Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

November 29, 2011

The Fading Art of Handwritten Script

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THE FADING ART OF HANDWRITTEN SCRIPT

 

     There is something freeing about handwritten script. It’s more personal—I feel sad whenever I type a letter to someone (because I have little patience in using writing legibly).

     I find it disturbing to hear rumors that schools are abandoning teaching students  cursive writing. It is a skill that will be needed no matter how electronically misguided our world will become.

     However, as a journalist and human service counselor there is also something freeing about using the keyboard during interviews (after checking to see if it doesn’t intimidate the interviewee). Unlike handwriting, typing on the keyboard allows me to (more…)

October 26, 2011

A Story Using The Letters in My Name

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

A STORY USING THE LETTERS IN MY NAME

     I challenged writers, through a prompt, to create a story using, consecutively, the first letter in their names. My attempt follows. It includes my full name:

 Can One Rightly Neglect Expressing Lofty Love?

Verily I Retort: Good Intentions Never Initiate Anger.

Contrariwise, Orneriness  Reap  Negative   Emotions  Like Lovelessness.

Hugging Only Lifts Love And Nice Devotion.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

CAROLYN

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter C

Youghiogheny River AKAs

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October 22, 2011

New Words: Oryx & Kestral

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NEW WORDS: ORYX & KESTRAL

The two new words today, oryx and kestrel, come from the creature world.

 ORYX: an antelope hunted to near extinction, associated with the deserts of the Middle East. Its thin, graceful, horns underline the unicorn legend because from a certain angle they look like (more…)

September 24, 2011

Latrobe Book Festival (9/24/2011) a Success

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

LATROBE BOOK FESTIVAL

(9/24/2011) A SUCCESS

 

Latrobe Book Festival reflected in the glasses of a reader

 

Joe McGraw calculates a book sale

    On Saturday September 24, 2011, and September 25th the Latrobe Presbyterian Church sponsored a Book Festival. The man behind the initiative was Joe McGraw, a new member of the Beanery Writers Group.

     A major message and thrust of the Festival was to bring awareness to illiteracy in Westmoreland County.

     I attended the event on Saturday and was quite impressed with what Joe accomplished. There were (more…)

September 15, 2011

Nancy Lee: Happy Birthday

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NANCY LEE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Nice and nutty

Adorably anxious

Neatly nests

Coy cleaner

Youthfully (more…)

September 12, 2011

To Write Delay Living Life—To Live Life, Delay Writing

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TO WRITE DELAY LIVING LIFE—

TO LIVE LIFE, DELAY WRITING

     I often hear people say they don’t have the time to take a vacation or do a project because they have to work—and if they don’t take the time to work they lack the money to take the vacation or do the project.

     Life can be like that—an either-or thing—a dilemma.

     As a writer, I can change their comment to I don’t have (more…)

September 10, 2011

How to Write an Immediate Best Seller

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HOW TO WRITE AN IMMEDIATE BEST SELLER

     Unless you have the reputation of a Steven Spielberg you will not sell many books in today’s publishing milieu. Authors are turning to alternative means of publishing and selling their books, but it’s a hard go to sell a sufficient number of books to make a living.

     That is, unless you have the right topic, the right name, and the right time. Then, even if your book is written poorly, it is guaranteed to sell. Perhaps the sales won’t put the author in a writer’s self-sufficiency mode, but that very same author will make money.

     Such is the case of Jeff (more…)

August 27, 2011

Making a Living by Writing: High-Earning Authors

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

MAKING A LIVING BY WRITING:

HIGH-EARNING AUTHORS

     A quiz, Jeopardy style: 

Answer: This author earned eighty four million in the year to April 2011, making him the best-paid author.

          Question: Who is James Patterson?

Answer: This author earned less than half of what James Patterson earned in the year to April 2011.

         Question: Who is Danielle Steel?

Answer: This author earned one third of what James Patterson earned in the year to April 2011.

          Question: Who is Stephen King?

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     This is how much the top writers earn, according to Forbes magazine, even in a market where bookshops are closing and sales, of books at least, are tumbling: by 23% for hardbacks last year.

     The question of making money by writing is in frequent (more…)

August 23, 2011

Stories Written Using Only Six Words

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STORIES WRITTEN USING ONLY SIX WORDS

The wordPress Topic #227 (August 22) asked What story can you write in six words?

I described my life in two stories:

  • My mess I guess is jest.
  • Book not finished: ghost writer wanted.

Then I decided to have fun, so wrote four more stories that are not about my life, but which incorporate some of the longest words in the English language (the explanation is in parentheses following each story):

  • Ingesting aopadotenachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrinhipotrimmatosilphioparaomelitok-atakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektrionoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoi-osiraiovaphetraganopterygon could lead to hepaticocholangiocholecystentersotomy.  (Eating a seventeen ingredient Greek (more…)

August 15, 2011

A Book Signing Party for Joe F. Stierheim

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A BOOK SIGNING PARTY FOR JOE F. STIERHEIM

 

     Rain gently—and sometimes harshly—beat on the roof and windows of the Historic Log Cabin Inn in Donegal, Pennsylvania.

     No matter. Approximately twenty persons, including my husband Monte and I, were cozied up inside the 1750 cabin listening to Joe F. Stierheim read from his new book A Matter of Time. The book signing event was (more…)

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