Monday, March 25, 2013

A-Z Preview

The A-Z madness is almost upon us! And I'm waaaay behind on writing my posts. *Sigh* But I'm working hard at them, because I'm excited about my theme this year.

Image credit: Don Genaro Curaçao Appartements [sic]
Most of Quiet Laughter's regular readers have asked, at some point or another, the very normal question of where--and what--the heck is Curaçao? No reason to be ashamed; when I came to this island I literally had no clue where I was going. Somewhere in the Caribbean, yes, but where?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Steinbeck vs. Hemingway on Writing

Steinbeck:


Hemingway:


Perhaps this is nothing but the pantster vs. (sort of) plotter approach, but I think it goes deeper than that. What do you think? How do you do it? Do you start your writing day by "recapping" what you did the day before, or start fresh and unencumbered? Do you revise as you work, or leave it all for the end? What works best for you?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Oh, you grammar Nazis, you...

I'm one. I admit it. I'm even proud of it.

(Yeah, I taught English for ten years.)

I hate it when people misuse punctuation. Misspelled words--the classic affect vs. effect, for example, or confidant instead of confident, and the ever-present confusion of it's and its--make my teeth ache. My nerve endings cringe when I read sentences like, "If I would've seen it..."

And don't get me started on the new-generation text-type spellings of UR and THX and GR8. Hoo-hah, great time savers, those. What do people do with the thousands of hours saved by typing UR instead of you're, I wonder?


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