What’s with editors anyway? Why does a “real” writer need an editor? Surely any writer worth his or her salt knows how to spell, punctuate, and write an engaging sentence! Besides, editors just want to change your writing and make you sound like everyone else out there. They are so full of themselves, thinking they know everything about English and writing–darn grammar nazis! The writer is the one who knows the book the best, not some stranger!
Want to know a secret? I’m not just an editor, I’m also a writer. And I am definitely one of the most protective, overbearing people ever when it comes to my work. After all, I’m an excellent editor, and I’ve been told I’m not half bad at writing either. So not only should I be able to create it, I should be able to edit it until it is perfect, right?
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To all of you that have been asking for the next Stormy Winters Mystery, I want you to know that I haven’t given up on it. I have planned out several more books in the series. In fact, Stormy has been putting pressure on me to tell of her adventure on Oahu and the pineapple fields for some time now.
I’ve not finished it yet due to two main things: I’m working hard on finishing my fantasy trio “Unicorns and Orchids” featuring Vyolet and Jontur. And two, the amount of increased care my elderly parents have needed with their medical problems. Stormy is a little put out by Vyolet taking center stage at the moment, but will try to wait her turn.
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Upspeak, also known as high rising terminal, is a feature of some English accents where statements have a rising intonation pattern in their final syllables.
Have you ever met someone who constantly ended every sentence with a question mark, even if what he–or more likely, she–said was not a question? Maybe you thought of her as a ditz, an airhead, or labelled her a Valley Girl. But did you ever wonder why she spoke that way?
S.A. Slack brought regional accents up to me the other day as we were discussing characters, and we paused to discuss upspeak in more depth. Many people find this manner of speech annoying and can’t help but immediately pass judgment on the speaker. However, isn’t this true of accents in general? Think of a heavy drawl from one of our southern states, or of talking with someone from London, England; speech patterns… Continue reading