Archive | December 2018

Here’s to 2019!


It is here, almost! I want to take this moment in time to wish all of my family and friends a Joyful New Year 2019! We can’t do over 2018, but we can make 2019 the best it can be for everyone we know an don’t know. I don’t have new year resolutions per se, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything I plan to do more of either. For me, life is what it is, and I intend to make the best of it. I also intend to carry on with as much kindness as possible to all. These aren’t resolutions, they are life, learned from past mistakes, having been critically ill this past year and more. To that end, Happy New Year 2019! 


This entry was posted on December 31, 2018. 2 Comments

Grammar Is A Must-But Lose That English Teacher Writing! (Revisited)

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

English teacherI wasn’t an English major, but I never had a problem with stringing words together and making coherent, easy to read sentences. I know most of the rules, but I also know those rules are meant to be broken, especially if you are writing fiction.

The purpose of English Teacher grammar is to understand how to create sanitized, standardized, easy to understand, impersonal, inoffensive writing. If you’re looking for a job writing pamphlets for the government, instructional manuals, or news reports, then that’s the way to go.

These rules aren’t meant for fiction. That does not mean your story shouldn’t be grammatically and structurally sound. We are talking about styles here, not mechanics.

Fiction writing is nonstandardized, complex, personal, and occasionally offensive. It is the best way to reach into your readers head and show him your words. In order to bring your voice to life and get your world on the…

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It’s A Beautiful Ending

It is a beautiful thing…

Regina Puckett

Santa carrying sack of gifts  against snow sceneIt’s A Beautiful Ending

Regina Puckett


I’ve always looked forward to Christmas Day

All of its hustle, bustle and maddening fray

I love the happiness on my loved ones faces

I love the gift giving and all of its many graces

I love the lights twinkling and jingle bells ringing

I love the children’s laughter and off-key singing

I love the joy of gathering the family together

I love the frost covered trees and cold weather

But above all – I love the way we all become one

It’s a beautiful ending to when the old year is done

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Merry Christmas!!


Wishing all of my family and friends a Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring what you most need. 


This entry was posted on December 20, 2018. 4 Comments

Can Words Be Dangerous?

Jo Robinson

Writers all have their own quirks. They all have different ways of coping with stress or “writers block”. For me, writers block has never been a real thing in a way that I couldn’t write anything at all, but it has been a thing insofar as what I could write joyfully. I love writing non-fiction and I love research, but writing fiction has always been the thing that I do that makes me happier than doing anything else. Fiction writers hold the universe in their hands, and they can literally do anything with it. I think it comes with a responsibility though. Good fiction can change minds, and sometimes it can change lives.

I’ve always had a broad spectrum of genres that I enjoy to read in both fiction and non-fiction. History, good literary works, humour, and horror. In my teens there was a short sojourn into soppy romances but…

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Manuscript Formatting

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

images2K2CCF4GYour manuscript needs to be perfect. There is no place for misspellings, grammar errors, poor formatting, or plain sloppy writing. Once you’ve corrected the problems, present your manuscript in the standard industry format.

Those of you who have been around for a while know what I’m talking about. Newbies, not so much. So here’s the deal.

  • Double-space.
  • Use a 12-point, Times New Roman font.
  • Use 1-inch margins at the top, bottom, and both sides of the page.
  • Use white paper; do not bind it (if you’re submitting a physical copy).
  • Make sure your last name and the page number are on each page.
  • Do not include illustrations.
  • Put the name of your novel, your name, and your contact information (phone number and email address are sufficient) on the title page.
  • Don’t bother with a copyright notice–it’s meaningless and the mark of an amateur.
  • Submit your manuscript electronically as a PDF…

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Daisy: Bold and Beautiful


Daisy: Bold and Beautiful by Ellie Collins

From the book blurb found on Amazon:

D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.

Daisy, Bold & Beautiful is the debut novel of middle-schooler Ellie Collins, daughter of award-winning author Stephanie Collins. Boys and girls alike will appreciate Ellie’s keen eye for the challenges of growing up that she and her friends must face. Discover the wonderful writing of Ellie now, then follow her to learn about her writing and more books to come.”

My review:

“Daisy, Bold & Beautiful” was an endearing read, and written by a middle school student for other middle school students. A young girl named, D.J., moves into town, a new house (duplex) and must go to a new school. She has anxiety and D.J. and her dad are trying to make life work after her mom’s death. D.J. makes friends her first day of school but something interesting happens after school and when she goes to sleep for the night; as she is taken into a completely different realm. I loved how the flowers in this different realm made a complete 180 degrees and helped D.J. with her own green thumb. Readers must meet Fern – just touching. I highly recommend this book and new author. FIVE stars all the way!

This entry was posted on December 13, 2018. 4 Comments

How You Can Easily Convert Epub To PDF For Ebooks – by Derek Haines…

Good to know…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

There are many reasons you might to want to convert epub to pdf

While there are many free online converters, there is a much better way to convert any ebook file format to a pdf file.

Online ebook converters generally give you only one file format you can upload for converting. On top of that, the quality of the conversion may not be perfect.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could convert all of your ebook formats and get a perfect pdf file every time? Well, you can, and you can even edit your ebooks before converting.

And it is free to convert all these files and more.

Continue reading HERE

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