As an editor, I know when I am reading someone's first novel. I have nicknames for the four give-away faults beginners make: (1) Walk and Chew Gum (2) Furry Dice (3) Tea, Vicar? (4) Styrofoam. I see at least one of these in every manuscript where the author has not mastered the craft of writing before submitting in his or her work. (1) Walk and Chew GumThe writer has not integrated action and dialogue, internal monologue and action, or internal monologue with dialogue. "If you think you're going to town you'd better thing again," said Ralph. Not integrating action and dialogue makes for jerky, lifeless prose. "If you think you're going to town you'd better think again," Ralph snapped, putting down his can of beer. This might not be award-winning prose, but it reflects the reality of the action and feelings better by having action, thought and dialogue knitted together. (2) Furry DiceAdjectives, adverbs and prepositions are furry dice hanging from a car's mirror. (3) Tea, Vicar?
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Inspiration for Writers, Inc.: Writing Tips- Advice for BeginnersAdvice for Beginners So you wanna be a writer when you grow up, huh? Don't become a writer. With that out of the way, I assume you have passion. Read everything you can get your hands on. Observe. Look at your surroundings as though you're showing them to someone who's never been to your area. Write every day. Live. Experience as many aspects of life as you can. This isn't to say you must become an alcoholic to understand alcoholism (although it does help) or a bank robber to understand a thief. What kind of job should you hold while waiting to publish? Some suggestions: Work with people from diverse backgrounds, such as those you can meet in airports, resorts, hotels and restaurants. There are two aspects to writing—the craft and the art. And nobody can take that away from you. All rights reserved.
Tequila Lime Steak Fajitas — Our Life In The KitchenWhat to do with a London broil? I almost never buy a London broil because no matter how pretty they might look, especially when they’re on sale, I just can’t seem to get the hang of preparing it any way that isn’t just too tough. This still wasn’t exactly filet mignon, but the recipe, inspired by my son Chris, who is a Grill Man Extraordinaire, turned out to be quite tasty. The assortment of fixings here is what we like. The Meat and The Marinade London Broil or other steakLimes, 6 to 8Peppers – I have a bunch of these Thai chiles in my garden but jalapenos would be great too.Cilantro, 1/4 cup snippedOlive Oil, 1/3 cupGarlic, 4 or 5 clovesTequila (not shown) The Rest OnionsRed or Green Bell PeppersTomatoesAvocadoLimeCheddar and Pepper Jack CheesesCilantro, snippedSour CreamTortillas Here’s the real trick to the flavor. Mince the peppers and garlic. I mixed it all up and realized that unless I juiced a bunch more limes it just wasn’t going to be enough. Slice a lime into wedges. Enjoy!
21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great AuthorsA lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist. Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more. Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf upon submitting Lolita, which would later go on to sell fifty million copies. So even if you’re an utterly fantastic writer who will be remembered for decades forthcoming, you’ll still most likely receive a large dollop of criticism, rejection, and perhaps even mockery before you get there. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.
Dilapidated 18th Century Church Transformed Into a Private HomeAdaptive reuse projects generally call to mind industrial warehouses and factories turned into trendy studios, or shabby-chic restaurants and bars, but the transformation of the St. Nicholas Church in Kyloe, Northumberland, England has taken this concept of renewal and grounded it much closer to home. The church was purchased not too long ago by Sally Onions and Ian Bottomley, who went the unconventional route when scouting for their newest digs. The church was originally built in 1792, so the couple wanted to maintain as much of the building’s classic architecture as possible. While sofas and beds have replaced pews, the integrity of the architecture remains – you can even find the old cemetery within the churchyard.
An Introduction to BuddhismAn Introduction to Buddhism To do no evil; To cultivate good; To purify one's mind: This is the teaching of the Buddhas. --The Dhammapada The Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Sakya tribe of Nepal, in approximately 566 BC. On the full moon of May, with the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one. The Buddha wandered the plains of northeastern India for 45 years more, teaching the path or Dharma he had realized in that moment. Impermanent are all created things; Strive on with awareness.
Spectrum: Empire Off The GridOf course, to take full advantage of the potential savings of LEDs, a homeowner would, like Kamen, have a Teletrol building controller to control the LEDs. These systems start at several thousand dollars and go way up from there. The controller is incredibly granular. Tapping through a succession of screens on the display in the basement, Kamen eventually gets to a plot of the day’s energy generation. The red and black lines hover at zero during the nighttime hours, creep up a bit around dawn, then rise steeply at around 7 a.m. But what happens when the island gets neither sun nor wind? A Stirling engine contains a sealed cylinder, one end hot, the other cool, with a sliding piston that moves the gas back and forth. But Kamen says the concept of ”waste heat” changes with context. His own machine typically produces 1 kilowatt of electricity, enough to power 128 LED lights, each equivalent to a 60-W incandescent. They’re also truly and deeply rechargeable.