Monthly Archives: January 2011
Today was an enlightening day. As I sat around a table with another group of writers, both accomplished and aspiring, at the local chapter meeting (Palm Coast) of the Florida Writers Association, I was inspired and pumped by the energy that permeated the room.
Today revealed treasures in abundance. Like Jeff Swesky, author of Flight From Fear, Mike King, author of Fatherhood 101 and owner of Clearview Press and Jaycee Adams of Mopjockey. Now you have to admit, you’re curious about that last one, aren’t you? Be sure to take a look at his site. And there were more, like Natalie, Claudia, Tricia, Donna – all with a passion for writing and learning. To everyone that was there that might be reading this, I don’t mean to leave you out, I just can’t remember everyone’s name, but each one of your added to this experience for all!
I enjoy finding hidden treasures in my community and bringing them to the public eye. Bringing them to light is the next step. Watch for more soon…………..
Read my latest contribution in The St. Augustine Record Neighbors Feature here
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Ight is originated from the word “alright” but people over the years have become to lazy to say alright. Ight is most common among skaters,punks and gangsters. It is a very fun word to use.
Now I do have an issue with Urban’s definition. “Alright” is actually not a correct word either! The correct way to spell it is all right (two words always). Any grammar reference book will tell you that, but there I go again with my traditional and correct method of writing. What IS wrong with me! IDK!
Now I am not so sure that this is a good thing to learn. You have to use this lingo within boundaries. Teachers up through the college level are finding that this slang has worked its way into writing projects. So let’s keep reinforcing good writing and grammar to our kids. That may be a real challenge, but there are some ideas to help you help them “break the habit” at EHow
As a relatively new blogger, it is so EXCITING to gain new followers! Thanks everyone. This is what makes blogging fun. This also motivates me to continue to add and build quality content to this blog. I have done the research, reading books focused on creating and building blogs. I learned a lot about how to get started and the best way to approach your subject. ProBlogger originator, Darren Rowse, author of ProBlogger – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income gives a lot of great advice. Even though the book is a few years old, the success of Rowse is reason enough to give the book your attention. And we all know how fast technology changes. Case in point – Facebook.
Professional Blogging for Dummies by Susan J. Getgood, a social media marketing consultant, also gives a lot of sound advice and strategies to develop your blog. For instance, find out what other people are blogging about and find a niche that interests you.
Rowse suggest that you identify a timely subject that’s interesting and has the basis for providing a lot of material. He recommends you be unique, fun and newsworthy.
If you are thinking about getting started on blogging, make sure you check out these or other references. The six-figure income idea sounds great, but takes the right subject matter with the right connections and a LOT of time, effort and writing as you will discover if you read the Rowse selection, so don’t get too excited! You’ve got to find something that no one else has, and that can be a challenge. Probably the best parts of these books on blogging is reading about the successes of others. It gives you the motivation to get started and believe that it can be done — just don’t expect miracles over night. And you don’t have to be a professional blogger. Many bloggers just do it as a hobby or a way for family to keep up-to-date with each other. Whatever you choose, the tools are out there for the taking.
For me it’s fun and a challenge that keeps me focused on writing and reaching out to others. And when others reach back, it makes it just that much more fun!
Trying to get more focused on writing, blogging, writing, blogging, writing, blogging – and trying to generate some revenue — and more writing and blogging — you get the idea….
One of my primary resolutions for the New Year is to get involved in the local chapter of Florida Writers Association. The Palm Coast Chapter meets at the Taste of Portugal Restaurant on the 4th Saturday of the month. Now the 4th Saturday of the month isn’t here yet, so I can’t report to you how well I am doing with keeping that resolution, but I have connected with one of the group leaders, Jeff Swesky, and some of the chapter members through Facebook, so that’s a start to the commitment.
BTW, Jeff recently ran a contest to increase his Facebook Fans and yours truly won. My prize was a set of autographed copies of Writing is Easy and More Writing is Easy by The Rogues Gallery Writers.
Be sure to check back to see how I am doing on this resolution and others. Let me hear from you. I want to know about your resolution list!
A few posts ago, I talked about the domino effect in discovering outstanding authors. My personal domino experience began with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. As I moved from the book to the screen versions and then to more screen work of Colin Firth, I discovered the writings of the talented Tracy Chevalier. See more about this in my post of November 3 here.
For me the Austen stories are real and give us a reflection of the social condition of the time that sometimes seems not so very different from today. Her stories always leave me thirsting for more. As a true romantic at heart, I like to imagine how the characters flow into the next stages of their relationships and lives.
However, one author that truly stands out from the others, is Rachel Billington and her Emma and Knightley. After reading this work, the characters were so real that I felt like I knew them after turning the last page of the book. Billington does an amazing job of making her story believable to the reader. She explores communication in this novel through the ever so fragile first year of the marriage of Emma and Knightley as they go through a series of misunderstandings and start to lose their closeness merely due to their own failure to communicate their innermost thoughts and feelings with each.
As demonstrated through this novel, we are once again reminded of the importance of communication.