Book review: Create, Narrate, Punctuate

create narrate punctuate

This is a book review of Create, Narrate, Punctuate: How to Fashion Exquisitely Styled Sentences by Ramy Tadros. I received a review copy of this book from Story Cartel. Other than the review copy, I have not received any consideration whatsoever from Ramy Tadros, Story Cartel or anyone else associated with the writing, publication and […]

Me: Liebster! (smirk, smirk)

the liebster award

A small step for my blog, a giant step for my self-esteem! Author and blogger Christina Keats has passed the Liebster Award on to me. It is a digital smack of appreciation that is passed forward online from blogger awardee to blogger nominee. Thanks a terrabyte, Christina. Liebster means sweetheart in German. I presume the […]

Charming words: even if they are “foreign”

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I love writing, but I dislike bombastic. My readers’ focus should be what I am saying and how well I am saying it, but they shouldn’t be consulting Merriam-Webster or Oxford to confirm that I am writing English. That doesn’t mean a writer eschews all words that may have some readers scrambling for their dictionaries. […]

Ha! More resources for authors!


I have written earlier about resources for authors tools, some more tools, yet more tools and even more tools; I try to keep tabs on tools that could be profitably used—by authors most of all—and I now have a new bunch of them for you to consider. I must say something about these posts: not […]

Book review of book on getting book reviews

named truths about getting book reviews

This is a review of the book Naked Truths About Getting Book Reviews by Gisela Hausmann. As the title suggests, Hausmann’s book discusses ways to get book reviews, the best way to handle negative reviews and the benefits of getting a medley of ratings through the whole spectrum: one star to five stars. Every time […]

Ooh—a new, old manuscript!

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Eureka! I just found an old manuscript for a novel in my attic. Not just any old manuscript. It was in a trunk my family has owned for a century and a half, give or take a few decades. The trunk belonged to my great4 grandfather, who gained notoriety by becoming the first of the […]

First book review

the self-publisher's ultimate resource guide

This is my first book review on this blog. I have avoided reviews thus far because I have yet to succeed in slotting regular book reading time into my daily schedule. I also suspect I am a bit of a coward: I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. But I have to start somewhere, right? […]

Enriching language


Though my father seeded my English, he tended to use language—early-to-middle twentieth century British English—that by today’s tastes was as excruciating as a giraffe in a neck brace. The polishing was done by three geniuses who nursed me—and a few hundred others over the decades—through the complexities of English language and literature in school. All […]

Facebook page fix

the interests menu

If you are an author with a Facebook page, you want to pay careful attention to some recent… Click To Tweet To begin with, what are these changes? The “kill bill” option On December 10, 2014, Facebook announced the Post End Date feature for page owners. This feature enables you to set a time and […]

Writing tips and things


Some writing tips for authors make you want to rebel. No matter what the vocabulary gatekeepers say, there is sweetness in using words that you and a major part of the rest of the world grew up with—using them the natural way, aberrations and all. Word wisdom I thought about this recently while editing a […]