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Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for pre-order.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Is That What You Really Meant to Say?

I like to read about gardening (sometimes I even work in the garden) and the following caught my eye:
Can this groundcover store
the sun's heat as gravel?
“To complete your landscaping, plant low-water-demand groundcover plants near your house on the south and west sides. These reflect more of the sun’s heat and do not store it as gravel.”
Well, now. I could really use some more gravel on my driveway. Have I missed something about plants that store the sun’s heat as gravel? Perhaps high-water-demand groundcover? And would this be a practical alternative to calling the local quarry and ordering a truckload of gravel?
The more I thought about it, though, the more I thought maybe the
We need to watch our use
of words right from the gecko.
article wasn’t really saying that some plants can store the sun’s heat as gravel. Maybe they just left out a word, and meant to say, “as gravel does.”
A disappointing thought, but that really makes more sense.
It started me thinking about frequently misused words.
Of course, there are the commonly confused words that sound alike. Accept/Except. Elicit/Illicit. Climatic/Climactic. Principal/Principle. There are lots more.
What's your wok of life?
And the smack-yourself-in-the-forehead common ones. Their/There/They’re. To/Too/Two. Its/It’s.

Don’t forget the commonly mis-said phrases. Suppose to. Use to. Couldn’t care less.
Then there are the sometimes puzzling substitutions of one word (or non-word) for another.
Chester's drawers
Firstable, those of us who have chosen woks of life where language is important need to sit the standard high. From the gecko, we need to make sure we use our words in pacifically the correct manner. For all intensive purposes, our use of the language should reflect our skillets and hard work. Otherwise, our efforts may be all for knot.
One agent has tweeted, “Note to authors: if you're going to call an agent stupid in response to a rejection, remember - it's ‘YOU'RE stupid.’ Not ‘your stupid.’

In spite of all that, I’m not sure I want to speculate on what’s contained in Chester’s drawers.

7 comments:

Kait said...

Hilarious! Never did think about Chester's drawers! I didn't know I was having one of those moments until Patty Duke died and I read that the words to the theme song were "a hot dog makes her lose control." I always thought it was "a hop that makes her lose control." For those of you who are too young to remember--hop was a word for dance--at least in my neck of the woods. Still trying to digest the hot dog version.

Jim Jackson said...

It is sssooo hard to catch homonyms in you’re own rigting. The one that, but threw the grace of God and my partner, Jan, nearly snuck into my first published novel was this sentence: In the second grade, Sister Margarite beat it out of me, wrapping my knuckles bloody with the edge of a metal ruler she carried in the sleeve of her habit. Threw a dozen drafts, two critique groups, a publisher, and editor, and a dozen beta readers, the wrapping staid in place covering with the edge of the metal ruler knuckles that, in reality, Sister Maragrite had rapped.

~ Jim

Margaret Turkevich said...

Too funny! I remember all the patriotic songs and hymns we routinely mangled as children. There's a story about Chester's drawers.

Warren Bull said...

Watt fun!

KM Rockwood said...

Kait, I vaguely remember that Patty Duke song--I always thought it was "a hop that..."
We had "sock hops," because the dances were held in the gym, and they didn't want shoes on the gym floor.

You're right, Jim. There's nothing more frustrating than reading your own published work and finding an idiotic misused word that has somehow made it past me, critique readers, beta readers, editors, etc.

Margaret, my favorite "patriotic" story is the one about the classroom guinea pig named "Frall." It seems that he was born in a neighboring class room, and his parents were Liberty and Justice. Someone--Bill Crider, I think--has a lady with a trio of goats: Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, who, needless to day, "follow her all the days of her life."

Tanks, Warren.

Shari Randall said...

Oh, this is fun! And thank goodness for sharp eyed readers like Jan!
I love the way kids mangle words. One of my favorite passages from a book is when Beverly Cleary's Ramona learns the National Anthem. She hears "through the dawn's early light" and thinks there's a special light called the dawnzer that throws a lee light.

KM Rockwood said...

Shari, I'll never forget the cousins who were not particularly well versed in the German part of our heritage, and dutifully sang the Christmas carol "Atomic bomb, Atomic bomb," when everyone else was singing "O Tannenbaum."