Showing posts from May, 2013

Editing for Grammarphobes Returns


I don't know about you, but I have missed doing my Editing for Grammarphobes blog posts, so I've decided to bring them back occasionally. Here's something I ran into last weekend while working on a piece for my freelance account. I have seen it written the wrong way several times and want to set the record straight.

When referring to the holiday decoration, which one is correct — luminarias or luminaries? 

According to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, eleventh edition, luminaria is right.

A luminaria is a "traditional Mexican Christmas lantern originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a paper bag."

The plural luminaries refers to either "a person of prominence or brilliant achievement" or "a body that gives light," especially a celestial body.

Photo courtesy of the Frugal Monkey blog

Memorial Day, 2013


My thanks to Karen Cantwell who posted this on her Facebook page.

What the Heck is New Adult Fiction?


Maybe I’m in a foul mood because of the effects of Chicagoland’s roller coaster weather having clamped down on my head like a barometric pressure gauged vice. We’ve gone from the fifties to almost ninety the very next day. Curse you, global warming!

Recently, I discovered yet another new fiction genre. As if Young Adult, YA Paranormal, and YA Historical Fantasy were not enough, now there’s New Adult, which focuses on the years after college, through getting the first job and possibly finding one’s soul mate. Pardon me, but in our youth-obsessed society, don’t more than half of the books out today deal with those subjects anyway?

Is New Adult supposed to be more serious than Chick Lit or just an older form of YA? From what I can gather, NA is for those YA readers who have started to grow up.

My beef with the whole thing isn’t that these books exist. Many have interesting premises, and I’m sure are great reads. My problem is that this sort of marketing is p…

Farewell to The Office (sniff, sniff)


Me: Hello, my name is Karen.
All: Hi, Karen.
Me: And I’m an Office addict.

It began innocently enough early this year when my youngest son and I were ill with terrible sinus infections. Clogged heads and drippy noses, we plopped ourselves in the family room, he on the sofa, me on the love seat, unsure what to do. TV, of course, but what to watch? Bored of our regular programs and unimpressed with the current movie choices, we scanned Hulu Plus.

The Office.

I had seen a few episodes before, but never was able to watch it regularly between the kids not being quite old enough and my husband being unable to relax while viewing. It reminded him too much of work, you see. Now in junior high, my son was of an acceptable age, and we started Season One.

By the time the three-day illness subsided, we were on Season Three and desperate to figure out when we could see the rest. After all, we did have to rejoin humanity, and there was school and work to tend to. We wa…

The Perfect Mother's Day Present


I’m surprised I like being a mom as much as I do.

This is a shocking thing to read, I’m sure, especially with the impending holiday, but there it is.

When I was young, I fantasized about having my own job and apartment like Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Sure, I had played with baby dolls, but only briefly before I discovered that Barbie had career choices. I had the airplane and the grocery store. My doll needed a cool ride to work, so I got the Corvette, too.

I had never even thought about having children until I met my husband. Then my first son was born, and I fell in love utterly and completely. I finally understood. Then it happened again, when my youngest arrived, and I haven’t been the same since.

The joy of seeing him take his first steps, then walking across the stage to receive his diploma. Teaching him how to play ball, then watching as he scores the winning lacrosse goal. The pride of listening to them play the drums and electri…

New FB Page, New Editions, New Everything


Today, I am beginning my Month of Fun, a celebration of the second edition releases of A Whisper to a Scream and Until My Soul Gets It Right. Even "A Bibliophile Christmas" received a makeover.

I hope you will join me at my new Facebook page. It is brand new, so the only LIKE right now is my own, but I am hoping members of my old page will make the switch soon. To entice everyone to make the move, I am running a giveaway all month. LIKE my page and then click on the blue giveaway link for the chance to win Amazon gift cards and signed books. At the end of the month, I will announce the winners on my new page and delete the old one.

Also by the end of the month, this bigger-than-I-could-have-ever-thought second editions project will be completed. My plan was to launch them and then devote all of my work time and energy (besides what I have already committed to for my freelance account) to writing the third Bibliophiles book.

Here's the thing.…