Tradition, Or Something Like It!

It’s that time once again – All Hallow’s Eve *cue sinister laugh*. And Russ doesn’t disappoint. Here’s a reblog of last year’s Russ cartoon titled “Halloween”.

Have a great one with lots of tasty candy!

Hijacked – Latest Episode

I do hope my Mid-east friends and followers aren’t offended by Russ’s latest black-and-white adventure. I basically am trying to depict the power of one man wielding a straw. It is simply a cartoon but one, hopefully, that doesn’t shine a bad light on or propel generalizations of a sect of people. It’s meant for entertainment only.

Now that disclaimer’s out of the way, here’s the latest episode of Russ titled “Hijacked”.

Blue Wave or Not

People of the United States – one word for you:

VOTE!

If you haven’t registered, click the above link.

Vote. Vote, vote, vote, vote, and vote! Nothing will change if you do not vote. Whether you’re a blue donkey democrat or a red elephant republican. Whether you preach and shout in public then cower in private from porn stars, or whether you pound your fist for impeachment – vote!

Now, I personally have a tendency to lean toward liberal blue and, given Donald J. Trump’s rhetoric of about how he’s at the helm of everything’s that good about America, I personally disagree with his bullcrap and think he’s in fact the personification of everything that’s wrong with the US and its society.

But, whether you want peace, love, and donkey power, or whether you would like the one percent to win again with the elephant that remembers how to fool you with tax cuts that will “trickle down”, (see which way I lean?) . . . vote!

Until next time, that is all.

Not Often!

If anyone can reblog this, I would greatly appreciate it.

Crook's Eye View

I don’t usually do this if at all. But I’m raising money and have a link to a Go Fund Me account. If by chance you can reblog this for me, I would be eternally grateful!

My mom had breast cancer in February and she beat it. She hasn’t beat the bills from it, though. Yet.

 

Click my Go Fund Me here!

Thank you so much in advance for you reblog and/or contribution!

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Not Often!

I don’t usually do this if at all. But I’m raising money and have a link to a Go Fund Me account. If by chance you can reblog this for me, I would be eternally grateful!

My mom had breast cancer in February and she beat it. She hasn’t beat the bills from it, though. Yet.

 

Click my Go Fund Me here!

Thank you so much in advance for you reblog and/or contribution!

Lions and Tigers and Adverbs, Oh My!

So, I’ve been scrutinizing my novella. The word count dwindles but clarity presides. My problem is the Stephen King and his Adverb Rule. Like other authors, I didn’t realize I had dandelions until they’d populated my novella with their hideous fluff.

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day… fifty the day after that… and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s—GASP!!—too late.”

Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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And I can only say that that is one ancient desktop computer on Stephen’s desk!

At any rate, an example of two fishing friends and the needless adverb worm:

They decided to spend the afternoon at the lake. Delmar cast his line and inadvertently hooked Joab in the earlobe.

We see the problem. Not only is Delmar a bad friend and fisherman but also he’s hooked his friend, giving him a prominent ear-piercing and case of the blues. Moreover, he inadvertently did this to his friend. Redundancy? We know it’s a mistake to hook your friend in the earlobe so inadvertently isn’t needed.

Two ways to rectify this. We can say it differently and use the adverb as an adjective if we want to salvage the full meaning, like:

With an inadvertent cast, Delmar hooked Joab in the earlobe.

But that’s still a bit wordy. So, you can trim it further by just dropping that adjective altogether.

With a cast, Delmar hooked Joab in the earlobe.

Poor Joab. Always problems! If not dandelion adverbs, then he gets an inadvertent ear-piercing.

Also, not only is my novella shrinking but also I’ve been debating about it. Do I write the second and third novellas and transition all three into one three-part novel? Because this is my current effort. This is what I’ve decided upon.

What do y’all think of the three-part full novel idea? Good, bad, or indifferent? Drop a comment and let me know.

Until next post, write, write, and write some more, right?

Take care, y’all.