February 12, 2019
Many of you know that I am a freelance editor. I’ve been at it for 6+ years. I have worked with authors at every stage of their careers, including USA Today and NY Times best sellers. I specialize in line and developmental editing. Romance is my passion, especially the subgenres paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, erotic, and suspense. I have been known to work with mystery and sci-fi authors, as well.
Today’s link of the week is my profile with Reedsy. Reedsy is a place which “connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers to create high-quality books”. Boom!
February 5, 2019
Authors do a TON of research on any given topic. I, myself, will research even the smallest, insignificant detail just to make sure my writing is authentic. I’ve been known to haunt libraries and used bookstores for information. These days it is so much easier to utilize the internet. Scour, really. There are countless rabbit holes to fall down. But sometimes, you want a more refined search.
You may have heard of Google Scholar, a search engine that allows you to search literature.
Here are some other online databases that might be helpful.
- Google Books Ngrams Viewer – a graph showing how words/phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years.
- IMDb – Internet Movie Database – movies, television, and video game
- Encyclopedia Mythica – mythology, folklore, and religion
- Omniglot – encyclopedia focused on languages and writing systems
- AnC – American National Corpus –
- Worldcat – a network of library content
- Encyclopedia Astronautica – a reference web site on space travel
- Acronym Finder – searchable dictionary and database of abbreviations (acronyms, initialisms, and others) and their meanings.
- AllMusic – music albums, artists and songs; reviews and biographies
- Animal Diversity Web – database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology
- Web Gallery of Art – virtual art gallery website
Wikipedia offers a list of academic databases and search engines that are ” useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.”
January 29, 2019
Very cool information from The Art of Manliness for both the outdoorsy types and for authors of all genres. A Swedish torch lasts for hours. It gives warmth, light, and be used for cooking, all from one chunk of wood. A must read, here.
January 22, 2019
Found this neat little gem.
YearCompass is a global movement that mobilizes people to sort out their last year and plan their next one in order to have a greater awareness of their lives. New Year’s resolutions don’t work; planning your year does.
YearCompass is a booklet that helps close your year and plan the next one. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.
Best part…it’s FREE! It’s not too late to start planning and executing your ideas, projects, and ambitions.
Check it out. https://yearcompass.com/
January 15, 2019
I saw this website called The Written Word on social media recently and bookmarked it to look at later. Glad I did. It’s an onomatopeia dictionary. I had no idea I needed one, but clearly I do. What a fun, handy site.
Onomatopeia is a word formed by imitating the sound or action something makes. Think hiss, buzz, boom, argh, bay, arf, cackle, drone, splat, clink, etc. As writers, we strive to have readers experience our stories as if they are actually there. We do this with creative uses of words. The sounds some words make aid in visualizing what’s happening. Such as a cat caterwauling just before its lightsaber ignites with a pssshhew and engages in battle. Ffffkrrrrshhzzzwooooom..woom..woooom!
December 18, 2018
Huzzah! It’s release day for THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF WICKED and just in time for the holidays! Highlander pirates and spies will keep you warm this winter! Join the crew and grab your copy at Amazon, mates.
A spy on the run …
Treva MacDougall is running for her life. Not just hers, but those of her clansmen. Fleeing the hangman’s noose, she must reach her rebel cousin in Scotland in time to warn him of an ambush by the Crown. Finagling her way aboard a pirate ship running contraband wasn’t difficult, but ignoring the intense temptation she feels toward the ship’s captain is verra difficult. She can’t allow herself to have feelings for any man, but maybe just one night of sinful pleasure…
A pirate caught in the middle
Coire Fletcher doesn’t trust women. None of them, but especially the dark-haired, moss-eyed lass whose pretty lies got her onto his ship and her sharp wit and undying spirit is getting under his skin. He knows she’s lying—after all, she is a female—but by damned his growing attraction to her is as troubling as a Caribbean hurricane. He won’t be fooled again by a woman, not even one he can’t stop thinking about. He’ll deliver his smuggled goods and Treva at the next port, then sail away. Or so he thinks…
Chased by the British Navy and vengeful enemy pirates alike, Coire and Treva must leave past injustices behind and learn to trust each other…or neither may see another sunrise.
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More holiday goodness. The Laird’s Reckoning is on sale at $1.99 for a limited time!
Fair winds and following seas and a full mug o’ rum!
December 4, 2018
There was a time when if something offended you, you absolutely had the right to look away, walk away, change the station, etc. Guess what? We still have that option. But it seems far easier for people to scream, stomp, shake their fists, and demand removal over something that they don’t like. Suddenly, everything is offensive.
Take the recent move by a Chicago radio station banning the 40’s holiday classic song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. According to many, this song is about rape. Let me pause to laugh and laugh at the absurdity. Yeah. It’s quite okay for artists today to sing, glorify even, about rape, violence, and drug abuse. Or movies with these same elements. And video games giving players extra points for crimes committed, rapes, and murders. But a song from an era that had strict moral standards where women were becoming more independent and gentlemen were dignified and their chivalry meant women had value to them? I call foul.
This week’s link of the week comes from Bored Panda and is what the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is really about from the perspective of a former English teacher. Let me say she nails it.
This is the version of the song that I’ve grown up on. Love me some Dean! *swoon*
Just for fun, check out the clip from the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter” where Ester William and Ricardo Montalbán sing the song and then there is the role reversal with Betty Garrett and Red Skelton.
November 13, 2018
The videos of people trying to escape the deadly fires scorching through California and the destruction left in the wake are scary, horrific, and heartbreaking. As the wildfires continue to burn, I thought today’s post might be helpful. It’s another excellent survival tip from The Art of Manliness – escaping a wildfire.
November 6, 2018
It’s election day in America. What better way to start off election day with a great non-partisan video about the importance of civics. This segment is eye-opening and totally worth the watch. I’m willing to debate how we are in dire need to bring civics classes back to our schools for the health of our democracy.
If you haven’t already cast your ballots during the early voting period, go out and vote today. Not voting hands over your power, your voice to someone else.
Vote. It is a right and a privilege.
“It’s up to us.”