Monday, August 17, 2015

Miscellaneous Monday


Happy mid-August! Hope you are staying cool. Couldn't resist sharing the latest fun and fabulous finds. :)

Lay versus Lie, how do you know which one to use? Brian Klems explains here at The Writer's Dig. He even provides a handy chart to help keep it straight.

Fiction writers, having trouble getting those scenes just right? Check out Live Write Thrive's post where Rachel Scott Thomson shares How Fiction Writers Can Ramp Up Tension and Pacing.

Looking to write for magazines? I recommend Carol J. Alexander's new course, Break Into Magazine Writing. Class begins late September 2015. Visit Carol's site for details. 

What is the definition of canoodle? How about goombah? Jean Fisher defines these and other interesting words in Twenty Five of the Funniest Words.

Do you use idioms in your writing? The Grammarly Blog highlights common idiom meanings in You Can Bet Your Bottom Dollar We Love Idioms and It's a Barnyard Full of Animal Idioms.

And finally, this made me smile: "A metaphor is like a simile." Author Unknown  Yes, it sure is!

What are you up to this week?

I'm taking a break until 9/7/15.  Enjoy the remainder of August! :) 

Happy writing,
 
Karen 



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30 comments :

  1. Live Write Thrive always has great information.
    Enjoy your break!

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  2. Wonderful links, amigo. I can always count on you for many things. I signed up to be notified about when Carol offers her course again. Not sure I can afford it. But I hope so. P.S. you won the digital copy of Mare's book. xoxoxoxo

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  3. I forgot to mention that I hope you have a lovely break, amigo! :-)

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  4. Alex,
    Yes LWT is a great resources, I agree! Thanks so much! :)

    Robyn,
    Dear amigo, I can always count on you! Appreciate it so much. Will hop over to your blog and check on that book! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  5. Karen: Have a nice time on your break. I love Jean Fisher's list.

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  6. Thanks for sharing all these resources with us. Lay and lie are tricky ones for me.

    Enjoy your break and the end of summer!
    ~Jess

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  7. Cecelia,
    Jean's list is a fun one! :) Thanks so much.

    Jess,
    You are welcome. Those two can be tricky for me too! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  8. Love these links! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  9. Thanks so much for another excellent list of links, Karen. You are my go-to-buddy for useful lists! I'm shocked I didn't know any of those weird words. My dad had a few that would make us laugh. I think he made them up because they're similar to the list but not exact.

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  10. Hi Karen...I'm preparing for a house guest from Arizona! Enjoy your break. Susan p.s. Will try to work on questions soon. Summer is flying by.

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  11. Lovely links! I'm prepping my school room currently. And juggling the baby. Ready for insanity to hit? *pulling out my umbrella*

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  12. Lisa,
    Glad you liked them! Thanks for checking them out.:)

    Joylene,
    You are very welcome! :) We had some weird family words. Maybe we should do a post about them sometime.

    Susan,
    Have fun with your company! :) We had family from NJ visit last weekend. Looking forward to seeing your answers for the questions.

    Crystal,
    Thank you! Best wishes for a good school year. The baby is just supplying the necessary cuteness to your task! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  13. Thank you for the links. I wish it were cool. Have a wonderful break.

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  14. Awesome links. See you when you're back! :-)

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  15. Some fun links. I think a canoodle is a canoe made from noodles.

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  16. Medeia,
    You are welcome! Hope you get a break from the heat soon. :) Thanks a bunch!

    Misha,
    Thank you! See you soon too! :)

    Diane,
    Thanks, I thought so too.:) I like that definition! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  17. Thanks for the, always, useful tips, Karen. Enjoy your break!

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  18. May you be being refreshed on your break Karen! I have to check out those funniest words now. Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Happy Break Karen! Let those sleeping dogs lie! Lol! Thank you for your always helpful tips and connects.
    We'll be here when you return. Enjoy :)
    Ceil

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  20. Susan,
    You are very welcome! Thanks so much! :)

    Lynn,
    Thank you! I have a long to-do list, but need to add some R&R to it. :)

    Ceil,
    Thanks so much! :) Will look forward to seeing you all again soon!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  21. Thanks for the great links. I think I need that chart. I avoid "lay" in writing since I don't want to mess it up, which is really silly but it's one of my "feared" grammar rules. :)

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  22. Tyrean,
    You are welcome! It's not silly; I avoid the word sometimes too. :) No matter how long we've been writing, there's sometimes stuff that tries to trip us up. lol
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  23. I need that tension one! Enjoy your break.

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  24. I need that tension one! Enjoy your break.

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  25. I need that tension one! Enjoy your break.

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  26. I love Jean's blog. She always has something neat to add to the discussion. :) Enjoy your break.

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  27. That lie/lay thing has been around for over 400 years. I wish someone would simplify the darned thing so the descriptivists and the prescriptivist could move on to affect/effect or farther/further.

    Enjoy that break!

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  28. I learned not to use clichés in our writing. Great post.

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  29. Karen, enjoy your break and see you when you get back!

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  30. Terri,
    Glad it will be helpful! Thanks so much.:)

    Susan,
    I enjoy Jean's blog too. She always shares such great stuff.:)

    Lee,
    I know, right? lol I guess things like this help keep us on our toes! :)

    Olivia,
    Yes, that's a good thing to heed. I find cliches pop into my writing on occasion. :) Thanks a bnch!

    Stephen,
    Thank you! Have a great Labor Day weekend! :)

    Blessings all,
    Karen

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