Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine
Thank you is such a simple word but has wonderful residual effects for both the giver and receiver. I truly think the giver receives the most benefit. Today, people refer to a gesture of thanks as "paying it forward". A concept that is not original to the 21st century but very worthwhile for us embrace.
Acts of kindness have been the subject and themes of countless books. Southern Writers Magazine's blog, Suite T, strives to "pay it forward", five days a week. SWM's Suite T blog provides an opportunity for authors to learn from other authors, as does the magazine.
As May comes to an end, take a stroll through the blog archives. There may be a post you overlooked that can help you through a current writing challenge. The authors who guest post want to mentor other authors. Sharing their experiences may help you tackle a writing issue.
As Communications Director, I thank all our writers and contributors to SWM's Suite T and the magazine!
Did you know May 30th; is the 150th day of the year? There are 215 days remaining until the end of 2013. You have plenty of time left in the year to share your writing experiences. Isn't it time you send in a guest post to SWM's Suite T blog and "pay it forward?"
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
“I like dogs
I like dogs
A dog that is barking over the hill
A dog that is dreaming very still
A dog that is running wherever he will...I like dogs.”
― Margaret Wise Brown, "The Friendly Book"
Did you know that she crafted a beautiful birthday book? "The Golden Birthday Book" is a delightful combination of Margaret Wise Brown’s writing and Leonard Weisgard’s illustrations. These are pages from my copy of the book with some of her magical words.Take a page from her happy little book and celebrate by being your "own true rabbit". You too, can write a story to influence children and adults for centuries to come.
Happy 103rd Birthday, Margaret Wise Brown! You continue to make a difference, even in the lives of children and adults in the twenty-first century.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
by Gary Fearon, Creative Director, Southern Writers Magazine
You may remember Art Linkletter's famous quote, "Kids say the darndest things". Even when I was a kid (saying the darndest things), I recognized that it doesn't stop with kids. I've always been fascinated with the oddities of conversation and how we all say some pretty strange things.
In more recent years, "It is what it is" has elbowed its way into modern language. I was introduced to it by a friend who was suddenly using it several times in every conversation. I assumed he got it from one of his two great loves, sports or American Idol. Either way, what an absurd phrase. How can it not be what it is? I mean, come on. I'm validated to observe that "It is what it is" is one of the most hated sayings of our century, and is on its way out.
But much more recently, I'm noticing the unusual propensity of some people to start an answer with the word "so". For example:
"Why did you become a writer?"
"So when I got out of school I..."
Huh? When did "so" become a synonym of "because"?
Watch any episode of Shark Tank and you'll see numerous instances of this. For a while I assumed they skipped something in editing, but it's become obvious that's not the case. I've been hearing it elsewhere too, like on cable news channels. Have you?
"So" at the beginning of an answer seems to be replacing the ever-popular "well". Which, if you think about it, is just as odd of a word to start an answer with. The dictionary doesn't even explain "well" in that context, but we all use it as a bridge of sorts, an interjection to lead us from the question to the answer, giving us an extra moment to form the words that follow:
"Why are you late?"
Still, I question the choice of "so" as its replacement, which is like starting an answer with "therefore". It's especially unforgivable among journalists, who purport to use the English language more fluently than the average bear. Instead, they're only perpetuating the madness.
Kindly pardon the rant, but it's starting to get on my nerves and I hope this bizarre trend will fade into oblivion soon. Until then, it is what it is.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
According to the Belize Institute of Archaeology, a small portion of the center of the pyramid mound was left standing. Although situated on private property, historical sites are protected by the government of
In order to destroy a building, you need a big crane and an experienced crane driver. In editing a book, you need written pages and an editor. The crane driver/editor manipulates deep into the pages of the book and extracts what is not necessary. The unnecessary words are scooped up into a pile and deposited into your computer's trash bin.
When the dump truck is filled to capacity, it leaves the site. After editing is completed, one of the hardest things for me to do is hit the delete button on the trash bin. Once done, you are free from the edit process and ready to start your next project.
What does editing have to do with history? Your book or story contains history no matter the subject or genre. It represents the author's personal history. Life was happening around you while you wrote your book. I think that is why we sometimes have trouble in the edit process. If you are like me, the words I've written remind me of life events that happened, while my book and story developed. When those words are deleted, it's as if part of my history has been deleted. Sometimes it's hard to tear into history but it has to be done. You may be left with a small portion of the original but the heart of your book will allow your voice to shine through.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013