Archive for August, 2010

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This website makes me giggle. Cliché Finder (also note the URL containing “West Egg”)

“…Have you been searching for just the right cliché to use? Are you searching for a cliché using the word “cat” or “day” but haven’t been able to come up with one? …”

The site has a form in which you can enter a word…I tried entering the word “bell”. It returned:

rings a bell
clear as a bell
who’ll bell the cat
whatever rings your bells

and of course, over on the sidebar, Yahoo wanted to know if I wanted to buy any clichés. **snicker

Go ahead. Go play with it.

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art: cut paper by Kako Ueda

I finally got the actual, made-of-paper book contract for Get Real. I’m ridiculously excited about it. I’m supposed to sign two copies, mail them back, and then they send me back one signed copy. Maybe then they will assign me an editor and things will begin. Dunno, it didn’t say.

I shook the envelope a couple of times but no check fluttered out. I guess this company doesn’t do advances.

Still. So. Excited.

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My writing pal Michelle asked me to post a review for her new novella, Cinders.

Don’t make the mistake I did. This isn’t a fairytale retelling a la Goose Girl or Beauty. This book has more in common with the musical Into the Woods than Ella Enchanted. It’s meant for a mature audience. Not explicit, but not for kids.

Michelle is a great writer. The story reads smoothly, with no mechanical problems–and I’m picky about that. If you are interested in a Cinderella story with a darker edge, this may be the one for you. You may not understand her. You probably won’t agree with her actions. You may wonder who to root for in this story. But perhaps you’ll enjoy a Cinderella like this.

You’ll find the book for sale here, and Michelle’s author site here.

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“People” have deemed this sentence to be grammatically correct:

“Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”

What sort of people are these?  (for an explanation, see the font of all wisdom: Wikipedia.)

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Things to consider when constructing dialog, from

weird…I posted a cartoon at the Old School today too.

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