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Being Busy and Grammar Nazis

So… I tried something a while back (like a week ago) and it didn’t work out quite as expected. If you noticed it, erase it from your mind! Okay, just kidding. It wasn’t really embarrassing. There just happened to be a posting fail.

Anyways… I have some good news and I’ve got some bad news. Good news: I’m busy. Bad news: I’m busy.

It’s good for me financially that I’m busy ghost writing and what-not, but it’s bad for my personal writing. This blog fits into that category. I’ve been pretty bad when it comes to updating this blog already, but I really want to organize my schedule a little better in order to post at least once a week on this. So, the challenge has been made. I will be posting something — anything — on Fridays or Saturdays.

I feel like Fridays would work since that is the day when I finally recover from the crazy week and stop panicking about my schedule. I usually start that again on Sunday evening.

*cough*

There’s the information and here’s something about writing — Do you know how many grammatical errors we make in our day to day speech? I had to transcribe something this week and — wow — the person use “and” a lot. They also left a lot of sentences fragmented. In writing it was basically a mess of run-on sentences and those fragmented thoughts.

This, honestly, is how a lot of people talk. So, when you start writing your dialogue you should keep this in mind. It’s okay if you polish it up just a little bit, but don’t make them sound like a posh intellect who speaks with precision and poise unless they are a posh intellect. No matter how time consuming my experience was in the end, it was a good reminder of what dialogue should really be like. People don’t often edit what they’re going to say in day to day conversations so they make mistakes and sometimes use double negatives.

If you’re writing  grammatically perfect dialogue all of the time it’s going to sound artificial. Don’t do it if you think you’re doing a favor for your reader by being the grammar Nazi. Wat your reader wants is a story they can believe, even if it’s just for that moment.

Note: If it’s a children’s book, you can be a grammar Nazi. I kid isn’t going t understand the different between vernacular and proper grammar.

Okay, I’m off to work again.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Write.

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Life, Writing

 

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Food = Love

So, kinda sad that no one wanted to share anything on my last post. Oh well… If anyone wants to now, go right ahead. I still want to hear!

Now onto other things.

Yup, it’s been a while since I last updated. Sorry about that. I’m here now, though, and I’m ready to rant, babble, gush, etc. Recently I had a birthday. *cue happy birthday music* It was pretty nifty. Turned into a sort of birthday week, really, because people’s schedules were all over the place. On the actual day of my birthday I celebrated by eating lots of good food and having desserts sort of forced on me — not that I’m complaining. A family member made me breakfast, then I went out with the grandparents for lunch and then out for dinner with a group. I know this might seem strange coming from a girl, but if you want you win my heart you’ve gotta go through my stomach. I won’t say no to the occasional piece of jewelry — not much of a jewelry wearer, though — or thingamajig but I like food the most.  And, well, books are up there too now that I think about it.

Speaking of food, I’ve been itching to try Korean food for a while and finally got one of my sisters and my mom to accompany me. This was the day after my birthday, but also another birthday meal so they granted me this one adventurous meal. Well, it was adventurous for them. They weren’t big fans. I personally scarfed down as much as I could, except for maybe the potato salad. That was probably the only side dish that they ate all of that I didn’t care much for. It was okay, it just happened to be on the bottom of the list for me.

I can’t remember the names of everything I had but I did order spicy Bulgogi. That came with soup, rice and daily side dishes. The side dishes were the potato salad, spicy fish cake Bokkeum (매운 어묵 볶음), and what I think was cucumber NaengGuk (오이 냉국). Those are pretty “tame” for American taste buds, but apparently not tame enough for my family members. Oh, and there was also Kimchi and Radish Kimchi. I was probably the only one that touched that more than once.

The final verdict on Kimchi? I like it. It seemed kind of fresh to me, though I’ve never had it before so I can’t tell what fresh really is. I liked the Radish Kimchi better, but both were good. Not as spicy as I thought it would be. All of it, actually, wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be and I even ordered the spicy Bulgogi.

I must sound crazy, rambling on about food, eh? You could say that I experience cultures through their food. Most of the places I want to visit are on my list because there’s something there I want to eat. And after trying a Korean restaurant here, I’m more than eager to visit South Korea in the future. I only wish that my family was more keen on the food. *sigh* I’m going to have to find someone else to join me for meals. My family is filled with picky eaters and when we go out to eat together it’s usually Italian or Mexican food.

Anyway, I finished up some work over the weekend and have been winding down from it this week. Got to say, I’m probably not going to do that kind of work for a while. It stresses me out too much, for some reason. Perhaps it’s the monotony of it. You’re basically writing the same thing over and over, and it really gets to me. I’d rather hit my head against the wall repeatedly than do that every day.

And thus ends my blog post. Birthdays, food, head banging. All in all a normal life here. See ya!

EAT. Sleep. Read. Write. Repeat.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Cooking, Life, Travel

 

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Careful what you think!

You know how sometimes you fall into this funk or find yourself in a seemingly never-ending dry spell and then – wham! – someone wants you to finish a project within 12 hours and another person is asking for a 500 word article? No?

Well, I spent most of my day today thinking up names for pieces of jewelry and writing up paragraphs. This is what happens when you say to yourself, “Self, I’m going to pick up the pace on my writing.” It’s kind of like the time that I’d grieved over the fact that my roommate had to sleep with a lamp on, and wound up losing electricity that same night.

I didn’t mean it!

Anyway, I’m a little tired of squinting at pictures of opals and pearls. Time to think about fiction.

I’ve been reading this book called “The Ice Cradle” by Mary Ann Winkowski and Maureen Foley. When I picked it up, the title made me think that it might be a disturbing and creepy story. Not so much. It reminds me of the show Ghost Whisperer. I mean it really reminds me of it. Woman can see spirits and helps them into the light, her grandmother took her to funerals and deathbeds when she was young to teach her about her abilities…

Oh, and yes I have watched many episodes of Ghost Whisperer. What can I say? I’m a girl. I like things like tearful moments, and chocolate. And, like many of the fairer sex I will consume copious amounts of each whether or not it’s good for me.

So, I’m going to finish the book — probably some time tomorrow morning — and then go look for something a bit more bone chilling.

I have been looking at this book as both a source of entertainment and learning. I don’t usually turn off the writer’s side of my brain anymore when I’m reading, because I like to make note of things I like and don’t like. There are some points in this book that I would like to keep in mind when working on my own stories, but there are some that I also want to avoid.

Moral of the story: Read a lot. Best-sellers, new authors, old authors, books with pretty and plain covers. Avoid the ones that may make you want to gouge your eyes out, but keep on reading. You might be surprised at what you find.

Oh, and any suggestions for a good, chilling ghost story? I’m in the Halloween mood.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Books, Life, Writing

 

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