I feel your pain. 😉
I feel your pain. 😉
I sort of stole this from another blog – but I thought it would be a fun Friday post.
Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense. Love puzzles and can’t resist trying to solve them.
Series are great because you get to spend more time with beloved characters and watch them grow and develop. Although some stories are meant to stand alone. So, I guess I don’t have a preference. Although, most of my books at present, are part of a series.
Funny, stubborn, determined
Yes, bad things happen in the creepy woods. Hehe
Six months. Then I promptly trashed it. It’s okay, it was utter drek.
Michael Connelly – the best crime writer out there, in my opinion.
After reading a historical romance I wrote (inspired by a poem) my writing professor told me that I wasn’t ready to write novels yet. He said I needed to get more life experience first. Though he didn’t specify what that experience needed to be. Nothing like being told you can’t do something to make you want to do something.
I’m very shy in real life. (Nobody believes me about this)
It’s very easy to feel as though you are all alone in the world. Writing is a solitary activity and it can make you feel isolated. You doubt whether what you’re doing matters, is good enough, and whether anyone will really care about what you have to say. You have to learn to be good at self motivation, giving yourself pep talks, and letting your intuition guide you. But despite this, there is nothing more amazing than creating a story you are proud of and want to share with others.
I think Facebook. It allows for a lot of interaction and enables you to connect on a deeper level than most of the other venues. I’ve made some lovely friends and found some wonderful readers on Facebook.
Believe in yourself. Believe in others.
Thanks for reading this fun little writing meme. Feel free to ‘meme’ yourself in the comments.
If you’re a writer: What is your favorite thing about being a writer? What is your least favorite?
If you’re a reader: What do you most like learning about your favorite authors? What book do you wish an author would write?
Have a lovely Autumn weekend.
In honor of National Poetry Day, I thought I would share my LOSING submission to the 2018 Wergle Flomp.
Congrats to all the winners.
Some writers are just timeless. Shakespeare is probably one of the most timeless of them all. Don’t believe me? Following are common phrases that we ALL use, even today – that came from the Bard himself.
For goodness sake
Neither here not there
Mum’s the word
Eaten out of house and home
Knock knock! Who’s there?
All’s well that ends well
With bated breath
A wild goose chase
Too much of a good thing
A heart of gold
Such stuff as dreams are made on
What the dickens
Dead as a doornail
Not slept one wink
The world’s mine oyster
Send him packing
Vanish into thin air
in a pickle
Own flesh and blood
too much of a good thing
Truth will out
Eaten (you) out of house and home
Had you in stitches over a joke.
Give the devil his due
A sorry sight
There’s method in my madness
Wear your heart on your sleeve
There’s the rub
All of a sudden
Come what may
So, the next time you utter one of these phrases, be sure to thank the Bard for it. 😉
I saw this over at Loraine Ambers’ lovely blog and it looked like fun…
E-Book or Physical Book?
I like both. It depends on what I’m reading and my mood. I have been reading a lot more on my Kindle lately but I may dig into that stack on my night stand soon.
Paperback or Hardback?
Hardbacks – I love the larger size and print and they smell more like books, if that makes sense?
Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
In-Store. I’m not much of a Barnes and Noble shopper but I love indie bookshops and used bookstores. My local library has one and I can spend hours in there, browsing. And it’s tiny!
Trilogies or Series?
Either one works if the story is enticing. Although, if I fall in love with the characters I will be sad if more books don’t follow.
Heroes or Villains?
Both – any fully formed character is a pleasure to love or hate. Though in either case, I really prefer a flawed hero or villian to the perfect ones who can jump from tall buildings in a single leap, fight off battalions of bad guys with one hand tied behind their back, and make the perfect martini. Good guy or bad guy, give me someone I can relate to and you’ll have me forever as a reader.
A book you want everyone to read?
Anything by Diane Dickson – her writing is a feast for the eyes.
Recommend an underrated book?
Scarpetta’s Winter Table, by Patricia Cornwell. It’s somewhat obscure and very short (relative to her other novels). But it gives you interesting insights into the characters of the Scarpetta series. If you’re a Scarpetta fan, see if you can find a copy and read it.
The last book you bought?
Twist of Truth by Diane Dickson. I’m addicted to her books.
Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
Like most readers I usually use whatever is within reach but the weirdest thing was probably a sock.
Used Books: Yes or No?
Of course, otherwise what would used bookstores sell? Nothing like a brand new, hot off the press new book but there is something about a used book that appeals to me – the passing on from one reader to the next – it’s almost as though you can feel the love/excitement/fear/interest that each reader experienced while reading the book and it makes it seem alive. (Is that too weird a revelation? Even for a writer?)
Top three favorite genres?
Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense. Yes, I know Amazon considers them one genre but they are not. I also enjoy retro sci-fi (Asimov, Heinlein) and psychological horror (think Twilight Zone not the Chain Saw Massacre), and occasionally a good literary novel but anything with mystery or suspense intrigues me.
Borrow or Buy?
Both. When the budget is tight, I turn to BookBub or the library.
Characters or Plot?
Hands down, characters. I don’t think a book can be good if the characters don’t draw you in and make you care about them.
Long or Short Books?
As long as it’s good, length is not a consideration. Although books topping out at 500 pages is probably my max. I’ve read recently that readers are moving toward shorter books these days. Personally, I’m always sad when a good book ends.
Long or Short Chapters?
Short chapters. It makes me feel more connected to the action in the story.
Name the first three books you can think of
Books that make you laugh or cry?
Either. But more to the point, books that make me feel, I need an emotional connection to books I read or I’ll end up not finishing them.
Our World or Fictional Worlds?
Fictional worlds always seem like more fun – lots of adventure and less risk.
Audio books: Yes or No?
Audio books are okay. I listened to a lot of them when I was commuting on a day job. Although, I don’t think you get the same satisfaction from them. Especially since you’re usually multi-tasking while listening. I think you also miss nuance in a story you listen to rather than read. The exception I suppose would be if you were listening one hundred percent and doing nothing else. Still, if the narrator doesn’t match the voice in your head it could ruin the experience for you.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
If the cover is really awful or really amazing, yes, probably. Generally though, covers don’t influence me as much as it seems they do others.
A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
Perhaps the Handmaid’s Tale. But not really. Generally, I find the book to be better than the film version. They are doing a decent job of the Bosch series from Michael Connelly’s books but I had to get used to the actor they selected for the lead because he was nothing at all like I’d imagined Bosch.
Series or Stand-alones?
Either. Though I LOVE to find a new series to get my hooks into. You always get so excited when a new book in the series comes out, like you get to visit with an old friend. Wow, this question makes me miss Sue Grafton.
How about you? What would you answer to these questions? Feel free to tell us in the comments or consider yourself tagged and do your own version of the post.
To round off our St. Paddy’s Day weekend, I thought a little dance might be in order…
And maybe something a little more street….
And though St Paddy’s Day is coming to a close may the green be with you.
Have a good weekend. 😉
Can you spot the *secret* ingredient? If you want to check out the book you can go here.
Have a great weekend. 😀
I thought it would be fun to do a cheat sheet that takes British terms/slang and converts to its American counterpart. I think I got a little carried away because the list turned out to be huge. And not too pretty. Anyway, for lovers of trivia, and maybe even a few Brit writers here you go. Annie
|FOOD / FOOD RELATED|
|Jacket potato||baked potato|
|Pudding||dessert (pudding is one of many desserts in America, maybe you call it custard?)|
|Takeaway||take-out or carry-out (or by its name “Chinese” “Italian” “Thai”)|
|Cooker||stove, cooktop, range|
|Eating Irons||Cutlery, flatware, silverware, silver, table ware|
|Lounge||Living room, great room|
|Garden||Yard (although we often have gardens in our yards)|
|Pub||bar, watering hole (if it’s bad it might be called a dive)|
|High street||main street|
|Loo||bathroom / restroom / washroom/ head/john|
|Car park||parking lot, parking structure|
|Motorway||highway / freeway / expressway / interstate|
|Snail Home||Motor home, trailer, RV, camper|
|Cinema||(at the) or (go to the) movies|
|Phone box||phone booth (although these are pretty rare in the U.S. these days)|
|CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES|
|Dummy||pacifier / binkie|
|Bum bag||fanny pack|
|Pants||men’s underwear/briefs /boxers / shorts|
|Knickers||ladie’s underwear/panties/briefs/ thong|
|VEHICLES / VEHICLE RELATED|
|Road surface||pavement /blacktop/ road|
|Flyover||overpass / freeway bridge|
|Number plate||license plate / tags|
|Artic||semi truck, 18-wheeler, big rig|
|FURNITURE / FURNITURE RELATED|
|Telly||TV / television / boob tube|
|Settee||couch or sofa|
|Hoover||vacuum cleaner / vac|
|Bin||trash can / garbage can|
|Justices of the Supreme Court||Judge (only Justices of the Supreme Court are called Justices)|
|My Lord||Your Honor|
|Mum||mom, mommy, mama, ma|
|Dustman||garbage collector / garbage man|
|Barrister||attorney / lawyer|
|Copper||cop / police / law enforcement|
|Postman||mail carrier / mailman / mail person|
|Mate||friend, buddy, girlfriend, boyfriend, bud, pal, gal pal|
|PHRASES / OCCASIONS|
|Brilliant||great, cool, awesome, wonderful|
|Cheeky||smartass, wiseguy / smarting off|
|Mad||crazy / nuts / insane|
|Kip||Sleep, snooze, nap|
|Nick||steal, lift, swipe|
|Arse/bum||ass, butt, behind|
|Taking the biscuit||takes the cake|
|Uni/University||College, Grad School|
|Wanker||jerk, asshole, son of a bitch|
|Yonks||ages, long time, month of Sundays|
|Pear-shaped||disaster, a wreck, trainwreck, fubar (fucked up beyond all recognition)|
|Pissed||drunk, hammered, wasted|
|Wag off||To waste time, dick around, fuck off, screw off|
|Brassed off||pissed off, angry, mad|
|Cock up||screw up, mess up, make a mistake|
|Dodgy||suspicious, questionable, not to be trusted|
|Knackered||tired, beat, worn out, done in, exhausted|
|Posh||high class, pricey, expensive, classy|
|Fortnight||two weeks, couple of weeks|
|Skint||broke, tapped, penniless, flat broke|
|Postal code||zip code|
|Fag||smoke / ciggie / cigarette|
|Protectives||condoms / rubbers|
Feel free to add to the list…
Nail Your Novel - Writing, publishing and self-publishing advice from a bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor
So Many Books, So Little Time
The Graveyard Shift
Writer, Editor, Fan Girl
Fantasy writer - Bibliophile - Daydreamer
Life Coaching, Observations, Reflections, Things that make you go hmmmmm
Watch the ongoing adventures of everyone's favorite struggling author!