April Fool’s History

As a child, I attended Catholic school. One of the nuns who taught me said we should never participate in April Fool’s pranks because the Romans started it when they made fun of Jesus on his way to the cross. I took it as true in those days, but recently I thought maybe I should check it out. Did Snopes go back that far? Continue reading “April Fool’s History”

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January Word of the Month — Muddle

Looking back at 2017, the word muddle came instantly to mind. From Dictionary.com:

verb (used with object), muddled, muddling.

1. to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble.

2. to cause to become mentally confused.

3. to cause to become confused or stupid with or as if with an intoxicating drink.

4. to make muddy or turbid, as water. Continue reading “January Word of the Month — Muddle”

Do You NaNo?

NaNo is the abbreviation many writers use for NaNoWriMo, which in itself is an abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. November is the month the organizers picked to set a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. The first few times I tried this, I failed miserably. Then, in 2016, I did it! I cranked out 50k terrible words on a single story. I subsequently edited, had beta readers review, and pitched the story. I submitted it and got an email saying what they would like to see improved and reminding me I could resubmit it in October. Continue reading “Do You NaNo?”

Word of the Month

Welcome to August. I am starting a new recurring theme for the the first Thursday every month. I will prattle on about a word, then try to use it in every other post for the month. Does that sound plausible?

adjective PLAW-zuh-bul

Definition

1 : seemingly fair, reasonable, or valuable but often not so

2 : superficially pleasing or persuasive

3 : appearing worthy of belief Continue reading “Word of the Month”

Moving Violations

One time in an author interview, because I happen to write sexy stuff, I was asked about the strangest place that I have ever had sex in. I’m pretty normal in all that and I answered that having camped at a local war put on by the Society for Creative Anachronism, we did it in a tent. What make it strange was that we could hear people walking by right outside, and I couldn’t stop giggling. Continue reading “Moving Violations”