Attention Authors!!

Calling all writers! You won’t want to miss this amazing resource. Between the beautiful cover, Kathy Ide provides everything you’ll need to proofread like a pro. I get so frustrated when I have to Google rules for grammar and spelling . . . Having this book next to my computer while I write, is such a blessing, and a time saver. Go grab your copy today!

SPELL ~ ing

I read something recently that made me really think about the word SPELLING. (Gave me quite the word picture!)

S. P. E.  L. L. ing…

Casting a spell…

Weaving magic with our words. . .

Power of words (living!). . .

“Many cultures believed the letters of their alphabets were far more than just symbols for communication, recording transactions, or recalling history. They believed letters were powerful magical symbols that could be used to cast spells and predict the future. The Norse runes and the Hebrew alphabet are simple letters for spelling words, but also deep symbols of cosmic significance. This magical sense is preserved in our words SPELLING. When you “spell” a word correctly, you are in effect casting a spell, charging these abstract, arbitrary symbols with meaning and power.”

-Christopher Vogler, The Writer’s Journey

No pressure, but words have power–for good and evil. So, write wisely my friend! And make sure you proofread and edit your words so that people aren’t annoyed or turned off by what you’ve just said!

 

Product of BOOKS!

“I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.” –C.S. LEWIS 
 
My dad got me hooked to books–reading to me most nights, always doing the voices! I learned to read early–before I entered Kindergarten–and haven’t stopped. I’ve read thousands of books. Some good, bad, ugly…some GREAT and life-changing. 
 
In fiction:
 
  • I love EVERYTHING by Jane Austen–the quirky people and dialogue and actions have really influenced my fiction writing. I love snappy, quick, dialogue. Zinger!
  • Love YA fantasy. (Favorite authors include: Brodi Ashton, Marissa Meyer, Robin LaFevers, Jenny B. Jones, Kasie West…)
  •  Terry Brooks and the Shannara series (which is one of the first books I remember my dad reading to me), Chronicles of Narnia, and Lord of the Rings have influenced my love of fantasy.

So, which book or books are you a product of?