Phraseology in our language seems for the most part to be passed down generation to generation. Whether writing historical, present day, or futuristic getting the language ‘writer-right’ is crucial. Make sure to explore the etymology of words and language before inserting into your written works, or twisting for a new/futuristic meaning. ‘Dressed to the Nines’ is an expression designed to speak to clothing expression, certainly, but more to clothing perfection. I love the 60s movies when the culture dictated gloves, hats, pressed pants, silk stockings. From How To Marry A Millionaire. OR Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’sBut whatever these pictures represent to me, is that the original meaning of ‘Dressed to the Nines’? According […]
The Iron Chef Gauntlet is currently running on Food Network. If in your part of the world the season finale has already aired, do NOT reveal the ending. No spoilers in the comment section, please. The series started with seven experienced, and extremely hopeful, chefs who set their sights on eliminating their fellow kitchen connoisseurs in order to face the toughest competition of all: three reigning Iron Chefs. For most that would be enough to curdle blood, weaken knees, and reduce steel spines to a puddle of ooze. But each of the seven signed on for the heat in the kitchen and wielded their knives with enthusiasm. This week’s episode featured a Chairman’s Challenge between […]
My husband and I traveled into the west Texas area — not far, by Texas standards, but a lovely distance from the commuters jamming every major thoroughfare in the Metroplex. Did you know cows are darn choosy about who stops at their fence? They don’t come when called? And they’re fairly skittish creatures. Meaning they don’t like the sound of auto-wind on a camera. Who knew? Well, I guess the cows did. Travel out towards Weatherford — stop at this great cafe, if you have a chance.
Oxymoron 2.1 version In updating my blog labels, I ran across this old blog. Folks – it’s worth revisiting. Truisms never go out of style. So, relive the truth from 2009. “We are a people who spend money we don’t have on things we don’t want to impress people we don’t like.” Okay, that is a seriously great line . . . especially with the ring of truism in it. I’d like to take credit, goodness knows, I like good writing. I’d even like to give credit where it’s due; however, this piece of wisdom belongs to the man who wrote, Why is God laughing?. Sorry, I didn’t catch the gentleman’s name during his Good […]
Creativity is simultaneously a writer’s best friend and most dreaded enemy. But why? Are we, as writers, challenged of casual creativity? Are we blind to the bare bones of original brilliance? Do we glue our eyes closed to simple genius? Finding a writer’s muse can often involve gritting teeth, severing of limbs (metaphorically, folks) or jumping off the proverbial cliff and hoping for wings of inspiration. But why must it be so difficult when often hidden wells of creativity lurk inside each of us? What is the secret? Lure the muse. How? I have discovered that most writers have a number of passions. Seldom does our creativity sequester itself in a solitary cell. Instead, creativity […]
An important phone conversation today led me down a particular path of thought. Someone near and dear to me is changing jobs – not careers – but jobs. However, this individual’s professional world is highly stressful, intensely competitive, and filled with too many work hours for any given day. Bottom line: the right job selection is pretty darn important. At times when choices seem so critical, it’s easy to become handicapped, stifled, and fearful. Standing in place seems better than moving any direction. At least, feet are grounded and solid beneath, if you stand still, right? The problem: it’s impossible to get anywhere standing still. So, I sympathized, empathized, and was the total strong shoulder […]
To pseudonym or not . . . that has been my question. Answer??? Yes. I’ll debut my romantic suspense writing under the pseudonym: K.M. Saint James. A great deal of thought, both fore and after, went in to selecting the name. Each part of the name (initials included) has special meaning to me. I’m normally catchier if I’m long-winded — honestly, just ask anyone who knows me — but in this case a matter of 14 characters captured a part of me that’s profound. I’m expecting my writing to live up to the name, quite honestly. Authors tout a number of reasons for pen names:Writing under different genresCamouflaging their prolific abilitiesMoving beyond bad books, bad […]