Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Dash it all!

Hyphens, En dashes, Em dashes

Hyphen: hyphenate/join words – (should be on your keyboard)

En dash: separate span of time, range of numbers – (ctrl + minus on numeric keyboard)

Em dash: set phrase apart, add more information ­­—  (ctrl + Alt + minus on numeric keyboard)

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Read it backward

Hungarian Runes (rovas) are controversial in origin, having been replaced by the Roman alphabet a thousand years ago with the Christianization of Hungary. They are read right-to-left, and some small groups have continued to use them. In recent years there has been a resurgence in their use. (Went to school with a lot of Hungarians, did not know this)

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Certified horse lover!

I  love horses (but I am no horseman) so Beware the Blue Lady has a black Percheron stallion, Hellfire, who steals the show!

Lucinda spurns the warnings and rides into the hills of Pea Ridge.

Alvin, son of a wealthy landowner, warns her about Samuel, a known killer.

Then Lucinda meets the Blue Lady.


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Writing cars into stories—the future is here:

Writers need to consider the near future and think about how to write about cars. I rented a Ford Escape that had a pocket transmitter (not sure what the auto term is) that turned your car on—no key, just a start button. A friend bought a 2022 Toyota that starts with their cell phone app.

And consider internal combustion—in 10 years they may be obsolete even for hybrids. It is becoming an electric world.

Lastly, driverless cars may be the norm in 10 years. Some kids may grow up and not need or get a driver’s license. Could a 5-year-old borrow the family car? Or a visually-impaired person have a car?

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Some ideas about writing picture books: Picture books are a hybrid animal—Not quite poetry, prose, song, screenplay—a little of each. Flavor it with rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance, repetition, inverted word order, meter, beat, metaphors/similes, to name a few.

Write just it in time, be oh so sublime,

Add some spice, space it out, spell it out,

Or march, march, march, bang that drum,

Go not where others have gone, on your block be the first.

Have fun! This was in response to an online poll: rhyme or prose—as if that covered all the bases, but just my humble opinion.

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My new favorite word

Mott: An American word meaning clump/small grove of trees. I love this word. In a weird coincidence, Samuel Mott started Mott Applesauce, no doubt harvested from motts of apple trees. (the word is used by dairy goat farmers)

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Writers having fun

Fun Old Words for a New Age!

Overmorrrow (day after tomorrow) We will meet on overmorrow.

Ereyesterday (day before yesterday) We met on ereyesterday.

Elflock (hair tangled by elves) Take a brush to your elflock

Twattle (gossip) Quit being a twattle!

Yesteryear (last year) Yesteryear was 2020.

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Out today!

Keep Writing With Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer’s Block, Depression, and Burnout
By Chrys Fey

Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!

When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer’s Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:

  • Writer’s block
  • Depression
  • Writer’s burnout
  • What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
  • Finding creativity boosts

With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love – writing.

Release date – July 14, 2020
$17.95, 6×9 trade paperback, 256 pages
Print ISBN 9781939844729 / EBook ISBN 9781939844736
Writing / Self-Help: Depression – Stress Management

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series and an editor for Dancing Lemur Press. She started her blog, Write with Fey, to offer aspiring writers inspiration, advice, and hope. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, and since then she has been a dedicated citizen in the writing world.

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Keep-Writing-Fey-Writers-Depression-ebook/dp/B0849R9S8R/
Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/keep-writing-with-fey-fey-chrys/1136384744?ean=9781939844743
ITunes – https://books.apple.com/ca/book/keep-writing-with-fey/id1497044824
Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/keep-writing-with-fey
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50983917-keep-writing-with-fey

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Writer’s Block Festival

November 10, 2018. Spalding University,

College Street Building, 812 South Second Street



The Louisville Literary Arts’s Writer’s Block Festival brings together published and emerging writers, readers, professors, and book industry professionals for a full-day, free public event: readings, panels, staged interviews, open mics, and a print & resource fair. Workshops and agent/editor pitches are fee-based and require pre-registration.  Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, spoken word, and playwriting.




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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be released in June. I am excited. (I will grow up later) I would be even more excited if the 2-legged dinosaurs had feathers. (not sure about the 4-legged versions)

This winter I subbed in a kindergarten class. For indoor recess, the girls dressed in princess gowns—boring. The boys played with dinosaur toys—yes!

I just have to write about dinosaurs! Novels, picture books, poems, and so on.

Adulthood will just have to wait a little longer.


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