Prepping for vacation

I have an upcoming vacation. I am doing the last minute things, even though it’s not really last minute yet.

I went to purchase what I need for the trip. I haven’t quite finished, but I got the majority done.

I tried to get a mani pedi done, but I ended up getting called in to go to work, so only the pedi got done.

I got to work and finished up on record time. Then I went to buy sunglasses for the trip. I am almost ready! I am planning on getting the manicure soon.

I also found a lot of memes and book related photos to write about when I’m away. I am sure I’ll have time to write, so I’ll publish when I’m back. At least I don’t have to think about what I’m going to write about. I’ll figure out other topics, too, while I’m away. Always thinking…

One more book…

You’re able to bring one author back to life to write one more book. Who do you choose?

I never read any of the Sue Grafton books.  She wrote the alphabet series from A-Y, but passed before she could write her Z book.  I would love for her to come back and finish the series.  Her family wishes that Ms. Grafton’s final requests be respected, so there won’t be a ghost writer and there won’t be any movies made of the books.  I understand that.  It just would have been nice if she could have finished the whole series.

Blog editor?

I saw an advertisement for a person looking for blogs to edit.  “Email for rates.”  Is this a real job?  I guess some people blog for a living.  I just do it for tension release and sanity.  My regular readers know this.  I think I would drive an editor crazy with my grammar mistakes.  Plus most of my posts are short and sweet.  I kind of stick to a topic, but not really.

Maybe blog editors are checking their own sanity?  I can’t imagine making enough money at it to do it full time.  Most bloggers don’t make enough money at it to do it full time, either.

Two authors you’d like to spend a day with

You can spend a day with two Authors who would they be?

I thought hard about this, but I decided that I just couldn’t make an informed decision.

I work with an author. He isn’t writing when he works, and we aren’t working in a setting where writing is the main topic, so I know that it is not 100% of his life. I assume all authors are like this. I also know his writing style isn’t reflected in his daily life – at least the part I see.

Just because I enjoy a writer’s book, doesn’t mean our personalities will fit well enough for me to want to spend a whole day with the writer. That goes for anyone, not just authors.

You had to look up a word?

I was talking to someone who was not a native English speaker. He pulled out the word “coterie” in conversation. I hadn’t heard it, so I looked it up. Apparently, it’s similar to “clique” but I don’t use that word very often, either.

I mentioned to a friend that I hadn’t heard it before, so I looked it up. Her response was “You? Looked up a word?” Yes, I did. No shame in looking it up. This is how we learn. Asking questions and finding the answers.

I read a lot, yes, but I don’t feel like I have a big vocabulary. I know that I change up a lot of what I say, depending on who I am talking to. I write pretty much the same way I talk, but slower. I don’t change my wording here, though, because I figure that most of the readers here wouldn’t be reading a book blog if they didn’t read. Plus, anyone reading this can take the time to look up any big words I use. I don’t think I use very many, though.

Reading, writing, speaking, breathing

I have never liked writing. I love reading, but writing has always been a chore.

I am not really writing here. I’m just putting random thoughts down in words. There’s a big difference. When you write, you have to worry about dangling participles, run on sentences, ending sentences with a preposition, and starting sentences with and or but. I know the rules, but I don’t always feel like following them. All of those rules of grammar are stressful. When you’re just jotting down thoughts, it doesn’t matter. No stress.

When I read what you’ve written, I judge you on spelling, knowing the difference between their, there and they’re. And if you ever write “your welcome” I don’t think I can ever read anything else you write.

I read a lot. And I play words with friends/scrabble a lot. I’ve learned that it’s much easier to win at scrabble if you play your vocabulary. The more you read, the larger the vocabulary becomes.

When I’m speaking, I tend to not use the new words that I learn when I read. I don’t always pronounce them correctly, so I use smaller words to be understood. Occasionally, I’ll see a word that I’ve heard, but had no idea how it was spelled. There’s always something to learn when reading.

I have been told that I write just the way that I speak. There are worse things to be accused of. I know there are a lot of grammatical errors in my musings, but, I’m really doing this for myself. If anyone else reads it, that’s great. If not, my thoughts are still out there, jotted down.