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What phrase do you hear that drives you bonkers?: Looking at you writers


The next time you hear a loud, bellowing scream, it will be because I read this in a book or it came from the tv or through the radio. It’s complicated.

How many of you have heard this from a TV show or in a book? To say this is getting overused is truly an understatement.

You see and hear this in areas where it is not complicated. However, the writer is too lazy to write out the scene.

Stop being lazy. Give your readers and viewers the sense that they are not total idiots and explain to them the situation instead of expecting them to accept it. Why not give your audience some credit in that they might understand?

If you have a short show that is 30 minutes with commercials long, maybe hold back from using it. How about you create a scene that works? Why cop-out? You have roughly 22 minutes to explain why the situation is complicated. One can do this in two to three sentences.

If it is in a movie or a book, you have the time to write it out. Yes, you do. Do your job.

Yes, there are some instances where it fits. But every single time has gotten old.

My Children’s books are At Walmart



I found out by accident that my books are at Walmart. Consider my mind blown. I knew my publisher was looking into new ventures, but I would not have even come close to thinking Walmart.

When I told my friend, Vicki, she was excited. She said this means I have made it. I did chuckle, for I was not too sure bout that.

Depending on where you live, some of my books will only be online for Walmart. Others will be in the actual store.

Yes, I immediately checked out the Walmart closest to me, but nope no luck. Now, that would have been awesome. I need to know someone, anyone, who lives in an area where they are in the actual store.

But while the hunt is on for this to happen, I will continue to work on my two series. Plus, other projects screaming at me to pull them out of my file cabinet to work on them.

Volume four to my children’s chapter book series is rounding out the last edits. After, I will work on Squirrel Mafia 2.

Maybe by the time I send them off to my editor, I will find a store that has Jasper in it.

Here is the link for Walmart:

Literary grant: free money



In 2013 the local art council of the county was offering a literary grant. You could ask up to $2500. The point of the grant was to fund projects that would help us progress to the next level of our career. I was fortunate to be one of seven applicants to get awarded.

The rule is you can’t apply two years in a row if you win. That was okay for last year the grant was not strictly literary but all art. However this year they are funding another literary grant and I am debating trying for it or not. Time is not on my side and I hate to do a hap hazard job of it and then not stand a shot of getting my grant application approved.

I have written up half of what is required so far but the deadline is next month and time is going by fast for me to get it all done. So I am flip-flopping on this issue. It’s free money to spend on what I need. It is worth a shot even if I don’t win, right? I am trying to figure out what to legitimately ask for, quote the prices and keep working on this applicant and see where it falls. For as my motto has been for the last few years when it comes to my writing has not changed, “All they can say is no.