Thursday, December 28, 2006
Bethany Warner at Word Nerd has an interview up with me. Actually went up on the 20th, but I didn't realize it. (And, yes, I've emailed her to let her know she's got my name misspelled in the title. Hahaha...keeps me humble. )
Read the interview Here.
Friday, December 22, 2006
1st RULE: You always talk about CRIMESPOT.
2nd RULE: You ALWAYS talk about CRIMESPOT.
3rd RULE: If someone says "what's CRIMESPOT" or goes limp, push them out of the chair, their computer time is over.
4th RULE: At least 3 blogs to a category (so the list looks full).
5th RULE: One blog update at a time.
6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes.
7th RULE: CRIMESPOT will go on as long as it has to.
8th RULE: If this is your first time at CRIMESPOT, you HAVE to click through to every blog.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Okay, so it's still a bit over six months before THE CLEANER actually hits the books story, but it's up on Amazon now, so you can pre-order your heart out!
THE CLEANER on Amazon.com
Me? I've already order 423 copies...or at least I've thought about doing that!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Okay, I know language changes. Spoken faster than written, but written also changes. What was once unacceptable becomes common place, the norm. (Kind of like using a phrase like "the norm.") I get that. Hell, I'm guilty of pushing that envelope myself. Often.
But there's one thing I haven't been able to do. I think the blame goes to my high school English teacher, Mr. Byrd. (Mr. Larry Byrd, by the way...ironically the coach of the varsity basketball team.) Maybe it wasn't him, but that's what my foggy memory is telling me this morning. It's the phrase all right vs. the word alright.
I get it. Alright even looks good to me. But I just can't right it. (I've made an exception for this post. It's painful, but I'm doing it for the good of all.) Any time I come to the point where I need to write the phrase/word, I opt for the phrase. This goes true for both description and dialogue. In THE CLEANER you will never see an "alright." It will always be "all right." Unless I made a mistake somewhere that is.
I don't know why I continue to have this hang up. I just do. I've tried to shake it, but it won't go away.
So my questions to you are: 1) where do you come down on the Alright vs. All Right issue? 2) What grammatical pet peeves do you have that have become accepted by most everyone else?