Check this little novella out! Sarah has written a truly uplifting story. I had the pleasure of reading it before it was published, and I have to say it is well-written and an amazing read. Here's her blog post on releasing "The Coin" booksbysmiles and HERE is the link you can use to purchase it!! … Continue reading “The Coin”
I am paving the way toward professionalism in this little world called writing. Yesterday, I was awarded (it's a bidding thing) the job of copy-editing someone's novel. And they're actually going to pay me for it! I've been copy-editing and beta reading for people for the last few years, all for free. This is a … Continue reading Paving the way…
I have been asked so many times in the past few weeks why I'm still in school studying to be a minister if my passion is obviously in writing and writing only. The answer is that I have many passions, and that God told me to be a minister. I don't know if you've ever … Continue reading The Brick Wall of God
I thought I would make a post on how to find comma splices. They're not exactly the easiest thing in the world to discover. What I've noticed, in my own writing, is that I tend to have them in dialogue. This is because we don't speak like we should be a writin'. If you get … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–finding them!
It's hard to struggle. I think that, and then at the same time I think that struggling just adds that much more to the story. I have officially been unemployed since December of 2011. That's sixteen months and heading right into the seventeenth. Yes, I currently work at a church twice a month doing children's … Continue reading Struggling Artist #indie
I finally put the collage together that I've been meaning to do. These are a few photos from people who bought "Forever Burn" and were kind enough to send me the photos of them holding it. I love the community, love, and care that this shows, and seeing all these smiling faces just makes me … Continue reading Forever Burn Collage
I can see it. Almost taste the joy of crossing that line and being done with the first major round of editing on this novel. There's another finish line that I want to write about today, too. Sarah Hart is publishing her first novella called "The Coin." It's an uplifting and in-depth story. Everything for … Continue reading Finish Line
I feel as though I need to jump on the bandwagon with this one. While yes, I mostly write lesbian fiction for publishing, I do write quite a bit of het fanfiction (actually, the majority of it). Now...I've been bad. The high majority of the time, my male characters do not wear a condom. Now, … Continue reading Condoms! Condoms! Condoms!
I realize that this post is going to be short, as it should be pretty self-explanatory. However, next week I will be concluding the comma splice regime with how to find comma splices. My cohort Amy is a comma splice nazi, particularly in my own work. Check out her blog, she's awesome sauce! Rearrange the … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–rearranging
I have an abundance of ideas. This is not abnormal for me. I'm currently in the middle of three novels, two being edited and one that I just started writing. I am also working on, in my head of course, the sequel to Forever Burn, called either Ashes Fall or Blaze, Fire, Blaze and the … Continue reading Abundance of ideas…
I have not worked on FOR BY GRACE since last Monday. Oh. My. God! It's insane! I had one whirlwind of a week between class assignments and extra events. My friend had an art show in Friday night, then two of my friends got married on Saturday (to each other, not two different weddings), then … Continue reading Getting back into it
As most of you, or at least some of you, might know, I dapple in the world of ministry. I recently (meaning only a short few hours ago) had to give a sermon on a text from the gospel of John (4:5-42, if you were curious). Now, I obviously love and enjoy writing and the … Continue reading Writing for speech
Use an Em dash An Em dash will strongly connect the two independent clauses. Em dashes to resolve comma splices are most commonly found in dialogue, where semi-colons and colons are avoided. This is for flow of voice of the character and for flow of reading. 3. “I didn’t know you could do that, you … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–Em dash
I spent the morning buried in my edits, trying to block out that real life was about to come crashing down on me. I had a job interview. Slaving away in a world of characters where there are no job interviews, I gladly ignored my impending interview. That was until I had to get dressed. … Continue reading Life of a writer…
I have a ton of stuff to do today. None of it is actually "due" but I need to get it done. So, why am I blogging? As a procrastination method. One of my really good friends told me the other day... "Adrian, even your procrastination is productive! What even?!" Well, it is. So what … Continue reading Productive Procrastination
Reading a story on Roger Ebert. Check out this quote: "Just write, get better, keep writing, keep getting better. It's the only thing you can control." He passed away today at 70.
Let Us Go Then, You and I... - George R. R. R. R. Martin and his dubious moral....
C. Start a new sentence Starting a new sentence when encountering a comma splice will put more emphasis in both independent clauses and will create a larger break. When you have a long run-on sentence (as in example 5), then you will most likely want a new sentence start. This gives the reader a break … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–new sentence
I had an ex. OMG, I know. I had an ex. Anyway, my ex used to complain about never writing even though it was a favorite hobby and we both loved to do it together. This particular ex, used to say that she could only write when inspiration hit her on the head. My typical … Continue reading Inspiration