Picky Reader – 20

For those of you who don’t know, Picky Reader blogs are my comments about books I’ve recently read.  Not reviews and not necessarily recommendations, but if I loved it, I’ll say so. A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne.  A young girl’s perception of events in her neighborhood and…

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Back to “that”

Most publishers have “style sheets” which are guidelines for formatting a manuscript for submission.  They also might have editing guidelines, which they will provide once a manuscript is being prepped for editing.  Copy editing can be a nightmare, by the way.  Every word and sentence is picked over and pulled…

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Interesting Headlines

What’s the most interesting news headline you saw today?  Bonus: Do you read the news every day? Or do you find it not worth your time? Why? #postaweek2011 I think the only headline I saw today was while I was in Red Brick Pizza waiting for my pizza and CNN…

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Picky Reader 19

Picky Reader’s Latest Reads  Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner.  I think I’ve read every book Lisa Gardner has published.  If you enjoy suspense, read her. Blood by Patricia Traxler and The Distance Between Us by Bart Yates.  They are both well-written and enjoyable reads.  If you like moody, sort…

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Character Development

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHEET  I have a screenplay writing workbook that I use sometimes to help me define my characters, but I always wondered who I’d be if I were a character in a book.  So based on some of the character development questions asked in the workbook, I’m going to…

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Picky Reader – 18

Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax.  Gosh, there’s a lot going on in this novel.  Lots of sub-plots and characters.  All the characters seem to have something to hide.  Secrets, if you will.  I guess ultimately, that’s the theme of the book.  We all have this convenient ability to avoid the…

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Defining Friendship

How do you define the word friend?  Oh, I want to look this up in the dictionary, so bad, just to see what it defines as a friend.   Probably says something like “a companion” or someone unrelated to you whom you enjoy spending time with or have something in common…

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The Trouble with “Low” Morale

It’s come to my attention recently that morale is low in the workplace.  A couple of my fellow worker bees had to tell me such was the case because I had absolutely no idea we suffered from low morale.  What is this?  Where does it come from? My dictionary defines…

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Picky Reader – 17

Some more books I’ve read recently: Summer Blowout by Claire Cook.  Just a note to myself that I read it. Thirty-something divorced hairdresser interacts with quirky family members while reluctantly allowing Mr. Right to pursue her. Body Language by James W. Hall.  Here is an author I would read again. …

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