Monday, January 31, 2011
There was a great post from Pimp My Novel about "An Incomplete Education" where everyday grammar mistakes are turned into comics. We are all guilty of abusing these classics and the comic visualization just helps us nail the concept home.
I'm have a slight problem with the logical explanation here:
Yes, "alot" is NOT a word. According to the logic above you would not write "alittle, abunch, acantaloupe, aprokchop" etc. Fair enough but what about these words, words that seem to have the same meaning together as they do a part: cannot, without, within, and maybe? Did they once have a life of their own and through pour pronunciation they were forced into an eternity of marriage?
Now let's take the same "a lot" logic and apply it to "cannot," the opposite occurs here. Should we start using "willnot," "couldnot," "wantnot,"cantaloupenot," "porchopnot?" Okay, I got a little ridiculous but you see what I mean? Maybenot?
All this lead me to do extensive research on cannot vs can not. (Simplest explanation here.) Though there are several points that are highly debatable: whether either is universal, if not what they mean, is it for emphatic purposes, blah, blah, blah, the overall consensus is: if it is impossible then it's "cannot" (i.e.I cannot go back in time.) and if you can but are simply not going to then it is "can not." This seems like a silly/weak explanation to me. Wouldn't "can not" work for either scenario? (Is that a legitimate sentence in green. I bet I broke 10 different grammar laws there. Oy!)
And there's more...
"Cannot" has been in the language as one word for hundreds of years. Did someone come up with this explanation to blow smoke up the proverbial butts of the ancient literary gods? Maybe they were wrong? Or they may be right. Apparently it's all debatable. According to the "cannot" vs. "can not" proper usage, if it "is not" possible should I use "isnot?" (i.e. It isnot possible to travel in time.) J
I'm not even going to touch my other examples (without, within, maybe.) Don't shoot me for draining your brain on Monday. Like I said, my tiny pet peeve turned into an aneurysm.
Here are some more head scratchers: maybe vs. may be, apart vs a part, overall vs. over all, everyday vs every day, into vs in to...
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Text speak gone wrong. I almost peed my pants when I read how this text went down between her and her husband. My husband did the same thing when I showed it to him.
Actual E-mail Conversation with Hubbykins This Morning by Karen Adkins
Continuing with the giggles, I pilfered through Karen's blog and came across her critique partners'. This takes multitasking to a whole new level. But the very valid point, of what are you willing to do to get published.
How bad do you want it? by Kristin Gray
As a follow up to my post the other day about not giving bad book reviews, here's another reason why with an author's perspective.
Being Published changes Everything by Stacia Kane
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Here is the most heartfelt, loving dedication I have ever read. I hope my book dedication speaks so lovingly.
To my husband, Greg, who is my true love, my best friend, my adventure, my comfort, and the compass in the map of my heart. For giving the best hugs, making me feel beautiful, being funny and smart, choosing the perfect wine, taking care of the family and always being the most interesting person in the room.
Wow. That is exactly how I feel about my honey (Except take out the "choosing the perfect wine" and insert "making the perfect martini." And the whole bit about "Greg", my hubby might not like that.)
From time to time my mind has flitted to what I might put on this page of my published novel. I just might have to plagiarize.
What will your dedication say?
Monday, January 24, 2011
You'll notice I read a lot more "normal" books than "paranormal" this year. That was no mistake on my part. In efforts to not be a genre snob, I selected books with normal stories as well to give myself a well rounded view. Most of the "normal" books dragged for me more than the paranormal (excluding the above) but that is probably due to my preference. I also notice I veered away from the "Happy Ever After" cliche books, again, to round my reading tastes.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
So here’s my two cents:
Monday, January 17, 2011
What do you do? Is there a difference? I see Goodreads in the blogosphere way more than Shelfari so I'm wondering if I picked the wrong team. (Kind of like those people who picked Team Gayle over Team Peeta...Ha! Just messing with you Team Gayle people (*mumbles "even though you picked wrong.")
If the both book shelves are equal in the universe then yay! Someday my book will be on those shelves and I want to make sure I'm not missing out on anything.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
EDIT: More thoughts on the subject:
Elle Strauss, her post aptly named "Watch Your Mouth"
Nicole McLaughlin writes "Sometimes Books Suck" I couldn't have said it better. Cute cartoon to boot.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
- I really enjoyed Carolyn's candid speech.
- The book won a YA award
- The book has been banned in several libraries across the country for being, too sexual.
If you are an overweight teen I think this book could be inspirational. I was not an overweight teen. As a matter of fact, I was quite the opposite but I suffered the same abuse Virginia did; being judged about your weight. I was 5'7" in high school, barely 100 pounds. My metabolism was excessively high. I could eat cheeseburgers, pizza and nachos and not gain a pound (I'd kill for that now.) But my point, I was teased for being too skinny. I'm sure everyone is saying, "You were skinny. What are you complaining about?" It sucked being called "Board Breast", "Ethiopian" or being accused of having an eating disorder or tapeworm, or worse, reading a note from a guy you have a crush who wrote, and I quote, "Fucking Dana would be like fucking a skeleton with no meat." (Jerk! Boy did I know how to pick 'em.)
Dealing with teen issues in a YA book is sticky ground but the truth is, teen issues aren't pretty so when a book dishes it like it is, I want to smack the adults who jump on the bandwagon to ban a book. Which brings me to my next point, teens and sex. When I started to read this book, because of the whole ban from your libraries thing, I was expecting some juicy sex scenes with vivid over the top unnecessary descriptions that glorified premarital acts in way that girls ran out to have sex.
Yes there were a couple of groping and kissing scenes but they were very matter of a fact, short and not glamourous by any means. (Disappointing actually.) So what was the big deal? If you find out, let me know.
The truth is teens have sex or at the very least grope. Yes, I am sure that there were wholesome teens now turned adults who never did such a thing until they were married. But from my recollection as a teen in a normal high school in small town America, that was a rarity NOT the norm unfortunately.
I am convienced that there is an adult disease that once you hit the age 30, your teenage years are wiped from your brain because some parents seem to have forgotten what it was like. Parents absolutely have the right to protest a book. Their intentions are pure; they want to protect their child from being exposed to these kinds of things. Parent should realize though, teens will learn about sex, one way or another, whether you want them to or not. When you ban a book, you just might as well have pointed them in that direction. It's kind of like gossip, the more people talk about it the bigger it becomes, the less people talk about it the smaller it becomes. I think Carolyn Mackler gave a very realistic yet tasteful approach to some sticky teen issues. I would most definitely recommend her book to a parent of a teen any day.
Have you read the book? Do you think it should be banned?
Monday, January 3, 2011
- No smut. Some kissing scenes but they are very brief. (Moms will approve.)
- Though sex is in the books, it’s implied not described.
- There is light cussing (the basic hell, shit, damn) but nothing offensive.
- Her stories are very realistic with a simple happy ending.
- Everybody wants to fall in love with the hunky boy next door, right? (Or girl next door.)