THE CHILL TURNED WARM
Place your hate in the pantry on the shelf.
Label it “memories of years gone by” and store it.
Remove the wine saved by time.
Dust the bottle until it looks new.
The color is brighter and the taste was worth the wait.
The bitter was replaced with a taste to savor.
On the shelf you will find the love stored all this time.
Label the empty space “filled with happiness.”
Close the door.
The chill turned warm.
My new collection of poetry is titled: The Chill Turned Warm. It is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PB62T0C/ and
https://www.createspace.com/5083547 and at Barnes & Nobel in paperback or Kindle Book format.
Thank you all,
Formatting Your Novel Manuscript on Write Lara Write
Choosing a Font
The choice of font for your manuscript is one that’s been made for you. You need to use 12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced.
The size 12 font and double spacing is non-negotiable. The typeface is. Still, after asking dozens of literary agents about their preferences, I urge you to choose Times New Roman.
Personally, as a typesetter, reader, and graphic designer, I loathe Times New Roman. But here’s why you must use Times New Roman for standard manuscript formatting:
- It’s standard. It’s been the standard since TNR was the default typeface installed on home computers.
- It’s a serif font. Publishers prefer serif fonts, and that preference has carried over to literary agents. It’s what we associate with books.
- It’s available on any device or browser. There are only…
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The “Pro Writing Aid” on Write Lara Write
Today I discovered the Holy Grail for Diction assessment. (Diction, you remember, is word choice.)
The Pro Writing Aid finds common diction faux pas such as:
- Overused words
- Sentences that are all the same length
- “Sticky Sentences”—I’ve never heard that title before, but it’s a way of determining wordiness.
- Clichés and Redundancies
- Repeated words and phrases
- Deadwood and Jargon (they call it simply “Diction”)
- Vague or Abstract words
- Complex words
- Poor Pacing
- Dialogue tags
Just for fun, I analyzed the blog that will be posted on Friday. Blogs are more conversational, so they will include more clichés, and a blog about plotting is going to repeat a lot of words (like Confrontation, Elation, Collapse, and Gloom—the subjects I’ll be covering on Friday). Still, this little program is SUPER DUPER NIFTY.
And it’s free.
Try it out here with some of your own text, and comment below with…
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…a dedication to all the fallen, and particularly Cpl Nathan Cirillo in the face of the recent madness
…I don’’t often cut and paste my Facebook posts as blog pieces, but so many people have asked me to do so with the post I made on there yesterday, in the hope that the message may go viral… if yeez wish to share it, please do so… LUV YEEZ!… here’s the post:
…the older I become, the less rational the world appears… I care not for the arguments and posturing that dress themselves as nationalistic, religious, political or downright greed… when a young man standing HONOUR GUARD in memory of those fallen in horrendous global conflicts around the planet is gunned down under some pretence of a deluded fanatic’s ‘righteousness’, my soul screams out, ‘Enough’! ….how present are the words of the song that ask ‘when will they ever learn?’ ..the ‘they’ being all of the creeds, nutters, even well-meaning hawks of all nationalities… last year, I unashamedly…
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The End of the Cosmos by Timothy Price.
One last cosmos was hanging on among the dried ends of cosmos stems and brown, hardened sunflower stalks. A green butterfly landed in the mulch to warm itself in the sun before flying off to forage for what little flowers remained. I was going to start pulling up the dead sunflowers, but the finches and sparrows were still feeding on them, so they will remain standing awhile longer.
What’s Depression? The Basics
Investigators came to their findings after analyzing DNA variations in 4,200 people with schizophrenia and 3,800 healthy control subjects and matching those variations to symptoms in individual patients.
In doing so, they identified distinct gene clusters that seem to cause eight separate types of the disorder, each with its own particular symptoms.
“What we’ve done here, after a decade of frustration in the field of psychiatric genetics, is identify the way genes interact with each other, how the ‘orchestra’ is either harmonious and leads to health, or disorganized in ways that lead to distinct classes of schizophrenia,” said senior investigator C. Robert Cloninger, MD, PhD, the Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry and Genetics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St…
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