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On Friday April 28th at 4:00 PM, I will be on a discussion panel at Karen’s Book Barn, 127 E Main St, La Grange, Kentucky (502)222-0918.

The topic: Children’s Books “Educational or Entertainment?”

This is the night before the 7th Annual Authors Fair La Grange YMCA, 307 W Jefferson St, La Grange, Kentucky. Come by and say hi.

http://www.karensbookbarn.net/

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RRRR you ready?

RRRgh! Again!

I need your help! American English has lost a few R’s over the years. I know there are more. (I am supposed to be cousin to Daniel Webster, so maybe it runs in the family)

Barb wire>bob wire

Curse>cuss

Booger>boogie

Arse>ass

Ornery>onry

Curse>cuss

Burst>bust

Lord>lawd

 

And how about?

Warsh>wash

Racoon>coon

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Spearfinger!

I have the interior proofs for my picture book, Spearfinger. It will be released soon.

Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains, but no one can stop her! A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets and put an end to her rampages? Cherokee/English Bilingual Edition.

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Comma comas

Comma-tose

The major types of commas that writers need:

  1. Clause independence: After a coordinating conjunction that links 2 independent clauses. E.g. I ate the whole pizza, and my wife never let me forget it.
  2. Separation anxiety: Used for setting off a parenthetical element from the rest of the sentence. E.g. George Washington, the first president, was also a general.
  3. Serious about series: Separating the elements of a series. E.g. I like pizza, my wife, and George Washington. (I included an Oxford comma, the comma before “and”)
  4. Speaking of: Commas are need for dialogue and quotes. E.g. “I like pizza,” I said.
  5. Omissions: Using commas to indicate omitted words. E.g. I ate the first pizza quickly, the second pizza less quickly. (omitted “I ate”)
  6. Please repeat: using commas between repeated words. E.g. Whatever you do, do well.

    Commas have many other uses, so know when to use them and when not to. Until we meet again, happy writing to you.

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RRRgh!

I need your help! American English has lost a few R’s over the years. I know there are more. (I am supposed to be cousin to Daniel Webster, so maybe it runs in the family)

Curse>cuss

Booger>boogie

Arse>ass

Ornery>onry

Curse>cuss

Burst>bust

Lord>lawd

And how about?

Warsh>wash

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Let’s Celebrate!

April is National Poetry Month. You can celebrate by reading poetry, going to a poetry reading, or better yet, by writing your own poetry. https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home

Charles Suddeth’s Hillbilly Haiku:

I love my woman

Almost as much as my hound,

Sure wish she could hunt.

 

Grits is really great,

Groundhog is kinda greasy,

Good gravy grabs you.

 

Lounging in the shade,

Oh boy do I got it made,

When the wife gets paid.

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True or False?

Today is April Fools’ Day, AKA All Fool’s Day. I don’t have to tell anyone what happens today. I found almost as many theories about its origins as the number of April Fools I will likely hear about. The Scots call April fools Gowks (cuckoos). Is this posting true or an April Fool’s Day story? I’ll never tell.

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