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That dreaded “C” word – Criticism!

I want to talk about the dreaded “C” word – Criticism.   There are three types of criticism in my book: constructive criticism, false criticism and then the downright nasty criticism.  Now, most people who pick up a book to read are not professional book critics or Beta reader.  I’d say even fewer are editors, freelance or otherwise, or English teachers.  Most people will pick up a book to read simply for the sheer enjoyment that… Continue reading

Shades of Pink coming soon!

Fabulous author Kallysten (  is putting together an anthology called Shades of Pink.  The stories will be released one per day in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research.  The list of contributing authors looks amazing!  I am looking forward to being swept away with the various romance stories, each with the theme of “pink” incorporated into the tales.


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Bad vs. Badly

It’s a bad thing to be badly misunderstood.  And it is also a hard thing to remember when to use the word “bad” or the word “badly” in a sentence.  The confusion about what word to use seems most often to occur with the “sense verbs” such as taste, look, smell and feel.

The word “bad” is an adjective, and adjectives are used to modify nouns and pronouns.  For example:

Mary was in a bad accident.

“Bad”… Continue reading

Why do I love to edit?

Why do I love to do editing?  I have thought about this a lot lately, and really felt as if I ought to put “pen to paper” and explain a few things about editing, and why it is something that I truly love to do.

First of all, I do NOT look at editing as a way to poke fun of errors that other writers or people in general make.  I do notice spelling and grammatical errors, but… Continue reading

To use affect or effect in a sentence, that is the question…

There are so many near-homonyms in the English language that it can get darn confusing to know which is the right word to use when!  Near-homonyms are words that sounds almost exactly alike, yet are spelled differently and mean vastly different things.  An author friend of mine pointed out that she often sees affect/effect confused, and I have seen accept/except confused quite a bit too.   So, I sat down and pondered about some easy tips I… Continue reading

For who (or whom?) does that bell toll?


I have seen a lot of mix-ups when it come to the use of who vs. whom.  Heck, it is something I usually have to double-check myself whenever I am editing writing.  I have read and re-read numerous article online and in grammar handbooks over the years, and still sometimes the question pops up.  I will try to break it down for you here to make it easy to remember which who or whom to… Continue reading

Oh, the good old days of yore (and your and you’re…)

In all honesty, I don’t think I have ever seen the spelling of yore confused with the spelling of your or you’re.   I do, however, see the other two spellings confused and mixed-up on blogs and posts quite often.  This is another example of a homophone – all three words sound identical, but mean different things.  This is yet another instance where spell-check will not help you out either.



I threw this in… Continue reading

The question of it’s and its.

Here is yet another common mistake that can be found lurking all over the web.  With a couple of simple tips, you will be using the proper form whenever you crack your knuckles and sit down at the keyboard to blog.




This form is a contraction of it is or it has, and it is ONLY used as such.  If you can replace it’s with it is or it has in your sentence, then… Continue reading

The many faces of “there.”


Oh, the many faces of  there, they’re and their.  This is the homophone that I most often see being used incorrectly.  I am probably guilty of having messed the spelling up a time or two myself while trying to get writing done with too little sleep, or most likely not enough coffee.  Either way, it is a common mistake to make, and one that does not pop up on spell check either. … Continue reading