Archive for August, 2015

Cumulative sentence: Base clause + modifying phrase + modifying phrase etc. E.g. “The boy walked in, longing to see her, wanted to be with her, dying to kiss her.”


4 types of phrases:

Participial phrases: participle is verb turned into an adjective. E.g. “hating his life” & “delighted with the pie.”

Gerund phrases: verb turned into a noun. E.g. “by eating” or “for cheating”

Infinitive phrases: “to find a job” or “to eat his dinner”

Prepositional phrases: “after eating pie” or “before finding a job”


4 types of suspended sentence: [main clause at the end]

Inverted cumulative—cumulative sentences ending with main clause

Insert qualifying material between subject & verb

Initial conditional clauses lead to main clause

Extended subject, verb at the end

This is by no means complete, but I hope it might inspire other writers to examine and/or play with their sentence structures.

Eights Mask2

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I will be signing Eighth Mask at Books Unlimited in Franklin, North Carolina on Saturday, August 29th from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Eighth Mask, Murder on the Cherokee Reservation: After being accused of a murder he did not commit, Deputy Sheriff Charlie Yuchalla plunges into a mysterious world of supernatural giants, ancient priest orders and Cherokee mystics as he attempts to uncover the true identity of the person responsible for murdering a masked dancer at a Cherokee Booger Dance.

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Franklin, NC

(828) 369-7942



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Fry bread recipe

Fry bread: (powwow food)

3-4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water

Oil for frying.

Knead into dough, flatten, deep fat fry.
fry bread2

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On Saturday, August 15, 2015, the SCBWI Midsouth Louisville Agents Day was held at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, KY. About 35 writers from states as far away as Maryland met with three literary agents. I had  a great time, learned a lot, and met 3 agents and met several writers for the first time.


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Mindful Monday – Eating Meditation.

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Green River Writers 2015 Writing Contest

Green River Writers 2015 Writing Contest. Two Grand Prizes and 14 other categories, including fiction, non-fiction, & poetry. Over $1700 in prizes. Grand prize categories- $3 each entry for GRW members; $5 each entry for non-members. All other categories- $2 each entry or $12 maximum for GRW members; $3 each entry for non-members, but they may join GRW and receive the member rate. Deadline: postmarked August 31, 2015. Details: http://www.greenriverwriters.org/


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Writing & Publishing Children’s Books – A to Z            

Saturday, September 19th, 2015, 9 AM to 4 PM

Hampton Inn & Suites, Alliant Drive (I-64 & Blankenbaker), Louisville KY

  • How to develop your plot line using a story board.
  • How to find and hire an illustrator.
  • How to create a great cover.
  • eBook and print book – why you will need both.
  • Book pricing
  • Publishing Options
  • Marketing your book after it’s published.

Workshop fee is $147.00 www.businessofwritingsummit.com


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