Thursday, April 30, 2009

Roget


I wonder how many things are the result of depression...good things, I mean. Peter Roget (1779-1869) had reason to be depressed, I won't go in to those, but an unusual effect of his affliction is one of my most beloved tools...the Thesaurus. Peter began his lists of words as early as 1805 along with other list-making. Historians say he started this curious habit as a coping mechanism...I'm not sure if they really know this or if it is an educated guess, but it makes for good press. He studied medicine in Edinburgh which is of interest to me as my ggg grandfather is from there. Roget went on to teach in London, retired in 1840 and didn't begin his official thesaurus until 1848. When it was first published in 1852 it had the ungainly title of "Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition". Whew. Ok. I'll just stick to thesaurus.


Those of you who are familiar (my readers:) with Domus will not be surprised to know I pre-ordered the new faerie novel "Wings" by Aprilynne Pike. Alex Moore just posted a great interview with Aprilynne--isn't it interesting to read other authors take on things. Aprilynne also has a YouTube video--check it out.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Birthdays

What does it take to make a good writer? Being the baby of the family perhaps; one grows accustomed to all those oohhs and aaaahhhhs. Or having an editor and legislator for a dad; standing up for the folks and dotting all the i's. It could be good schools; Huntingdon in Alabama and Oxford in...well you know where Oxford is. How about "birds of a feather"...Truman Capote being one of those childhood feathers. Maybe it's a sorority, though I may take issue with that. Could be a ho-hum job with an airline would spur a person to greatness or taking frugality to the cold-water-only level. Good friends could play a roll, especially ones who give you a years salary to live on just so you can write--wow, that makes me speechless. Whatever it takes to make a good writer, a great writer, Harper Lee discovered it or experienced it. To Kill A Mockingbird, an instant best seller at publication in 1960 and a pulitzer winner in '61. It's still holding readers in awe 30 million copies later. Happy Birthday, Harper. You are an inspiration. April 28, 1926

Let's see, I had a neighbor once who walked every where he went (we lived 15 miles from the nearest town.), didn't have a tooth in his head or electricity in his house. What can I parlay that into.....?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Turn Off The TV...

Turn off the TV!!!! It's that time again for Turn Off The TV Week - April 20 thru 26. One of the good side effects of TOTTV Week is READING. Pick up a book! I have sooo many folks tell me they just don't have time to read...bah humbug. Minutes are like pennies, a few here, a few there and it adds up. I have several books going at once..fiction and non-fiction, short ones, long ones. Waiting in line at the car wash? Traffic jam? Waiting for hubby at Home Depot? Waiting for puppy to finish business outside? Can't fall asleep? There are hundreds of opportunities for reading more than billboards. Carry a small books or magazine in your purse or car or briefcase. Come on, commit!
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." — Groucho Marx remember him?

Happy Birthday Sue Graffton. 69 and still writing strong. Her Kinsey Millhone series has millions of global fans who don't need a TOTTV Week to keep up. Take a look at her newest: T is for Trespass listed in my favorites in the Amazon box. It's a good way to begin the reading habit.

Monday, April 20, 2009

NY Times Best Seller List

A writers Holy Grail: The New York Times Best Seller List. Lynn Viehl's newest addition to the Darkyn seriers "Twilight Fall" published July 08 debuted on the List at #19. She shares her experience with the rest of us so we, in short, will have a clue. Lynn clarifies the murky non-information out there about the real money made when you are published. Lynn's candid particulars enlighten us with a healthy dose of reality. Read her full article at http://www.genreality.net/the-reality-of-a-times-bestseller. Thanks, Lynn.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Books...

I finished Shakedown, three books on puppys and two herb books...what a week! I really liked Shakedown and am ready to start Dead Man (Joel Goldman). A childrens book I can't wait to start is Neil Armstrong's My Neighbor and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Moreno. Doesn't that sound marvelous; the blurb says the new kid on the blog is a wormy little liar...love it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

It's that time...

Here it is writers groupnight again...like a rose in the bramble bush. It gives me that feeling of contentment knowing I will soon be in the company of writers who write for the sheer joy of it. Some wanting publication, some not. It's great to share our ups and downs, acceptances and rejections. We are birds of a feather...

I am reading Joel Goldman's Shakedown; I can see his style maturing from the first one I read last week. His new one Dead Man just launched, sorry I couldn't be there; how exciting, a local launching a book! Come on gang, we can do it, too!

I have a new puppy...yep, late night feedings, dog-proofing and baby-teeth bite marks. Lovin' it! Sophie: an Austalian Shepherd.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Reading

Reading is the yin to writings yang...or is it the other way around? Anyway, I just finished Deanna Raybourns new book...Silent on the Moor. It's so Heathcliff and heather...I loved it. Brisbane's surly inclinations have you, and Lady Julia, hating him one moment and loving him the next.