but they have a weighted pin cushion attached. I certainly don't need another pin cushion and this style would just get in my way.

I came up with my own. I took a small size plastic container. I wanted the inside to match the contact paper I put on my craft desk. Luckily, I still had some. I fitted a piece to the bottom, gluing it in with my Tacky Glue. Then I glued sides in.
Looks good, doesn't it?

Next, I got some wide ribbon and glued a piece on the outer bottom and glued a strip along the side. When all the glue had dried, I added lace around the top (I love frills and lace and cutesie stuff. That's me).

I wanted to mount it on the side of my desk, but none of the glues worked until my son suggested my hot glue gun. I don't like using it. I'm a danger with it, tending to burn myself more often and get the glue everywhere than get the glue on the project, but this would be quick, so I tried it and it stuck. I am considering having my husband screw it into the desk also.

Why don't I do it myself? Seriously? I'm a klutz and dangerous with sharp objects, glue guns, and tools. My foot's still suffering when I dropped a heavy large can of beans on it while using the electric can opener (somehow my hand hit the can, it flew off the opener tossing beans everywhere and found my foot. ( Still painful months later).

Needless to say, it's common in our house to hear me say, "Ow." And so my husband doesn't like me touching his tools.

Anyway, the final product:
Not too bad for a quickie "I must have now" project. It will hang better with a couple of screws, I think.

I may be klutzy, but I love a well-organized craft area and someday I'll take you on a tour, if I don't hurt myself along the way.

Love, Honor, and Respect to you.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Atkins for Life

I'm a carb sensitive person. Yes, sadly, anyone can be carb sensitive. It was in the 1980s when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome that I discovered this fact. I gain weight easily if I ingest too many carbs and I'm gluten sensitive, which means breads and pasta upset my stomach.

I was so ill with CFIDs that I had to do something to feel better. I turned to Atkins. Atkins is a life-long diet plan. Now, when I saw diet plan, I don't mean to lose weight, although, believe me, you can certainly do that on Atkins. No, I meant the types of food that works for your body. In other words, I love Atkins because I can limit my carbs on it without a lot of math.

There are many diets today that limit carbs, but Atkins remains my favorite because it's easy to use. Yet, if you're addicted to carbs or sugars, it can be a difficult diet to follow.

If you've never used Atkins before, you'll want to start with Phase 1, Induction. It's a tough phase and really is for people who need to lose weight. And believe me, you'll lose. Then you move on to Phase 2 where you start adding carbs slowly back into your diet. And finally, Phase 3 - Atkins for Life because you've learned to manage your carbs, overcome your cravings, and now know how to eat for your health.

There's always been lots of criticism about Atkins. Much of it is just plain not understanding what Atkins is all about.

In my case, I feel healthier, I have more energy, I can exercise without getting sick after, and I just plainly feel better.

Everybody's different. Finding out what foods you're sensitive to is important to your well-being. For instance, I also have intolerance to too much sugar, caffeine, msg, milk and cheeses, and too much salt. See how Atkins fits me? It's low in these areas unless you buy frozen processed meals. And we all know that none of those is good for you.

Want more information:

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Netflix and Midsomer Murders

UPDATE: you can read the last half of chapter five of 'Betrayed', my dark steamy scifi romance on Wattpad. Log in with your facebook or google account.

Midsomer Murders

Satellite and cable TV has become boring with all the repeats and sales channels and expensive. When we want to watch something good these days we turn to Netflix. It hasn't let us down yet, and this time Netflix has outdone itself. It has seventeen series of 'Midsomer Murders' and my husband and I watch one to three episodes a day. Plus, there are no 20-minutes worth of commercials.

This is one of the best shows I've watched in a long time. It's a murder mystery in the make-believe county of Midsomer. The show is enthralling by itself, but watching the beautiful villages and amazing scenery around Southern England makes the show even better.

In each show, the two main detectives must solve the murder or murders. The show never repeats itself and the plots are complex.

Have you ever watched it? If you haven't, you must give it a try.

Did you know they give real tours of the villages used in the show? How fun would that be?

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